Artists

Artists

To date, Wild in Art has created over 135 art trails in the UK and around the world, featuring over 5,400 sculptures.

This has given direct exposure to over 4,600 artists and has injected over £4.2 million into creative communities through artist commissions.

We encourage emerging and established artists, creatives and designers, both local and regional to the trails, in any medium – traditional to new media, fine art, graffiti, illustrations and mosaic.

Design submissions to our trails are shortlisted before they are presented to sponsors to choose their artwork.

If successfully chosen, artists will be commissioned and upon completion, each will receive a commission fee as well as the opportunity to showcase their work as part of the event. We recommend a fee of at least £1,000 but amounts will differ between trails.

Current open calls to our events are listed below and will be updated throughout the year.

Artist open calls

Submissions for 2024 events are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied and we can’t wait to see your designs come to life.

This page is regularly updated with open calls to artists for our 2025 events.

Coming in 2025

  • Great Tail Trail | Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
    Submissions open | Deadline: 1 July 24
  • Stampede by the Sea | West Bay, Bridport and Lyme Regis
    Submissions open | Deadline: 15 September 24
  • GoGoSafari | Norwich and Norfolk
    Submissions open | Deadline: 31 August 24
  • Hop To It! Suffolk 2025 | Ipswich
    Submissions open | Deadline: 31 August 24
Artists

Let’s get creative

Through our high-profile events, we provide a platform for amateur and professional artists to showcase their work.

With experience, creativity and commitment on our side, it’s our aim to balance artistic integrity with the needs of our partners. Sign up to our artist database to keep up to date with new events, opportunities or commissions we think might be of interest.

To be considered for special projects and commissions, please tell us about yourself and your work. We’ll hold onto this information and use it to help match artists to briefs.

Join our artist database

Why join our Art Programmes?

• To push the boundaries of creative expression
• We provide commission opportunities to artists at all career stages
• Connect art with new audiences
• Put art onto the streets and break down barriers in terms of audience accessibility
• Contribute to the reinvestment in our creative communities and economy
• We value, celebrate and support artists to grow and develop in their practice and recompense them accordingly
• Use art to create joy and inspire new generations of artists
• Produce beautiful and thought provoking artwork to sponsor, to visit and to own

What they say…

Being part of public art trails and events is a fantastic way to benefit both your practice and career as an artist, through media exposure, valuable contacts, developing your style, learning from others, building your portfolio, and gaining advocates who appreciate your art.

MrASingh

Artist

It’s great to be part of something where everyone wins – the sponsor gets recognition, the artist gets paid, the public get free art and the auction raises money for a good cause.

Anne Guest

Artist

Some of the art trails have literally hundreds of thousands of footfall and knowing that your work has been seen, enjoyed and photographed by so many people is so brilliant. I love my work being out in the open and accessible for everyone and not behind doors hidden in a gallery.

Jenny Leonard

Artist

Theres something really exciting about the challenge of transforming these sculptures and giving them a new lease of life. Working on Wild in Art trails is an incredible experience and has introduced me to an incredibly talented pool of artists and the wider community.

Kelly Ma

Artist

Wild in Art, through their consistent emphasis on promoting diversity within artistic excellence, has allowed for numerous creative visions to be made uniquely accessible. Only through projects as ambitious, open minded and quality-led as these, can such a diverse array of visual practises be celebrated and exhibited on such a large public platform.

Sarah Jane Richards

Artist

As an artist who spends a lot of time working to a clients briefs and various genres and styles in various forms of replica, I enjoy working on the Wild in Art trails, working with sponsors and having some fun with the Wild in Art family and sponsors through social media – from starting painting, to the trail reveal and finally the auction. It is great to be part of a public trail and to see people enjoy and take video or photos of my sculptures and share them on social media. I also feel very proud to contribute my work to the charities that the trails represent.

Glen Brooks

Artist

Get Social with Us

#wildinart

Sponsors, artists and friends of @oxtrail2024 all gathered at MINI Plant Oxford recently to celebrate the first preview launch of OxTrail, Oxford’s very first Wild in Art sculpture trail.

The big reveal showcased 31 life-size painted oxen and a herd of mini oxen friends who took centre stage 🐂

OxTrail begins on 6 July and runs for 8 weeks amongst the city of spires and beyond. OxTrail merchandise will be available to buy online and from the central Westgate Hub throughout the trail.

Visit the trail website through the link in our bio 🔗

If you have any OxTrail questions, contact the OxTrail team at oxtrail@sobellhospice.org

#wildinart #oxtrail

This year’s @_elephantmarch trail will feature a special sculpture, Memory Elephant, painted by our very own Digital Manager and artist Michelle 🧡

The sculpture will capture the memory of loved ones through name dedications added to the design.

To find out more about remembering someone special on Memory Elephant, visit the link in our bio 🔗

#wildinart #marchofthelephants

🦒 The colourful herd of @breaktrailcambs sculptures are off the streets and ready to go under the hammer at a stunning charity auction at Graduate Cambridge on 19 June, which will be raising vital funds for @breakcharity.

The special evening will be hosted by celebrity celebrity auctioneer Natasha Raskin Sharp and over 30 large giraffe sculptures and some special minis will be up for grabs.

The evening will also be live streamed on Facebook so you can watch the exciting night unfold!

Tickets are on sale to attend in person and bidding is also available online.

Find out more 🔗 link in bio

#wildinart #cambridge #cambridgestandingtall #bemoregiraffe

Get ready for a brand new adventure in Leicester!

We are delighted to be returning to Leicester in 2025 with our partners @loroshospice for a new #wildinart trail, Stomp Round Leicester 🐘

The public art trail will see 40 uniquely decorated elephant sculptures stampeding into the city to mark
LOROS’ 40th anniversary in 2025.

This jumbo trail will need the community of Leicester to lend a trunk!

Find out more 🔗 link in bio

Follow @stomproundleicester for all the latest news.

#wildinart #stomproundleicester

NEW TRAIL: Shaun the Sheep will be arriving at @thesillnorthumberland in the form of an exciting sculpture trail and exhibition at the end of June, in time for the school summer holidays ⭐

The Find the Flock art trail will feature six super-sized Shaun the Sheep sculptures, dotted around the grounds of The Sill.

Find out more 👉 link in bio

@shaunthesheep | @aardmananimations | @northumberlandnationalpark
#wildinart #shaunthesheep

Design submissions are open for Norwich's next #wildinart sculpture trail with @breakcharity!

GoGoSafari will see a trail of not one but FIVE different sculptures straight from the African Savanna marching into Norwich and Norfolk in summer 2025.

Artists from all mediums are invited to get involved. Please read through the artist pack to find out more about the process, how you can submit your designs and the T&Cs (link in bio).

The submission deadline is midnight Saturday 31 August.

@gogotrails
#wildinart #gogosafari

Artists! Design submissions are now open for the @stampedebythesea sculpture art trail 🐘

Local artists and those further afield are invited to submit up to two designs for the elephant sculptures which will be stomping into Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis in spring 2025.

Download the artist pack to find out all you need to know for submitting a design and the next steps 👉 link in bio

For all current Wild in Art event opportunities, click 'Artists' in the link in our bio 🔗

#wildinart #stampedebythesea

🦒 It is sadly the final week to visit Cambridge Standing Tall before the sculptures are herded away to a stunning charity auction to raise money for @breakcharity.

You can attend in person on 19 June, bid online or join the Facebook live stream to watch and guess the outcome for your favourite sculpture.

Find all the information you need through the link in our bio 🔗

@breaktrailcambs
#wildinart #cambridgestandintall #bemoregiraffe #cambridge

Happy #ElmerDay and happy 35th birthday Elmer! 🌈

We are very privileged to have been part of five of those years, with Elmer's Big Art Parades bringing us joy and colour on ten sculpture trails and raising over £1.2 million for UK charities.

Take a trip down memory lane and find all our Elmer events on wildinart.co.uk/elmer (link in bio)

Visit Elmer and his brand new herd of friends in Blackpool until 9 June 🐘 @elmerblackpool

@elmerthepatchworkelephant | @andersenpress
#wildinart

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