MERMAID QUAY PICKS PATTERNISTAS FOR A DOG’S TRAIL WITH SNOOPY SCULPTURE

Mermaid Quay, the waterfront dining and shopping area in the heart of Cardiff Bay, has selected Cardiff-based design studio Patternistas to decorate the giant Snoopy sculpture that will be located in the centre’s Tacoma Square as part of next year’s A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy – a public art trail that will see 40 Snoopy sculptures take over the streets of Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl to raise vital funds for Dogs Trust.

The trail will launch on Friday 8 April until 5 June 2022. Featuring unique and colourful Snoopy sculptures and supported by Welsh artists, schools and local businesses, it will take local residents and visitors (human and canine) to South Wales on an adventure through the heart of Wales’ capital city and nearby towns. Mermaid Quay has already signed up as a sponsor and will give the Patternistas-decorated sculpture pride of place in its newly refurbished central square.

The 1.5 metre high Snoopy sculptures are currently being brought to life with the artists’ designs from a completely blank canvas in a special painting space in Mermaid Quay.

Patternistas’ design, which like all the Snoopy sculpture designs, is being kept top secret until the trail is live, is called Let’s Get Out and About. Bright and joyful, it seeks to highlight the importance of dogs in keeping us all closer to nature and getting people out and about into the parks and green spaces around Cardiff.

Mermaid Quay centre manager Simon Whiting said: “We are super excited about being part of A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy next year. There were so many good designs put forward, it was really difficult to pick just one – but we really loved the vibrancy and style of the Patternistas offering and we are delighted that we were able to secure their design for Mermaid Quay.”

At the end of the event, each sculpture will be auctioned to raise money for Dogs Trust to allow them to continue to take care of the rescue dogs in their care, giving them everything they need until they are adopted.

Patternistas is a husband and wife design team based in the Roath area of Cardiff. Using colour, pattern and creativity to invigorate interior & exterior spaces, products and accessories, the studio is excited about the role art and design can play in creating uplifting spaces that give a sense of place and improve the wellbeing of the people that populate them. 

Creating connections between users and environment is the focus of the studio’s work, but it also has a wealth of happy experience running creative workshops that are enabling and inspiring to all participants from young children to working professionals.

During the pandemic, Patternistas worked with Jack Arts to bring positive community messaging to poster sites around the city and worked with Cardiff Council to create vibrant welcome graphics for the reopening of the city centre and banners for the Summer of Smiles festival.  The team collaborates with manufacturers to design patterned fabrics, wallpapers and rugs for hospitality and workspaces throughout Britain and Europe.

Colour and pattern lovers can follow the team on Instagram or twitter @patternistas or visit www.patternistas.co.uk, but If your favourite colour is grey – you are advised you stay away!

About A Dog’s Trail

Dogs Trust, together with the world-famous Snoopy, are inviting people to explore the city of Cardiff as well as nearby towns of Caerphilly and Porthcawl through an exciting new art trail in Spring 2022. A dogs Trail with Snoopy will raise funds to support Dogs Trust’s rehoming centres in Bridgend and Cardiff and help the 14,000 dogs normally cared for by the charity every year.

A Dog’s Trail will take local residents and visitors to South Wales (human, or dog!) on an adventure through the heart of Wales’ capital city and the nearby towns, featuring a minimum of 40 super-sized Snoopy sculptures designed by Welsh and national artists, as well as 80 smaller sculptures created by schools, turning South Wales into an outdoor art gallery.

The trail will be live for 10 weeks from 8 April – 5 June 2022. For more information, please visit www.adogstrail.org.uk

About Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and normally cares for around 14,000 dogs across its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin. Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The charity also focuses its efforts on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment. We are working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.   

About Wild in Art

Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events that entertain, enrich, inform and leave a lasting legacy. It brings together businesses and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of uniquely painted sculptures.

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Manchester, Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town and São Paulo, and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Penguin Random House.

Wild in Art events have:

  • Enabled over £15m to be raised for charitable causes
  • Injected £2.4m into local creative communities
  • Engaged over 850,000 young people in learning programmes
  • Helped millions of people of all ages to experience art in non-traditional settings

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The characters of Peanuts and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide, which is 41% owned by WildBrain Ltd., 39% owned by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and 20% owned by the family of Charles M. Schulz, who first introduced the world to Peanuts in 1950, when the comic strip debuted in seven newspapers. Since then, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang have made an indelible mark on popular culture. In addition to enjoying beloved Peanuts shows and specials on Apple TV+, fans of all ages celebrate the Peanuts brand worldwide through thousands of consumer products, as well as amusement park attractions, cultural events, social media, and comic strips available in all formats, from traditional to digital. In 2018, Peanuts partnered with NASA on a multi-year Space Act Agreement designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students.