2016 (Sept - Nov) Great North Snowdogs - Pawdington - sponsored by Nexus @My_Metro
Presented by creative producers Wild in Art, working in partnership with St Oswald's Children’s Hospice, Great North Snowdogs will bring together businesses, artists, schools and community groups to create a public art trail of beautiful Snowdog sculptures, based on the story The Snowman and The Snowdog, by Raymond Briggs.
For ten weeks during Autumn and Winter 2016, 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. Local people can become ‘tourists in their own city’ with a trail map and dedicated app will lead them from popular tourist destinations to lesser known areas of the region.
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. A separate trail of smaller Snowdogs, created by local school children and community groups will also be exhibited, celebrating the talent of the young people of the North East.
Adventurer and professional sandwich-maker Pawdington emigrated to South Shields from deepest, darkest Peru earlier this year with only his friend Froger, the Peruvian tree frog, for company. He has already settled in nicely to life in the North East and is currently preparing to move to his new home at The Customs House.
He said: “I was so excited to hear that I’d be moving to South Shields. I’m a sociable pup and I’ve been on many adventures in my lifetime and met many different faces, but the people of the North East have a reputation for being so friendly. I can’t wait to get to know the local families and find out more about life in the North with my other Snowdogs, even if it means switching from marmalade sandwiches to stotties.
“I’ve heard that South Shields is a real maritime town, that the first life boat came from here, and that sailors travelled all over the world from here – maybe even to my home in Peru. From my new home at The Customs House I’ll be able to watch the big ships and smaller boats going in and out of the Tyne all day long and wish them Bon Voyage – though I, myself, prefer to travel by train.
“I first met Froger after finding out he was stowaway under my hat, but I didn’t mind. We’re now the best of friends. He’s multi-lingual so I’m hoping he will help me to understand the Geordie accent! He’s told me that people from South Shields are known as Sandancers. I like that. I hope that they will look after us and that they might even let me and Froger become honorary Sandancers too.”
Pawdington is one of the Great North Snowdogs, sponsored by Tyne and Wear Metro. Say hello and follow his adventures on twitter: @pawdington or see him in person at The Customs House, South Shields from 19 September to 29 November 2016.
Find out more about Pawdington's artist here: Mandii Pope
Discover our other Great North Snowdog here: Guide Dog