Students get cracking with Shaun design challenge

Students at KnowleDGE Learning Centre welcomed Bristol illustrator Tim Sutcliffe on Wednesday 13th May to help them paint their own Shaun the Sheep sculpture.

Tim,has painted a Shaun sculpture currently featured on the Shaun in the City trail in London, organised by Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.

Shaun on the City features 50 individually-designed sculptures, dotted all over the capital until 25 May. Tim’s design, ‘Robo-Shaun’, is located outside the Royal Exchange.

The sculptures will be auctioned for the charity later this year.

shaun painting

Tim has now helped the school come up with a final design for their Shaun. Once finished, the school will place their own Shaun in Filwood Library before it returns to the school.

KnowleDGE Learning Centre educates 140 pupils aged 5 to 18 with behavioural and emotional difficulties and speech and language needs, ran a ‘Cracking Design Challenge’ competition for students to come up with ideas for Shaun. The final work is based on submissions from three competition winners, Javahani Foster (age 11), Kane Armstrong (10) and Rebekha King (13) worked with Tim to paint the sculpture.

Art teacher Liz Barnes said:

“Students have been really inspired by the opportunity to contribute to a sculpture for their school. We’ve had lots of great themes come through and our winning design takes on board the international links we’ve forged at KnowleDGE.

“Our Shaun will be an eye-catching part of our school for visitors and students for many years to come.”

Tim Sutcliffe, said:

"I'm really looking forward to working with the kids on their Shaun. Painting and modelling my Robo-Shaun design was great fun and I would have loved to have done something like this when I was at school. The students have come up with some amazing ideas and I'm sure they'll enjoy painting their Shaun as much as me.

“The Grand Appeal is a wonderful charity. My eldest son spent a week in the children's hospital when he was 18 months old so I know how important it is. It's great to be able to be involved in Shaun in the City, to help raise awareness of the charity’s fantastic work, and raise as much money as possible for the children’s hospital.”

Shaun getting some finishing touches at KnowleDGE

Shaun getting some finishing touches at KnowleDGE

Tim is currently preparing a new Shaun design for the second Shaun in the City trail in Bristol, which will see a new flock of 70 sculptures arrive in the city from 6 July to 31 August. .
Notes for Editors

Knowle DGE Learning Centre was judged at 'good' by Ofsted in 2014.

Shaun in the City is a public arts trail from Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, the team behind the award-winning Gromit Unleashed trail in 2013.
120 5ft sculptures of Shaun the Sheep will be designed and decorated by artists, designers and celebrities, of which 50 will placed in iconic locations in London (28 March – 25 May 2015) and 70 will be placed in Bristol (6 July – 31 August 2015). The trail will culminate in a public exhibition and charity auction in autumn 2015.
For more information, visit .
Join the flock at, and on Twitter at @shaun_inthecity #ShaunintheCity.

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal

The Grand Appeal has raised over £31 million to support sick babies and children at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital providing life-saving equipment, patient activities, new services and family accommodation. The Appeal runs Cots for Tots House – a 12 bedded family accommodation unit for the parents of critically ill babies treated in the Special Care Baby Unit.

Bristol Children’s Hospital is one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals treating patients from across the South West, South Wales and beyond with life-threatening illnesses and serves as the pediatric intensive care centre for the whole South West region. The hospital is an international, national and regional specialist centre of excellence for a range of services including neurosurgery, burns, cardiac, leukaemia and bone marrow transplants.

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal will benefit from funds raised from the flock of 70 Shaun in the City sculptures placed in Bristol during summer 2015. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Sally Taylor, press officer, The Grand Appeal / 0117 332 4895

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