Shaun the Sheep fever reaches Bristol
Press release issued: 15 May 2015
First there were gorillas, then Gromits, now thousands of visitors are expected to take part in Bristol’s next public art trail involving 70 giant Shaun the Sheep across the city. Two University of Bristol locations – the Victoria Rooms and the Botanic Garden – have been unveiled as locations on the eagerly-anticipated Shaun in the City trail.
An army of 50 eye-catching Shaun sculptures has been capturing the public’s attention in London since the end of March, and the Bristol leg looks set to be just as popular when it gets underway on 6 July.
Sheep spotters will be on the lookout for the Shaun the Sheep statue outside the Victoria Rooms, home to the Department of Music, which is being sponsored by the University.
They’ll also be able to tick off its neighbour, stationed outside the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) on Queens Road, which is being sponsored by the Children of the 90s project.
The University of Bristol Botanic Garden, a 1.77 hectare garden in Stoke Bishop, will be home to another one of the colourful creatures, sponsored by Dunkley's Chartered Accountants. It will be outside the welcome lodge at The Holmes on Stoke Park Road.
Each of the 5ft sculptures has been individually designed by a whole flock of artists, designers and famous faces. Details of the artists and their designs will be unveiled at the start of the trail, which runs until 31 August.
Nick Park CBE, creator of Shaun the Sheep, Aardman Animations, said: “It’s been a busy year for Shaun, he has just launched his first movie and now he has his very own arts trail. Shaun is such a well-loved character with so many fans around the globe, I’m sure many will flock to Bristol to be part of the fun.”
All 120 Bristol and London sculptures will be displayed in the Great Sheep Round Up Exhibition in Bristol this autumn, before the whole flock is auctioned, with proceeds from the sale of the 70 Bristol sculptures supporting The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
Bristol University has a strong commitment to public art and has supported previous art trails in the city. The ‘Going Going Gone’ gorilla which was part of the Wow! Gorillas trail in 2011 to celebrate Bristol Zoo’s 175th anniversary now lives in the new Life Sciences building and Gromit sculpture ‘Bark at Ee’ is inside the Wills Memorial Building.
The Grand Appeal was the charity behind the hugely successful Gromit Unleashed arts trail in Bristol in 2013, which was visited by over one million people, bringing more than £75 million to the city. The 80 sculptures raised more than £2.3 million at auction for The Grand Appeal.
Shaun the Sheep is one of Bristol-based Aardman Animations’ best loved characters, with over four and a half million fans on social media and TV series which is broadcast in 170 territories world-wide. It was recently voted the nation’s all-time favourite BBC children’s TV character.
For more information about the trail, visit the Shaun in the City website.
About the University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The University of Bristol Botanic Garden was the first new university botanic garden to be created in the United Kingdom for 40 forty years. The 1.77 hectare garden has a strong evolutionary theme and cultivates over 4,500 plant species forming four core collections that illustrate plant evolution, plants from Mediterranean climates, useful plants and rare and threatened native plants to the Bristol area.
Star attractions include an amazing dell demonstrating the evolution of land plants including the dinosaurs’ favourite plants: ginkgos, cycads, tree ferns, monkey puzzles and Wolly, the Wollemi Pine. Other delights include the Chinese and Western herb gardens and an inspiring display of plants illustrating floral diversity.
For details of the opening times and ticket prices, please see the Botanic Garden website.
About Children of the 90s
Based at the University of Bristol, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), known as Children of the 90s, is a long-term health research project that enrolled more than 14,000 pregnant women in 1991 and 1992. It has been following the health and development of the parents and their children in great detail ever since.
About Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal
In 20 years, The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity has raised over £30million to support sick babies and children at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital, providing life-saving equipment, patient activities, new services and family accommodation. The Grand Appeal also runs Cots for Tots House - a 12-bedded family accommodation unit for the parents of critically ill babies treated in the Special Care Baby Unit.
Bristol Childre's Hospital is one of the UK's leading children's hospitals treating patients from across the South West, South Wales and beyond with life-threatening illnesses and serves as the paediatric intensive care centre for the whole South West region. The hospital is an international, national and regional specialist centre of excellence for a range of services including neurosurgery, burns, cardiac, leukaemia and bone marrow transplants.
The Grand Appeal will benefit from funds raised from the flock of 70 Shaun in the City sculptures placed in Bristol during summer 2015.
Since 1995, the multi award-winning charity has enjoyed a unique relationship with Aardman Animations, whose Oscar-winning characters Wallace and Gromit spearhead the fundraising. The founding directors of Aardman Animations, David Sproxton and Peter Lord, as well as the Creator of Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park, are trustees of the Charity.
About Shaun in the City
Shaun in the City is a public arts trail from Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation, the team behind the award-winning Gromit Unleashed trail in 2013.
120 5ft sculptures of Shaun the Sheep will be designed and decorated by artists, designers and celebrities, of which 50 will placed in iconic locations in London (28 March - 31 May 2015) and 70 will be placed in Bristol (6 July - 31 August 2015). The trail will culminate in a public exhibition and charity auction in autumn 2015.
Join the flock at www.facebook.com/shaunsinthecity, and on Twitter at @shaun_inthecity and #ShaunintheCity.
About Aardman and Shaun the Sheep
Aardman is an award-winning British animation studio that has an outstanding global reputation for creating enduringly popular characters and quality family entertainment.
Shaun the Sheep made his debut in the Oscar-winning 1995 Wallace & Gromit film, A Close Shave, and hit the big screen earlier this year with the release of Shaun the Sheep the Movie. Since then he has become a global superstar with over five million fans on social media and TV series broadcast in 170 territories worldwide. Shaun the Sheep was voted the nation’s favourite BBC children's TV character from the last 70 years in a recent Radio Times poll, beating Postman Pat and Sooty and Sweep who came second and third respectively.