Sheep-shaped and UWE Bristol fashion

Issue date: 22 July 2015

The UWE Bristol sponsored 'Lotus' Shaun – that is on display outside the Aardman Animations' building in Bristol as part of the 'Shaun in the City' charity sculpture trail – has created a hive of activity at the University itself, with staff running events to further raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.

The 'Far East' inspired Shaun, painted by Shaun the Sheep the Movie writer and director, Richard Starzak, sees many of Aardman's most famous creations adorning the legs and body of the sheep-shaped-sculpture, in different tai chi stances.

Over 50 volunteers from the University have put their name forward to keep the University's Shaun clean over the course of the trail, which runs until 31 August 2015. Teams of five will take it in turns to look after the sheep for a week at a time, whilst helping to further raise awareness of the charitable cause. UWE Bristol volunteers have also committed to looking after two other Shaun sculptures, who were in desperate need of 'shepherds' to tend them.

A smaller, more fluffy, incarnation of Shaun will be visiting offices across the UWE Bristol Campuses, as part of #Shaunintheoffice, which will encourage staff members to donate to the charity in order to 'fund' the diminutive sheep's travel expenses, as he moves from department to department.

As well as the University's sponsored Shaun, three UWE Bristol Almuni have also been involved in creating Shaun's for the city wide event. Illustration graduates Bett Norris and Brittany Molineux, and Education graduate Simon Tozer were selected to design and paint sheep for the trail.

Bett's 'Ram-ble' Shaun, which is sponsored by Simply Health, depicts families and groups of people enjoying a day in the park, with Bett taking inspiration for her design from the many green spaces that lie in and around the city.

Bett says, “My sheep design, 'Ram-ble', was inspired by Bristol's green spaces during the summer, and I have covered my design with winding paths, vibrant foliage and people enjoying themselves in the sun.”

Brittany's 'Flora' Shaun, which is sponsored by Alder-King, has a similar green theme, and sees the five-foot sculpture covered in an array of plants and flowers.

Brittany says, “My design focuses on hedgerow plant life found in the English countryside. I wanted there to be an educational element behind the design, in order for people, and children in particular, to be more aware of plant life and be able to identify the species by name when they next explore the countryside.”

The 'Jarsberry Ram' Shaun is printmaker Simon Tozer's second foray into The Grand Appeal's sculpture trail, as he designed and painted Gromberry for the Gromit Unleashed event two years ago.

Simon says, “When I painted Gromberry, l wanted to paint him in an all over colourful design, something that looked almost like a fancy dress outfit, and the strawberry idea popped into my head.

“When l was thinking about Shaun l, at first, thought l should do something different this time, but in the end a raspberry seemed like the best idea, as Shaun's wobbly shape seemed as if it would lend itself nicely to being a raspberry.”

Jarsberry Ram is sponsored by the Pump House in Hotwells and sits proudly outside the pub, overlooking the docks.

There are a total of 70 sculptures on the Bristol 'Shaun in the City' trail. The Bristol trail follows the success of the trail in London earlier this year, which featured 50 different designs.

Once the Bristol trail ends, the whole flock of 120 sculptures will be auctioned, with proceeds from the Bristol designs going towards The Grand Appeal. The funds raised from the London trail sculptures will benefit Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity, which supports children in hospitals across the UK.

You can find out more about Shaun in the City by visiting the webpage.

Shaun in the City is being organised by The Grand Appeal, by the team that created the award-winning 'Gromit Unleashed' public art trail in 2013, which saw Aardman's loveable canine sidekick Gromit raise £2.3 million to support sick children and babies at Bristol Children's Hospital.

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