Shaun the Sheep will be featured in the Brighton Art Show next year

THE star of next year’s art show across the city has been unveiled and he’s beaming.

Charity Martlets, who helped organize the Snowdogs and Snails installations in Brighton and Hove, announced that 50 Shaun the Sheep sculptures will pop up across the city in Autumn 2023.

A major unveiling took place at the Royal Pavilion, where Martlet’s ambassador and DJ Norman Cook, known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, presented a Regency-inspired Shaun the Sheep created by local artist Sarah Arnett.

Norman’s own Big Beach Cafe has pledged to sponsor a sculpture, and other local businesses are also invited to participate in the ewe-nique opportunity.

The Argus: DJ Fatboy Slim with Shaun the Sheep: credit - MartletsDJ Fatboy Slim with Shaun the Sheep: Credit – Martlets

He said: “If you are thinking about joining us as a sponsor for the next trail, I would advise you to give it a try.

“Being part of such a creative and inspiring community project supporting a local charity we couldn’t do without is absolutely priceless.”

He also said that Shaun the Sheep was a perfect choice for the art show’s return.

“Anyone who’s raised a kid would have seen the show or a movie, and he’s just one of those universally lovable characters,” he said.

“Seeing his cheeky little face all over town is going to be amazing.”

Donatello, Tillo and Enter Gallery have also pledged their support for next year’s trail, with the charity hoping the Shaun by the Sea installation will be an opportunity to celebrate post-pandemic and engage with communities across the city in to get in touch.

The Argus: Fatboy Slim with Aardman's Peter Lord and'Regency Shaun'Fatboy Slim with Aardman’s Peter Lord and ‘Regency Shaun’

Claire Irving, CEO of Martlets said: “At Martlets we support the dying and we are also about bringing as much joy as possible into life.

“We are passionate about connecting people in need with people who care.

“Shaun by the Sea will bring together individuals, families, fundraisers, volunteers, schools, artists, community groups and businesses to support those affected by terminal illness in our community.

“We really hope local businesses will take this opportunity to be part of the Brighton herd with Martlets in 2023.”

Organizers teased what the new star of the show might be in the run-up to last night’s big unveiling, with some of the charity’s staff dressed up as farmers to suggest Brighton and Hove could take a trip to the countryside.

Rachel Peacock of animation studio Aardman, which created Shaun the Sheep and is known for creating Wallace and Gromit, said she’s excited to be working with the charity on the trail next year.

She said: “Shaun is such a beloved character who has entertained fans with his mischievous adventures filled with slapstick humor for over 15 years.

“We’re excited to be working with sponsors and artists to bring Shaun to the streets of Brighton and Hove – he’s sure to add so much fun and color and we’re sure many will be flocking to be part of the fun.” to be.”

The trail is brought to town in partnership with Wild in Art, who worked with Martlets on the previous two art adventures in 2016 and 2018, the Snowman and Snow Dog and Snail Art Trails.

Charlie Langhorne, CEO and co-founder of Wild in Art said, “I have no doubt that Shaun the Sheep will capture the imagination of residents and visitors alike and help raise important funds for Martlets.”

The last installation featured 50 snails across the city, which raised more than £230,000 when the sculptures were auctioned off at the end of the exhibition.

The Argus got on board in 2016 with its own Snowdog sculpture called Newshound, decorated with newspaper pages. Shaun the Sheep will be featured in the Brighton Art Show next year

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