Brighton Fringe

Shaun the Sheep animator to host model-making workshop at Brighton Fringe ahead of Martlets Hospice art trail

Graham Robson April 17, 2023

Lead Pic: Jim Parkyn, creator of Shaun the Sheep. © FIL/ Paola Villanueva Bidault.

Shaun the Sheep fans aged six and up are invited to attend model-making workshop which takes place ahead of  local hospice Martlets’ Shaun by the Sea art trail this May half term. 

Ahead of the Shaun by the Sea art trail later this year, fans of Shaun the Sheep can attend an exclusive workshop led by Shaun the Sheep creators Aardman on Tuesday, May 30. 

Martlets is hosting three workshops where attendees will be taught to make their own Shaun the Sheep model. It will be led by professional animator and model maker Jim Parkyn, who has worked for Aardman since 2000 and worked on projects including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.  

The workshops are taking place as part of the Brighton Fringe. Tickets cost £15 per model (which includes the cost of the materials) and can be purchased on the Brighton Fringe website.  

Photo by Liz Finlayson/Vervate

David Phillips, Supporter Engagement Manager at Martlets, said:¬†‚ÄúWe are excited to offer this exclusive opportunity to learn from the animators who make Shaun come alive on the screen. It is a huge honour to have Jim from Aardman visit the city and share with attendees how to make their very-own Shaun model. Limited spaces are available at this event so don‚Äôt delay!‚Ä̬†

Martlets hope to run model-making workshops later in the year as part of Shaun by the Sea which will be led by volunteers. If you would be interested in being trained by Aardman to lead workshops in schools and community groups, you can apply HERE. 

Shaun by the Sea takes place this autumn from September 9 to November 5. The event is raising funds for Martlets Hospice, a local charity which provides life-changing hospice care to people living through terminal illness in Brighton & Hove, the Deans and the Havens.  

Jim Parkyn, Aardman model maker, added:‚ÄúWe are delighted to be taking our Aardman model-making workshops to Brighton to support Martlets and Shaun by the Sea. Our workshops give visitors the opportunity to take part in fun, hands-on sessions and craft their very own Shaun models, all whilst learning some of the secrets behind how we bring stories to life at Aardman.‚Ä̬†