You may remember the snowdogs that filled the city of Brighton and Hove in Autumn 2016. Snowdogs by the Sea was a fantastic public art trail run by Wild in Art that not only got everyone walking about searching for giant decorated snowdogs, but raised a staggering £337,000 for the Martlets hospice. Well the good news is that Autumn 2018 will see it all happen again, with snails!!
You may have noticed a giant shelled gastropod taking up residency in Valley reception last week. Hove Park School’s art teacher Miss Griffin, who painted Bobby the snowdog, was selected as one of the 3 artists to kick start this event and spent all of September and December painting a giant snail. Her snail represents all 4 seasons, from spring and summer flowers, autumnal fungi and migrating birds to a fox sitting in the snow. The snail is named Felicity after her late mother which means ‘happiness’.
Students from Valley Campus posed with the giant snail and were published in Brighton’s Argus to promote the Junior Snailway campaign. School and youth groups from all over Brighton and Hove will be invited to take part in the trail this autumn. All they need is to commit to fund raising £750 to help the valuable work at the Martlets hospice and some creative design skills!
Hove Park are thrilled to be taking part this year. The Art Department are launching a competition in February to design HPS mini snail. Students on the Valley campus will be able to pick up a template from their tutor and there will be a collection box for designs in Valley reception. Be creative and imaginative and be more snail – take your time to get the design right! There will be 8 snail designs selected – those artists will get to paint the snail and one winning design will be carefully chosen by Mr Roberts and Ms Prentice. The deadline for getting your designs in is Monday 23rd April, winners to be announced in May!
The Martlets cares for people living through a terminal illness in and around the Brighton and Hove, East Sussex. They provide essential NHS care for terminally ill patients and their families. Everyone can get involved in fund raising, we want to hear your best ideas!