Dogs Trust to unleash super-sized Snoopy sculptures across Cardiff
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has today announced that they will be unleashing a breed of Snoopy sculptures to the city of Cardiff next Autumn. The charity has teamed up with Peanuts, to bring an exciting new art trail to the city, featuring the world-famous beagle. The dog-friendly trail will take visitors along some of the best dog walking routes in the city and aims to raise awareness and funds for the charity – which will soon be opening a rehoming centre in the city.
A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy, in collaboration with creative producers, Wild in Art, will take both two and four-legged visitors on a trail through the heart of the Welsh capital for 10 weeks, during Autumn 2021. The trail will feature unique and colourful Snoopy sculptures designed by Cardiff-based and national artists.
Each sculpture will be sponsored by a business or individual and have its own tale to tell, many showcasing Cardiff’s wealth of artistic talent whilst celebrating the vibrancy, culture and creativity that the city has to offer. At the end of the trail, the Snoopy sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Dogs Trust.
A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy will connect corporate, public, and community partners around the city, providing a collaborative mass participation event, generating a social, wellbeing and economic boost for the city and community.
Businesses, individuals and regional organisations who want to find out more about how they can make their mark on the most iconic dog in the world and sponsor the first-ever Snoopy art trail are invited to a digital launch event on Wednesday 11th November from 4.00-5.00pm.
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, said: “A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy is an exciting new adventure for Dogs Trust. I can’t wait to see the iconic Snoopy brought to life, bringing colour and fun to the streets of Cardiff.
“We’ve been helping dogs in Wales for more than 50 years through our presence in Bridgend; but we’re especially excited to open our 21st rehoming centre in Cardiff in 2021 which will allow us to care for an additional 1,000 dogs in Wales each year and provide jobs and volunteering opportunities within the community.
“The trail’s aim is to raise pounds for hounds so that we can continue to improve dog welfare in Wales. We know that it is going to be a spectacular exhibition for everyone who joins in and we’re excited to make A Dog’s Trail a lasting legacy, just like Snoopy himself!”
Wild in Art, has brought together communities with its sculpture trails in cities around the world. Their first art trail in Cardiff was Snowdogs Tails in Wales in 2017. To date, its events have contributed more than £15 million to charities and £2.4 million to creative communities.
Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder of Wild in Art, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Cardiff and working with Dogs Trust and Peanuts to create A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy – our first ever dog-friendly art trail.
“Our events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to everyone while offering new ways for people to explore their local area, but we need the support of local businesses to make it happen.
“Sponsorship of a Snoopy sculpture is a fabulous opportunity and there are many exciting ways to benefit from a collaboration with us whilst supporting Dogs Trust’s amazing work.”
Councillor Peter Bradbury, Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy to Cardiff and helping to create a public art event that will have the potential to raise a lot of money for Dogs Trust, whilst celebrating the creativity and community at the heart of our city. Previous art trails have brought more than 350,000 visitors to the city and generated £10 million for the local economy. World events have made 2020 a difficult year for all of us so the promise of A Dog’s Trail brightening the city’s streets as we head towards the end of 2021 really is something special to look forward to.
“A Dog’s Trail will offer everyone, two and four-legged, a fabulous day out and will get people exploring parts of the city they may not have visited before. It’s a fantastic way to raise money and to showcase Cardiff as a place to visit, love, live, work and play.”
Welsh sporting personalities Elinor Barker MBE and Gareth Thomas are also lending their support for A Dog’s Trail and are helping to launch the art trail through a video at the virtual launch event in November.