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.

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.

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 will be regularly updated with more open calls to artists once our events for 2025 are announced over the coming months.

Coming in 2025

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.

Take a look at our current events and their art programmes below, which you may want to submit sculpture designs for.

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

Did you spot us on the latest series of Inside the Tower of London? 🏰

Last year we welcomed the filming crew to our HQ to film some of our artists at work. They were busy transforming the winning designs from schools across the UK into works of art on Coronation Bench sculptures.

It was a huge privilege to work with @historicroyalpalaces and be a part of their coronation celebrations for King Charles III.

Look out for us in episode 2! 📽️

Sculpture Selfie Saturday 🐘🎨🏰

📷 @bbeckysmithh @gillprendergast @judeetreeart @mrasingh @reillycreative

#wildinart

Who's ready for the weekend? 🙋 Take a trip to Eastbourne to discover a trail of 12 unique @elmerthepatchworkelephant sculptures, each inspired by the work of famous artists 🐘

Download a map and get exploring! 🔗 link in bio

📷 @youreastbourne
@andersenpress #wildinart

One month to go! 🦒

On 21 March, Cambridge will be home to a herd of beautifully decorated giraffe sculptures, all encouraging you to look up at the spectacular art on offer and support @breakcharity, a charity working in Cambridgeshire to raise the aspirations of the county’s young care leavers.

@breaktrailcambs
#wildinart #cambridgestandingtall #cambridge

Here's a peek of some @pawsonthewharf_guidedogs designs 👀

The sculptures have made their way to our HQ to have their paw-traits taken 📷 and it's not long to go now until they create a trail around Canary Wharf from 25 March 🐾

To get a taste of what's to come, you can read more about the artists involved 👉 link in bio

#wildinart #pawsonthewharf

Discover our new SmileyWorld® sculptures this half term 💛

The fun emoticons are dotted around North Tyneside and each display artwork by fifteen talented creatives who were tasked with responding to an emotion. 💭

Visit our website to read more about each artist and the inspiration behind their designs 👉 link in bio

#wildinart

Elmer's journey to New Zealand's beautiful South Island is coming to an end this weekend. 🌈🐘

It has been fantastic bringing another #wildinart trail to Ōtautahi Christchurch, this time supporting the work of the @laurafergussonbraininjurytrust, who work tirelessly to support people and their families with brain, spinal and complex injuries.

Many thanks to the trail’s lead partner @zeroheightsafety for their contribution to ensuring the success of this trail!

More information on the Farewell Weekend and Grand Auction can be found through the link in our bio 🔗

@elmerchristchurch | @elmerthepatchworkelephant | @andersenpress

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