When the trail finishes at the end of September the robins will be spruced up ready for the farewell event at the historic and beautiful Fernleigh House and Gardens, home to Nottinghamshire Hospice. Two new special edition robins will be revealed at the event which is open to the public from 12-14 October.
Then on Thursday 18 October the sculptures will go under the hammer at the Hoodwinked Grand Auction at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s Lace Market, where TV auctioneer Charles Hanson will take bids of £3,000 upwards for the robins. Sculptures are being marketed internationally with online and telephone bidding facilities. Proceeds will help patients at Nottinghamshire Hospice.
Rowena Naylor-Morrell, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Hospice said: “Hoodwinked has been a huge success with tens of thousands flocking to the trail. The farewell event is a unique opportunity to view our two new special edition robins with the rest of the flock, lit up in our beautiful hospice garden. So if you haven’t managed to tick off all the sculptures during the trail, or you want to come along for one last look and to say goodbye, get yourself booked into the event.
“And if you fancy owning one of these modern masterpieces, join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase one of the robins at our Grand Auction and benefit our patients at the same time.”
To date there have been more than 86,000 sculpture unlocks via the Hoodwinked app alone with many more using the trail map to spot the robins.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Localities, said: “It’s been an amazing summer – the people of Nottingham have well and truly fallen in love with our Hoodwinked Robins! I hope plenty of people will go along to see them one last time, and help us raise lots of money for Nottinghamshire Hospice.”
Ben Reed, Head of Creative Development at Wild in Art, added: “Hoodwinked has brought art to the streets and public spaces of the city this summer. Not only that, it’s brought artists, young people, communities and businesses together to showcase Nottingham’s creativity, its heritage and spirit of fun. The flock now has an important job to do: to help raise funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice. But before the Robins fly off to their forever perch, make sure you see them all at the farewell event and pick your favourites to bid on at auction.”
To book tickets for the Farewell event go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hoodwinked-farewell-to-the-flock-tickets-49333536937
Nottingham City Transport is offering half-price group-rider tickets for people attending.
To book tickets for the auction go to: http://www.hoodwinked2018.co.uk/auction/
Please note bidding will start at £3,000