Shear joy as college’s Shaun makes mall exhibition

August 03 2015

THOUSANDS of visitors flocking to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway this summer will catch City of Bristol College’s very own Shaun the Sheep in a special exhibition.

THOUSANDS of visitors flocking to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway this summer will catch City of Bristol College’s very own Shaun the Sheep in a special exhibition.

'Down on the Farm: The Shaun in the City Schools Exhibition' opened last month to coincide with the start of Bristol’s Shaun in the City Trail, and features more than 40 smaller-size sculptures from schools, colleges and other education establishments across the region.

The College’s 'Work, Life and Enterprise' team applied for a Shaun at the start of last term as part of a community studies project for learners aged between 15 and 18.

Once accepted, staff and students raised a total of £300, from cake sales, a vintage stall and upcycling, with the college paying the remainder of the £400 toward purchasing the sheep. 

Lecturer Roxy Butler said: “Right from the off, the students were really excited and totally engaged in the fundraising and then the designing and painting of their sheep.

“The students were inspired to decorate Shaun with symbols and images which represented their life at the College and their career aspirations. Our sheep is called My Identity, and we’re really proud of the students’ work.”

Ms Butler’s partner, Bett Norris, created Ram-ble for the Shaun in the City trail on the Downs. She ran a workshop with the students, based on the techniques of artist Henri Matisse.

The carpentry group created a plinth, which was then decorated by retail learners. Before being moved to Cribbs Causeway, the sculpture took pride of place in the foyer at the College’s Ashley Down centre. 

Ms Butler added: “We’re really pleased and excited that our Shaun is part of the schools’ exhibition. It’s been a really nice community thing to do and to be a part of, and ultimately it’s all for a good cause.”

The exhibition, running at the Shaun in the City shop at the Mall until 20 September, is free to enter, with all donations going towards Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal for the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

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