The Big Dog Art Trail

15 July 23  – 3 September 23
Julia's House

Tail were wagging for the biggest and most colourful event in Swindon in 2023. From 15 July to 3 September, the public discovered 30 super-sized Swindogs and 42 super-cute Swinpups on The Big Dog Art Trail.

Designed by professional artists, schools and community groups, the uniquely decorated sculptures took us all on a free and accessible trail through some of Swindon’s best-loved landmarks, parks and public spaces.

And when walkies were over, it was time for the Farewell Weekend and Grand Auction to raise vital funds for the children’s hospice charity, Julia’s House.

An incredible £165,800 was raised through sales of the Balloon Dogs, which will ensure the Julia’s House can continue to provide care to our children now and for generations to come.


Sculptures Unlocked


Rewards Collected
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Miles Walked
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Photos Shared

An incredible £165,800

was raised through the auction of the 30 large Balloon Dog sculptures for Julia’s House Childen’s Hospice.

Participating Artists

Glen Brooks
Phil Daniels
Hannah Dosanjh
Gem Van Gils
Julie Greenaway
Judy Guillery
Morgan Guillery
Michelle Heron
Liam Kelleher
Hannah Jayne-Lewin

David Mach
Robert Mach
Jane Morgan
Jane Mota
Donna Newman
New College Swindon: Art & Design Skills
New College Swindon: BA Illustration students

Caroline Parrott
Jess Perrin
Mike Pringle
David King Reuben
Mimi Salter
Kitty Shepherd
Tim Sutcliffe
(my) sound trauma – Steve Curtis
Marta Zubieta

Most Voted For


App players voted for their favourite sculpture and Papillon came out top of the pups!

An experienced Wild in Art sculpture artist and passionate supporter of Julia’s House, Caroline Parrott chose a colourful and three dimensional butterfly theme for her design – a symbol of hope and change for children’s hospices.

About Julia’s House

Julia’s House is a charity dedicated to supporting the families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in the heart of the community in Wiltshire and Dorset. Many of these children require round-the-clock care, which has a huge impact on family life.

The charity provides bespoke care for every family it supports, with each family receiving around 200 hours of free care each year. Parents can choose when, where and how they receive their care – at home, in the community or at one of the charity’s two hospices in Devizes and Corfe Mullen – making it a truly flexible service.

A few of Our Achievements


Sculptures Created


Events Delivered




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