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Our call for Artists is open!

Next summer, Ipswich will host 50 individually designed Elmer elephants – which means we are on the lookout for 50 talented artists to come up with the designs.

The bar has been set high. In 2016, Pigs Gone Wild saw some truly imaginative and beautiful creations; from Ed Sheer-Ham and Piggy Stardust, to Tally-Ho Trotters, Hedgepig and Pretty Penny – we can’t wait to see what will be suggested for our Elmers next year.

You don’t have to be a well-known artist to submit a design, those as yet undiscovered are encouraged to take part too, you never know, this could be the start of something big!

If you are one of the artists selected, you will be commissioned to customise one of the 50 Elmer statues; creating a unique piece of art to be displayed next summer. Participating in Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk means your design could not only play an important role in the sculpture trail, but could also help to raise vital funds for your local hospice charity at an auction after the trail has ended.

How to submit your design

Thank you for your interest in submitting a design for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk.

      1. Please read the artist brief – Information for artists.
        This document contains information about the event and how it works, the Elmer sculpture itself, design advice, and the Terms and Conditions, which you will need to acknowledge.
      2. Complete our Artist Submission Form to register your details and background information.
      3. Following the instructions and using the templates provided, please submit your design files via our dedicated email address: art@elmersbigparadesuffolk.co.uk
        Please ensure that you limit attachments to no more than six in number, and each a maximum of 8MB in total. It is also essential that anything sent is clearly marked with both your name and title of your design.
        Elmer sculpture template – Front
        Elmer sculpture template – Back
        Elmer sculpture template – Left
        Elmer sculpture template – Right

The closing date for entries is midnight on 31 October 2018.

What happens next

  • All submissions will be reviewed by the Elmer team before the shortlisting is carried out by a panel of local art experts.
  • Shortlisted artwork will be presented to the event sponsors at the beginning of December 2018.
  • If your design is selected, you will be asked to transfer it onto the full size Elmer sculpture between January and March 2019.
  • St Elizabeth Hospice will pay successful artists an honorarium of £850 plus VAT (if applicable) on completion of their artwork.
  • Successful artists will be acknowledged on a plaque attached to the concrete base of the sculpture, as well as in the main pieces of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk collateral, including the official trail map, auction catalogue and website.

If you have any questions or need any support with your submission please email info@elmersbigparadesuffolk.co.uk

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk