When will the Burton Swans Art Trail happen?

The Swan Seekers’ trail will go live in July 2020 and for 10 weeks the completed swans will be on show around the streets, open spaces and public areas of Burton.

There will be a printed map of the trail and also an app helping people to plot a route around the trail, discover the story behind each swan, its artist and its sponsor. The app will give them the chance to be tourists in their own town, discovering new places and unlocking rewards offered by project sponsors.

At the end of the 10 weeks, there will be a farewell ‘swan song’ event before the swans are auctioned off in October to raise money for Burton & District YMCA. Schools will also join in the fun thanks to Burton’s Brewhouse Arts Centre who are subsidising the cost of an artist going into schools with a smaller cygnet for pupils to decorate, using creativity as a tool for learning.

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Swan Seekers' Trail Timeline

  • Call for Sponsorship

    March 2019

  • Open for Artist Submission

    Sept 2019

  • Artist Submissions Closes

    December 2019

  • Design Exhibition

    Jan 2020

  • Artists Commissioned Schools & Community Group Workshops

    Feb 2020

  • Swans Painted

    March 2020

  • Install Swan Trail Launch event

    June 2020

  • Charity Auction

    Sept 2020


If you are an established or emerging artist, we’d love to receive your ideas for our swan sculptures.

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We are looking for businesses, community groups or individuals to sponsor one of our 25 scintillating swans.

The team behind the
Burton Swans project:

Project Manager - Tilley Bancroft, Red Door Studios , Sculptor - Simon Watson, Website and mobile app creator - Haywyre, Writer - Elaine Pritchard, Caittom Publishing, Social media - Karen Cureton, Cureton Consulting, Film cameraman - Ben Kalsi, Red Door Studios

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