Schools across Lanarkshire will be invaded by baby hippos as part of The BIG Stampede’s education project!
The education initiative, which will involve over 80 schools and nurseries, is part of The BIG Stampede, a large scale art trail organised by Hamilton Business Improvement District, in partnership with Wild in Art. The sculpture trail will see a herd of elephants, tower of giraffes, pride of lions, band of gorillas and crash of rhinos stampede into Hamilton in summer of 2017 to raise funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
As part of the exciting project, world famous confectionery brand Tunnock’s and The Regent Shopping Centre in Hamilton have joined the pack as Safari Community and Education Sponsors, to provide school children across the area with the chance to get involved and decorate baby hippo sculptures which will go on display on the trail.
Participating schools include; Calderwood Primary School, Glenburgh Nursery Centre, Bothwell Primary School, Carluke Primary School and Halfmerke Community Nursery. As well as a hippo sculpture, the schools will receive a selection of valuable education resources spanning a number of areas of the curriculum, from numeracy, literacy and art to conservation and the environment, that will help to engage pupils in the learning experience in a fun and practical way.
Alan Burnett, Export Manager at Tunnock’s, said: “When Tom Tunnock founded his small bakery in 1890 his business quickly became part of the local community. His bakery has since been transformed into an international business but the company has always seen itself as part of the community. We are therefore delighted to be associated with The BIG Stampede in its worthwhile work in engaging the community, in inspiring schoolchildren, and in donating to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.”
Bill Reid, Centre Manager at The Regent Shopping Centre, commented: “The Regent Shopping Centre is delighted to be sponsoring the exciting BIG Stampede project and working with schools throughout Lanarkshire. It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils of various ages to put their artistic skills to the test while also learning all about the different animals and the valued work which is being carried out by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.”
The Wild in Art event will bring businesses, artists and schools together to create a spectacular public art event through the streets, parks and open spaces of Hamilton and the surrounding areas and will positively contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of the town.
There’s still time for more businesses to become part of the pack and show their support for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity by sponsoring a safari animal as a Safari Trail Sponsor or a Safari Charity Sponsor.
Gareth Walker, BID Manager at Hamilton BID, said: “We’ve seen high demand from schools across Lanarkshire to participate in this educational initiaitve and we’re really looking forward to seeing some of the colourful designs from the pupils. The BIG Stampede is all about inspiring locals, businesses and tourists to celebrate the creativity of the area so to be able to capture the imagination of so many young people is fantastic.”
The school’s hippos will join a trail of larger safari scultpures that will be brought to life by artists, both local and national. At the end of the event, each large safari sculpture will be auctioned with surplus funds going to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity while the miniature hippos will be returned to the pupils to set-up home in their schools as souvenirs of the campaign.
Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events which bring together business and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of city-wide trails of uniquely painted sculptures.
Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director at Wild in Art, said: “The educational element of The BIG Stampede is one of the key ingredients of the project and our education pack provides schools with a range of high quality teaching materials to engage pupils in learning about a wide range of subjects.”
The BIG Stampede education initiative will build on the success of Hamilton BID’s inaugural project with Wild in Art in 2014, which saw 30 mini ponies decorated by schools canter into town, alongside 25 giant Clydesdale horses, as part of Ready Stead Gallop, which raised £67,800 for Kilbryde Hospice.
For further information about The BIG Stampede, visit www.thebigstampede.co.uk
Last Updated: 5 December 2016 19:09