Murray Parish Trust
Wild in Art

A Wild in Art event brought to you by The Murray Parish Trust.

Hares of Hampshire Art Selection Event

Businesses from across Hampshire who have sponsored giant Hare Sculptures for the upcoming Hares of Hampshire Art Trail,  gathered at Kimbridge Barn in Romsey to pick the design for their Hares.

This exciting event was hosted by actors Sarah Parish & James Murray (founders of The Murray Parish Trust) and the Hares of Hampshire Team.

Hares of Hampshire is a spectacular public art trail coming to the cities of Southampton and Winchester this Summer, a Wild in Art event to support the work of local charity The Murray Parish Trust.

Over 160 artists submitted some incredbile designs, making it a very difficult job for the Hare Sponsors to choose their favourite. We would like to say a huge thank you to all artists who submitted their designs.

During the evening guests heard speeches from; Sarah Parish, (co-founder of The Murray Parish Trust), Tim Connor from Ahmad Tea, (Presenting Partners of the Hares of Hampshire Art Trail) and Charlie Langhorne (pictured left) from Wild in Art. Our Hero Hare designed by Jenny Leonard was on display along with a gorgeous Leveret painted by students in Winchester.

Musical entertainment was provided by the wonderful string quartet, CordElectra and Sarah Harvey from Wild in Art was also on hand to provide expert advice to sponsors choosing their designs. Artists have been told over the weekend if they have been succesful and commisioned for the trail and will start painting their Hares over the next couple of months. We can’t wait to see them!

“We had a great time picking our design for The Murray Parish Trust’s Hares of Hampshire event this summer… We know it is going to look great and can’t wait to meet the artist! Thanks to Sarah Harvey from Wild in Art for all her guidance.” – Dutton Gregory Solcitors

“Kirsty, Laura and Emma had a fabulours time picking Trethowans Hare artwork at the Hares of Hampshire sponsor’s art selection event. Thank you to The Murray Parish Trust for the hospitality and to Ahmad Tea UK and The Arlebury Cafe for the lovely gifts!” – Trethowans 

The Murray Parish Trust and Hares of Hampshire teams would like to say a huge thank you to our Presenting Partners, Ahmad Tea and Norwegian Cruise Line for sponsoring the trail.  Special thanks to the Wild in Art team for their guidance and help with the event. Thank you to Becky Smith from The Arlebury Cafe for providing Hares of Hampshire themed cookies,  thanks to Kate Hunter Photography for the wonderful photos and thanks to our volunteers who helped out on the evening. A big thank you to the team at the gorgeous venue Kimbridge Barn which is part of the Ideal Collection.

The Hares of Hampshire Art Trail begins on the 16th June 2022 and will see 30 Giant Hare sculptures take over the streets, parks and public spaces of Southampton and Winchester for 10 weeks. The trail begins with the unveiling of our flagship exhibit ‘Boxing Hares’ an 11.5ft high bronze sculpture by renowned wildlife sculptor Hamish Mackie. The exhibit (sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line), will stand proudly in the Guildhall Square, Southampton for the duration of the event.

To find out more and get involved please follow @hareshampshire on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and keep up to date with all that’s going on! If you would like to sponsor a Hare there is still time but do get in touch as soon as possible. Email: for more information.


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