The Big Hoot – Until 27 September

(L-R) Birmingham Children's Hospital Owl, Schools of King Edward VI owl, Network Rail owl
If you’ve been in and around Birmingham’s centre and suburbs over the last few weeks then you might have noticed a few new additions to the usual cityscape. The city has become home to 89 colourful owls which are part of The Big Hoot and are helping raise money for the Children’s Hospital.

Decorated by illustrators, graffiti artists, printmakers and graphic designers visitors are being encouraged to follow the feathered trail and enjoy beautiful open spaces, inspiring buildings and Birmingham’s cultural heritage along the way. Help is on hand with the free ‘The Big Hoot’ app which you can use to keep track of the owls and unlock rewards. Continue reading

The Big Hoot: Call For Artists

Picture © Daniel Graves Photography 2014.Birmingham is set to become a virtual aviary in 2015 as a host of feathered friends descend on the city as part of its largest ever, mass participation art event. Wild in Art will be working in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to create The Big Hoot which will see over 120 individually designed 165cm tall owl statues appearing throughout the city over ten weeks during summer 2015, helping to showcase the wide cultural appeal of Birmingham.

The Big Hoot offers an opportunity for artists to work in partnership with local businesses, charities, schools and community groups to transform over a hundred blank, giant, owl sculptures into imaginative, individual characters. Ultimately, it will become a significant fund-raiser for one of the region’s most invaluable resources – the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The team welcome designs in any art form – traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, graffiti and mosaic, embroidery to metalwork. 

If you are commissioned, you will receive an honorarium of £850.00 upon completion of your artwork.

Deadline for submissions is 9th January 2015

For more information download an artists pack and application form