Artists have just a month left to send in their GoGoHares designs for Norfolk trail

The GoGoHares! sculptures have arrived in Norwich ready to be decorated as part of the 2018 open art

The GoGoHares! sculptures have arrived in Norwich ready to be decorated as part of the 2018 open art trail for the 50th anniversary of the children's charity Break. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

An array of GoGoHares are set to hop into Norwich next summer, and artists are being encouraged to come up with some weird and wonderful designs for the characters that will form a charity art trail through the city and county.

The first decorated GoGoHare, Osc-hare is revealed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The first decorated GoGoHare, Osc-hare is revealed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The GoGoHares will next year be following in the footsteps of the GoGoDragons! and GoGoGorillas! who previously decorated our fine city and raised vital funds for children's charity Break.

The 2018 trail is once again being organised by Break and Wild in Art, and artists have until August 28 to send in their design ideas to be considered by the sponsors of the sculptures.

Martin Green, project manager for Break, said: 'We have had more than 260 people register their interest in designing a hare for the trail, and some of the ideas are stunning.

'If you have an original and creative idea we would love to see a submission from you.'

Sheridan Smith from Intu Chapelfield with the first decorated GoGoHare, Osc-hare after its unveiling

Sheridan Smith from Intu Chapelfield with the first decorated GoGoHare, Osc-hare after its unveiling. With her is Michael Rooney, left, and Martin Green of Break. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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To celebrate Break's 50th anniversary, 50 GoGoHares are set to be dotted around the city in summer 2018, meanwhile a further 15 hares - standing in a different moongazing pose - are set to pop up around the wider county.

The sponsors of the hares will be shown all of the design ideas at an event in September where they will be asked to pick their favourite designs. The chosen artists will then start work on the hares before the end of the year.

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The free GoGoHares trail will start in the city and county on June 24 next year and run for 11 weeks, and the 50 city hares will be auctioned off in October 2018.

Two decorated GoGoHares have already been revealed.

Martin Green, Sarah Bunn and Michael Rooney from Team Break with the latest GoGo Hare that will be u

Martin Green, Sarah Bunn and Michael Rooney from Team Break with the latest GoGo Hare that will be unveiled at the Royal Norfolk Show Ball. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The first was Osc-Hare, a shiny gold GoGoHare reminiscent of an Academy Award Oscar and who has been sponsored by intu Chapelfield, and the second was a giant lifelike hare still to be named who has been designed by artist Phil Daniels and sponsored by The Norse Group.

Running alongside the city and county GoGoHares trails will be a trail of baby hares - known as leaping leverets - who will be created by schools and community groups taking part in the GoGoCreate programme.

To find out more about submitting a design to be considered for the GoGoHares trail and to download a GoGoHares artist pack, visit www.gogohares.co.uk/artistsThe deadline to submit a design is midday on August 28 2017.

The GoGoHares! sculptures have arrived in Norwich ready to be decorated as part of the 2018 open art

The GoGoHares! sculptures have arrived in Norwich ready to be decorated as part of the 2018 open art trail for the 50th anniversary of the children's charity Break. From left from Break are, Martin Green, Helen Vinsen, and Michael Rooney. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

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