A Grand Day Out

The 1851 Trust was delighted to be able to invite pupils from The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School to BAFTA to celebrate the launch of the new Aardman film, Shaun The Sheep: The Farmers Llamas.

Pupils were invited by the Trust to join representatives and children from other charities supported by TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to watch the film, take part in Shaun the Sheep themed model making workshops with the animator team from Aardman, and meet the Royal guests.

Five pupils from The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School attended, having won a competition held for the whole of Year 5 to design a ‘friend’ for Shaun the Sheep.  The children all had a fantastic day finding working with the Claymation artists incredibly inspiring.

The highlight for the Portsmouth pupils was being invited up on to the stage to take part in a demonstration of how stop-start animation works.  The pupils were asked to slowly walk along the stage and pretend to get into a large suitcase, and at one point were joined on stage by the Duchess of Cambridge, who was keen to support the slightly less confident members of the audience.

“It was great to take the children to London today and to see how engaged they were with all the activities,” said Alasdair Akass, CEO of the 1851 Trust.  “Offering opportunities to young people to become inspired by learning new skills is at the heart of the Trust’s mission and though clay animation isn’t quite our core activity it would be fantastic to have given encouragement today to the next Nick Park!”

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