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Hospice announces date of sculpture reveal

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The closely guarded secret of the identity of the sculptures to feature in the latest Ipswich art trail hosted by St Elizabeth Hospice are to be revealed to the public on Thursday 6th May.

The news comes after the announcement in February that the independent Suffolk charity is once again partnering with creative producers, Wild in Art, to host an art project, in the Suffolk town, to follow in the success of previous art trails, Pigs Gone Wild in 2016 and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk in 2019.

Ipswich Wild in Art 2022 will see 40 ornately decorated sculptures, featuring designs celebrating all things Suffolk scattered throughout Ipswich showcasing the wealth of artistic talent of the county and beyond, while 40, smaller sculptures will be decorated and displayed in local schools and groups.

Following the announcement earlier this year, the hospice has received lots of interest from the community and local businesses, groups and schools, with many showing their support for the event, offering sponsorship as well as putting forward their suggestions to what the elusive identity of the new sculptures will be before the reveal at 6:00am on 6th May across the hospice’s social media platforms.

Hannah Bloom, Director of Income Generation at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We have had a brilliant response from the local community to the news of Ipswich Wild in Art 2022.

“From people thanking us for once again bringing a celebratory and colourful event back to Ipswich through to messages of gratitude and hope for a more positive time for all on the horizon after a difficult year due to Covid-19.

“We have also been overwhelmed by the support we have received from local businesses, with more than 20 of the art sculptures already having sponsorship pledges from businesses, with many supporting the Ipswich Wild in Art trail for the first time.

“With the big reveal of the sculpture fast approaching, we cannot wait to see the community’s reaction and in the lead up we will be giving clues on our social media channels for the public to share their guesses as to what they think the sculptures may be, so make sure to keep a close eye on the hospice’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”

To see the reveal of the chosen sculpture for the Ipswich Wild in Art 2022 visit St Elizabeth Hospice’s Ipswich Art Trail Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels at 6:00am on Thursday 6th May.

For more information about Wild in Art 2022 visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/ipswich-art-trail-2022/

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