OWLS OF BATH - THE AUCTION

The 61 Owls of Bath sculptures, raised £139,200 at the charity auction at the Apex Hotel on Wednesday night.

200 owl fans and bidders filled the room and the evening was hosted by the Chair of Creative Bath, Greg Ingham, with expert charity auctioneer Addison Gelpey taking on the marathon task of sending the flock on their way to new nests across the region and beyond, including Hungary!  With bids from America, Canada, France and Dubai, bidding was a hoot and the 'parliament' will soon be leaving the nest...

Some that fetched high prices at the auction include Octavius, who raised £7500 and Spokes by Perry Harris and J K Owling..

We were all delighted to meet Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown, who  decorated Festivowl and drew the winner of the Raff'Owl.  The prize to win the large blank owl was won by an owl bidder in the room.  Congratulations to all our brilliant artists and sponsors and twit twoo and thanks to all  our generous bidders!

Owls fly the Nest at charity auction!

OWLS HOOT FAREWELL WEEKEND

The beautifully sunny Owls Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend saw thousands of owl fans of all ages flock to see all 82 owl and owlet sculptures gathered together in one giant parliament on the Bath Recreation Ground.

Visitors met real owls from The Owlery in Newton St Loe and Paul Golledge Bird of Prey Discovery, made owl biscuits with the Aga team, took part in the Hobbycraft design an owl competition, dissected barn owl pellets with the UK Little Owl Project, made owl puppets and mosaic mini-owls with the Roman Baths, tried for a 'H'Owl in One' with Cumberwell Park, tested their footie skills with Bath City FC's 'Beat the G'owlie', pinned the treat on the Owl with Andrews Estate Agents and Metro Bank gave out thousands of goodie bags including doggy bandanas!

The owls have now returned to Nest HQ for some rest before their big night at the charity auction at the Apex Hotel on 17th October, which will also be live online at theauctionroom.com

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Thousands flocked to Bath this summer!

The Minerva’s Owls 2018 sculpture trail has been a fantastic way for residents and visitors to explore Bath and find out more about its businesses, artists and local attractions.

The free, inclusive public art sculpture trail attracted thousands of visitors to Bath, bringing colour and fun to the city's streets .  The charity auction on 17th October helped raise much needed funds for local charities.

The beautifully decorated, super-sized owls and smaller owlets, decorated by  schools took up their perches across the World Heritage city and surrounding area at the end of June, where they nested for nearly three months, entertaining thousands on their daily business around Bath.

All 80+ owls were gathered together for the 'Hoot Farewell' auction preview festival on 29/30 September before the charity auction at the Apex Hotel in Bath.

 

Owls of Bath Raff'Owl

The large blank owl was won by Bryan Clover from Bath, who runs the charity Evie's Gift and will help fundraise for the charity.  We're delighted Raff'Owl has found such a good home.

The £100 of SouthGate vouchers were won by Vanessa Lopez and the full set of Horrible Histories books, signed by writer Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown, was won by Sally Henley from Bath.

Other winners have been informed of their prizes. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Stunning owls - individual works of art

The owls were decorated by talented artists, designers, schools and celebrities from across the region and beyond in a wide range of styles from street art to mosaic and interactive owls that light up at night and were sold live at the Owls of Bath Auction at the Apex hotel and also online via The Auction Room.

100% of event profits will be donated to the new RUH Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers, the Roman Baths Archway Project, and the UK Little Owl Project.

After the Owls Hoot Farewell weekend, the smaller owlets were returned to their schools and charities to keep as a lasting legacy of the project.

 

Minerva's Owls of Bath App

The free Minerva's Owls of Bath App was downloaded via QR codes on the owls’ plinths and owl fans were invited to 'wake up' all the sleeping owls around the city.

On approaching an owl, information about it popped up on people's phones, with a fun question to answer before moving on to the next owl. Those that visited all 82 owls and answered all their questions correctly will go into a draw to win a super-luxury pampering and activity break in the World Heritage city!

 

Big Hoot App Prize

The Big Hoot Prize, which was won by the Siveter family from East Sussex, included 2-nights in the boutique Abbey Hotel in the heart of the city; exclusive hire of the fabulous steaming Hot Bath with Prosecco package; cocktails and meals at some of Bath's top bars and restaurants; a Taste of Bath hamper and a night's dinner B&B at the 16th century Swan Hotel in nearby historic Bradford on Avon, with a round of golf for four at the award-winning Cumberwell Park - home to real Little Owls!

Big Hoot Prize includes 2 nights B&B at the Abbey Hotel

Win luxury Prosecco visit to the the 12th century Cross Bath 

A great hoot for for Summer 2018

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