Port Erin. Isle of Man - July 27, 2019
Teeval Princess of the Sea Wallaby - part of the Wallbies Gone Wild Charity event.
Wallabies Gone Wild is a mass participation art event that will be held on the Island over 14 weeks from May 24th to September 1st 2019.
In October 2018 Hospice Isle of Man launched its strategy ‘Much More Than A Building’ and one of our five strategic goals is to ‘Be sustainable and fit for the future’. One of the ways we will be achieving this goal is through optimising our partnership working and supporter base in order to generate funds that will ensure we can always provide our services.
As such, we are delighted to be working in partnership with Wild in Art, a global leader in the creation of public art events, on our Wallabies Gone Wild trail.
During this time the Isle of Man will be brought to life by a mob of beautifully designed wallaby sculptures.
The trail will consist of 26 large wallaby sculptures that have been designed by both local and national artists and sponsored by local businesses, and 38 small 'Wallababy' sculptures that have been designed by local schools and community groups.
Wild in Art trails have been followed by millions of people and since 2015 have had an economic impact of over £98 million through increasing footfall, attracting visitors and generating expenditure within local economies.
Their trails have also injected £1.8 million into local creative communities. Working with the Arts Council, we are delighted to have supported so many local artists, designers, photographers, videographers and other creatives as we have brought Wallabies Gone Wild to life.
There are significant impacts on health and wellbeing within communities where trails have taken place by encouraging more people to get out and about and spending time as a family. Hospice’s purpose is to help people to live well and so this element of the trail is something that fits very well with us as an organisation.
Wild in Art trails have also enabled over £12m to be raised for charitable causes through auctions, and we are optimistic that our auction in September will generate significant funds to help support our services to be sustainable for the future.