Category: Final Farewell

The Pride Goes Wild in Bournemouth!

Don’t be surprised to come across some unusual four-legged creatures when you walk around Bournemouth on 25th June, as this is when the lions arrive in town!

50 life-size lionsculptures are waiting in anticipation for their grand public appearance as part of Pride in Bournemouth, a public arts event that brings the local community together whilst raising money for charity.

Each individually crafted lion is literally a work of art! With the help of local artists, schools and the community, the lions are really a sight to behold. Having received hundreds of lion designs, Pride in Bournemouth, with the help of its business sponsors, had the difficult decision of choosing just 50 creative ideas, which have now been transferred from paper to life-size statues.

The pride of lions will be placed around Bournemouth from 25th June, so you may see them whilst strolling through the beautiful upper or lower gardens or shopping in the town, the lions will literally be everywhere!

Charlie Langhorne, Director of Pride in Bournemouth said: “Bournemouth’s artists really have created some spectacular lions for us all to enjoy. The quality of the art and the imagination of the designs will showcase the town’s creativity while also encouraging people to follow the trail and discover, or re-discover, all that Bournemouth has to offer.”

To ensure you do not miss any of the lions, specially designed trail maps have been made, which will guide you on a wonderful walk around Bournemouth, giving families the opportunity to spot the amazing creatures together. There is also the chance to win a trip of a lifetime thanks to First Choice! By finding a letter on the base of each lion and using to complete a sentence you could win a fantastic holiday to Kenya. With entry boxes in the First Choice shop in Bournemouth Debenhams, winning a holiday to Africa couldn’t be simpler!

With characters like Dandilion, Frankenlion, Headlion, Lionfish and Born to be Free, to name but a few, on the loose, the town will be brought to life through the wonderful pieces of art. The lion pride also extends to a number of mini lions, which have been designed and decorated by thousands of very talented school children. These ‘cubs’ will be on display until September in Beales department store and Richmond Gardens Shopping Centre.

Final Farewell to the Pride of Bournemouth

Over 5,000 people said their final goodbye to the Pride in Bournemouth Lions as they made their last public appearance before the highly successful auction, which raised a considerable amount of money for charity

The popular Pride in Bournemouth public arts project came to an end at the weekend, culminating in a spectacular star-studded charity auction which raised over £73,000 for Julia’s House and the Born Free Foundation charities.

Celebrity supporters of Pride in Bournemouth arrived to kick the proceeding off with actor, Martin Clunes hosting the evening, and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna and children’s favourite TV personality, Chris Jarvis making a guest appearance. The event, which was held at the Pavillion welcomed over 1400 people all hoping to out bid each other to become a proud owner of one of the 50 individually crafted life-size lion sculptures.

TV auctioneer, James Lewis got the auction off to a flying start as people bid for their favorite lion. The general public and local businesses did their best to secure their preferred lion, and with each individually designed by a local artist, and with its own personality, the choice was difficult.

Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art said: “The auction was a fitting tribute and finale for Pride in Bournemouth, not only did the lions sell for a substantial amounts of money but it was rewarding to see the event so well attended by a whole cross section of Bournemouth society demonstrating that Pride in Bournemouth was a truly community lead event.”
After over a year of preparations, creative thinking and countless hours of hard work, the final auction of the pride of lions was a fitting end to a project which has brought the community together through art.

Organised by Wild in Art, Pride in Bournemouth will be remembered fondly by all those involved, and leaves behind a legacy for all future community art projects.…