Five illustration students from the University of South Wales (USW) will have their creations adorn oversized Snoopy sculptures today (April 8) as part of a spectacular public art trail organized by Dogs Trust.
A Dog’s Trail is a series of intricately decorated Snoopy sculptures, which wind their way through Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl over the next eight weeks, with each sculpture designed by local, regional and national artists.
Sophomores Alison Howard, Amy Bainbridge, Hannah Morgan, Elis Mutlu and Megan Hill all had their designs chosen to be part of the trail, which also includes work by illustration grad Joe Davies. The six artists were chosen from a shortlist of 13 USW illustrators.
Alison, 22, from Sutton Coldfield, created the Self Care with Snoopy design, which was installed in the Roath Park Rose Garden. She said: “I decided to incorporate ways of relaxation, like spending time with animals or enjoying nature, and decided to inject some fun by adding a dog enjoying a bath in the bath! It’s amazing to be part of this great event and know that children and families will appreciate my work.
Amy, 22, from Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan, came up with a design called Quit Dragon Your Feet, inspired by the historic importance of castles and dragons in Welsh history. She said: “I wanted to create something that reminded me of Wales, and I remember being very impressed with the big blue dragon sitting on one of the turrets in Cardiff Castle a few years ago. So I designed a red dragon Snoopy, wearing pants that look like a castle wall. It’s set up just opposite Caerphilly Castle, and I can’t wait to see the reaction from the public.
Hannah, 22, is originally from Carmarthen and now lives in Cardiff. His design, Celestial Day and Night, takes pride of place in St John’s Gardens, near the old Cardiff Library. She said: ‘I love the celestial and star patterns so I combined these with a centerpiece in the middle, using stencils and poster paints to create the repeating pattern which is half blue and half yellow. It’s my first commission, so it’s a bit scary to think that the general public will watch it!
Matt Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Illustration at USW, said, “Our goal is to build ‘real illustrators for the real world’ by engaging our students with live briefs from real clients, and it’s been a pleasure to work with Dogs Trust and Wild in Art. , especially with an illustrated character as iconic as Snoopy as a canvas! I am so proud that we had five students and one graduate chosen for A Dog’s Trail. They were competing against professional artists who created works like this all over the country for many years, so they did very well in gaining recognition.
The event is organized in partnership with Peanuts – creator of the famous cartoon Snoopy – and Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of public art events. The trail will run until mid-June when the sculptures will be auctioned off to benefit Dogs Trust.
Rebecca Staden, Project Manager of A Dog’s Trail, said, “Seeing the student drawings come to life on a sculpture of Snoopy was a joy to behold. This means that hundreds of people from all over South Wales will be able to appreciate their incredible creative talent. USW Illustration students submitted amazing and unique designs to adorn a Snoopy sculpture in the main trail, which was an amazing opportunity for them to showcase their first commissioned artwork in public, while raising funds valuable in helping more dogs across South Wales. .”