St Elizabeth Hospice announces art trail for 2019!

POSTED ON: 26/10/2017

After the huge success of its ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ art trail last year St Elizabeth Hospice has officially launched its next event ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’ - which will be seen for 12 weeks in the summer of 2019.

The trail which is based on Elmer the patchwork elephant, the much loved character, has seen St Elizabeth once again join up with Wild in Art, who organised last year’s trail, and new partner Andersen Press who own the publishing rights to Elmer.

At the launch event last night in Ipswich’s Town Hall Mark Millar, St Elizabeth’s CEO, said “We are delighted to announce our latest event ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’. ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ was a huge success raising significant funds for the vital work we do at the hospice but also attracting over 250,000 visitors to Ipswich town centre and the Waterfront and contributing £1m to the local economy.


The 2019 event, which coincides with both ours and Elmer’s 30th anniversary, is planned to be even bigger running for two weeks longer and with an anticipated 50 Elmer sculptures compared to the 40 pigs we had last time. It is great to once again be working with Wild in Art as they are one of the country’s top creative producers of high-impact, public art exhibitions and their experience was invaluable in helping us make ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ the success it was”.

Keen to support this important event for the county Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have signed up as joint Supporting Partners for the trail.

Ipswich Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere commented “We are proud to be a partner of St Elizabeth Hospice on its 2019 art trail project. The Pigs Gone Wild trail was a fantastic success and quite literally put Ipswich on the map. It might seem a fair way ahead but we are all looking forward to Ipswich going wild again in 2019.”


Councillor Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Ipswich, added “Suffolk County Council is delighted to be a supporting partner in the Ipswich Art Trail once again. We know from past experience that the event generates a significant economic impact for the town, showcases what’s good about Ipswich, to audiences far and wide, and brings people and communities together."

If you can’t wait until 2019 to see the Elmer sculptures the three that were revealed at the launch will be able to be seen in the Town Hall entrance and café until from 10am to 4pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The café will also be making some trail themed snacks which will be for sale in support of the hospice.

To find out more about ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’ and how you can get involved,
please email Norman Lloyd at or telephone 01473 723600


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