Southampton Hospitals Charity launches new art trail

Southampton Hospitals Charity is launching a new art trail with Lighthouse sculptures set to take over Southampton and Cowes. Light the South art trail is a fabulous community project raising money for Southampton Hospitals Charity. The public art event will take place in summer 2024 and raise money for Southampton Children’s Hospital.

Light the South will see Southampton Hospitals Charity, the charity of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust team up with art trail experts Wild in Art who has previously hosted trails in cities across the UK and worldwide for a decade.

Each of the 40 Lighthouse sculptures will stand at 8ft tall on the streets and open spaces of Southampton and Cowes for eight weeks. Each is a unique masterpiece, sponsored by different businesses and designed by artists both local and well renowned, creating a family-friendly trail of discovery and adventure for visitors and residents to enjoy and explore.

Ellis Banfield, Southampton Hospitals Charity Director, said: “We’re thrilled to bring a spectacular art installation to Southampton and Cowes in 2024. Light the South will weave together the best culture, heritage, and diversity the South has to offer, and we hope our community is as excited as we are that this public event will be coming to Southampton and Cowes. As well as creating a brilliant adventure for families, Light the South will help Southampton Hospitals Charity to shine a light on, and raise vital funds for, our Children’s Hospital.”

The sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for Southampton Hospitals Charity to support Southampton Children’s Hospital in September 2024.

Southampton and Cowes businesses are now being invited to come on board and show their support for this positive community event through a range of different sponsorship packages. The Southampton-based cross Solent ferry operator and travel and leisure company, Red Funnel, was the first company to become one of two presenting partners for the trail.

Red Funnel CEO, Fran Collins, said, “Red Funnel is immensely proud to be sponsoring the Light the South art trail to support Southampton Hospitals Charity. It is extremely important to us that we make a meaningful and positive difference in our local community, and I’m delighted that money raised will support Southampton Children’s Hospital. Not only does the hospital treat and care for children from both the communities we serve in Southampton and the Isle of Wight, but also the families of our 460 employees.

For me personally, I think Light the South is going to be a fantastic way of supporting employee engagement and give us a different way to communicate and engage with our