Thursday 22nd September 2016 witnessed the grand finale of the hugely popular Ipswich art trail Pigs Gone Wild, with an auction of the large pigs being held at Trinity Park Conference Centre. The Pigs Gone Wild team were delighted to announce on the night that the combined total of funds raised to support the vital work of St Elizabeth Hospice was £200,000, which far exceeded anyone's expectations.
The Ipswich Star reported on the resounding success of the auction as follows: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/pigs_gone_wild_brings_in_200_000_in_fundraising_bacon_for_st_elizabeth_hospice_1_4708564
Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia enjoyed the special honour of being invited to perform one of her live speed-painting demonstrations as part of the evening, while the auction proceeded. Over a 2 hour period, while listening to the auctioneers pushing up the bids for the pigs, she completed a painting of her pig, Pig-geswyk reflected in the dark glass mirror of the Willis office building: "Piggy through the Looking Glass". The resulting picture was auctioned by silent bid, and raised an additional £500 for the Hospice, while Pig-geswyk herself raised £3,800 for the charity - all thanks to the generosity of bidders in support of an extremely worthy cause.
Lois also hopes to raise additional funds for the Hospice by auctioning her hand-painted miniature version of Pig-geswyk (below) on Ebay at a later date, via her sponsors at Ipswich Central. To be confirmed in the coming weeks - watch this space!
The "Pigs Gone Wild" art trail, in aid of the St Elizabeth Hospice, formed a prominent feature across Ipswich over the Summer, raising smiles from many passers-by. The trail ran for ten weeks from 27th June until 2nd September 2016, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to Ipswich, and was shortly followed by an extremely successful and well attended "Ta Ta Trotters" farewell event at the Town Hall, Ipswich, on 10th and 11th September, and, subsequently, last night's auction.
Piggy through the Looking-Glass
During the trail, Lois Cordelia's pig "Pig-geswyk" was located outside the Willis Coroon office building in the centre of Ipswich. Pig-geswyk was easy to spot, being a shimmering golden colour. This very vain little pig gazed admiringly at her own reflection in the dark glass exterior of the iconic Willis Coroon building for the whole of ten weeks. She welcomed visitors of all ages and loved having selfies taken!
The name "Pig-geswyk" is a reference to the Medieval name of Lois Cordelia's hometown, Ipswich, "Gippeswyk" ('place' or 'market' of the River Gipping). The design features two of Lois' favourite Ipswich townscapes: the elegant, historic façade of the Elizabethan Christchurch Mansion on one side, and the stylish contemporary Ipswich Waterfront (including the UCS Waterfront building and the marina) on the other. The design has been generously sponsored 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.
"A Brush with a Pig" - the Story of Pig-geswyk, in video and timelapse
Lois painted her pig as part of a public live art demo, on the 18th and 19th of May 2016, welcoming dozens of visitors of all ages while she painted and talked about her pig design. The live painting demo was kindly hosted Anna Matthews and her team at La Tour Cycle Cafe, located in Tower Street, in the heart of Ipswich town centre.
Video credits: DaveBulow Photography
Below: 2 minute video - "A Brush with a Pig - in Timelapse"
Below: 5 Minute video - "A Brush with a Pig" - the story of Pig-geswyk
Below: A brief glimpse of work in progress, adding a subtle reference to the La Tour Cycle Cafe :-) Film footage by Dave Bulow Photography, May 2016.