Brighton artists wanted for snail inspiration

One of the snail's in front of Hove beach huts
One of the snail's in front of Hove beach huts
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The streets of Brighton and Hove are set to come alive with a colourful and magical art installation featuring up to 50 giant snail sculptures this autumn in aid of Martlets Hospice.

Snailspace, the follow up to Snowdogs by the Sea, is reaching out to local artists to submit their designs for the unusual 3D canvas.

Building on the success of the previous event, which raised £310,000 for Martlets, organisers are keen to encourage submissions from local artists.

Speaking about her experience of being involved in Snowdogs, artist and illustrator Sarah Arnett said: “Every single aspect of being involved in Snowdogs and creating ‘Max’ has led to work or commissions. Having something so visible, over such a long period, meant that it really brought me to the attention of a new audience and has led directly to specific commissions as well as creating interest in my work.”

Sarah Arnett and other Snowdog artists will be on hand at the Snailspace Artist Inspiration Evening at Phoenix Studios on Thursday, January 18, from 6pm to 8pm. The event is an opportunity for anyone thinking about submitting a design to find out more about what’s involved.

Artist Katherine Griffen, who created the popular Snowdog ‘Bobby’, has already been commissioned to create a snail.

She said: “The snail sculpture is fantastic, I love it. It’s a really great surface to paint on.”

To find out more, visit: www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk