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The Big Hoot set to descend on Auckland

20 Dec 2016

Child Cancer Foundation and Wild in Art are thrilled to announce the Big Hoot, a large-scale art event swooping through the streets of Auckland City and surrounds in early 2018, in celebration of Child Cancer Foundation’s 40th birthday.

Set to be one of the largest charity art exhibitions our country has ever seen, the Big Hoot will capture the hearts, minds and imaginations with bespoke designed, 1.6m tall owls displayed on a trail throughout central Auckland and surrounding areas from March to early May 2018.
Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive from Child Cancer Foundation explains, “Owls are icons of storytelling, well known to represent wisdom, migration, diversity, learning and intelligence. As with owls, every child and family who has walked the child cancer journey has their own unique story to tell. Each owl sculpture will share a unique and meaningful story.” 
Auckland businesses, education institutions, community groups and individuals are invited to become part of the story, with a variety of sponsorship opportunities on offer. Designed to bring the business and creative sectors together, the Big Hoot will celebrate the character of Auckland, its stories, diversity and cultural identity through a world-class, large-scale public art event.  
“With a range of ways to get involved and our fantastic partner Wild in Art helping to deliver the event, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. The Big Hoot offers a community engagement platform which will extend for more than twelve months, with the potential to increase awareness, foot traffic, and ultimately visitor spend in sponsor and host venues,” continues Robyn.  
“Every week, more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer. At any given time, Child Cancer Foundation is assisting over 500 families’ nationwide, offering personalised, one-on-one support in hospital, at home and in the community. 
“Along with the economic benefits the Big Hoot offers, partnership involvement will ensure Kiwi children with cancer and their families continue to receive one-on-one, personalised support when they need it most.”
Artists, both well-known and undiscovered will be invited to submit designs that will be presented to sponsors, who will select their preferred design. The artwork will then be translated onto a blank owl by the commissioned artist, creating a unique piece of design. Local school children will be inspired and guided to get involved with their owlets, a 90cm miniature version of the owls.
Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art explains, “Our events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to thousands of people while offering new ways to explore a city. It will be a fantastic spectacle for Auckland and is an excellent way to raise vital funds for Child Cancer Foundation on its 40th birthday.”
After the event, the owls will take centre stage at a charitable auction in late May 2018, with all proceeds going to Child Cancer Foundation. Robyn explains, “It’s an ambitious goal, but we hope to raise $300,000, which will help Child Cancer Foundation to continue to support children with cancer and their families nationwide.”

Businesses interested in taking part in the project, or potential sponsors of the owls can find out more by contacting the Big Hoot Sponsorship Manager Carl Jackson 
Artists interested in submitting designs can register for more information at
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