The Big Hare Trail Artist Line-up Revealed

The full list of artists and personalities who will prime, paint, adorn and embellish 10 adult-sized Hare sculptures to be located in and around North Berwick this summer have been revealed.

Charity, Leuchie House, was inundated with more than 100 entries for its remarkable public art event planned this summer, The Big Hare Trail. Each fibreglass sculpture has been sponsored by a business and will be individually decorated in a unique style by the selected artists.

Head of Fundraising & Communications, Lana Bambridge, said the Leuchie House team and sponsors had their work cut out picking the final designs for the charity’s milestone 10th Anniversary campaign.

She said, “We were absolutely delighted with the response to our call out to artists. The calibre of artists was very high with design entries from all over the UK, but it made the selection process much harder.

“Many artists chose an East Lothian-based theme, while others gave due consideration to the work and cause of the charity. What made the designs more impressive were the compelling stories behind the artists’ inspiration.”

“In the end, we have managed to find a balance of styles, themes and unique characteristics to make up a collection worthy of the drove. We are keen to showcase the artistic culture that embodies East Lothian and are delighted to have so many local artists represented.”

Notable artist, Emily Hogarth, who had previously been announced as an Ambassador for the trail has been joined by award-winning author and illustrator, Catherine Rayner, and one of Scotland’s top mural artists, Chris Rutterford and his partner, Lubi Lykan. Other recognised artists include Julia Zeller-Jacques, who runs local art supply store, Rock & Bird; Rachel Marshall of Bonzo Art whose work can be found in WhyNot?; Lorraine Miller, owner of Between the Woods and Sea; award-winning artist, Georgina Brown SSA; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design graduate, Rosie Watson; illustration graduate, Abbie Herriot and local artist, Ali Blevins.   

The Hares are currently in production at Whitekirk Hill. Families are being encouraged to pop along for a ‘sneak-peak’ of the artists at work. The artists then have a matter of weeks to bring their designs to life before they are then transported to their designated locations.

CEO, Mark Bevan, said the campaign had created a real buzz, “We wanted to celebrate Leuchie’s 10th Anniversary in a way that could involve and benefit the community as a whole, by providing a free family-friendly event to inspire young minds and showcase East Lothian’s vibrant culture.”

Hares were chosen as one of the most popular and high-profile animals native to East Lothian. The legacy of The Big Hare Trail will continue after the summer as each of the sculptures is auctioned in the autumn to raise vital funds for Leuchie House.