Harleston Hare

Harleston Hare

There were gorillas, there were dragons and now Hare is the next sculpture! The Hare has been chosen as it is a popular iconic subject for artists and can regularly be seen in the countryside of East Anglia. The trail will start on 24 June 2018 and run for 11 weeks until 8 September.

However this time the sculptures will not just be in Norwich. There will be 50 City sculptures that will form the main trail. But this time the County will also be involved, with further sculptures, benefiting rural communities and towns.

GoGoHares Norwich Trail 2018 will see 50 sculptures (ears up) within the city of Norwich, creating a trail for people to find the Hares in parts of Norwich they have never seen, the sculptures will go to auction on 11 October raising valuable funds to support the work Break charity does in East Anglia.

New for 2018 will be the Moongazer trail which will extend throughout Norfolk, taking people on a magical tour of our beautiful countryside, we want people to engage, stay and enjoy the location’s where they will be situated and we hope to bring the community together. The sculptures on the Moongazer trail have the option to be kept.

If you can help please visit our page at virginmoneygiving.com and donate money for the Harleston Hare.

Hare Sold at Auction

Hare Sold at Auction

The Harleston Hare sold at auction for £3,800 on 11 October. There were nine bids, and it got really exciting in the last hour, when he was in demand from prospective new owners. The lucky winner were Cornucopia from Harleston. The Harleston Hare will now be living in the foyer to the shop.

Join in the Fun

Join in the Fun

Visitors new to the town are invited to pick up a Welcome to Harleston leaflet, available from the church and many places around Harleston, which highlights the main attractions and some of the many independent shops. This is in addition to the GoGoHares Trail leaflet covering the whole county. A special mention for our Summer Treasure Hunt which takes place around the Harleston Hare, click here for more information.

A Big Thank You

A Big Thank You

Nicky Stainton, who is chair of the Events Team at Harleston's Future, commented "The response from the community has been fantastic. Although we now have Harleston Hare, we really want to see if we can find the support to ensure we have Harleston Hare permanently." Harleston Hare will be sited in front of St John's Church in Broad Street until 8 September when all the hares will be collected and auctioned on 11 October at The Forum to raise money for Break charity. A special thank you to Lisa North for taking the photos at the unveiling.

Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist

Scribbly Roo, the local artist behind the design inspiration for the Harleston Hare proudly sits at the foot of her work of art.  To see more about Scribbly Roo and her other works click here to visit her website.

Harleston Hare Unveiled

Harleston Hare Unveiled

Harleston Hare Unveiled

Robin Twigge, Chair of Harleston's Future, which has led the campaign to raise sufficient community support to sponsor the hare, thanked all the businesses, organisations and individuals who had got behind the campaign. He commented "We were very keen to make sure that at least one of the GoGoHares was in this part of South Norfolk as it is a wonderful area and a bit of a secret to many Norfolk people. We saw it as a way of bringing visitors to the town over the summer and help put Harleston on the map." Harleston is one of only three communities in the county, along with Aylsham and Cromer, that has taken up the idea of hosting a hare, as most are sponsored by businesses or local councils.

Harleston Hare Arrives

Harleston Hare Arrives

Harleston Hare Arrives

The Harleston Hare was officially unveiled on Sunday 24 June at 10:45. A crowd of supporters and well-wishers gathered in Harleston on Sunday morning to mark the start of GoGoHares and to unveil the Harleston Hare. Rev. Nigel Tuffnell welcomed everyone to St John's church grounds, where Harleston Hare is sited for the summer, and performed the grand unveiling.

Under Wraps

Under Wraps

Under Wraps

Big thanks to Scribbly Roo Studios for painting the beautiful Harleston Hare. Here he is under wraps waiting to be taken to Norwich to be spray varnished and stored in top secrecy until he comes back here on 24 June.

Once in a Super Moon

Once in a Super Moon

Scribbly said 'We seem to have had rather a lot of moon-related events over the past year. Blue moons, harvest moons, even a super moon. I have a bit of a fascination with space and have recently been learning more about NASA and space travel. It seems infinitely possible that within my lifetime we will have sent men to Mars. As a Sci-fi fan, I can't tell you how exciting I find it to be living in an age where sci-fi is becoming a reality in so many ways!'

A Little Field Mouse

A Little Field Mouse

A Little Field Mouse

Scribbly said 'On such a large canvas, I wanted to add a few small details that you might not spot upon first inspection. Hidden in the long grass around Harley's feet is a little field mouse, and I wonder if you can spot my little depiction of the dog walker in a red coat- that's me and my Border Collie, Simm!'

Latitude Sheep

Latitude Sheep

Scribbly said 'Though not in the Waveney Valley, I had to put these brightly coloured woolly wonders into the painting! If you don't know what I'm talking about then you're missing out. Latitude is the nearest music festival to us, based at Henham Park not far from Southwold. I knew it in its infancy and it was the perfect festival for a teenaged music festival first-timer. I've been to Latitude a handful of times since my first visit, and have even worked there as a sign painter, watching the whole area go from plain pasture land to buzzing arenas in a matter of days. Ever sat at one of those green picnic benches with daisies painted on them? Yeah, my friends and I painted seventy of those benches. Not to mention the long drops! Moving on…For me, Latitude encompasses the slightly surreal, fantastical creative wonderment I'm forever trying to capture in my paintings. The multicoloured sheep are only a small part of that, but they've come to represent the festival as a whole. Wouldn't it be great if we really had multicoloured candyfloss-like sheep grazing in the fields by Renenhall Church!?'

A Pheasant Visitor

A Pheasant Visitor

A Pheasant Visitor

Scribbly said 'My bachelor pheasant has become my favourite part of Harley for me. My original design didn't have a turnstile or a pheasant at all, but Harles, bless him, ended up being a lot fatter around his middle than I'd anticipated, meaning my design only stretched around three sides of him. The fourth side- his front- became a bit of a blank panic for me as I had no idea what to paint there! I went through several different ideas and hated all of them, and just as I was at the point of losing all hope, I looked over my shoulder out of the kitchen window and spied a magnificent visitor helping himself to breadcrumbs under the bird table. (Its worth mentioning, at this point Harley was sat on the kitchen table, nose to nose with the ceiling while I painted his lower half- lucky as the week we moved him inside it started snowing profusely and would've been far too cold to work in my studio).'

Ballooons

Ballooons

Scribbly said 'If you're familiar with my work, then you might already know of my painting titled 'After The Party' which features a little girl in fairy wings standing next to a very tall hare in a suit, both holding colourful balloons. This is the image which most influenced my design for Harleston Hare. The red-haired girl in the canoe could even be a grown up version of the little girl in the fairy wings. Having never painted anything three dimensional before, I wanted to create a sense of movement in the design, so each scene leads you around to the next. Here, the girl is letting go of her balloons and watching them fly off into the air, drawing the eye across the painting to the tree, then the magpie and around to Harley's other side.'

Mr Fox

Mr Fox

Mr Fox

Scribbly said 'I grew up on a healthy diet of Roald Dahl and Fantastic Mr Fox was one of my most favourite tales.

We've kept our own chickens since I was tiny, and we've lost many of them over the years to hungry foxes. Despite this, I can't help but love the cheeky creatures. They're just dogs in a different outfit, surely! Including one in my painting was a must, even if he is staring rather peckishly at the hare across the other side of the river.'

Swifts

Swifts

Scribbly said 'Sweeping up from the church is a flight of swifts. The swift has in recent years become a symbol for Harleston since the town strove to increase swift numbers by raising money to build nesting boxes to encourage the wonderful birds back to the area.'

Hare on Hare

Hare on Hare

Hare on Hare

Scribbly said 'I couldn't resist the irony of painting a hare onto Harley. Up until two years ago, I'd never seen a hare in real life. Then when walking the dog across the fields behind my house one sunny evening, I was lucky enough to see not one but two gorgeous hares leaping through the long grass. I suddenly understood why so many artists find them captivating. They're effortlessly mystical, graceful creatures. I'd originally planned to put Harley's golden hare in a waistcoat and bow tie, making him into more of a fantasy character. But having painted his lovely glossy coat and already seeing a magic knowledgeable twinkle in his eye, I decided he didn't need an outfit- he's intriguing enough as he is!'

Waveney Weekenders

Waveney Weekenders

Waveney Weekenders

Scribbly said 'The girls in a canoe were the first characters to come to life on Harley's sizeable rump!

As a teenager I spent many summer afternoons canoeing on the Waveney with friends, coming eye to eye with swans, grazing cows and all kinds of other wildlife along the riverbank. The blue haired girl wears a red crown- a symbol that can be spotted in many of my artworks and one that, to me, represents childhood and imagination among other things.'

The Scene is Set

The Scene is Set

The Scene is Set

The Harleston Hare receives a background scene at the studio of Scribbly Roo.  Can't wait to see what enters the scene!

Naked Hare Arrives

Naked Hare Arrives

Naked Hare Arrives

The unpainted hare arrives at the studio of Scribbly Roo.  Wow it is big.  But it is time to to put on some clothes and get ready for the party.

Scribbly Thoughts

Scribbly Thoughts

Scribbly Thoughts

Artist Scribbly said 'My original design for Harleston Hare (I tend to think of him as 'Harley') is centred around the Waveney Valley. When first given the task of creating an image to cover Harley, I immediately thought of big open Norfolk skies- possibly because my first job in an Art Gallery / Shop was in Big Blue Sky, Wells-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk. Turquoise sky and brightly coloured clouds have become a common theme in a lot of my recent work and its something I've always associated with living in Norfolk. The sky and the river were the first two elements I painted onto Harley and these became the back bone of the piece.'

Local Artist Selected

Local Artist Selected

Local Artist Selected

The Harleston Hare will be decorated by local artist ScribblyRoo, a member of Harleston and Waveney Art Trail Collective, with swifts, magpies and magical animals in an idyllic landscape inspired by the Waveney Valley.

The hares will be auctioned in October and the proceeds will go to Break to support their valuable work with young people in East Anglia.

Robin Twigge commented 'Apart from the obvious benefits to the charity we believe that a hare will be a huge coup for Harleston and draw visitors to the town and surrounding area. It will complement the other activities Harleston’s Future organises to bring more people to the area.'

Harleston's Future was set up by local residents and businesses to help the town thrive and improve the quality of life for everyone. It has no regular income or grants so relies on fundraising activities and the generosity and enthusiasm of local people and organisations.

Harleston is to have a Hare

Harleston is to have a Hare

Harleston is to have a Hare

You may have read about the Norwich GoGoHares Project in aid of Break charity. It follows hot on the heels of the hugely successful GoGoDragons trail around Norwich, which attracted 100,000s of visitors to the City.  This year, for the first time, 18 special hares will be sited outside Norwich, and Harleston’s Future is leading a campaign to raise funds to host a Harleston Hare between 24 June and 8 September.

To make it happen the group needs to raise £5,000. Chairman Robin Twigge said 'We have already had pledges from local businesses and organisations and we are confident that others will want to help once they hear about it. We would be thrilled if you able to help us reach this target.'

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