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Pigs go wild in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:51 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:51 27 October 2015

Unveiling of the pig for the Pigs Gone Wild campaign.
Project leader  Norman Lloyd.

Unveiling of the pig for the Pigs Gone Wild campaign. Project leader Norman Lloyd.


Probably the town’s biggest ever mass participation art event

St Elizabeth Hospice has teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Pigs Gone Wild, possibly the biggest ever mass participation public art event in Ipswich.

The hospice is aiming to raise £100,000 from the event, which will feature around 40 pigs in an interactive sculpture trail for 10 weeks across Ipswich and the Waterfront in summer 2016.

The life size pig sculptures – beautifully decorated by artists and sponsored by local businesses – will be joined by more than 30 junior pig sculptures designed by local school children and teachers. These will appear in litters across the town centre stores and venues.

Norman Lloyd, hospice special projects manager, said Pigs Gone Wild would bring together businesses, schools and the local community in a way that celebrates Suffolk’s agricultural heritage and artistic heritage.

After the 10 week trail, the large pig sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice, which will go towards providing care and support to more than 2,000 patients and their families every year.

The Pigs Gone Wild team is also appealing for artists to come up with designs for life-size pig sculptures. They can enter up to three designs and a panel of art experts will shortlist the final designs. They will be displayed in February at a sponsors’ exhibition where the sponsors of each pig will have a chance to choose their design. All designs must be submitted by November 30.

Jimmy Doherty, owner of Jimmy’s Farm, is patron of the project, and it is supported by media partners East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star, and presenting partner Town 102.

For more information or to download an artist’s or sponsor’s pack, visit, call 01473 723600 or email


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