1st May, 2015

PDA member to take part in Birmingham’s Big Hoot

An artist from Chesterfield has been selected from hundreds of applicants to take part in Birmingham’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art eve

Lettering artist, Elizabeth Forrest, who is a long-standing member of Peak District Artisans, will join almost fifty artists to decorate a parliament of owls as part of Wild in Art’s latest project – The Big Hoot.

The high-impact, public art exhibition will feature large-scale, individually designed and decorated 165cm tall owl sculptures. Wild in Art has worked with Birmingham partners to create a new sculpture for the city; the owl has been chosen as the quirky canvas for Birmingham’s exceptionally creative community.

The owls stunningly decorated by artists and community groups and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be taking up perch right across Birmingham for 10 weeks in the summer. They’ll be joined by a parliament of cute ‘owlet’ sculptures – smaller, but crafted just as creatively by local students and teachers.

After local communities and thousands of visitors have enjoyed The Big Hoot during its 10-week run, the large owls will be auctioned to raise significant funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Speaking about the project, Elizabeth said: I’m delighted to have been chosen to take part in The Big Hoot, it’s a fantastic project to be involved with offering a unique and exciting opportunity for artists to work in partnership with local businesses, charities, schools and community groups.

“I’m looking forward to transforming my owl sculpture and ultimately raising funds for one of the region’s most invaluable resources – the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

Elizabeth is keeping her design secret until the big reveal, although she has confirmed it will complement her unique lettering art style of work.