About Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk
The art trail, brought together by Wild in Art, 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’; around 85 ‘young Elmers’, who will be popping up in special locations all across town representing schools, youth groups and organisations.
Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk will take place in Ipswich from 15 June- 7 September 2019.
Why did St Elizabeth Hospice choose 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 and the hospice know from the generous support they receive from the local community that they are 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;
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is one of three trails taking place in celebration of Elmer’s 30th anniversary, there will also be parades in Plymouth and Tyne and Wear.
Once again, each Elmer will be sponsored by a business and individually decorated by an artist, and on reaching the end of their Parade, will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.
We pride ourselves on being a community impact university and are delighted to support St Elizabeth Hospice. Pigs Gone Wild was a great success in 2016 and we expect Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk will be just the same, bringing local people and visitors to the town.
With the University of Suffolk’s main campus on the Ipswich Waterfront, we have a prime spot to host an Elmer and look forward to doing so this summer.
Lois Cordelia is a prolific freelance artist and illustrator in cut-paper, acrylics and mixed media, and a self-confessed Wild in Art addict. She is best known as a speed-painter working live in public. At the other end of the scale she creates intricate papercuts using a surgical scalpel. Lois regularly teaches and performs demonstrations of her art techniques, as well as running life drawing sessions and an interfaith art forum. Since 1999, she has worked as a part-time apprentice to illustrator Jan Pienkowski. Her university degree was in Arabic. The effortless beauty of Arabic script remains an influence in her art to this day.
The art trail will be a significant fundraiser towards the vital services offered by the hospice. In 2016, £200,000 was raised, this paid for one week’s hospice care. Each year St Elizabeth Hospice needs to generate £10.5 million. Around £2 million is given through an NHS grant; the rest needs to be generated through fundraising and donations.
In addition to the valuable funds raised the trail is also crucial for the hospice in terms of communication and awareness raising, helping them to inform, educate and increase the understanding of what a hospice is and what they do.
Andersen Press, founded in 1976, publishes some of the most well known and best loved names in the world of children’s books. These include David McKee, the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant.
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