Support the Big Hoot 2015 – Last chance for local businesses

Guest post via Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Calling all local businesses – your final chance to support The Big Hoot in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital ends on Friday 12 June.

The Big Hoot will see a parliament of giant owls descend on the region this summer and there is still time to get your claws into the project as there are owls in production awaiting sponsorship.

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The Big Hoot has secured funding for 10 community projects but five are still in need of part-sponsors. The project, supported by Birmingham City Council, offers a unique opportunity for businesses to connect with their local communities, as well as offering the chance to do something for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The project is currently calling out for sponsors for community groups in Yardley, Nechells, Soho Finger, Lozells and Bordesley Green. The designs are all representative of each community, encouraging locals to dig deep into their heritage and share their discoveries through art.

The support from regional businesses for the project so far has been phenomenal, with funding having already been secured from LDC, Fort Dunlop, Lloyds Bank, Pertemps, CrossCountry trains and The Schools of King Edward VI plus many more.

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Community Manager for The Big Hoot, Ben Reed says, “The Big Hoot has already brought so many companies closer to their local community – it’s a great way to interact with your customers on a much more personal level. This is a fantastic way for businesses and organisations to get involved in The Big Hoot whilst ensuring that some of the hardest to reach communities in the city are able to take part in this dynamic and high profile project.”

The owl in Yardley will see young people from opposite ends of the community come together to produce an owl representing how they see Yardley now, and what they’d like to see from Yardley in the future.

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Nechells’ owl will see a ‘patchwork’ mosaic owl designed by the older community depicting what the area means to them, referencing important events and individuals that have been integral to their communal experience.

Soho Finger residents have based their own design on the industrial revolution and the African slave trade. The residents will be working with artist Faith Pearson, who is known for creating pieces of art from discarded materials reflecting human existence.

The Handsworth Park Association has teamed up with the residents of Lozells and artist Scylla Magda to create the only interactive community owl. Residents will be invited to educational engagement sessions at The Boathouse Café in Handsworth Park, with night-time excursions planned across the summer.

Finally, a racially diverse all-women’s group in Bordesley Green will work with artist Fozia Malik to create an owl representing the heterogeneous culture of the area.

The community owls will form part of The Big Hoot trail which launches on Monday 20 July. At the end of the 10 weeks the owls will be auctioned for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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Public art specialists Wild in Art have delivered over 26 award-winning events since its inception in 2008, with over 1,800 artworks directly contributing over £1.5million into creative economies. They’ve also raised over £7.5million for charitable causes and engaged over 2,000 schools in creative projects. The Gromit Unleashed project in Bristol last year saw £123million put back into the local economy, with 1.18million visitors to the trail, raising £2.3million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Sponsors can get involved for as little as £1,000 and any enquiries should be directed to Ben Reed (ben@wildinart.co.uk)

You can follow The Big Hoot on Twitter @thebighoot2015 and use the hashtag #TheBigHoot2015

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