An award-winning artist who exhibited for the Royal Family members has been commissioned by a Derbyshire charity to design and paint a five-foot ram for this year’s Derby Ram Trail.
The trail, which was originally due to take place last summer but was cancelled due to coronavirus, encourages people to embark on a journey around Derby, enjoying the 30 unique and colourful giant ram sculptures – sponsored by various city-based organisations – which have been designed and painted by different artists.
And Treetops Hospice Care, in Risley, has teamed up with Duffield-based Lynne Hollingsworth, who has previously exhibited for HRH Prince of Wales, to design and decorate a ram for the Risley-based charity called ‘Memories Fade but Warmth Remains’ – symbolising love and remembrance.
The Treetops ram will feature short messages from its bereavement clients along stems, leaves and petals painted by Lynne who already has lots of experience designing memorials and remembrance artworks. She has incorporated a forget-me-not into the design used widely by dementia charities and hospitals, alongside a sunflower to symbolise warmth and loyalty.
“It was important to combine the symbolism of the two flowers to create a message about the power of enduring love – that memories can fade, but the warmth of the human spirit continues to shine.
“The design is upbeat and uplifting with the flowers transforming into butterflies, symbolising renewal and the life cycle.
“The design can be read on many levels, including organ donation, remembrance and gratitude. I hope it is a design that will give hope and comfort to those who engage with it on whatever level.”
Lynne was keen to be part of the free city-wide event, which will take place from May 27 to August 22, having always wanted to create a piece of artwork for an art trail.
“I knew from the outset what designs I wanted to work with and I wanted to ensure I was true to my painting style and to create a design which really resonates with people in a meaningful, authentic way.
“Through my work as an artist and designer I work both directly and indirectly with people at the end of their lives, so I was delighted and honoured to have my design chosen by Treetops, I could not have wished for a better match.”
She added that she is excited for the trail, recognising it as an important art event which will bring people together in a fun and engaging way, and is therefore very proud to be part of such a positive event.
Treetops Chief Executive, Julie Heath, said she was thrilled for the hospice to be taking part in the Trail:
“We can’t wait for the start of the Ram Trail and for visitors to come and enjoy the beautiful design created by Lynne. We’re also delighted that she will incorporate some short messages and tributes from our bereavement counselling clients into the artwork, as this makes the ram especially poignant for us.
“We look forward to sharing details of Lynne’s painting progress with our patients, clients, volunteers and staff in the coming weeks.”
The family-event brought together by Derby Museums is also supported by other leading businesses from the county, including Derby Telegraph.
The Rams will be auctioned off at the end of the project to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment, supporting Derby’s heritage. Treetops plan to crowdfund to bid for their Ram to bring it back to the hospice grounds for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors to enjoy for many years to come,
Treetops Hospice Care provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart and respiratory conditions.