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Design and Visual Arts Students Support Herd of Sheffield

Updated: 26/07/2016

Sheffield College design and visual arts students have put their skills to the test by taking part in a landmark charity campaign.

Design and Visual Arts Students Support Herd of Sheffield

Pictured: Students Leona Bareham, 17, and Georgina Hogg, 18, with lecturer and artist Ryan Morley and their elephant sculpture.

The College is supporting the Herd of Sheffield, a series of large and small elephant sculptures installed across the city to create a free trail for all to explore.

The Little Herd of 72 small elephants has been decorated by students and teachers and will be on display until September 30th. The Herd of Sheffield comprises 58 large elephant sculptures brought to life by artists, and will be on the streets of Sheffield until October 5th.

The campaign has been launched to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Artfelt programme, which transforms the hospital’s walls and spaces with bright art, helping children recover in an environment tailored to them.

The programme also puts on workshops for youngsters to provide distraction during anxious moments such as before an operation, and to break up long stays on the wards.

An auction of the sculptures will take place on October 20th. The Sheffield College sponsored elephant is on display on Paternoster Row in Sheffield city centre.

Local artist Ryan Morley, of Bird&Bee, who is also a college lecturer, mentored four students Leona Bareham, 17, Melissa Barett, 19, Georgina Hogg, 18, and Holly Kempton, 22. Their design called The Elements of an Elephant imitates gold and silver leaf, and features geometric sacred patterns.

Ryan said: “It’s been great for the students to be involved in such a high profile project, developing their industry related skills and experience. The design encompasses night and day, the sun and moon, and flora and fauna using a colour palette sympathetic to nature and the magnificence of the wild Indian elephant.”

The students are all completing a BTEC in Visual Communication at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street. It took the group four days to create the design and paint the sculpture, which is inspired by Lizzie the Asian elephant seconded to Sheffield’s steel industry to help in the Great War effort.

Visit www.herdofsheffield.com for more information and the free app that tracks the herd and their calves across the city. Follow #HerdofSheffield.

Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “We are very pleased to support Sheffield Children’s Hospital in this imaginative campaign, which has also provided our design and visual arts students with the opportunity to put their skills to the test on a live project.”

It’s not too late to apply for places on full-time courses starting this September. Click here for more information or call 0114 2602600.