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Due to Covid-19 social distancing measures, the delivery of the Derby Ram Trail has been delayed. 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.

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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Find out more about how to sponsor a Ram here.

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.