From mid-June to the end of August, Maidstone will play host to the biggest free art event to ever come to the area!
This mass-participation family event will feature up to 50 individually-designed large Elmer sculptures, based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.
At the same time, residents and visitors will also be able to meet the herds of baby Elmers, who will be popping up in special locations across the town centre and local areas, representing schools and nurseries.
Elmer was chosen for a number of reasons:
So as you can see, we have a lot in common!
For Heart of Kent Hospice, Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade is an exciting and high-profile way to raise awareness of the Hospice and how we provide outstanding support and care for local people who have a terminal illness, as well as their families and carers.
Wild in Art
Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events that entertain, enrich, inform and leave a lasting legacy. It brings together businesses and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of uniquely painted sculptures.
Since 2008, Wild in Art has animated cities across the world with its trails. They have raised over £12 million for charities to date, and helped millions of people experience art outside of traditional settings.
Wild in Art believe passionately that being creative through art not only gives people a voice, it also has a positive impact on society, education, the economy, and health and wellbeing. Their events have injected £1.8 million into local creative communities and engaged over 550,000 young people in creative learning programmes.