- Date: 20 December 2012
- Area: North
Eden Arts' Flock Installation, 2012. Credit: Eden Arts
Eden Arts, one of the Arts Council's national portfolio organisations, has launched The Shaun the Sheep PomPom Parade with Aardman Animations and leading wool interiors retailer The Wool Room to raise awareness and support for the Campaign for Wool.
The Shaun the Sheep PopPom Parade aims to set a new world record for the largest flock of handmade wool pompom sheep ever made and people of all ages are invited to make pompom sheep and post them to The Wool Room. Handy how-to kits can be downloaded from their webpage.
The parade has been influenced by an Eden Arts project called Join the Flock, which collected over 5,000 pompom sheep from members of the public which were exhibited around Cumbria this summer. This challenge will close in March 2013 when the entire flock will be paraded in London at a venue to be confirmed shortly.
Adrian Lochhead, Director, Eden Arts said: 'It's brilliant that this project has been picked up and turned into something even bigger. What started out as a small project with a target of just 250 pom-pom sheep quickly turned into an Eden Arts project that saw people sending their sheep in from all over the world. That it is now going to be expanded upon by Aardman Animations is great. As an organisation based in Cumbria, a sheep farming region, we are really proud of this creative contribution to supporting the UK's wool industry.'
David Gaffney, Relationship Manager for Regional Planning, Arts Council England, commented: 'This is an excellent example of how arts can be used to engage people of all ages in rural communities. It has a neat link to the indigenous product of the area, with a nod to Antony Gormley.'
Richard Starzak, Creator of Shaun the Sheep said: 'We are really excited that Shaun the Sheep is working alongside The Wool Room and Eden Arts to attempt a new world record. Shaun loves a challenge and is sure to inspire fans across the world to make pompoms of all shapes and sizes. It's such a creative way to engage everyone and celebrate the versatility and benefits of real wool. We look forward to seeing lots of funny, creative and colourful pompom sheep to add to Shaun's flock.'
Aardman Animations, based in Bristol (UK), co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series, television commercials and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market.
Eden Arts is an Arts Development Agency based in the Eden District in Cumbria, funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England, North West and Cumbria County Council. It exists to promote, support, develop and advise on arts and cultural activity in England's largest and most sparsely populated district (Eden) and across other parts of Cumbria.
The Campaign for Wool aims to educate as many people as possible about the incredible benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life. This in turn supports many small businesses and local farmers whose livelihoods depend on the wool industry.