A unicorn sculpture trail will bring ‘color and fun’ to Bristol

Leukemia Care, the UK’s leading leukemia charity, is launching its first Unicornfest, a public art sculpture trail, in Bristol.

Destined to be the city’s latest iconic art trail, Unicornfest 2023 will see a giant flock of unicorns, decorated by Bristol artists and school creatives on display in prominent locations around the city from 1 July to 3 September from next year.

The track will be announced at an exclusive unveiling event at Circomedia in Bristol tonight, where Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees is due to unveil the first of the ‘life-size’ unicorns and foals, decorated by Bristol artist Jenny Urquhart , graffiti artist Inkie and children from St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School.

Unicornfest will be part of the 650th anniversary celebrations of Bristol becoming an independent city and county of Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The trail hopes to unite the business and creative sectors, as well as local communities and schools in and around Bristol, bringing art, color and fun to the streets of the city next year.

“The aim of this exciting, high profile public art event is to celebrate Bristol’s unique heritage and creativity, engage the local community, boost morale and raise awareness about leukemia,” said Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, chief executive of Leukemia Care.

Unicorn statues will be located in various locations around the city next year

“Bristol has a long history with unicorns and we want to recognize that through fantastic artwork and stories about the city.”

Unicornfest offers local businesses the opportunity to participate directly in the initiative through the sponsorship of events and sculptures.

Talented local and regional artists, designers and artisans are invited to submit their unicorn design ideas. These will be shortlisted and combined into a “Unicorn Artists” portfolio, which sponsors can browse and select their favorite unicorn creations.

The high-profile nine-week track will end with a Unicornfest auction preview festival for unicorn fans of all ages to say their final goodbyes before the unicorns are auctioned off to raise money for Leukemia Care.

Mr Pemberton-Whiteley said: “We look forward to working with businesses, schools and community groups to bring this exciting trail to life. In addition to the many fantastic promotional benefits that sponsorship brings, you will also help raise funds for Leukemia Care and allow us to continue our work in supporting anyone affected by a diagnosis of leukemia.

The trail will also feature a mini herd of school foals which will be exclusively available to schools, community groups and charities to decorate and display.

The event already enjoys the support of a host of creative minds and talent in Bristol, including Rocketmakers, Purplefish, Bridging Histories, Bristol Ideas, Visit West and Business West, and there are many other opportunities for companies and organizations locals to get involved.

There are several Unicornfest Sponsorship Packages available, including Gold and Platinum Packages, Presenting Partner, and Global “Mane” Event Sponsorship.

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