Hoodwinked 2018 celebrates the legend of Robin Hood, but with a mischievous twist on the tale. The sculptures transform our merry man in green into appealing robins – all based on an identical mould but each one unique, designed and created by an artist.
The robin sculpture will be a blank canvas for a huge variety of designs, some illustrating aspects of Nottingham, its attractions and history. For example, artists may be inspired by lace, literature, local myths and tales, the dialect, our architecture, Goose Fair, industry, local heroes, sports or sporting legends, or by aspects of our modern multi-cultural city.
Artist Hannah Money from St Ann’s (pictured) created one of the first Robins for the trail: Independence, a celebration of India and Pakistan. Hannah’s work has been influenced by the traditional arts, fashion and architecture she discovered while travelling in Asia. She said:
“Having the opportunity to create a design that is completely my own was an unusual and exciting job, and I enjoyed the painting of the robin very much. I am excited to see my work in a public space, and will enjoy seeing other people’s reactions to the robins. Being able to create work for the public and have my name on show is a rare opportunity and will hopefully lead to more painting and design work in the future.”
Artists can download the artists’ pack from the Hoodwinked website to see how to get involved. The closing date for designs is 30 January 2018. Artists whose designs are chosen would need to be available to create their sculpture between March and June.
Designs in any art form are welcome – from traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, street art and mosaic. Whatever the art form, the idea is to add drama, fun and a creative flourish to the Hoodwinked sculpture trail.
Hoodwinked is led by Nottingham City Council in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular public art events through the creation of uniquely-painted sculptures.
The free public art trail will run through the city from July to September 2018, with about 30 sculptures each sponsored by a business. It will bring tourists to Nottingham, encourage local people to explore their own city, and ultimately raise awareness and funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice through fundraising activities and an auction of the sculptures in October 2018.
Nottingham businesses wanting to find out more about sponsoring a sculpture and choosing one of the designs can contact Caroline Elmhirst or Julie Walker at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0115 8764984/5.