At Burt Brill & Cardens Solicitors, we are always on the look out for opportunities to celebrate and give back to the city of Brighton, a place that we have been a part of for over 100 years. When we heard about the Snowdogs by the Sea project and its support for the Martlets Hospice, we knew that we had to be involved. And of course, it’s hard to turn down the opportunity to make friends with a 1.5 metre pooch.
The Snowdogs Scheme
From late September, 40 snowdogs will hit the streets of Brighton & Hove as part of a 10 week long public art trail. Each dog will be sponsored by a local business and uniquely decorated by an artist. The Snowdog trail, in association with Wild in Art, will attract thousands of visitors from far and wide, and help build on Brighton’s already buzzing cultural scene. After everyone’s had a chance to enjoy the sculptures, they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Martlets Hospice.
For more information visit the site: http://www.snowdogsbythesea.co.uk
The Martlets Hospice plays a key role in helping people to live life as fully as they can, right up until the end. They help individuals and their family members to cope with the challenging demands of a terminal illness. The Hospice cared for over 1500 people living with terminal illness in 2015.
The hospice is not part of the NHS and needs money to ensure that it can continue to help people across our local community. The funds raised by the Snowdogs by the Sea scheme will support those that help provide life-changing hospice care to the people that need it.
To find out more about the services they provide visit the site: http://www.themartlets.org.uk/
Burt Brill & Cardens are delighted to be involved in the project by sponsoring our very own snowdog that we’ve called Southdowns Dog after the stunning countryside that surrounds Brighton & Hove.
Maureen Edwards, our business development manager, explains: “As one of the oldest firms in Brighton focussing on legal services for individuals we are very happy to be supporting The Martlets and Snowdogs by the Sea – helping them help others in the community.”
Some of the Burt Brill & Cardens solicitors meet one of the sample Snowdogs
Meet the Artist – Kellie Miller
When it came to selecting an artist to work with on our Snowdog, we knew we wanted to join forces with Kellie Miller. We have been admirers of Kellie’s work for a number of years and love the way she takes inspiration from nature, in particular the wonderful countryside around Brighton & Hove.
After graduating from the University of Brighton in 1994, Kellie went on to set-up Biscuit Studio in Hove, a genuine creative hub for a diverse range of artists, designers and makers. It’s also where she will be working on our Southdowns Dog.
Living on the Downs, Kellie has a special connection with the local countryside and plenty of inspiration on her doorstep to call upon for the project. Burt Brill & Cardens Solicitors also have a special relationship with the Downs thanks to our founder, Herbert Carden, who was instrumental in buying farmlands around Brighton in order to protect against over development.
Maureen Edwards said:
“Working with our artist Kellie Miller, we have some great ideas for a design bringing together this firm’s historical connections to the city and its special relationship with its environment.”
Having sponsored the University of Brighton Art degree shows for 19 years, Burt Brill & Cardens are proud supporters of the arts and arts education in Sussex. This seemed to strike a chord with Kellie:
“Working with organisations who promote creativity and the arts is really important to me, especially when they understand how powerful it can be for their business.”
“I think we are the perfect partnership. It will be a fun and enjoyable project for me.”
Kellie Miller and Burt Brill & Cardens are a great artist and business partnership: we are both really excited to be working together to support the Martlets Hospice.
“I am delighted to be supporting the Martlets Hospice and their good work, as they are a charity close to my heart and cared for my father-in-law in his last few months.”