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Worcester Stands Tall

What is Worcester Stands Tall?

Worcester Stands Tall is a mass participation public art event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice. Winding through the streets and public spaces, 57 decorated giraffes will be on show from the 9th July to the 16th September 2018, creating a 6 mile trail through the city of Worcester.

The ultimate aim of the project is to raise funds for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal, whilst providing a fantastic platform for St Richard’s to ‘give back’ to the wonderful community that supports them so generously.

Why is it called Worcester Stands Tall?

Giraffes are the tallest mammals on earth and the collective noun for a group of giraffes is a tower, it seemed the perfect title for this project, reflecting the pride we have in our city and the work we do at St Richard’s.

Why a giraffe?

Giraffes are majestic, but elegant, gentle but giant. They are sociable creatures but do not form herds, instead they meet in changing groups each day, rather as we do in our own communities.

Although not the reason for choosing a giraffe, there is another connection to giraffes in Worcester. The West Window of the Cathedral is home to its very own pink giraffe. Take a look inside and see if you can find it!

How were the designs chosen?

We appealed for artists across the country to submit designs using a giraffe template. Of the 200 we received, 30 were selected to become the decoration you see today for our giant giraffes.

Is the event free?

The trail is completely free and can be enjoyed over and over again, throughout the summer. However there are lots of ways that you can support St Richard’s and the Build 2020 Appeal, should you wish to. 

Trail

When is the trail on?

9th July – 16th September 2018, accessible all day, every day.

Where will the giraffes be located?

The Giant Giraffes are all positioned within a 1 mile radius of the city centre. The Giraffe Calves are located within Crowngate Shopping Centre (Chapel Walk and Friary Walk). 

Where can I get hold of a trail map?

Trail maps are available, for a suggested £1 donation, from:

  • Worcester Stands Tall Shop, 12 Chapel Walk, Crowngate Shopping Centre, Worcester. WR1 3LD.
  • Tourist Information Centre, The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester. WR1 2EY.
  • St Richard’s Hospice Shop, 13/14 St Swithins Street, Worcester. WR1 2PS.
  • Crowngate Shopping Centre, Worcester. WR1 3LE

Where can I donate the £1 suggestion, as detailed on the maps?

You can make donations across a number of locations throughout the city centre; wherever you see a Worcester Stands Tall collection tin. 

You can also pick up a map from:

  • Worcester Stands Tall Shop, 12 Chapel Walk, Crowngate Shopping Centre, Worcester. WR1 3LD.
  • Tourist Information Centre, The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester. WR1 2EY.
  • St Richard’s Hospice Shop, 13/14 St Swithins Street, Worcester. WR1 2PS.
  • Crowngate Shopping Centre, Worcester. WR1 3LE

We also have contactless donation points within the Worcester Stands Tall Shop and in the Centre of Crowngate, by Boots, Debenhams and House of Fraser.

How long is the trail?

The trail is approximately 6 miles, using the suggested map route. 

How long will it take to complete the trail?

It will take approximately 4 hours to complete the full trail, following the map and allowing for selfies!

How easy will it be to see the giraffes?

Some giraffes are in plain sight (it’s quite difficult to hide an 8ft giraffe!), however others will take some seeking out and require walking a little further, taking you to places you may not be familiar with – but that’s the point of the trail; for you to become a tourist in the city!

Is there a Worcester Stands Tall App?

With the Worcester Stands Tall app you can collect giant Giraffes and Calves and even listen to their unique stories with audio provided by Free Radio’s Tom and Hursty. Plus, as you collect giraffes you’ll unlock exciting Bonus content and learn some exciting Worcester facts along the way. View your trail progress, add photos to our Giraffe Gallery and share on social media.

All for just £1.99* from the App Store and Google Play – search for ‘Worcester Stands Tall’ and support the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal!

*Net proceeds will be donated to St Richard’s Hospice.

Where can I park?

Parking is available across the whole city. Visit Worcester City Council website for details of their car parks.

Crowngate Shopping Centre has a multi-storey car park in the heart of the city, which is home to Shopmobility for visitors with mobility issues arising from disability, injury or illness. Visit Crowngate’s Website to find out more.

Is the trail wheelchair and pushchair accessible?

All of the giraffe locations are accessible for wheelchair and pushchair users. Please note Fort Royal Park (location number 14) has multiple entrances. Assessable steps are via Wyld’s Lane. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Fort Royal Park, as you can still see the sculpture from the roadside – look out for the floor sticker indicating the best place to stand! 

Merchandise

Where can I buy Worcester Stands Tall merchandise?

Visit our Worcester Stands Tall pop-up shop in Chapel Walk, Crowngate Shopping Centre to get your hands on our range of giraffe-themed goodies, from cuddlies and keyrings to pencils and toys.

Find us between Debenhams and JoJo Maman Bébé (Unit C12, WR1 3LD), where you can pick up copies of our
activity booklet, enjoy fun colouring activities and get copies of the trail map.

When is the Worcester Stands Tall Shop open?

The Worcester Stands Tall Shop (C12, WR1 3LD) is open 10am-4pm Monday to Sunday, for the duration of the trail. 

What are the Paint your Own workshops?

The newly re-developed Royal Porcelain Works and St Richard’s Hospice have joined forces to host a series of workshops where you can create your own Worcester Stands Tall miniature masterpiece!

Join us in the Studio within the Royal Porcelain Works’ Samuel Driver White Suite and paint your own ceramic giraffe.

Workshops will run every Saturday for the duration of the trail – twice a day.

All ages are welcome (from 2-100); sculptures are limited so make sure you confirm your place quickly.

Sessions are £10 – which includes includes 1½ hour session, one miniature ceramic giraffe and painting materials.

Booking is essential and numbers are limited.

Where are the Paint Your Own workshops taking place?

At the newly re-developed Royal Porcelain Works within the Samuel Drive White Studio.

Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Booking is essential and numbers are limited.

To find out how to find Royal Porcelain Works and see what facilities are available, visit their website.

After the Trail – Farewell Event

What will happen to the giraffes at the end of the trail?

When the sculptures are collected back on 16th September, they go into temporary accommodation, where they are titivated before their next adventures. They are then moved to the stunning location of Chapter House, within Worcester Cathedral, before they relocate to their forever homes. This will be your only chance to see all our giraffes in one place, at the Farewell Event, 4th-7th October 2018.

Tickets for the Farewell Event are available online on our website via this link:  www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/farewell-event 

Tickets are limited and expected to sell out fast, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for 2-16 year olds, under 2’s go free!

Family ticket (Valid for either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £15

What is the Farewell Event?

The Farewell Event will be your only chance to see all our giraffes in one place, in the stunning location of Chapter House, within Worcester Cathedral, before they relocate to their forever homes. Visitors book a 1 hour slot in advance, to get up close and personal with all our giraffes before the giant giraffes head off to auction and the calves return to the schools and community groups that decorated them. 

How do I get tickets for the Farewell Event?

Tickets for the Farewell Event are available online on our website via this link:  www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/farewell-event 

Tickets for the Farewell Event are limited and expected to sell out fast, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for 2-16 year olds, under 2’s go free!

Family ticket (Valid for either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £15

Proceeds from the Farewell Event will support the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal; a £5.3m expansion and redevelopment to support more patients and families in Worcestershire. With your help, we are building a bigger hospice to better support our current patients and reach the unmet need of thousands of local people in the future, offering the right care and support when they need it most.

Where is the Farewell Event?

The Farewell Event is being held in the stunning location of Chapter House, within Worcester Cathedral.

Visitors access the event via College Green, to the rear of the cathedral. Due to various events and services it will not be possible to gain entry to the Farewell Event via the main cathedral entrance.

Parking is available close to the Cathedral and marked on the map below, along with the most appropriate route to reach the College Green entrance, depending on accessibility requirements.

Where can I park for the Farewell Event?

The Farewell Event is being held in the stunning location of Chapter House, within Worcester Cathedral.

Visitors access the event via College Green, to the rear of the cathedral. Due to various events and services it will not be possible to gain entry to the Farewell Event via the main cathedral entrance.

The closest car parking can be found in King Street (WR1 2NX) and the NCP Cathedral Square (WR1 2LU).

Disabled parking – The Cathedral has a very limited area which can be used for disabled parking BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ONLY (blue badge holders). Please telephone the Chapter Office to enquire on 01905 732900.

Parking is available across the whole city. Visit Worcester City Council website for details of their car parks.

Crowngate Shopping Centre has a multi-storey car park in the heart of the city, which is home to Shopmobility for visitors with mobility issues arising from disability, injury or illness. Visit Crowngate’s Website to find out more.

Live Auction

Can I buy a giraffe?

Yes, all 30 giant giraffes will be sold at the charity auction in October, plus one calf (Lily the Pink)! The remaining giraffe calves will not be available to buy, they will be returned to either their communities or each of the schools as a permanent memento following the summer’s event.

Join us for a night to remember at our Live Auction on Thursday 11th October at drp Group in Hartlebury. Hosted by Free Radio’s Tom Newitt and Hursty, and featuring Bargain Hunt and Flog It! auctioneer Philip Serrell. Enjoy entertainment, preview each giant giraffe sculpture and meet the artists too.

The reserve for each sculpture is expected to start from £2,500-£3,500, so be prepared for some competitive bidding!

Tickets for the Live Auction are available online on our website via this link: www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/auction and cost £15. Spaces are very limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you can’t attend the Live Auction, you can still take part in the bidding by pre-registering for either; Online Bidding, Telephone Bidding or providing a sealed Commission Bid. Details can be found in the relevant section below:

View a copy of the Worcester Stands Tall Auction Catalogue, to decide which sculptures you’d like to bid on!

Can anyone bid for them?

Yes – The bidding for each sculpture is expected to start from £2,500-£3,500, so be prepared for some competitive bidding!

Tickets for the Live Auction are available online on our website via this link: www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/auction and cost £15. Spaces are very limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

View a copy of the Worcester Stands Tall Auction Catalogue, to decide which sculptures you’d like to bid on!

How will the auction work?

The auction will take place on 11th October at drp Group in Hartlebury. Following the trail, the sculptures will be refurbished by artists bringing each of the sculptures back to excellent condition before they go under the hammer.

Hosted by Free Radio’s Tom Newitt and Hursty, and featuring Bargain Hunt and Flog It! auctioneer Philip Serrell. Enjoy entertainment, preview each giant giraffe sculpture and meet the artists too.

The reserve for each sculpture is expected to start from £2,500-£3,500, so be prepared for some competitive bidding!

If your bid is successful, payment will be taken on the night. You will need make arrangements for collection of your sculpture from drp Group by 26th October 2018.

Tickets for the Live Auction are available online on our website via this link: www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/auction and cost £15. Spaces are very limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you can’t attend the Live Auction, you can still take part in the bidding by pre-registering for either; Online Bidding, Telephone Bidding or providing a sealed Commission Bid. Details for which can be found on our Auction page.

View a copy of the Worcester Stands Tall Auction Catalogue, to decide which sculptures you’d like to bid on!

Where is the Live Auction?

The Live Auction is taking place at; drp Group, Ikon Estate, 212, Droitwich Rd, Hartlebury. DY10 4EU

What time does it start and end?

Ticket holders are requested to arrive in time for registration at 5:45pm. A drinks reception and food will be served prior to the auction. The auction will start promptly at 7pm and we expect to finish at approximately 10pm.

How do I get a ticket for the Live Auction?

Please visit www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/auction to register your interest.

Tickets cost £15 and are required to gain entry to the Live Auction event.

What can I do if I can’t make it to the Live Auction?

Online, telephone and concession bidding will be available. Visit www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk/auction for full details.

View a copy of the Worcester Stands Tall Auction Catalogue, to decide which sculptures you’d like to bid on!

What is the guide price?

We expect the bidding to start between £2,500-£3,500. However, prices realised could be higher and we expect popular sculptures to raise a significant amount for the appeal.

If a bid is successful, how do I pay for my giraffe?

Payment is due immediately after the sale.

Payment can be made by Visa and MasterCard. Proof of ID will be required. Alternatively we can issue an invoice, for bank transfer and cheque payments. Sculptures will not be released until payment has cleared.

Will I pay VAT or commission on top of the hammer price?

The auction is a fundraising event for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal. There will be no VAT added to the auction value of each giraffe. There is also no buyer’s premium.

How will I get my giraffe home?

You will have until 26 October to collect your sculpture. Details for this will be on your buyers invoice. We are hoping to have a local courier present at the event to make arrangements for delivery.

What size are the giraffes?

Giant Giraffe: H2500 x L1500 x W460, weight 40kg

There is only one giraffe calf for auction; Lily the Pink: H1300 x L600 x W400, weight 10kg

What are the giraffes made from?

The giraffes are made from a mixture of class II fire retardant laminating resin and chopped roving fibreglass over an initial brushed-on layer of gel coat.

Can I buy a concrete plinth for my giraffe?

You can buy a concrete plinth separately for a minimum donation of £100. The plinths are H200 x L1350 x W750, weighing approx. 650kg. You will have to arrange collection from Leigh Sinton, Worcestershire by prior arrangement. Contact Tricia Cavell tcavell@strichards.org.uk to arrange.

Will my giraffe be insured?

All sculptures are covered by St Richard’s Hospice insurance whilst they are being held at drp Group (auction venue). On collection or after 26th October (whichever is first) you are responsible for any insurance.

How much do you expect to make?

Each of the giraffes is expected to have a starting bid of £2,500-£3,500.

St Richard’s Hospice hope that the auction will raise in excess of £120,000, to support the Build 2020 Appeal – a project to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.

Where does the money go?

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the hospice’s existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m. The profits raised from the whole of the Worcester Stands Tall project, including the auction will support the appeal. To find out more and donate visit strichards.org.uk/build2020

Giraffe care

What happens if a giraffe is damaged?

The locations of the giraffes are purposefully chosen to avoid damage. In most of these types of events, this is a rare occurrence. Decisions about damage are made on a case-by-case basis. Principally, all efforts will be made to restore the giraffe sculpture. If there is repetition of damage once the giraffe has been restored, a different location will be found.

If you need to report a vandalised or damaged giraffe, please call: 01905 730961.

Further Information

Who is responsible for Worcester Stands Tall?

Worcester Stands Tall is a Wild in Art Event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice. 

Who are the project’s major sponsors?

The sponsorship drive has been enormously successful and has been supported by all sectors of the business community across the region. A full list of sponsors can be found on our website. The project’s Presenting Partners are Crowngate and Worcestershire Ambassadors. Our Education Partner is West Midland Safari Park.

What will be the economic benefits to the city?

Projects of this kind in similar sized cities have demonstrated an uplift in visitor numbers, increased spend, with people staying longer. At the end of the project, there will be a full evaluation of Worcester Stands Tall, looking at the economic impact on the city, on sponsors and partners, schools and community groups, providing essential feedback and learnings for future projects.

Who has paid for the giraffes to be made and decorated?

All giant giraffes on the trail are sponsored by different companies in the region, the giraffe calves have been paid for by different schools in the region or, a company who has kindly sponsored the calf for them. Worcester Stands Tall is a full cost recovery project and it’s thanks to our sponsors that we’ve been able to put the trail on.

Who is Wild in Art?

Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events which bring together business and creative sectors with schools and local communities to create a shared experience that supports the host city’s sense of identity; its economy; environment; and showcases its creativity and innovation.

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Aardman Animations. Wild in Art events have:

Attracted over 7 million additional visitors to host cities across the UK and worldwide

Contributed over £1.2m to local creative communities

Enabled over £10m to be raised for charitable causes

Engaged over 100,000 young people in creative programmes

For further information about Wild in Art visit www.wildinart.co.uk | @Wild_in_Art

What is the Education Programme?

Running hand-in-hand with the main trail is an education programme for schools and community groups. It features small giraffe sculptures – called calves – which have decorated by pupils, teachers and community groups.

What fundraising challenges are there?

Visit the Worcester Stands Tall events page to find out ‘What’s On’ during the trail and how you can get involved in raising funds for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal!

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