March of the Elephants is calling for artist submissions for its sculpture trail, which is set to parade streets, parks and open spaces in summer 2023.

In partnership with Wild in Art, St Giles Hospice will display a herd of 60 elephant models across Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield.

Each sculpture will be designed and decorated by artists and communities to create the large-scale public art event, which will bring tourism and economic benefits to the region, put smiles on people’s faces, promote wellbeing and exploration and raise vital funds for St Giles Hospice.

Chloe Hope, Head of Fundraising at St Giles Hospice, said: “We need artists that will go head and shoulders above the rest. Our incredible herd of sculptures will be displayed for ten weeks next summer in locations across the cities and towns, highlighting iconic spots and hidden gems and engaging with communities from Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield.

“From fine art, graffiti and mosaic, we’re encouraging artists from all backgrounds to submit their designs which will help people to get out and about and explore their local areas.”

Once submitted, design ideas will be presented to sponsors and successful artists are commissioned to apply their designs to the sculptures.

The first painted elephant, fondly named Elvis, was decorated by artist, Michelle Turton. Michelle said: “I’m so pleased to be part of March of the Elephants with St Giles. My friend was cared for by St Giles in 2018 and we have wonderful memories of her time there. Designing and painting this elephant was something special, not only celebrating my friend’s memory but supporting the hospice at the same time.”

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director at Wild in Art, said: “We’re excited to be working with St Giles Hospice to parade the elephants across the streets, parks and open spaces of Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for artists to add to their own portfolio and support a great cause by raising vital funds for St Giles Hospice.”

Artists should visit to complete the submission form. Designs must be submitted by Friday 20th January 2023. A maximum of 3 designs can be submitted. The final selection for designs will be made in February 2023.