Paw-some support as sponsors complete the Swindog pack
Date published: 4 July 2023
With less than two weeks until the trail launches, The Big Dog Art Trail has completed the pack of paw-some sponsors.
On Saturday, July 15, 30 larger-than-life balloon dog sculptures will be unleashed across Swindon.
Each of the Swindog sculptures have been kindly sponsored by local businesses, with the final few adopting their dogs in the last few weeks.
OneFamily have sponsored Phil Daniels’ sculpture, Reflecting on Swindon, which will feature on the trail at St Marks Park, where there will also be a celebratory BBQ on Sunday, July 16.
Financial services provider OneFamily help families at every stage of life, whether they’re putting money aside for a child, saving for their future, releasing value from their home or want extra peace of mind with life insurance.
Supporting local communities is at the heart of what they do and having had an office in Swindon for over a year and a growing team, they are excited to be supporting this public art event.
CEO of OneFamily, Teddy Nyahasha said, “We’re delighted to be sponsoring one of our very own Swindogs in The Big Dog Art Trail this summer.
“OneFamily has increased its foot – or should I say paw – print in Swindon considerably over the past two years, so we were keen to be a part of something so important to the town and its people.
“Helping the local community means everything to us at OneFamily, so we’re proud to be supporting Julia’s House children’s hospice, which is does some amazing work. We look forward to seeing people from across Swindon and further afield as they enjoy the trail.”
CG Utilities is one of the leading utilities contractors in the UK and they have signed up to sponsor Patches – Julia’s Hound.
The Swindog has a special meaning to the trail as it has been painted by children and staff at Julia’s House children’s hospice in Devizes, bringing to life the reason behind the trail – raising vital funds to provide a lifeline of care for the most seriously ill children and their families across Wiltshire and Dorset.
Phil Ridgwell, CG Utilities CEO, said: “Supporting our communities is a key part of the CG Utilities ethos.
“With Swindon playing an important part in our everday work – it is vital that we give back to the community whenever we can. We are proud to support the Big Dog Art Trail.”
The Business Exchange, Swindon & Wiltshire and Bath & Somerset’s only business to business publisher offering coverage in print, online, through networking, events and award have also been added to the pack.
They are sponsoring Gem Van Gils’ Swindog sculpture, Vida La Frida, which will stand proudly by the lake at Queens Park.
Anita Jaynes, Founder of The Business Exchange South West, said: “The Business Exchange is thrilled to be supporting Julia’s House with this fantastic initiative which celebrates art, champions our area, and brings businesses together for good.
“I’ve personally seen the difference hospice care makes to children and families living with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions and wanted to help Julia’s House with its mission.”
Family- run car dealership Dick Lovett, which has been in Swindon since 1966, have also come on board as a sponsor.
One of the leading automotive retailers in the UK representing some of the world’s most prestigious brands for cars and motorbikes, including Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin, they guarantee to take the trail into the fast lane.
They are sponsoring Swindon artist Hannah Dosanjh and her Swindog Tails of Swindon, which has been seen across the town as part of the promotion of the trail and will now be located at STEAM Museum, where there will also be a shop to buy all your Big Dog Art Trail merchandise when the trail is live.
Renewable energy company, RWE, are also powering the pack as they have signed up to sponsor Kitty Shepherd’s Puppy Love Swindog.
RWE is the largest power producer in the UK, and a leading renewable generator supplying around 15% of UK electricity with a diverse operational portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind, hydro, biomass and gas.
The bold a bright sculpture will take pride of place outside of The Old Town Library and Arts Centre during the trail.
The trail wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses who have helped with the logistics of moving 30 life-size sculptures to Swindon.
Zelf are a family-run removals, self-storage and vehicle hire company based in Devizes who operate throughout Wiltshire.
They have provided the trail with vans to be able to transport the sculptures for photoshoots, to the artists to be painted and will be on hand to deliver them to their final locations on the trail.
Hanson UK, a leading supplier of low carbon heavy building materials to the construction industry, are also supporting the trail and are creating the concrete plinths that the sculptures will stand on.
You can find out more about our sponsors when you visit the sculptures, with QR codes linking you to what they do and the rewards they are offering for collecting their sculptures.
To find out more about our sponsors or to get the latest Big Dog Art Trail updates here.