Mum and son both have artwork selected for major art exhibition

Designs have been chosen for the Swindog sculptures in summer's Big Dog Art Trail. <i>(Image: Big Dog Art Trail)</i>
Designs have been chosen for the Swindog sculptures in summer's Big Dog Art Trail. (Image: Big Dog Art Trail)

THE winning designs for a series of sculptures in Swindon have been chosen.

This summer, the Big Dog Art Trail will see colourful Swindogs popping up all over the borough as part of a first-of-its-kind outdoor art exhibition.

The six-feet-tall fibreglass sculptures will resemble inflatable dogs covered in creative designs submitted by people living in the area.

A special event held earlier this year saw the trail’s sponsors pick the winning illustrations for each of their sponsored Swindogs.

The Adver picked a black and white steampunk-inspired design by 12-year-old Morgan Guillery to adorn its Swindog.

We can now reveal that artwork by his mum Judy will also be used for another sculpture, making the community event a family affair.

Morgan has already started making a name for himself as his artworks have received a lot of attention on social media, and he worked with mum Judy on a mural for his primary school, St Mary’s.

Judy said: "It's a dream come true for both of us to be accepted into that talented crowd.

"We're really keen to work with other artists. I'm absolutely thrilled, it's going to be fantastic."

The event at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre, which is also one of the sponsors, saw Julia’s House patron Annabel Karmel MBE and Swindon artist Hannah Dosanjh, who designed the first Swindog, attend.

Annabel will be supporting the trail throughout the year and loved the designs on show.

Representatives from headline sponsor Imagine Cruising UK, along with Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Advertiser, Beard, Intel, Nationwide Building Society, Bespoke Guardians Swindon Wildcats, Jazzbones Creative, Arval UK, Better Link Centre Swindon, Telenco, and Persimmon Homes also attended.

The Big Dog Art Trail will go live around Swindon on July 15 and last until September 3.

A big farewell event will then bring all the colourful sculptures under one roof on September 16.

Finally, an auction event will be held on September 18 to sell off the one-of-a-kind artworks to new owners.

All the money raised from these sales will be donated to Julia's House.

A spokesman for the event said: “We are so grateful to our amazing sponsors who have already committed to supporting The Big Dog Art Trail in Swindon this summer, and the excitement is definitely building.”

If you would like to become a sponsor or want to find out more,the Big Dog website