For nine weeks during Autumn and Winter 2016, the North East’s streets, parks and open spaces became home to 61 of individually designed Snowdog sculptures, painted by both well-known and undiscovered artists. Presented by creative producers Wild in Art, working in partnership with St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, Great North Snowdogs brought together businesses, artists, schools and community groups to create a public art trail of beautiful Snowdog sculptures, based on the story The Snowman and The Snowdog, by Raymond Briggs.

The resulting sculpture trail, sponsored by businesses and individuals, showcased the rich cultural offer and wealth of artistic talent in the area. Local people became ‘tourists in their own city’ with a trail map and dedicated app leading them from popular tourist destinations to lesser known areas of the region.

After the trail ended, the sculptures were auctioned at a glittering event in December 2016, which raised £259,200 for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice. A separate trail of 97 smaller Snowdogs, created by local school children and community groups were also exhibited, celebrating the talent of the young people of the North East. These were returned to their schools in January 2017.

This month, a former pupil of Winlaton West Lane School has kindly ‘donated’ one of his amazing Snowdogs, named ‘Gareth’ to our school to exhibit for the next 2-3 weeks! Please feel free to come in and have a look at Mrs Tetley’s new friend…

For more information about the Snowdogs, please click on the link below:

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