The Hares of Hampshire are excited to welcome Southampton’s BID organisation, GO! Southampton as City Partner for the Wild in Art Trail coming to the cities of Southampton and Winchester in 2022. In addition to City Partner status, GO! Southampton will also be ‘hopping on board’ as as sponsors for the Farewell Event Sponsor and the Hare Footprints Trail in Southampton.
‘We’ve been longing to host another Wild in Art trail in Southampton since 2016’s Zany Zebras which were hugely popular. We think the Hares of Hampshire could be just as big. And it’s great to know that the proceeds will go to one of our best-known local causes, the Murray Parish Trust. Jim and Sarah have worked tirelessly for many years to support our University Hospital and have won a place in the hearts of people in the city. An added bonus is that an incredible new hare sculpture by Hamish Mackie will be displayed in Guildhall Square for the duration of the project and the final exhibition of all the hares will also take place there. As a city partner of Hares of Hampshire we will do our best to ensure the success of the project and to maximise the return for Murray Parish Trust. Bring it on!’ – Giles Semper GO! Southampton’s Executive Director
The Hares of Hampshire is spectacular public art event that will bound across the great cities of Winchester and Southampton in the summer of 2022.
For ten weeks, Winchester and Southampton streets, parks and public spaces will be brought to life with an exhibition of magnificent hares. Each giant sculpture will be individually designed and beautifully created, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent the county has to offer – while positively contributing to the economic, cultural and social life of the area.
This will be the biggest art event that Winchester and Southampton have ever seen, creating a free, fun, family-friendly trail of discovery for everyone to enjoy whilst exploring our great cities. This is an opportunity for locals and visitors to be inspired, get creative and celebrate the history and culture of Hampshire.
The Hares of Hampshire Wild in Art trail is hosted by The Murray Parish Trust. The local children’s charity set up by actors Sarah Parish & James Murray in memory of their late daughter is dedicated to advane paediatric emergency care and medicine across the South of England. The charity’s lates appeal is to raise £2.1 million to fund a revolutionary iMRI Suite at Southampton Children’s Hospital
“We are looking forward to working with GO! Southampton as our City Partner for the Hares of Hampshire art trail. Having the BID team to help with such an enormous city-wide project is crucial to it’s success and we are hugely grateful to have them involved in the planning and execution of what promises to be a truly spectacular sight throughout the city next summer” – Sarah Parish & James Murray Founders of The Murray Parish Trust
GO! Southampton is the Business Improvement District for Southampton City Centre. Our mission is to continuously improve the city centre by delivering relevant services, providing a voice for our businesses, influencing strategy and being a catalyst for positive change. The BID represents over 630 BID levy payers made up of business representatives from a myriad of sectors across the city.
The Southampton Business Improvement District (GO! Southampton) came into being on 1st April 2017 after a successful ballot the previous November. The “yes” vote was the culmination of 18 months’ work by a steering group comprising local businesses and organisations with a shared vision to deliver projects and improvements enabling the city of Southampton to reach its full potential.
With almost 5 years under our belt and a track record of making things happen, GO! Southampton has earned its place as a credible contributor to the success of the City Centre.