Date published: 10 May 2023
People living at Stonewater’s Bow Court and Hazelmead House, which offer support for adults with mental health and learning needs, will create their very own 'Swinpup' as part of the Big Dog Art Trail.
The event will be launched on 15 July by global public art producer Wild in Art, which has created more than 110 art trails worldwide. It will be the UK’s first-ever balloon dog art trail.
Each group contributing to the eye-catching 'Swinpup' exhibition has been tasked with raising a minimum of £500 in aid of Julia’s House which provides essential care for children in Dorset and Wiltshire with life-limiting, life-threatening, or terminal conditions.
More than 40 'Swinpups’' measuring 80cm in height and 90cm in length, decorated by local schools, nurseries, and youth groups, and 30 larger 'Swindogs' will be proudly displayed in Swindon’s public buildings, parks, and open spaces until 3 September.
A weekend of celebrations will be held at the end of the showcase when the larger sculptures will be brought under one roof and auctioned off.
Sarah Smith, Supported Living Coach at Bow Court, said: "Our residents are passionate about being part of their community and love getting involved with local events, especially if they allow their creativity to flow, so the Big Dog Art Trail seemed like a wonderful initiative to take part in.
"The vast majority of our residents are joining in with the campaign and are really looking forward to coming up with imaginative designs that have a special meaning to them and that celebrate their independence and individual strengths and abilities.
"We are all excited about seeing our own 'Swinpup' on display as well as enjoying the other creations. And the best part of the whole project is that all money raised will be donated to the wonderful work that Julia’s House does to support children and their families."
Bow Court Supported Living Coaches Sarah Smith, Hayley Cronin, Mandy Burnham, and Alan Pirie will be supporting residents’ fundraising drive by taking part in sponsored events including running, horse riding, cycling, and walking.