Light the North with CLAN Cancer Support

New Lighthouse sculpture for 2020 art trail in the north-east of Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

More than 30 lighthouse sculptures designed and created by some of the area’s most talented artists will help ‘Light the North.’

The Light the North lighthouse trail will take people on a cultural tour of the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland from September to November 2020, letting them discover and engage with the region like never before.

CLAN’s Chief Executive, Dr. Colette Backwell, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnered with Wild in Art to bring this event to life for the individuals and families across the area to get involved with. CLAN has been supporting people for 36 years, and, as many of our clients have told us, we are a shining light in the dark for anyone affected by cancer. The lighthouse is a symbol that reflects what we do and is synonymous with the areas we support.”

“With over 20,000 people living with cancer across the region and people living longer with cancer, CLAN’s support is more vital than ever. We provide the emotional and practical support needed to ensure that people’s wellbeing needs are taken care of at all stages of their cancer journey. We are proud to bring the trail to communities that CLAN operates in and hope that the lighthouse trail and our partnership with Wild in Art will allow us to help more people affected by cancer.”

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world, including Manchester, Auckland, Sydney, Cape Town and São Paulo and worked with partners to create trails across Scotland including the Clyde mascot trail for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Wild Dolphins in Aberdeen and Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail.

Wild in Art co-founder and managing director Charlie Langhorne commented:

“We’re very proud to debut the newest addition to our sculpture portfolio and introduce the Lighthouse for Light the North. The sculpture trail is the ideal way to get out and about with friends and family to see more of the place you live and learn about local history. As well as being educational, the sculptures are beautiful, each one having been lovingly created by a local artist. Each individual sculpture tells a different story, and residents and tourists enjoy following the entire trail using the trail map and app. From schools to community groups, local people have got behind the trails, and raised millions of pounds for local causes.

“Wild in Art passionately champions the importance of art for everybody, and the social, cultural and education benefits it provides. Light the North is an exciting project for us as it will be the first time sculptures have lit up, which celebrates not just the maritime history of the area but the important services offered by CLAN.”

CLAN is seeking support from the business community to bring the trail to life. CLAN’s Head of Income Generation and Business Development, Fiona Fernie, said:

“We want to work with exciting businesses who are passionate about engaging with the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland to help us light up the region with our lighthouses. We have a variety of sponsorship packages to meet your business needs, inspire your staff and allow you to leave a lasting legacy across the north-east”

To be a part of Light the North, visit lightthenorth.co.uk, contact lighthousekeeper@clanhouse.org or call 01224 647000 .