Competition Launched for Derby City School Children to Design their own Mini Ram as Part of World-Class Sculpture Trail

Mini rams

As part of the Derby Ram Trail taking place next summer, Derby Museums together with Education sponsors Rolls-Royce, are inviting up to 80 Derby city schools, colleges and home educators (Primary, Secondary and SEND) to take part in a cross-school art competition, with the theme ‘What is important to me, right now’, giving pupils the opportunity to get their own mini ram on a trail around the Museum and Art Gallery.

The Mini Ram Trail at the Museum and Art Gallery will complement the main Derby Ram Trail; a spectacular free public art installation coming to Derby this summer. The 2020 trail was postponed due to Covid-19 and will now run from 27 May until 22 August 2021, bringing a flock of 30 fabulously colourful and unique five-foot tall Rams to create a free public walking sculpture trail around our beautiful city.

downloadable resource pack is available to all city schools, which includes a template for the young people to design their own ram in 2D. Schools will then judge their pupil’s designs in school and determine which young artists will be invited to paint up one of the mini 20cm 3D rams that will be entered into a cross-school competition being judged in May.

Derby Museums will then shortlist up to 30 rams to put in a Mini Ram Trail at Derby Museum and Art Gallery alongside contemporary artists and high-profile exhibits for 12 weeks on public display. Full details of the competition together with the resource pack are available to download from the Derby Ram Trail website:

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said:

“We appreciate what a difficult year this has been for schools, young people, educators and families, bringing with it many unexpected pressures on an unprecedented scale, but we hope that the Derby Ram Trail can give us all something to look forward to in bringing some joy to our city next summer.”

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager at Rolls-Royce said: “We are delighted to be the Education Partner for Derby’s Ram Trail and are particularly excited to see how young people respond to the challenge of creating their own designs for the Mini Ram Trail.”