Swindogs will ignite town’s passion for the arts

By Ben Carey on 9 June, 2023

Swindon artist Mike Pringle has been selected to design a Swindog sculpture to feature in the Big Dog Art Trail this summer.

Mike helps to run the Richard Jefferies Museum, which is situated on the edge of Coate Water Country Park in Swindon. The museum is where the nature writer was born and Mike has dedicated his sculpture, named Gone Wild, to the writer’s works.

He said, “I was thrilled that my design was selected. I’ve been involved in the arts and heritage of Swindon for years, so when The Big Dog Art Trail popped up, it just seemed like the perfect thing for this town.

“I am connected with the Richard Jefferies Museum, which has a real focus on nature and wildlife in this area, and I just thought it would be good to bring that to life on one of these sculptures.”

Mike, alongside the other artists, has been working on his design in the shared painting space at the carriage works in Swindon, which has been kindly donated by Swindon Borough Council for the duration of the project.

He believes that the Swindon community will embrace the trail and show that the art scene in the town is as vibrant as it has ever been.

He added, “All of the time I have been in Swindon, it has felt there has always been arts going on under the surface.

“Last year we had this big thing with murals popping up across the town and this year with the art trail, it feels like there is some real momentum with urban art and people from the community really engaging.

“Because there will be 30 of the sculptures, plus all the Swinpups, everywhere you go in Swindon you’ll be able to see the trail and people in Swindon will really rally behind it and everyone will be talking about it.”

Find out more about the Big Dog Art Trail at bigdogarttrail.co.uk