Artist Loïs Cordelia invited to conduct live painting demo at Pigs Gone Wild auction on September 22

Lois Cordelia painting Pig-geswyk at the La Tour Cycle Cafe in Ipswich.

Lois Cordelia painting Pig-geswyk at the La Tour Cycle Cafe in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich artist whose design made it into the Pigs Gone Wild art trail has said the project is great for promoting homegrown talent.

Loïs Cordelia is the brains behind Pig-Geswyk, which is sitting proudly outside the Willis building in Ipswich town centre.

The Ipswich-themed sculpture is one of 39 pigs that are scattered around the town as part of an interactive showcase organised by St Elizabeth Hospice.

Loïs, who invited the public to watch her paint Pig-Geswyk over two days at La Tour Cycle Cafe in Ipswich, said being involved in the charity programme has been “absolutely amazing”.

The 33-year-old added: “The publicity and coverage that it has brought me has been incredible, not just through the actual pig but through the painting demo day when I was very much in the public painting, and through social media.


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“It’s given me a huge boost and the fact you can see the pig as you go past on many bus routes is hugely exciting.

“I think the thing about the pigs is they do raise a real smile on people’s faces and they are so well placed.”

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And Ipswich-born Loïs will also be marking a mark at the Pigs Gone Wild auction, which will see all the piggy sculptures sold to the highest bidders, with all proceeds going to St Elizabeth Hospice.

Loïs, who attended Gusford Primary School and Northgate High School and Sixth Form, will be conducting a live painting demonstration at the event for people to learn from and enjoy.

“It’s a huge honour for me to be asked to paint there and be part of it,” Loïs said. “It will be very interesting and exciting for me to be a fly on the wall at the auction.”

This time around Loïs will paint on canvas and plans to follow the theme of her pig by creating a recognisable Ipswich townscape.

The Pigs Gone Wild auction will take place from 7pm on Thursday, September 22 at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

Tickets will soon be on sale, but people can register their interest now at: www.pigsgonewild.co.uk/auction/

The money raised will fund St Elizabeth Hospice’s vital nursing care, supporting people living with progressive illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson’s or motor neurone disease.

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