December 6 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
In Norwich’s city of apes there are some new gorillas in the midst, as our competition winners enjoyed painting their designs on some miniature primates.
Inspired by the colourful troop of 54 GoGoGorillas! currently dotted around the streets of Norwich, the EDP and Evening News set readers the challenge to create some more designs for artistic apes.
We were inundated with nearly 200 entries, and on Friday our three winners spent the morning recreating their artwork on their very own gorillas at artist Phil Daniels’ studio in Cawston, near Reepham.
Linda Linney’s design, called River Gorilla, featured the Broads and she said she chose the theme because her family enjoy boating on the wetland.
Starting with a kingfisher and a sailing boat, Mrs Linney, 67, from Norwich, painted her gorilla with beautifully intricate waterside scenes.
“I thought I would also give him a nice gorilla face,” she said.
“He is going in pride of place somewhere in my lounge when he is finished.”
Seven-year-old Honey Atkinson, from Mattishall, had lots of fun recreating her brightly-coloured gorilla called LaLaLar.
Her design included a picture of her dog Jack, who also came to the studio for the gorilla-painting workshop.
Honey, who goes to Mattishall Primary School, said: “I included Jack because I wanted somebody in my family to be on my gorilla, and Jack stayed still so I could draw him. I am so happy I won the competition. I’m going to give my gorilla to my school.”
Eleven-year-old Joe Isbill, who saw the GoGoGorillas! trail when visiting his grandparents Gloria and Peter Isbill in Wymondham, created a design highlighting the plight of gorillas in the wild.
His artwork featured a forest of trees being cut down because Joe said he wanted to show how some companies were ruining the gorillas’ habitat.
“It was quite tricky transferring the 2D design onto the 3D gorilla, but I am really pleased with how my gorilla turned out,” said Joe, who lives in Hertfordshire.
All three winners said they really enjoyed decorating their gorillas at Mr Daniels’ studio and getting advice on their designs from the artist who was involved in creating a number of the apes on Norwich’s GoGoGorillas! trail including the Alan Partridge gorilla. Mr Daniels said he had a great time hosting the workshop and meeting our winners, and that he was very impressed with their competition entries.
He said: “I thought their ideas were great, and the designs they came up with were really individual to them.
“Their original designs were obviously in 2D, and they did a brilliant job of transferring them onto their 3D gorillas.”
The miniature gorillas are part of paint-your-own gorilla kits which were donated as competition prizes by arts education company Wild in Art.
Each winner will also receive one of the three miniature ceramic GoGoGorillas! that are soon to be on sale in Norwich. These prizes were also donated by Wild in Art.
The GoGoGorillas! art trail of 54 decorated apes has been brought to the city by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art. The trail, which is raising funds for Break and the Born Free Foundation, runs until this Saturday. There is also a separate trail of 67 baby gorillas decorated by Norfolk schoolchildren. Visit www.gogogorillas.co.uk
For more about Wild in Art visit www.wildinart.co.uk