The Derby Ram Trail lives on!

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Following the huge success of the Derby Ram Trail this summer, Derby Museums – the trail’s principal organiser – is pleased to share news about 15 of the rams, which have remained in the public realm for people to enjoy.

The Derby Ram Trail was a spectacular free discovery trail, featuring 30 unique ram sculptures that brightened the streets of Derby between 27th May and 25th August this year.  It was brought to the city by Derby Museums, in partnership with Wild in Art, and attracted over tens of thousands of visitors during its three-month run, including Derbyshire locals and international tourists.

The 30 rams comprising the trail were auctioned off in September by Charles Hanson, raising an impressive £300,000 towards Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund and helping to secure the future of our heritage.

The rams have now travelled to their new homes across the country – the ram rambling the furthest now overlooks the town of Prestatyn in north Wales! Half are in private ownership, but there are still 15 rams the public can spot:

  • Ramtastic and Poseidon rambled off to a Lincolnshire Wolds location set in the grounds of Nettleton Park, owned by Don Amott Parks.
  • Rambo takes pride in looking after the iconic pepper pot building on the former site of the Derby Royal Infirmary in the Nightingale Quarter, Derby.
  • Captain Stone was purchased by the entrepreneurs at Project D and will make guest appearances at some of their pop-up events.
  • Secret R.A.M. and Random Access Memory welcome visitors to Tioga Limited, helping showcase their expertise in Electronics Assembly at their Head Office on Mansfield Road, Derby.
  • Ramble sits on proud display at Custom Paintworks Derby and was bought in memory of Robin Morley who used to ramble in the Peak District with his son Scott Morley, the owner of the company.
  • For Those About to Rock warmly welcomes visitors to Brand Outlet on Ascot Drive in Derby, and we are told is already a hit with their visitors.
  • Pride in Derby has nestled into its new home at Derby City Council on Corporation Street and proudly shares its space with a sheepdog!
  • Play is residing at Cosy HQ, the play factory in Fauld near Tutbury and will playfully come out on tour with Cosy Direct in support of their work with Derby Kids Camp.
  • Mondriram, sits proudly outside Vaillant Group’s Customer Experience Centre in Belper, Derbyshire. Vaillant was really happy to win the ram and use it to welcome visitors and staff to their award-winning manufacturing plant.
  • Nurse Nightingale sits proudly inside the main reception at the Royal Derby Hospital, continuing to support their work connecting art and wellbeing.
  • Ram Gogh – Starry Night over the Dales and Herding Together to RAMp up Quality take up a temporary position at the Needles Pub in Alvaston, Derby before they move into a new pub garden area next year to welcome families and visitors alike.
  • Keener eyed ram spotters might also see Derby Industries outside Motus Commercials when driving past their office in Mackworth.

The legacy of the trail continues, and Derby Museums is pleased to extend this by further developing the Derby Ram Trail app with local company, Bloc Digital. The company has freely donated its expertise and time to design, develop and produce the app, which is available to download for free on mobile devices.

Although the trail has finished, by the end of October when the app has been updated, visitors will still be able to navigate it using the app to locate 3D virtual images of the rams in their original positions.

Bloc Digital Director, Keith Cox, said:

“We are delighted to keep the creativity and community spirit of the Derby Ram Trail alive by harnessing digital and immersive technology in this legacy app. Visitors can continue to experience that sense of quest as they explore the city and interact with the virtual rams along the way. The app also brings the trail close to home – once the rams have been unlocked, visitors can take these Augmented Reality sculptures home to place in their own rooms or gardens.”

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums, said:

“It is a fantastic to hear that 15 of the rams will stay on public display as a legacy to the project and we are thrilled that Ram Trail sponsor, Bloc Digital, have continued their support with the development of the app, enabling visitors to continue to enjoy a virtual version of the trail.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, artists and visitors for their commitment to making the trail such a fantastic success after such a difficult time during the pandemic, and for everyone who supported us so generously, helping to raise an incredible sum for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund.”

Image: Mondriram outside Vaillant’s Customer Experience Centre, Belper © Vaillant

Derby Ram Trail Auction raises over £300,000!

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Thirty colourful large ram sculptures from the popular Derby Ram trail went under the hammer last Thursday night at the Museum of Making. The trail has raised over £150,000 and this will be matched by The National Lottery Heritage Fund contribute over £300,000 for Derby Museums’ Endowment.

Tensions ran high in the room as each ram went up for auction with a couple of the rams reaching prices of over £10,000! The rams will now go to their forever homes and although most will go to private locations a number will remain on public display.

The exciting evening was hosted at the new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill and began with a prosecco and canapé reception with the auction hosted by BBC Radio Derby’s very own Andy Twigge and local celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson auctioning off the rams.

The proceeds from the auction will be doubled with match funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and donated to Derby Museums’ Endowment, helping to care for Derby’s important heritage to inspire our future generations.

The successful fundraising from the Derby Ram Trail means that Derby Museums has now raised over £750,000 towards its £1m Endowment Campaign target with the final £250,000 needing to be raised by September 2022 to make the most of the match funding grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums says:

“We are delighted with the total raised from the auction which exceeded our expectations and will make such a fantastic contribution to our Endowment target, helping to secure our future so we can continue to keep our museums free to inspire the generations of the future.”

“Thank you to all sponsors, artists and visitors for their commitment to making the trail such a fantastic success after such a difficult time”

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Managing Director of Wild in Art says:

“As one of the first Wild in Art Trail auctions to take place after the lockdowns it is fabulous to see how the city has taken the rams to their hearts and supported the auction.”

The Derby Ram Trail Auction was kindly supported by Penguin PR.

Simon Burch, Director of Penguin PR, says:

“We were thrilled to be part of such an exciting night and support Derby Museums’ fundraising achievement.”

Image: Rameses, Derby Ram Trail Auction – Credit Derby Telegraph

Derby Rams finally hit the Trail

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This Thursday 27th May, residents of Derby will wake up to a delightful sight as a flock of 30 colourful ram sculptures appear across the city, marking the start of the much-anticipated Derby Ram Trail.

Using the symbol of Derby, The Derby Ram Trail is a spectacular new city-wide free sculpture trail that will see 30 five-foot ram sculptures on display outside key city landmarks, such as the new Museum of Making, which opened for the first time last week, Derby Cathedral and The Council House.

The trail starts on Thursday 27th May and runs until Sunday 22nd August. Organiser Derby Museums, in partnership with Wild in Art, and together with presenting partner Cathedral Quarter BID, hopes the flock of uniquely decorated rams will attract both local residents and visitors from far and wide to discover, and re-discover the city, after lockdown as well as making art accessible to all.

With their bold prints and eye-catching colours, each ram has been decorated one of 28 local, national and emerging artists and each is sponsored by a local business, making the trail deeply rooted to Derby. The flock of rams will showcase a huge range of artistic talent, with all forms of art, from illustration to graffiti, being celebrated.

Since March 2020, the artists have been busy transferring their 2D designs onto their five-foot 3D sculptures. Here’s a flavour of some of the rams you can discover on the trail:

Football Word Cloud: sponsored by Derby County Football Club, artist Melanie Hubbard

  • One of two football themed rams on the trail, this sculpture was inspired by the memory of Melanie’s late father, using words and memories of Derby CFC in the form of a ‘word cloud’
  • Location: near Willow Sports Centre / Joseph Wright College

Bee Happy: sponsored by the University of Derby, artists Rachael and Phillippa Corcutt

  • Derbyshire based illustrators and twin sisters have created this bright and uplifting design which highlights the importance of bumblebees in Derby’s parks and gardens
  • Location: near Derby Train Station

Captain Stone: sponsored by Marketing Derby, artist Liam Sharp

  • Liam is a Derby-born comic strip writer and artist living in California, who is currently working for DC Comics and Warner Brothers. Captain Stone is a character in the graphic novel ‘Captain Stone is Missing…’ from Titan Publishing
  • Location: on Traffic Street

It is easy for everyone to take part and see all 30 rams, as visitors can either pick up a free map up from the Museum and Art Gallery (the trail’s ‘herd-quarters’!) on The Strand, or download one from derbyramtrail.org. There is also the free ‘Derby Ram Trail’ quest style app, which is downloadable from the App Store or Google Play. Visitors will then be able pinpoint which rams they want to see, in what order and where in the city they can be found. This allows bespoke trails to be created, so whether you’re looking for a fun family day out or have an interest in specific city landmark, there is something for everyone.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums says:

“The Derby Ram Trail offers something unique to all who visit Derby this summer, and really celebrates the artistic talent we have in this region. Our partner Wild in Art has created trails all across the globe, in world cities such as Sydney and São Paulo, so I’m incredibly proud that this summer Derby will be home to a world-class sculpture trail too, and what better way to celebrate all things Derby than by seeing 30 huge rams in the most iconic parts of our city. Be ready for eye-catching colours, dramatic designs and magnificent murals, which sets the stage for a ‘Ramtastic’ summer.

“I am really grateful to all of the local businesses who got behind this project and sponsored a ram, we couldn’t have done it without them. As well as celebrating creativity it also shows the resilience of Derby that we have all come together at this challenging time to put on a great show for residents and visitors alike to enjoy over the coming months.”

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Managing Director of Wild in Art says:

Excitingly, the Derby Ram Trail is the first of our free sculpture trails to take place as the Covid-19 restrictions in the UK ease, making it even more special to us and all who visit between now and August. We can’t wait to see the city’s streets decorated with such colourful art forms that everyone can see, admire and enjoy.”

Martin Langsdale, Chair of Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) says:

We are delighted to be the Presenting Partner of what promises to be a fantastic event for the city. We look forward to welcoming the Derby Ram Trail to the award-winning Cathedral Quarter, providing an invaluable boost to the economic, social and cultural life of the city.”

The 30 ram sculptures are based on the mythical Derby Ram from an 18th Century song, which, according to legend, was ten yards high with enormous horns and a huge flowing fleece. The song tells of people travelling from corners of the country to see the huge ram, something which Derby Museums and Wild in Art hope to echo this summer, in this modern-day trail.

Once the Derby Ram Trail ends on Sunday 22nd August, all 30 rams will be brought together for the ‘Ram-union’ weekend, 3rd-5th September before they are auctioned off on 9th September to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, helping to secure the future of Derby Museums. All funds raised through the trail will be doubled with match funding from the National Lottery Heritage Endowment Fund.

To find out more about this fantastic free, family-friendly trail, visit: derbyramtrail.org. And, if you’re on social media, don’t forget to tag your photos using @derbyramtrail, and using #DerbyRamTrail!

Image: Installing the Derby rams into the city (6). Credit Derby Museums

Winners announced in Derby schools’ competition to design mini rams as part of world-class sculpture trail

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Derby Museums, together with education partner Rolls-Royce, are delighted to announce the four winning designs from schools across Derbyshire that will feature as part of a School’s Mini Ram Trail in the Museum and Art Gallery from 27 May to 22 August 2021. In addition to the four winners there were 26 runners up which will also feature on the Schools Mini Ram Trail.

This colourful Mini Ram Trail will complement the main Derby Ram Trail, a spectacular free public art installation which will run from 27 May until 22 August 2021, bringing a flock of 30 fabulously colourful and unique five-foot tall rams to create a free public walking sculpture trail around Derby.

Derby Museums were thrilled to have 21 Derby city schools and colleges (Primary, Secondary and SEND) take part in this cross-school art competition. The theme was ‘What is important to me, right now’, and saw entries that featured friendship, nature and thanking the NHS for their ongoing work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Each school then selected their own age category winners to decorate a 3D ram which have now been judged from a shortlist of 78.

The four winners are:

  • 5-7 years: Brynnlee (Cavendish Close Infant and Nursery School)
    • Brynnlee’s ram (called ‘Patty’) shines like gold to echo those who are kind and helpful to each other. This was inspired by the children being back in the classroom together post Covid, talking about what is important to them now.
  • 8-10 years: Devdeep (Dale Primary School)
    • The bright colours used on Devdeep’s ‘Friends & Family Ram’ represents the enjoyment he feels when playing with family and friends. The detailed illustrations include friends and family, trees, homes, sunshine and sports teams. 
  • 11-13 years: Miles (St Peter’s Junior School)
    • Miles’ ‘Mr Ramington’ celebrates - and was inspired by - all things Derby! The city, the wider countryside and county, which perfectly reflects with the ethos of the main Derby Ram Trail.
  • 14-16 years: Jennifer (Derby Cathedral School)
    • Jennifer’s ‘My Life in Derby’ ram links the thinkers and innovators of Derby, Derbyshire landscape and the nature of the Peak District with Derby Cathedral.

These wonderful four winning designs – and all the runners up - will be on display for visitors to enjoy throughout the summer. They will bring a splash of colour and lots of fun to the city, which will already be host to the 30 bespoke rams standing proudly outside key city landmarks, such as the new Museum of Making and Derby Cathedral.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said: “We were delighted by the wonderful ideas and creative approaches that were put forward and it was really hard to pick the four winners as the standard was incredibly high. Thanks to everyone who got involved across all the different age categories as we know it has been a difficult time for schools, young people, educators and families. These colourful Mini Rams are going to be a delight for visitors across the summer at the Museum and Art Gallery and a great complement to the Ram Trail across the city.”

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager at Rolls-Roycesaid:“We were really impressed by the imagination and ideas that shone through in all the entries. Creativity is such an important skill in developing new ideas for absolutely anything and everything, so we are delighted to be the Education Partner for Derby’s Ram Trail. The standard of entries suggests that the young people of Derby have all the creative talent needed to be the innovators of the future and I can’t wait to see their Mini Rams in the Museum and Art Gallery.”

The Derby Ram Trail has been created in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading producer of spectacular public art events who have worked all over the globe from Sydney and São Paulo to the London Olympics 2012.

Photo: The winners of the Schools Mini Ram Trail (L-R): Mr Ramington, Patty, The Friends and Family Ram and My Life in Derby. Credit Oliver Taylor

Rams return to the Painting Space for finishing touches ahead of the Derby Ram Trail launch this May

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The unique world-class sculpture trail will take place from 27th May – 22nd August 2021

Excitement for this summer’s must-see Derby Ram Trail is building, as the last of the 30 five-foot ram sculptures – which will form Derby’s spectacular new city-wide free sculpture trail – have returned to the Painting Space at the Derbion Centre (formerly intu Derby) for their final touches.

Local artists have been working hard over the last two months to uniquely decorate each ram, each of which is sponsored by a local business, making the Ram Trail deeply rooted to Derby. The night before the trail starts, all 30 rams will be herded outside and installed overnight, so the city wakes up to this fantastic free, family-friendly walking trail. The Derby Ram Trail will then decorate the city’s streets from 27th May – 22nd August 2021.

With their bold prints and eye-catching colours, each bespoke ram will be on display outside key city landmarks, such as the new Museum of Making, The Council House and Derby Cathedral, attracting both local residents and visitors from far and wide. The flock of rams will showcase a huge range of artistic talent, with all forms of art, from illustration to graffiti, being celebrated. In addition, a free app ‘Derby Ram Trail’, which will be downloadable from the App Store and Google Play, will allow all who wish to take part in Derby Ram Trail create their own bespoke trail around the city. A free map will also be available to help navigate the trail.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums says: “The Ram Trail is all about making art publicly accessible, offering something truly unique to all who visit Derby this summer. Walking, cycling – or even jogging – around the Ram Trail will be a fantastic way to discover (and re-discover after lockdown) Derby in a way that’s never been seen before. Be ready for eye-catching colours, dramatic designs and magnificent murals, which sets the stage for a ‘Ramtastic’ summer.”

28 different artists have been busy bringing each ram to life, transforming their 2D designs onto the 3D sculpture. Midlands based MrASingh is known for using mixed media techniques and vivid colour in his work, which often nods towards nature’s beauty and the patterns found within the natural world, and self-taught local artist Sarita Gnaniah focuses on mindfulness, aiming to bring out the healing power of art to her creations.

Once Derby Ram Trail has finished in August, all 30 rams will be brought together again for the ‘Ram-union’, before they’re auctioned off on 9th September to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, helping to secure the future of Derby Museums. All funds raised through the trail will be doubled with match funding from the National Lottery Heritage Endowment Fund.

The Derby Ram Trail is being led by Derby Museums in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular free public art who has been bringing accessible art to cities across the world, from Sydney to São Paulo, since 2008.

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Managing Director of Wild in Art says: “The Derby Ram Trail will be the first of our spectacular sculpture trails to take place after lockdown, making it even more unique. We are looking forward to welcoming people back to Derby, and to see the city’s streets full of art, colour and excitement after what has been a really difficult year for many.”

Derby’s fibreglass ram sculptures are based on the mythical Derby Ram from an 18th century song, which, according to legend, was ten yards high with enormous horns and a huge flowing fleece. The song tells of people travelling from corners of the country to see the huge ram, something which Derby Museums and Wild in Art hope to echo from May – August in this modern-day trail.

Derby Telegraph confirmed as final sponsor for the Derby Ram Trail

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It’s fab-ewe-lous news for Derby, as the Derby Telegraph offer their support to the Derby Ram Trail.

The Derby Telegraph will work closely with Derby Museums to help promote the Derby Ram Trail, coming to Derby in May this year.

The free discovery trail will run from 27 May to 22 August 2021, when 30 stunning 5ft Ram sculptures, each designed and painted by a different artist, will be dotted all over the city.

Alongside the trail, Derby city school children have also been invited to take part in a city wide competition, with the chance to get their own mini rams designed on the theme ‘what is important to me, right now’ on a School Mini Ram Trail around the Museum and Art Gallery.

Natalie Fahy, Editor of the Derby Telegraph said: “The Derby Ram Trail will be a great outdoor celebration for our city this summer and we are looking forward to supporting this fantastic opportunity for people to get back onto the streets and enjoy what our great city has to offer”.

Jennifer Cuadrado, Project Lead at Derby Museums said: “We are delighted to have the Derby Telegraph confirm as the final sponsor, adopting our 30th ram for the trail. This is great news for both the trail and the city as we work together to promote this joyful, ram-ificent, outdoor, city-wide event.”

It is estimated that the trail will generate more than £8 million of economic value for the region, promote well-being and an active lifestyle, while encouraging people to shop local and support our city, people and businesses once it is safe again for us to do so.

Derby Museums is the charity behind the project, working with Wild in Art who have animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo, and enabling more than £12 million to be raised for charitable causes.

The Rams will be auctioned off at the end of the project to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment, supporting our city’s heritage. Every pound fundraised through the trail will be doubled with match funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Derby Ram Trail is supported by presenting partner Cathedral Quarter BID, trail partner St Peters Quarter BID, education partner Rolls-Royce and media partner Derby Telegraph.

Competition launched for Derby city school children to design their own mini ram as part of world-class sculpture trail

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As part of the Derby Ram Trail taking place next summer, Derby Museums together with Education sponsors Rolls-Royce, are inviting up to 80 Derby city schools, colleges and home educators (Primary, Secondary and SEND) to take part in a cross-school art competition, with the theme ‘What is important to me, right now’, giving pupils the opportunity to get their own mini ram on a trail around the Museum and Art Gallery.

The Mini Ram Trail at the Museum and Art Gallery will complement the main Derby Ram Trail; a spectacular free public art installation coming to Derby this summer. The 2020 trail was postponed due to Covid-19 and will now run from 27 May until 22 August 2021, bringing a flock of 30 fabulously colourful and unique five-foot tall Rams to create a free public walking sculpture trail around our beautiful city.

A downloadable resource pack is available to all city schools, which includes a template for the young people to design their own ram in 2D. Schools will then judge their pupil’s designs in school and determine which young artists will be invited to paint up one of the mini 20cm 3D rams that will be entered into a cross-school competition being judged in May.

Derby Museums will then shortlist up to 30 rams to put in a Mini Ram Trail at Derby Museum and Art Gallery alongside contemporary artists and high-profile exhibits for 12 weeks on public display. Full details of the competition together with the resource pack are available to download on the schools page.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said:
“We appreciate what a difficult year this has been for schools, young people, educators and families, bringing with it many unexpected pressures on an unprecedented scale, but we hope that the Derby Ram Trail can give us all something to look forward to in bringing some joy to our city next summer.”

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager at Rolls-Royce said: “We are delighted to be the Education Partner for Derby’s Ram Trail and are particularly excited to see how young people respond to the challenge of creating their own designs for the Mini Ram Trail.”

Rams go into lockdown as Derby Ram Trail is postponed to 2021

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A handful of beautifully decorated rams were shepherded back to the Derby Ram Trail painting space by Middlebrook Transport this morning, following the decision to delay delivery of this world-class art trail due to take place this summer to 2021. This difficult decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and the social distancing measures currently in place potentially being extended. We look forward to bringing this fantastic event to our city streets the spring/summer of 2021 and we will share a new launch date in due course.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums said: “The Derby Ram Trail will come to the streets of Derby next year when we can really make the most of the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy the trail and take pride in their city, and we want to thank all our fabulous sponsors and artists for their continuing support to make this happen.”

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Managing Director or Wild in Art said: “We look forward to seeing everyone out on the streets once again for the Derby Ram Trail next year, enjoying time with friends and family and discovering the many wonderfully painted ram sculptures. In the meantime, while we await the return of art trails in the real world, trail audiences can join us in creating our big virtual art trail – wildinartworld.com.”

Postponement of the Derby Ram Trail

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The Derby Ram Trail team has decided to delay delivery of this world-class art trail due to take place this summer. This difficult decision has been taken in response to the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) developments and the social distancing measures currently in place potentially being extended. We look forward to bringing this fantastic event to our city streets in the future, when it is safe to do so and we will share a new launch date in due course.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums said: “The Derby Ram Trail will come to the streets of Derby when the time is right to bring people together to rediscover and take pride in their city, and we want to thank all our fabulous sponsors and artists for their continuing support to make this happen.”

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Managing Director of Wild in Art said: “We are living in unusual times at the moment and it is inevitable that there will be changes. Wild in Art events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to all and when the Derby Ram Trail is revealed, it will give everyone a reason to smile. We look forward to seeing everyone out on the streets once again, enjoying time with friends and family and discovering all the wonderfully painted ram sculptures.”

It's lambing season for Derby Museums!

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As the sun rose over Derby this morning, Bo Peep and her flock of lambs (and a crew of Derby Museums staff!) waited expectantly for their first delivery of ram sculptures to arrive at the intu centre, ready to be painted by artists for the Derby Ram Trail, coming to the city in June.

The Derby Ram Trail is a spectacular free discovery trail coming to Derby in the summer of 2020. From 19th June to 28th August, a flock of fabulously colourful and unique ram sculptures, each decorated by a different artist, will take you on a trail around the beautiful city of Derby.

Today marked a pivotal point in the project as Derby Museums took over the painting space on Albion Walk in the intu centre. From next week artists will take up residence in the space to start working on their designs, which have been chosen and commissioned by sponsors who are helping bring this free public art trail to Derby.

Rams arriving at Intu Derby

Jen Cuadrado, Head of Fundraising at Derby Museums said:

“With only 14 weeks to go until the Ram Trail opens to the public, this is a great time to pop down to intu to see the rams being decorated. Take a sneak peek as the designs develop – you might even be lucky enough to see some of the artists in action!”

After ten weeks on public display around the city, the rams will be bought together for a ‘ram-union’; a final celebration weekend that will take place from 4th-6th September at Derby Museums on the Wardwick. The rams will then be auctioned off on the 10th September by TV Auctioneer Charles Hanson.

The Derby Ram Trail is being brought to Derby by Derby Museums together with Wild in Art and Presenting Partner Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID). All proceeds from the trail will be matched pound-for-pound by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create a £2 million Endowment Fund for Derby Museums to help secure its long term future.

Mini Ram Trail competition launched for Derby schools

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As part of the Derby Ram Trail taking place this summer, Derby Museums together with Education sponsors Rolls-Royce, are inviting Derby city schools (Primary, Secondary and SEND) to take part in a cross-school art competition, giving pupils the opportunity to get their own mini ram on a trail around the Museum and Art Gallery.

A downloadable resource pack is available to all city schools which includes a template for the young people to design their own ram in 2D. Schools will then judge their pupil’s designs in school and determine which young artists will be invited to paint up one of the mini 20cm 3D rams that will be entered into a cross-school competition being judged at the end of May.

Derby Museums will then shortlist up to 30 rams to put in a Mini Ram Trail at Derby Museum and Art Gallery alongside contemporary artists and high-profile exhibits for 12 weeks on public display.

Full details of the competition together with the resource pack are available to download from the Derby Ram Trail website: www.derbyramtrail.org.

Painting a mini ram

The Mini Ram Trail at the Museum and Art Gallery will complement the main Derby Ram Trail; a spectacular free public art installation coming to Derby this summer. From June until the end of August 2020, a flock of 30 fabulously colourful and unique five-foot tall rams will create a free public walking sculpture trail around our beautiful city.

Jen Cuadrado, Head of Fundraising at Derby Museums said:

“We would love all of our city schools to take part in this competition so that young people have this opportunity and play a part in all of the ramtastic fun that will be taking place in Derby this summer. We are so grateful to Rolls-Royce, our Derby Ram Trail Education Partner, for making this possible.”

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager at Rolls-Royce said:

“We are delighted to be the Education Partner for Derby’s Ram Trail and are particularly excited to see how young people respond to the challenge of creating their own designs for the Mini Ram Trail.”

Find out more about the school’s competition here.

Get your hooves on! Less than ten rams left to sponsor!

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A unique world-class art sculpture trail in Derby for summer 2020

Businesses that have not yet signed up to be part of the Derby Ram Trail are being urged to ruminate no longer, as less than 10 Rams remain available for sponsorship.

To date, over 20 businesses have registered to take part in the project which will be one of the largest mass-participation art events ever to be held in the city.

Supported by Derby’s Cathedral Quarter BID, the discovery trail for residents and employees will run from June to August 2020, when the stunning Ram sculptures, each designed and painted by a different artist, will be dotted all over the city.

It is estimated that the trail will generate more than £8 million of economic value for the region, while promoting well-being and an active lifestyle.

Derby Museums is the charity behind the project, working with Wild in Art who have animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo, and enabling more than £12 million to be raised for charitable causes.

Supporters for the Derby Ram Trail so far include St Peters Quarter BID, Rolls-Royce, University of Derby, Intu, Three Sixty Media, Bloc Digital and Central Health.

Jennifer Cuadrado, Head of Fundraising for Derby Museums, said: “Sponsorship opportunities are being snapped up. You too could join our impressive roll call of supporters; it reads like a who’s who of the Derby business world – those that recognise the social impact and tangible benefits a popular, inclusive public art event like this brings.”

“I can’t think of a better way to communicate how much value businesses receive in return for sponsoring a sculpture and choosing their preferred design.”

“There are limitless possibilities for stakeholder and staff engagement, community outreach, profile raising and creative fun.”

The Rams will be auctioned off at the end of the project to raise money for Derby Museums.

Want to be a part of it? Simply visit Derby Ram Trail to find out more: www.derbyramtrail.org.

Artists wanted for the Derby Ram Trail!

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Derby Museums are inviting artists from across Derbyshire and beyond to submit their designs for the Derby Ram Trail, a unique public art event that will take place in the city centre next summer.

Based on artist Michael Pegler’s famous stone ram sculpture, located on Derby’s East Street, the Derby Ram Trail will see 30, five-foot ram sculptures threaded across the city in a free-to-view art event that will raise valuable funds for Derby Museums through sponsorship and auction.

The Derby Ram Trail is being led by Derby Museums in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of free public art, alongside Presenting Partner Cathedral Quarter and headline partners Bloc Digital, Rolls-Royce, Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity and St Peter’s Quarter.

Artists are now invited to submit their designs for the blank sculptures in any art form, from traditional to new media, fine art to illustration, graffiti, to mosaic, and many more. A selection of designs will be shortlisted by a panel of judges and presented to the event’s sponsors – local businesses and organisations, who will pick the final designs. Commissioned artists will receive an honorary payment.

The 30 amazing decorated Rams will go on public display between June and August 2020 in locations across Derby City Centre. Once the trail has finished, the sculptures will be brought together for one weekend – the Ram-union – before they are auctioned off to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, helping to secure the future of Derby Museums.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums, said: “The Derby Ram Trail provides a unique and exciting platform for artists to have their artwork seen by hundreds of thousands of people next summer. We are looking for original designs that are bright, colourful and full of fun and flourish for this family-friendly art event. We welcome both new and established artists. Anyone from the creative community can submit a design. We look forward to receiving a wide variety of creative submissions over the coming weeks.”

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder of Wild in Art said: “As a 3D blank canvas, the Ram sculptures lend themselves to so many different styles of artwork. We’re delighted to be working with Derby Museums to bring them to Derby for artists, communities and young people to decorate with many unique designs.”

Artists must submit their ideas before 9am on 3rd December 2019 to be in with a chance of seeing their design on display as part of the Derby Ram Trail next summer. Information packs with full details dimensions are available to download at www.derbyramtrail.org.

For more information about the Derby Ram Trail, or to receive an Artist Brief, contact Greg Hewitt on 01332 642327 or email: greg@derbymuseums.org. Project progress can be followed on Twitter @DerbyRamTrail.

Derby Museums seeks a flock of sponsors for its Derby Ram Trail

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A unique world-class sculpture trail in Derby for summer 2020

Derby Museums are seeking support from the local business community today at the official launch of the Derby Ram Trail; an amazing public art event that will see over 30 Ram sculptures threaded across the city next summer in support of the charity. Nottingham have had the Robins, Manchester have had the Bees, now Derby will have the Rams.

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The Derby Ram Trail will consist of around 30, five-foot high fibreglass sculptures in the shape of Derby’s mythical Ram; which according to legend, was ten yards high with enormous horns and a huge flowing fleece. The story tells of people travelling from all over to see the huge ram, and it is exciting to think the trail will attract even more attention when it opens to the public in June 2020.

Local sculptor Michael Pegler, who in 1995 created the famous stone ram now on Derby’s East Street, has generously allowed Derby Museums to use his Ram design for the Derby Ram Trail sculptures.

Each Ram needs a business sponsor, before being decorated by a commissioned artist. Once all 30 Rams are sponsored and decorated, they will go on public display between June and August 2020. After the trail has finished, the sculptures will be brought together for one weekend, the Ram-union, before they are, auctioned off to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, helping to secure the future of Derby Museums.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums, said: “The Derby Ram Trail is all about making public art accessible to the people of Derby and beyond – it’s a really fun way to bring people together to rediscover and take pride in their city. The trail’s legacy will help ensure Derby’s art and heritage remains accessible for generations to come.”

The Derby Ram Trail is being led by Derby Museums in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular free public art. Wild in Art trails have had a massive regional impact; attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, generating millions for the local economy and raising substantial money for charity.

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder of Wild in Art said: “As a 3D blank canvas, the Ram sculptures lend themselves to so many different styles of artwork. We’re delighted to be working with Derby Museums to bring them to Derby for artists, communities and young people to decorate with many unique designs.”

“Our events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to everyone while offering new ways for people to explore their local area. There are many sponsorship packages available and we hope businesses in Derby will recognise the cultural benefits of becoming a sponsor as well as the positives for their own community.”

The first details of the Derby Ram Trail will be revealed today at an official Breakfast Launch at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, attended by over 130 business delegates from around the city and region. Businesses and organisations will be encouraged to sponsor a sculpture and become a partner in the project.

Ashley Lewis, Senior BID Project Manager for the Cathedral Quarter BID, which has already pledged its support to the project, commented:

“We are delighted to be the Presenting Partner of what promises to be a fantastic event for the city. We look forward to welcoming the Derby Ram Trail to the award-winning Cathedral Quarter, providing an invaluable boost to the economic, social and cultural life of the city.”

For more information about the Derby Ram Trail, or to receive a sponsorship pack, contact Amy Simcox, Head of Fundraising at Derby Museums on 01332 642287 or email: amys@derbymuseums.org. Project progress can be followed at www.derbyramtrail.org or on Twitter @DerbyRamTrail.