Nottingham Markets have commissioned a unique design by Norfolk-based artist Mik Richardson, and will unveil it when the trail starts on Saturday 7 July. It’s one that will be instantly recognisable.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Localities, said:
“This robin has real star quality and we can’t wait for him to take up his summer perch in the indoor market. It’s a sculpture that everyone will want to visit and photograph. We hope that when he’s auctioned after the trail he will raise lots of money for the Hoodwinked charity partner, Nottinghamshire Hospice.”
Hoodwinked is led by Nottingham City Council in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creator of public art sculpture trails across the UK and beyond.
Artist Mik Richardson is no stranger to these sculpture trails. He has produced nearly 50 sculptures for Wild in Art trails up and down the country, raising over £200,000 for charity. He has run his own mural, design and spray art business since 2006 and has produced more than 400 murals, for businesses, schools and communities.
Hoodwinked is Nottingham’s first Wild in Art trail and will run from 7 July to 30 September. The city centre trail will feature 33 giant robins – a twist on the tale of Robin Hood – each one individually decorated by an artist. There will also be 56 BookBenches to find in city centre and community venues, created by local schoolchildren.
The giant robins will be sold at a gala auction evening at Nottingham Trent University on Thursday 18 October to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice.
About Nottingham Markets
Nottingham City Council runs the indoor market at intu Victoria Centre, a street market on Clinton Street and regular weekly markets at Clifton, Hyson Green, Bulwell, St Ann’s and Bilborough. It also runs markets at many of the City’s flagship events including Splendour, Riverside and Goose Fair, as well as specialist markets across the city and car boot sales at Nottingham Racecourse – one of the biggest in the area. Anyone interested in becoming a market trader is welcome to call 0115 876 1960 for advice and information.