Shear excitement over city’s Shauns

June 26 2015

LONDON has had its time enjoying a flock of Shaun the Sheep – now it's Bristol's turn!

LONDON has had its time enjoying a flock of Shaun the Sheep – now it's Bristol's turn!

And Bishopston Voice is excited to announce exact locations of where some of the woolly critters will be based in the local area.

While we are unaware of the designs until July 6, when the Shaun in the City trail officially launches, we can disclose that there will be Shauns cropping up in Coldharbour Road, outside Morley Grove; Horfield Common, outside the Ardagh Pavilion; and Gloucester Road, outside Boston Tea Party.

The artists painting the 5ft sculptures are Emily Ketteringham, Emily Golden, and Tom Hovey, respectively.

Traders from both popular shopping streets, and the Friends of Horfield Common have been sharing their excitement about having a Shaun in their local vicinity.

Hazel Burville, owner of the Coldharbour Framery and Gallery, says that she is over the moon about the street being awarded its very own Aardman character, and is looking forward to finally welcoming Shaun to the area.

Emily Ketteringham, whose screen prints are sold at the gallery, and had a sheep – 'petal' – featured on the London trail, said: “I can't wait to see my Shaun out and about. I was really excited to be asked to design a Shaun for Bristol, and the fact that he has been sponsored by local businesses makes it even more special - it's good to know that he will have friendly people keeping an eye on him and keeping him feed and watered!”

Sam Thomson, chair of Horfield Common, wrote on Facebook: “Can't wait to welcome the Shaun by Emily Golden to the Ardagh for the summer.”

Emily Golden, who lives locally and produced a Shaun for the London trail, said: “After not being able to visit my first Shaun, Candy Baa, in London, I am so excited to have my second sculpture so close to where I live on Horfield Common.

“I have only recently moved to the area, but a walk around the common has become a regular pastime. I’m thrilled to be part of such a great charity trail and at the same time provide something for my local community.”

Besides painting Aardman characters, Emily, 31, illustrates children's books, including 'The Loon on the Moon', which won the Dundee Picture Book Award in 2012.

CEO of Brunelcare – sponsors of Horfield Common's sheep – Helen Joy, said: “This is a wonderful chance to raise the profile of two important local charities; our own, providing housing, care and support for people in Bristol and the South West, working together with Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal to raise money for Bristol Children's Hospital.”

Tom Hovey, whose Shaun will be featured in Gloucester Road, is best known for his illustrations of food and producing graphics for BBC One's The Great British Bake Off.

There will be 70 sheep, in total, to discover on Bristol's trail, which will run until August 31.

It continues the success of London's Shaun in the City, which ran from March 28 to May 25.

The sheep will all be auctioned off this autumn, with all proceeds from the Bristol sculptures benefitting Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.

Funds raised by the sale of the London sculptures will go towards Wallace & Gromit’s Children's Charity, which supports sick children in hospitals throughout the UK.

The charity’s latest trail follows in the footsteps of its popular ‘Gromit Unleashed’ event in 2013, which saw sculptures of Aardman's loveable canine raise £2.3million for the hospital.

To find out more about Shaun in the City, visit:

Shaun the SheepSpotted: Shaun the Sheep outside Barry Toogood's
Flowers in Coldharbour Road


TO tie in with Coldharbour Road receiving a Shaun the Sheep, traders will be launching 'Summer in the City', where they will be offering special deals.

Twenty-one businesses from the high street are taking part, offering discounts and Grand Appeal donations on sales linked to sheep-related products.

Children from local nurseries and schools are invited to meet Shaun and artist Emily Golden on the July 6 launch day, and traders will be in fancy dress.

Heart Space Studios is set to host a special morning workshop for children, aged 7-12, to enjoy decorating their own sheep book-bags, with proceeds going to the Grand Appeal. Date is still to be confirmed.

An art competition will also be held for local children, organised by Coldharbour Gallery and Barry Toogood Flowers.

For more information, search 'Coldharbour Road BS6' on Facebook.