*** N.B. Note change of venue for the painting days: the La Tour Cycle Cafe, Tower Street, Ipswich - i.e. less than 5 minutes walk from the originally advertised venue at Sailmakers Shopping Centre***
In today's Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times:
Lois Cordelia will be painting her pig, "Pig-geswyk", for the Ipswich "Pigs Gone Wild" art trail on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May 2016, at the La Tour Cycle Cafe, 17 Tower Street, Ipswich (opposite St Mary le Tower Church, very near the main Tower Ramparts bus station). Visitors are warmly welcome to drop by and watch Lois at work between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on both days.
The Cycle Cafe, which is run by Anna Matthews and her team, is a delightful, homely and family-friendly cafe, serving a delicious selection of hot drinks, cakes, and light snacks. Lois Cordelia has previously collaborated with Anna Matthews on several art and cycling themed projects, including a "BMX Bicycle Angel" sculpture and a children's workshop making bicycles out of pipecleaners for the Christmas tree festival 2015. These are still on display at the cafe.
Below: Lois holds a miniature model of her pig, Pig-geswyk. The actual pig will be a larger-than-life size statue.
Above: The Bicycle Angel: Lois's previous collaboration with the Cycle Cafe for the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary le Tower church, December 2015. The Bicycle Angel and all of the pipecleaner bicycles are still on display at the cafe.
Ipswich-based artist Lois Cordelia is delighted to be part of her hometown's Summer 2016 Pigs Gone Wild art trail, thanks to the sponsorship of Ipswich Central ("Delivering a Vision for Ipswich"), who will be hosting a launch party and grand unveiling for "Pig-geswyk" on Thursday 16th June 2016. Lois will perform a live speed-painting demo as part of the launch event, with the resulting work being sold to help raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.
She was the subject of a recent feature in the Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times on Tuesday 29th March 2016:
Lois was born in Ipswich in 1982, and still considers it her home, although she has travelled, lived and studied in other locations in the UK and abroad. She attended Northgate High School and Sixth Form, in Ipswich, where her A-level art teacher Mr Emery challenged her to evolve from black and white to colour and start painting. Fifteen years on, Lois performs regular speed-painting demos and teaches painting workshops all over East Anglia and beyond.
She called her design for the Pigs Gone Wild trail "Pig-geswyk", a play on the name "Gippeswyk", which is the old name for Ipswich, meaning "Place of the [River] Gipping". The design features twin townscapes of Ipswich, contrasting ancient and modern, which will be painted on the two flanks of the pig in Lois's characteristically energetic speed-painting style. The design was selected to be sponsored for the Pigs Gone Wild trail by Ipswich Central, as it fits perfectly with their ethos of working to ensure a strong and prosperous future for Ipswich town centre, through promoting its history and heritage, but also enhancing its contemporary image.
From the Pigs Gone Wild website:
"St Elizabeth Hospice has teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Suffolk’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – Pigs Gone Wild.
"The interactive sculpture trail will feature more than 40 pigs across Ipswich and beyond. This summer, from 27 June to 2 September, you will be able to follow the trail, collect points with our Pigs Gone Wild app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.
"The pigs, beautifully decorated by artists and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be on show for 10 weeks this summer. They will be joined by a sounder of junior pig sculptures designed by local school children and teachers, which will appear in litters across the town.
"After you have enjoyed Pigs Gone Wild during its 10-week extravaganza, the large pig sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice."