tyne and wear metro Great North Snowdogs: Everything you need to know about the trail

St Oswald’s Hospice officially unleashes its Great North Snowdog trail across the North East today.

For the next 10 weeks the North East’s streets, parks and open spaces will become home to a series of individually designed Snowdog sculptures, painted by both well-known and undiscovered artists.

The colourful Snowdog trail will see 61 individually designed Snowdog sculptures displayed in local venues, parks and open spaces – and almost all are in easy reach of a Metro station.

Each of the Snowdog sculptures are based on the story The Snowman and The Snowdog, by Raymond Briggs and in addition to the large dogs there are 97 smaller snowdogs on display in litters across the region at 18 venues.

So if you’re planning on trying to sniff out as many of the Snowdogs as possible , here is a handy all you need to know guide courtesy of Tyne and Wear Metro.

What is Great North Snowdogs?
Great North Snowdogs is a large-scale public art trail featuring the lovable four-legged character inspired by the animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog.

For ten weeks, the North East’s streets, parks and open spaces will become home to a series of individually designed Snowdog sculptures, painted by local, well-known and undiscovered artists.

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When will the trail start?
The Great North Snowdogs trail launches on Monday 19 September and will be on display for ten weeks until 29 November. The Little Snowdogs trail, featuring ‘packs’ of smaller Snowdog sculptures designed by local school children and community groups will continue until January, 20 2017.

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Where will the Snowdogs be?
Each of the 61 Snowdogs will be on display at in parks, streets and public spaces throughout the North East, with the trail based largely around Tyne and Wear Metro. For a full list of locations and an interactive map, or to download the Great North Snowdogs app, visit www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk

Who designed the Snowdogs?
Each Snowdog has been individually designed by local, well-known and undiscovered artists. Artists include Joanna Lumley OBE, Leighton Denny MBE and Pam Royal to name a few. Details on each dog can be found by downloading the Great North Snowdog app or visiting www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk

What is the Little Snowdogs trail?
The 61 big Snowdogs, will be joined on the trail by about 100 little Snowdog sculptures designed by local school children and community groups. The Little Snowdogs will go on display at 18 different indoor locations around Tyne and Wear. For a full list of locations and an interactive map, or to download the Great North Snowdogs What happens when I discover a Snowdog?
Each Snowdog is sponsored by a local business and many have come up with special offers to offer to those who discover their sponsored Snowdog. Download the Snowdogs app to find out more or see the information provided next to each Snowdog. Metro has teamed up with a number of North East attractions, cafes and restaurants are running special offers and discounts to passengers. What happens to the Snowdogs after the trail?
At the end of the trail in December, the Snowdog sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds to support local charity St Oswald’s Hospice Children’s Service.

St Oswald’s provide short breaks and respite for children with incurable conditions from across the region, and support for mums, dads, siblings or other close relations.

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