Swindog pack gathered together for last time ready for charity auction

By Barrie Hudson - 15 September 2023

  • Julia's House Deputy Chief Executive Mike Bartlett with some of the Swindogs

    Julia's House Deputy Chief Executive Mike Bartlett with some of the Swindogs

The Swindogs and Swinpups were today gathered as a pack at Steam ahead of the biggest Swindon art auction in years.

The 32 Swindogs and 42 Swinpups, created by artists, community groups, schools, charities, businesses and other organisations, formed the Big Dog Art Trail, and have been on display throughout the town for several weeks, helping to raise awareness and funds for children's hospice charity Julia's House. 
Over the weekend - 16 and 17 September - they will be on display at Steam ahead of Tuesday's Grand Auction, when bidders will have the chance to adopt a Swindog or Swinpup.
Tickets for the weekend viewings are priced at £2.50, with under-threes admitted free, and tickets for the auction are priced at £10. Full details, including how to book in advance to take part in or view the auction, can be found at www.bigdogarttrail.co.uk
Julia's House Deputy Chief Executive Mike Bartlett said: "This weekend is our farewell weekend - Saturday and Sunday at Steam.
"The doors open at 10 o'clock and stay open until five on both Saturday and Sunday, and we're hoping for a couple of thousand people over the next couple of days to come and see all of the dogs on one place. 
"It's the only chance to see all of the together on one place before the big auction on Tuesday evening."
The auction will begin at 6.30pm with the doors opening at 6pm.
Mr Bartlett added: "People can buy tickets for that online if they want to come and see all of these amazing pieces of art auctioned off.
"All profits will go to Julia's House - the local children's hospice for Swindon and Wiltshire."


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