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GoGoHares artists’ workshop set up in Norwich’s Castle Mall

PUBLISHED: 18:48 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:54 14 November 2017

Artists get ready to transform some of the GoGoHares with their designs at the shop in the Castle Mall. From left, Rob Barnes, Fiona Muller, and Tim Edwards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Artists get ready to transform some of the GoGoHares with their designs at the shop in the Castle Mall. From left, Rob Barnes, Fiona Muller, and Tim Edwards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

People will be able to watch some of the next generation of GoGo stars being painted at a Norwich shopping centre.

Artists get ready to transform some of the GoGoHares with their designs at the shop in the Castle Mall. From left, Rob Barnes, Fiona Muller, and Tim Edwards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Artists get ready to transform some of the GoGoHares with their designs at the shop in the Castle Mall. From left, Rob Barnes, Fiona Muller, and Tim Edwards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The GoGoHares charity art trail is being brought to the county by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art, and the GoGoHares are set to decorate Norwich and Norfolk throughout summer 2018.

Now a workshop area has been set up in Norwich’s Castle Mall where some of the artists will be bringing some of the hare sculptures to life.

Artist Rob Barnes is one of the first to work in the space. He is creating a seaside-themed hare sponsored by Richardson’s Holiday Villages and a Norfolk scene-inspired hare sponsored by Sinclair International.

Mr Barnes said: “GoGoHares is a marvellous opportunity to put creative work out in the public, and hopefully encourage and unlock some creativity in others too.”

Artists get ready to transform some of the GoGoHares with their designs at the shop in the Castle Mall. From left, Rob Barnes, Fiona Muller, and Tim Edwards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Artists get ready to transform some of the GoGoHares with their designs at the shop in the Castle Mall. From left, Rob Barnes, Fiona Muller, and Tim Edwards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Other artists who will be creating some of the GoGoHare characters in the workshop area, which is located near Argos on the ground floor of the shopping centre, include Tim Edwards and Fiona Muller, from ERM CIC, and Mark Hiblen.

Gemma Hyde, from Castle Mall, which is also sponsoring one of the hare sculpture, said: “The space has only been open a day and already the personalities of the hares are taking shape.

“We are very excited about this project and encourage people to take a look when they are in.”

Fifty GoGoHares will be dotted around Norwich during next summer’s trail and 15 will be on display around the wider county.

The trail will run from June 24 to September 8 and it will be marking Break’s 50th anniversary.

Four of the finished hares have so far been revealed.

Poppy, a hare paying tribute to the bravery and dedication of nurses such as Norfolk’s Edith Cavell during the First World War, is the most recent sculpture to be unveiled and she was designed by artist Mik Richardson and sponsored by Almary Green.

The GoGoHares artists workshop in Castle Mall is planned to be open over the next few weeks from 9.30am until 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

It will also be open on some Sundays including on November 19 and 26 and December 3.

For more information about GoGoHares, visit www.gogohares.co.uk

You can also follow @GoGoHares2018 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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