Issue details

OD-17-35 St Elizabeth Hospice Art Trail 2019 Sponsorship

St Elizabeth Hospice are running a similar event with a working title of ‘Art Trail 2019’ which is to be held in Ipswich for 12 weeks during the summer of 2019. It will comprise around 50 individually designed large fibreglass sculptures and 100 medium sized school and community group sculptures which will be located across central Ipswich.


St Elizabeth Hospice is again working in partnership with Wild in Art to procure sponsorship and to be the main beneficiary from a charity auction of the sculptures following the event in the autumn of 2019.


It is proposed that Ipswich Borough Council become a Supporting Partner to the 2019 Art Trail.



• £17,000 ‘cash’ and £12,000 of ‘value in kind’ all plus appropriate VAT


Reason for Recommendation

The tourism sector is of significant importance to Ipswich with an annual value to the economy of over £248m and supporting over 4,800 jobs (7.6% of total employment in Ipswich). This sculpture trail will bring significant numbers of people into the town centre aiding its vibrancy in summer 2019. The additional events held in the town centre (as against an out-of-town location in 2016) will have an economic benefit and be beneficial to the profile (etc) of the Town Hall / Corn Exchange complex.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/10/2017

Decision due: 5 Oct 2017 by Officer Decision