In October 2018 Hospice Isle of Man launched its strategy ‘Much More Than A Building’ and one of our five strategic goals is to ‘Be sustainable and fit for the future’. One of the ways we will be achieving this goal is through optimising our partnership working and supporter base in order to generate funds that will ensure we can always provide our services.
As such, we are delighted to be working in partnership with Wild in Art, a global leader in the creation of public art events, on our Wallabies Gone Wild trail.
During this time the Isle of Man will be brought to life by a mob of beautifully designed wallaby sculptures.
The trail will consist of 26 large wallaby sculptures that have been designed by both local and national artists and sponsored by local businesses, and 38 small 'Wallababy' sculptures that have been designed by local schools and community groups.
Wild in Art trails have been followed by millions of people and since 2015 have had an economic impact of over £98 million through increasing footfall, attracting visitors and generating expenditure within local economies.
Their trails have also injected £1.8 million into local creative communities. Working with the Arts Council, we are delighted to have supported so many local artists, designers, photographers, videographers and other creatives as we have brought Wallabies Gone Wild to life.
There are significant impacts on health and wellbeing within communities where trails have taken place by encouraging more people to get out and about and spending time as a family. Hospice’s purpose is to help people to live well and so this element of the trail is something that fits very well with us as an organisation.
Wild in Art trails have also enabled over £12m to be raised for charitable causes through auctions, and we are optimistic that our auction in September will generate significant funds to help support our services to be sustainable for the future.
In September 2018 we launched Wallabies Gone Wild to local schools, businesses and artists. We unveiled the Wallaby sculpture for the first time and started communications with companies that would eventually become our wallaby sponsors.
Wallabies Gone Wild would not have been such a success without our presenting partners, Tevir Group and SCS, both have been a source of constant enthusiasm and support throughout the project.
Download the 'Wallabies Gone Wild' app and discover 64 uniquely painted wallaby sculptures across the Isle of Man. Find all the large wallabies and small wallababy sculptures and unlock exciting rewards on the way. View your trail progress and add photos to the gallery. Don’t forget to share your progress using #wallabiesgonewild.
For over 12 months, behind closed doors, an Island-wide invasion has been planned by Hospice Isle of Man. One by one businesses, artists, schools and community groups were let in on the secret and now it’s your turn...
Do you have some spare time on your hands this summer? Find out how you can help out on the trail.
We had some very enthusiastic and talented artists design and paint our wallabies for us. With over a 100 submissions our local business sponsors had a number to pick from.
Find out how children at local primary and secondary schools have engaged with our education programme.