Paws for thought with art scheme

Arthur, the first snowdog sculpture, painted by Jeff Rowland. Picture by Chris Lishman.

Arthur, the first snowdog sculpture, painted by Jeff Rowland. Picture by Chris Lishman.

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An arts trail is encouraging shoppers to paws for thought.

Giant snowdog sculptures, inspired by Raymond Briggs’ animation, have been painted with winter wonderland scenes by artist Jeff Rowland.

It is all part of Great North Snowdogs, an ambitious mass art project created by St Oswald’s Hospice, which will lead to a dog trail around the region.

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

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

Jane Hogan, Great North Snowdogs project lead, said: “This event is set to bring the whole region together to celebrate our cultural identity, while raising funds to support the local children’s hospice.”

For more information visit www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk