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Art Trail

Come to Belfast and see our 30 uniquely decorated Elmers placed around the city for everyone to enjoy. Will you complete the full trail?


Get involved! We invite your company, employees and customers to be inspired and be part of the event.


We are looking for local and national artists to submit a design and make our trail unique.


Young Elmers will be popping up in special locations designed by local schools and groups.


Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail

Have you ‘herd’?

From the 20th June 2022 Belfast City will be brought to life by a herd of uniquely decorated, amazingly creative, elephant sculptures.  The free, family-friendly art trail – a collaboration between Northern Ireland Hospice, Wild in Art and Andersen Press, brings David McKee’s popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant to life.

The uniquely decorated Elmer’s will be positioned around key landmarks, streets, and open spaces in Belfast for ten weeks until Sunday 4th September. But that’s not the end…after this the herd will travel around Northern Ireland. The Elmers will be stopping off for the weekend to say “Hello” in Ballymena, Derry/Londonderry, Newry and Enniskillen before coming back to Belfast for a final farewell event!

The herd of Elmers will deliver a ton of fun and laughter this summer and attract local residents and visitors from far and wide to discover, and re-discover Belfast City, making art accessible to all.  Each Elmer is sponsored by a local business or organisation, making the trail deeply rooted in the local community

Visitors and residents can explore the city centre, parks and open spaces while following the Trail to discover all of the bold and eye-catching large Elmers.

The Trail also includes Elmer’s Learning Herd which is made up of 30 ‘Young Elmer’ sculptures, each designed and painted by local schools and youth organisations from across Northern Ireland.

We will also have one very special Elmer, designed especially for Northern Ireland Hospice to coincide with their celebrations for 21 years of care since the opening of the Children’s Hospice at Horizon House.

At the end of the Trail each of the Elmers from the art trail will be auctioned to raise funds for Northern Ireland Hospice. These funds will enable them to continue to provide outstanding care and support to local families when they need it most.


Latest News

12th October 2021

Northern Ireland Hospice today launched its official partnership with Belfast City Council for the Elmer Big Belfast Trail which will have the city bursting with spectacular colour and art next year. A collaboration between Nor.... Read More

23rd July 2021

As part of Children’s Hospice week in June 2021, Northern Ireland Hospice, in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press, announced that Elmer the Patchwork Elephant will be joining them to celebrate 21 years of care since .... Read More

23rd July 2021

As part of our online launch Elmer visited his two elephant friends at Belfast Zoo which is a sanctuary for elderly, non-breeding female elephants from difficult backgrounds. Yhetto and Dhujna are two of these rescue elephants .... Read More

2nd July 2021

Northern Ireland Hospice is getting ready to invite artists far and wide for the artistic challenge of a lifetime. 30 blank Elmer the elephant sculptures are waiting for your creative flair as part of the amazing art trail of 2022.... Read More

Presenting Partners

Belfast City Council

Wild in Art

Elmer's Big Belfast Trail 2022