Derbyshire artist with link to Prince Charles is commissioned for Derby Ram Trail

An award-winning artist who exhibited for members of the Royal Family has been commissioned by a Derbyshire charity to design and paint a 5ft ram for a city’s artwork trail.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 5:30 am
Lynne Hollingworth starts painting the ram.
Lynne Hollingworth starts painting the ram.

Derby Ram Trail, which was originally due to take place last summer but was cancelled due to coronavirus, encourages people to embark on a journey around the city, enjoying the 30 unique and colourful giant ram sculptures which have been designed and painted by different artists.

Treetops Hospice Care 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.

Lynne has incorporated a forget-me-not into the design, which is used widely by dementia charities and hospitals, alongside a sunflower to symbolise warmth and loyalty.

She said: “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 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,