It’s time for Brighton and Hove to bid farewell to the Snailspace snail trail collection which has lit up the city’s streets for over a month. The sculptures were taken off the streets on Sunday (18 November), but Marlets are giving you one final opportunity to see the snail sculptures – and all in one location.
All 50 snails and 57 junior snails will be on display at the St Augustine’s Event Centre in Brighton for just three days at the end of the month. Martlets promise a festive feel to the Snailspace exhibition, with an hour-long slot offering plenty of time to see the snails, enjoy refreshments and purchase merchandise.
Imelda Glackin, CEO of Marlets, discussed how the collection has brightened up the city this autumn: “We’ve been delighted with the enjoyment and fun that our Snails have brought; they have really captured everyone’s imagination. The Snailway has been a well-beaten path, from toddlers with the tiniest toes right through to pensioners in mobility scooters all determined to meet as many of our Snails as they possibly could.”
The snails were designated into groups for a chance to you to vote on your favourite sculpture. Some of the top designs included ‘Mr Watts’ created by artist Judith Berrill and poet and author David Attree, ‘A Spin Around Brighton’ designed and painted by Lauren Nickless, and ‘Life in the Slow Lane’ by illustrator, Mister Phil.
In October, acclaimed DJ and charity ambassador, Fatboy Slim, embarked on a 26-mile walk to visit the 50 snail sculptures dotted around Brighton and Hove. The walk was to raise essential funds for the Marlets’ hospice, which generated £5,318 for the charity.
First established in 1935, Martlets have aimed to provide life-changing hospice care ever since to support those who are seriously ill and cannot afford private nursing homes. In 1997, the hospice expanded their work, launching a hospice at home care service, making it possible to care for over 250,000 in 20 years.
Tickets are available to purchase in one hour slots from 9.30am until 6pm. Adult tickets are available at £6 and children can enter for just £3.
The exhibition will take place from Friday 30th November until Sunday 2nd December at St Augustine’s Event Centre, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EA. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Marlets website.