New addition is welcomed at aquarium

Pupils from St Oswalds Primary School with their Blue Reef Aquarium Little Snowdog.

Pupils from St Oswalds Primary School with their Blue Reef Aquarium Little Snowdog.

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A new arrival has appeared at a popular visitor attraction – a 1.5metre tall snowdog.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is among a series of locations across the north east hosting a sculpture as part of the Great North Snowdogs trail in September.

Presented by creative producers Wild in Art, in partnership with St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, Great North Snowdogs brings together businesses, artists, schools and community groups to create a public art trail of Snowdog sculptures.

Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin said: “We are very delighted to be part of this massive event.

“We have enlisted the help of TV presenter Pam Royle to come up with a design for our Snowdog and we are really looking forward to seeing the finished result.”

Alongside the big Snowdog, the aquarium is also caring for a little Snowdog which it has decided to gift to St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Hebburn and it was presented to the children during morning assembly.

Pupils will be able to create their own designs for their pup which will then go on public display as part of the larger Great North Snowdog trail.

Painting of the big sculptures will take place in July and August and the trail is set to go live on September 19.

For ten weeks during autumn and winter, the north east’s streets, parks and open spaces will become home to a series of individually designed Snowdog sculptures, painted by both well-known and undiscovered artists.

This will result in a sculpture trail, sponsored by businesses and individuals, showcasing the rich cultural offer and wealth of artistic talent in the area.

Once the trail ends, the sculptures will be auctioned at a glittering event in December 2016, to raise funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

St Oswald’s children’s service provides short breaks and respite for young people with incurable conditions from across the region, plus support for parents, siblings or other close relations who are affected.