This time, Ipswich’s art trail will feature 55 individually designed elephants, based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. 

At the same time, visitors will also be able to meet the ‘Learning Herd’; 84 ‘young Elmers’, who will be popping up in special locations all across town representing schools, youth groups and organisations.

Why Elmer?

  • 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of both St Elizabeth Hospice and Elmer;
  • Having sold over 8 million copies worldwide, Elmer is clearly a much loved character. We know from the generous support we receive from the local community, that the hospice is much loved too;
  • Elephants are associated with long memories. The hospice is a place where memories are made, and where people still come to remember loved ones;
  • In celebration of Elmer’s 30th anniversary, there will be two other Big Parades taking place around the country – and more trails mean even more interest and visitors.

So as you can see, we have a lot in common!

Once again, each Elmer is sponsored by a business and has been individually decorated by an artist, and on reaching the end of their Parade, will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.

As well as being a significant awareness and fundraiser towards the vital services offered by the hospice – the £200,000 raised in 2016 paid for one week’s care – Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk will attract thousands of visitors to Ipswich and contribute huge financial benefits to the local economy.

About Wild in Art

Wild in Art is one of the leading producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events, which connect businesses, artists and communities through the power of creativity and innovation.

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo, and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Penguin Random House.

Wild in Art events have:

  • Enabled over £10m to be raised for charitable causes
  • Injected £1.7m into local creative communities
  • Engaged over 500,000 young people in learning programmes
  • Helped millions of people of all ages to experience art in non-traditional settings

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