The Elmer team is thrilled to announce that the man behind Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, author and illustrator David McKee, is visiting Ipswich this week to celebrate the St Elizabeth Hospice organised art trail.
2019 marks both 30 years since Andersen Press published the first Elmer book, and 30 years since St Elizabeth Hospice was founded, providing the perfect excuse for herds of colourful patchwork elephants to parade around the streets of Ipswich.
Norman Lloyd, Campaign Manager for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, said:
“We are very proud that Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is the first of the three Elmer parades happening this year (trails will follow in Plymouth and Tyne and Wear) and that we will be the first to showcase our beautiful sculptures and fabulous campaign to David himself; we can’t wait to hear what he thinks!”
David is visiting Ipswich for 24 hours, during which time he will experience some of the trail and attend a celebration event with partners, sponsors, artists and key supporters who have helped to make the campaign a reality.
But the highlight of the visit will be a public signing event, taking place from 3 – 4.30pm on Thursday 4 July. Members of the public are invited to come along to Elmer HQ to get books and other Elmer goodies signed by the man himself, who will be happy to meet with Elmer fans, young and old alike.
On bringing David McKee to Ipswich, Paul Black, PR and Brand Director at Andersen Press said:
“Working on the public art trails has been the highlight of the Elmer 30th Birthday celebrations, and now to see all the hard work that Norman and the team at St Elizabeth Hospice have done come to fruition is amazing. To be able to share that experience with David McKee, and for him to meet the people of Suffolk, is a unique opportunity. We can’t wait to meet everyone next week!”
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is St Elizabeth Hospice’s latest art trail, organised in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press. The sculptures are out on parade until Saturday 7 September 2019.
It follows the successful ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ art trail in 2016, which attracted around 250,000 visitors to Ipswich and boosted the local economy by an estimated £1 million. It raised £200,000 for the hospice – enough to fund one week’s care.