Ready Steady Gallop! is coming to Hamilton this summer. Running from 25th of June until 6th September, it comprises a trail of around 25 gigantic horses on a route through Hamilton, just south-east of Glasgow.

Artists from across Scotland were invited to come forward and lend their creative flair to the project by designing and painting the horses, and local school children were inspired and guided to get involved with their own versions of the sculptures.

Locals and visitors to Hamilton will be able to get involved by seeking out each of the horses, which will be placed in prominent locations throughout the town and surrounding area. By following the trail, participants will discover public art as they have never seen it before.

The sculptures are expected to attract thousands of visitors to the town, as with previous host towns including Bristol with its Gromit sculptures, gorillas in Norwich and penguins in Liverpool. It’s hoped that visitors to the Commonwealth games will also visit the trail during their trips to Scotland.

At the end of the project the sculptures will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Kilbryde Hospice.

Ready Steady Gallop! is being delivered by Hamilton Business Improvement District and Wild in Art, a company which has produced award-winning, mass participation art events across the UK.

You can find out more about the project via the Ready Steady Gallop Twitter page, which can be found here – or preview some of the sculptures here –