Call for local artists to transform Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail 2022

Wild in Art is delighted to support Northern Ireland Hospice as a presenting partner for Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail 2022, a major public art trail to celebrate 21 years of care at Horizon House. The free, family-friendly art trail – a collaboration between Northern Ireland Hospice, Wild in Art and Andersen Press – brings David McKee’s popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant to life. A herd of 30+ Elmers will be scattered across the city next summer. We want to commission local artists to decorate these sculptures to form an art trail that will weave its way across the city and surrounding areas, to create a free 10 week art gallery. It will act as a showcase for local art and design, attracting both residents and tourists to discover our beautiful city and learn about the vital work of Northern Ireland Hospice.

Northern Ireland Hospice are committed to supporting local artists and welcome high-impact designs in any art form including

  • traditional
  • new media
  • fine art
  • illustrations
  • fashion/fabric design
  • graffiti

They would love to receive your designs to help add drama, fun and a creative flourish to the sculpture trail. If you are commissioned, you will receive an honorarium of £900 upon completion of your artwork. Submit a design by emailing or visiting

artist forms link
New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.