Go Herdwick Public Art Trail

Go Herdwick Public Art Trail

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Rydal, Grasmere, Ambleside, Keswick and Windermere – the 555 bus route – will be invaded by a flock of life sized decorated fantasy Herdwicks this summer.

The flock of 60 ewes will appear in unexpected places; in parks, in the street, on buildings, in shops and even on our 'steamers'. Every uniquely-designed ewe will pay homage to the Herdwick’s iconic home here in the Lake District; and all in the name of the Lake District Calvert Trust.

Why not start your journey by visiting our two ewes on board our steamer MV Teal and MV Tern and buying a trail map on board. Can you find all 60 ewes this summer?

STOP PRESS - Last chance to see the sheep onboard the Swan and Teal !

During the summer, many visitors have spotted the sheep cruising up and down Lake Windermere on board MV Teal and MV Swan. But, there are only a few more days to spot them on the Lake as they will be rounded up on 4th September to join the other sheep in the Calvert Trust's Go Herdwick public art trail project.

Karen Lester, the artist who created the Sheep, Guo Se and Blue Ewe visited the sheep recently on board. She will be making sure they are spruced up ready for the big auction at Low Wood Bay Hotel on 8th October when they will help raise funds to support the work of Calvert Trust, a charity providing access to the outdoors for those with disabilities.


About the artist who created our Herwicks

Karen has been working with various media for around 25 years, finding inspiration from a variety of sources, particularly the landscape, both natural and manmade. It was only recently that she followed her dream to formally train to pursue a career in art. She took a Foundation Degree in Drawing with Cumbria University at Kendal College in 2011, where she developed her interest in printmaking. Over the years her work has been exhibited at galleries and venues throughout Lancashire and Cumbria and she now also teaches art in Adult Education classes as well as for private groups and individuals. if you are interested in the story behind the inspiration and the creation of the sheep visit Karen's website - karenlester.com

About our Herdwicks

An on-line competition was launched in early February to find names for our two sheep. There were lots of great entries, but the judges chose two names that best reflected the characters and appearance of the sheep. The winners were Winnie Chu from Lancaster University (国色) and Steven James from Carlisle (Blue Ewe).

Meet 'Blue Ewe' on 'steamer' MV Teal

Artists impression of blue ewe

Inspired by the waters of Windermere and the long tradition of cruises upon it, 'Blue Ewe' will be painted blue as a reference to water and and will contain transferred images relating to WIndermere Lake Cruises.

Meet 国色Guo Se - meaning 'national beauty' on 'steamer' MV Swan

Atrists impression of guo se

Influenced by the the connections that Cumbria enjoys with China and the many visitors to Bowness and Windermere, one of her sheep draws on Chinese art, symbols and the beauty of the natural world.


'Blue Ewe' on board 'steamer' MV Teal

国色Guo Se on board 'steamer' MV Swan

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