Elmer's Big Art Parades are Tons of Fun for Everyone

Introducing Elmer’s Big Art Parades – Andersen Press and creative event producers Wild in Art are bringing public art trails featuring 1.1m tall Elmer sculptures to Britain’s towns and cities.

Elmer’s Big Art Parades will consist of sculpture trails inspired by one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time. Written and illustrated by celebrated children’s author and artist David McKee, Elmer was published by Andersen Press in 1989 and the brightly coloured patchwork elephant now features in a number of original stories, activity books, toys and on clothing.

Elmer’s Big Art Parades will provide visually stunning trails of art and take place in 2019, 30 years since Elmer was first brought to life in a book. The public art trails, funded by corporate sponsors and raising money for charity, will see blank Elmer sculptures decorated by well-known and talented local artists, and celebrity names.

In 2019 Wild in Art will be turning the country patchwork by bringing Elmer’s Big Art Parades to Suffolk, Plymouth and Tyne and Wear. Elmer’s Big Art Parades are brought to you by Wild in Art in partnership with Andersen Press in support of St Elizabeth Hospice, St Luke’s Hospice and St Oswald’s Hospice.

Elmer's Big Art Parades - Tons of Fun for Everyone

Find out more about each parade, hospice and location below.


Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk

Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk – in support of St Elizabeth Hospice

From June to September 2019, Ipswich is set to play host to an even bigger and better art trail than when the pigs went wild; this time featuring 50 individually designed elephants based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the patchwork elephant. Visitors will also be able to meet the Learning Herd; around 100 ‘young Elmers’, who will be popping up in special locations all across town. Find out more at: Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk.

Elmer's Big Parade Plymouth

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth – in support of St Luke’s Hospice

For 10 weeks in the summer of 2019 a parade of 40 fabulously colourful and unique elephants shall be taking you on a trail around the beautiful city of Plymouth and surrounding areas. From the hustle and bustle of the city streets to the peace and grandeur of the Hoe, and from the green spaces of Plymouth to the spectacular coastline; Elmer’s Big Parade will navigate you around Britain’s Ocean City. St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is working in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press to bring this mass participation, family friendly, art trail to life; featuring the much beloved children’s character of Elmer, by Devon born artist and author David McKee. Find out more at: Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth.

Elmer's Great North Parade

Elmer’s Great North Parade – in support of St Oswald’s Children Hospice

In 2016, our streets, parks and public spaces were taken over by a pack of Great North Snowdogs, attracting over 670,000 visitors and bringing £16.5m to the local economy. Next summer, in August 2019, an even bigger set of feet will be parading through our streets, parks and coastline – Elmer the Elephant’s ‘Great North Parade’, in support of St Oswald’s Children Hospice, is coming to town! Find out more at: Elmer’s Great North Parade.

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