Swindogs And Pups On Parade At Farewell - The Big Dog Art Trail

Swindogs and pups on parade at Farewell

Date published: 18 September 2023

Around 3,500 visitors came through the doors of Swindon’s STEAM Museum at the weekend to say a final farewell to our 72 beautiful, hand-painted Swindogs and Swinpups! The balloon-shaped dog sculptures were displayed across Swindon over the summer as part of The Big Dog Art Trail, with proceeds supporting Julia’s House and our lifeline of care for the most seriously ill children in Wiltshire and Dorset.

Now you can adopt a Swindog or Swinpup in our Grand Auction! Bid online or buy your tickets here.

A fond farewell to the Swindogs

This was the first time that all of the Swindogs and Swinpups had gathered together as a pack before the larger dogs go under the hammer at The Big Dog Art Trail’s Grand Auction, also at the STEAM Museum, on Tuesday 19th September at 6.30pm. 

Families, dog lovers and art enthusiasts came together to see the sculptures in all their glory. Artists spoke to the crowds about their designs and held workshops for children to enjoy. Swindog souvenirs were also on sale, with two lucky visitors winning teeny tiny Swinpup sculptures made by renowned artist, Robert Mach, in the style of his Tunnock’s tea cake inspired Swindog called Running with Dogs! 

With a dazzling array of colourful designs, there was a prize pup for everyone. Some of the trail’s Top Dogs, as voted by the public, include Papillon, Penny For Your Thoughts and Adventure Hound, with Penny For Your Thoughts and Pup Art receiving the highest online bids to date.   

Adopt a balloon dog at auction

Bids for the Swindogs can be made online now via The Big Dog Art Trail website. Members of the public are also encouraged to come along to the Grand Auction. Attendees can register in advance or on the day. All of the money raised will go to the Wiltshire and Dorset based children’s hospice charity, Julia’s House. 

Find out more about The Big Dog Art Trail Auction here. 

It’s Auction Time!

Going, going… nearly gone!

Adopt your own Swindog at our Grand Auction on Tuesday 19 September, from 6.30pm.

You can bid on your favourite Swindog online now or come along to our thrilling auction event at STEAM Museum in Swindon.

Click below for more information and to browse the catalogue.

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