Forget dirty weekends, this autumn Brighton is the place to be for arty weekends with a mindfulness message. Fifty giant snail sculptures, each uniquely decorated by different artists, including Turner Prize nominated David Shrigley and street artist Cassette Lord, are sneaking their way onto the streets of Brighton & Hove from Saturday 15th September until Sunday 18th November 2018. For nine weeks the unusual sculptures will be hidden around the city encouraging visitors to explore areas away from the usual tourist haunts and to engage with the event’s key campaign message of #BeMoreSnail.
#BeMoreSnail is the motto of Snailspace, the UK’s first sculpture trail featuring giant gastropods, which is being organised by Martlets Hospice in conjunction with Wild in Art. The idea behind #BeMoreSnail, is to encourage people to slow down, enjoy the moment and spend more time with the people they love. It resonates with the philosophy behind the life-changing care provided by the hospice, and, at the end of the event, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money.
Many Brighton based businesses are backing the event alongside some of its high profile residents. Superstar DJ, Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim, will have his very own snail designed by street artist, Cassette Lord. Best-selling crime author, Peter James will have a snail based on his highly acclaimed Roy Grace series and popular vlogger and boyfriend of Zoella, Alfie Deyes, will also have a giant snail on the route. An interactive App will enhance visitors’ experience of the Snailway and every time a snail is found will ‘unlock’ rewards and prizes.
Then, on Oct 19th there will be a citywide #BeMoreSnail day, when Martlets will challenge people to do something which resonates with the idea of being more mindful. It could be to slow down by walking or cycling rather than driving, having lunch away from work, giving up caffeine, or aiming for a screen free day: it is a simple reminder slow down and make a change to your normal routine to improve your day.
Snailspace (www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk) is running from Saturday 15th September until Sunday 18th November 2018 in Brighton & Hove. Visit the website and follow @snailspacebh on Twitter, Instragram and Facebook for campaign updates.