ABP’s Port of Ipswich hosted a celebratory reception at Old Custom House last night (Monday 20th June) for Pig Gone Wild, a charity public art event which is due to launch next week.
Pigs Gone Wild is an interactive art trail which will see 39 sculpture pigs located across Ipswich for 10 weeks from the end of June.
With the official launch at St Elizabeth Hospice only a week away, ABP hosted the reception for artists, staff from the hospice and sponsors to celebrate their efforts. Local businesses also gave time and support to make the event a success, including Somerleyton Estate who prepared and served canapes as their contribution to the evening and Syms Pantry who donated a range of their specialist bacon relishes and sauces for the event.
ABP’s own pig, Ipswich Blue, painted by Norfolk artist Julia Allum was on display with five other pigs at the historic waterfront which gave the public a real impression of the size and visual impact that the pigs will create through the town.
ABP Director Short Sea Ports, Andrew Harston, said: “ABP is proud to be part of this community event which will help to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice and I would encourage all, both young and old, to enjoy the pig trail this summer.”
At the end of the event in September, the pigs will be auctioned off with funds raised going to St Elizabeth Hospice. In addition to sponsoring Ipswich Blue as part of the Pigs Gone Wild trail, ABP are aiming to raise a further £10,000 to support the work of the hospice.
Norman Lloyd, Pigs Gone Wild Project Manager, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to ABP for hosting the pre-launch reception at the Old Custom House. It’s a fantastic venue, full of history and culture which is quite fitting as we hope the Pigs Gone Wild trail will teach people a bit of history and culture about Ipswich.
“It was great to see sponsors and artists all in one room and have one final get together before we launch the trail. The excitement really is building and everyone cannot wait for the highly-anticipated reveal of their pigs on Monday!”