College’s pig design remains top secret as artist gets to work

Ellie Dunn and Jen Leonard

Ellie Dunn and Jen Leonard - Credit: Archant

Easton and Otley College is backing the largest public art event coming to Ipswich this summer.

A pig has been designed as part of this year’s Pigs Gone Wild campaign, which will raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.

And while all designs are being kept secret until the great reveal later in the summer, Ellie Dunn from the marketing department at the college met up with the artist who designed their pig.

The marketing co-ordinator, from Felixstowe, said: “We initially had to choose our favourite three designs and we were then allocated one of the three. We were happy with the end result and it was great to see our pig this week. I’m sure it will have a big impact.

“The whole pig angle to the charity campaign is perfect for us as we are keen to promote farming and agriculture to the general public.”

The artist who has developed the design on behalf of the college is 32-year-old Jen Leonard, from Dulwich, in South London. She first considered becoming an artist at the age of 16 when she got a big commission based on The Beatles. Since then, she has spent time in Canada and New Zealand creating murals for ski resorts and getting involved in the art scene in different continents.

Since returning to the UK she has worked with a number of school and community projects. She said: “I’ve been involved in other Wild in Art projects before and this one has been great.

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“As an artist, they seem to get good press and you get your work seen by a large number of people. Personally, I’m more into community art as opposed to having your work hanging in galleries. I can’t wait for people to see it.”

Pigs Gone Wild launches on June 27.