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artists draw up support for children’s hospice


Tŷ Hafan, the only children’s hospice in south Wales, is calling for local artists to pick up their paintbrushes to support life-limited children and young people.

The charity recently launched an exciting new campaign – Snowdogs: Tails in Wales – which will bring an interactive public art trail to Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, while raising funds for the hospice.

More than 40 large Snowdog sculptures will take up residence across the streets of Cardiff and the surrounding area from September to November 2017.

But before the trail can start, artists are needed to design the 1.5m-high Snowdog sculptures that will be sponsored by local organisations and set scampering across our streets, iconic buildings and open spaces this Autumn.

Project Manager Helen Gibbons said: “Our Snowdog sculptures are based on the much-loved novel and animation, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, based on characters created by Raymond Briggs. Each dog needs to be given its own individual design.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for artists to unleash their creativity on a mass audience, as the Snowdog character and trail concept appeals to the family tourist market. The sculpture itself is a blank canvas for artists to express their style and creativity, to incorporate a theme or a story and marry a wide range of visual art with a new and innovative campaign.

“If you are an artist, whether you’re well-known or undiscovered, please get in touch with your ideas and lend your creative flair to help raise money for the families we support at Tŷ Hafan. We would love to see the widest range of designs possible for the Tails in Wales project. We want to produce beautiful pieces of creative art from delicate or highly stylised designs to quirky and whacky themed ideas.”

Charlie Langhorne, Director, Wild in Art, said: ‘We hope people will be inspired by the challenge of a three-dimensional canvas and being involved in such an exciting project. It will be a wonderful showcase for artistic talent.”

Artists who are selected to take part in the trail will receive a £850 fee and their work will be showcased to a mass audience in some of Wales’ most famous public spaces. Artist packs and application forms can be downloaded at www.snowdogstailsin.wales.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28 April 2017, designs will be shortlisted in May and sculptures need to be decorated during June and July.

If you are a professional or amateur artist and are interested in submitting a design for the project, please contact Project Manager Helen Gibbons at helen.gibbons@tyhafan.org or call 07711 342086.