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St Oswald’s Hospice announces latest Wild in Art sculpture trail for Newcastle in 2023

Following the success of Great North Snowdogs in 2016 and Elmer’s Great North Parade in 2019, we are excited to announce plans to bring a third art trail to the region next year, to celebrate the support shown by our community throughout the pandemic.

Created in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art, the larger-than-life art project will see around 50 specially-designed sculptures bring colour and conversation to the streets of Newcastle and surrounding areas.

The chosen sculpture remains a top secret for now, but they are planned to be unleashed from July 2023 to form an art trail for visitors and locals alike to enjoy throughout the summer. As well as raising awareness and funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, the trail aims to give something back to the North East communities who have proven to be a vital source of support to us throughout a challenging couple of years.

The project has already been many months in the planning and now the momentum is growing as we call on local businesses and organisations to consider getting involved with sponsoring a sculpture or lending other practical support.

Jane Hogan, Head of Fundraising said:

“After two very difficult years when we have all been struggling, we are just so excited to announce the launch of our third art trail which we hope will be something glorious for our whole community to look forward to. It’s our way to give something back to those who have held our hand through a very challenging time, as well as an opportunity to support the revival of high streets and our creative communities. We think it’s time to have some fun, and what better way than unleashing giant art sculptures across our city? Our chosen sculpture remains a secret for now, but we are very confident that everyone will love it as much as we do!”

Newcastle Council has already signed up as the trail’s Headline Partner and will work with St Oswald’s Hospice to deliver an inclusive trail for all to enjoy. The sculptures will be located in the city centre and surrounding areas and will be accessible by public transport and cycle routes.

Michelle Percy, Director of Place at Newcastle City Council said:

“We are looking forward to partnering with St Oswald’s Hospice on their third art trail. Tens of thousands of people engaged with Elmer’s Great North Parade and most visitors spent extra time and money enjoying our beautiful region, with an estimated economic impact of £1.2m for Tyne and Wear.

“This new trail is free, accessible to all and will be a joyous celebration of community. This announcement comes at a time when the local economy really needs a boost and our people are ready and actively seeking new things to look forward to.”

As well as the 50 large sculptures there will be around 100 smaller figurines created as part of the trail education project which will engage and inspire young people in schools throughout Tyne and Wear and the surrounding area.

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder of Wild in Art said:

“We are very excited to be working with St Oswald’s Hospice for the third time and they have picked a fantastic sculpture which we know will be brilliantly received once announced. This trail will bring businesses, the creative sector and communities together and it will be the must-visit event in the region in 2023. We can’t wait to get started!”

There are less than fifty sculptures available and locations will be on a first come first choice basis and so businesses are encouraged to make early enquiries. Businesses interested in supporting the project through sponsorship or other means should contact the team by emailing supportercare@stoswaldsuk.org or by telephone on 0191 246 9123.