Walking with The Snowman

Take a wintry walk around MediaCityUK this Christmas time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming picture book, The Snowman™.

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Welcome to Walking with The Snowman

Take a wintry walk around MediaCityUK this Christmas time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming picture book, The Snowman.

Walking with The Snowman is the first ever sculpture trail inspired by the nation’s favourite Christmas story. There are twelve giant Snowman sculptures waiting to be found, each based on the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, as well as smaller Snowmen beautifully decorated by local schools and groups.

With themes of friendship, imagination and adventure, The Snowman is the ultimate Christmas story to explore with family and friends. So grab your snow boots, wrap up warm, and get ready to go on a magical Christmas adventure.

Take home a piece of yuletide magic in the Walking with The Snowman online auction. You can now bid online to buy the large Snowman sculptures in aid of BBC Children in Need. Place your bids until 10 January.

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Design Inspiration

Jodie Silverman has created the first sculpture on the trail; the iconic Partridge in a Pear Tree. A beautiful pear tree grows all the way up the Snowman, from his feet to the tip of his red, heart-shaped nose. Two friendly partridges, one for each side of the sculpture, perch on frosty branches under a twinkling sky. The design is traditionally festive, glistening with snow and covered in wintry foliage.

 

 

Two Turtle Doves

Design Inspiration

Megan Heather Evans has used a simple colour palette to create a striking image which shows the love and friendship of two turtle doves. If you give one turtle dove to someone special at Christmas and keep the other, it is thought that you will be friends forever. Megan has represented this act of giving, with the silhouette of Santa and his reindeers along a trail of magic stars, on the back of the Snowman.

Three French Hens

Design Inspiration

Artist Lei-Mai has painted Three French Hens in her signature tongue-in-cheek style. The Snowman proudly bears a number three on his chest in the colours of the French flag and stands against a bright orange background; a cheerful pop of colour against a grey winter sky. Three chic hens wearing berets peak out from beneath falling snow. You can almost hear them squawking ‘Oui!’

Four Calling Birds

Design Inspiration

Kim Hubball’s design is based on the verse Four Calling Birds from the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. She wanted to focus on the birds themselves in her design, and has painted them as large as possible to wrap around the Snowman’s body. The design is a contemporary take on Scandinavian folk art illustration and uses bold colours and geometric patterns.

Five Gold Rings

Design Inspiration

Adam Pekr’s design is based around the idea of Five Salford Rings. The Snowman is wearing the first ring, a traditional Christmas wreath, around his neck. He is stood on a spinning wheel to represent Salford’s rich history in silk spinning. The two rings on his front are an industrial roller chain and a diamond ring, representing Salford’s economic development. He is wearing a life ring in case he decides to take a swim in The Quays!

Six Geese a-Laying

Design Inspiration

Jenny Leonard’s tribute to Six Geese a-Laying is a cheeky play on words. Instead of laying eggs, the geese are relaxing and laying on inflatable lilos. They raise snowball cocktails to say ‘cheers!’ to 40 years of The Snowman™ as they catch some winter sun at the beach. Jenny wanted to create a light-hearted and fun design in her signature cartoon style to brighten up a cold wintry day.

Seven Swans a-Swimming

Design Inspiration

Laura-Kate Chapman’s design is based on Seven Swans a-Swimming. It features 21 swans (a multiple of seven) in a repeating, stylised pattern. She has concentrated on the form and shape of a swan’s body, particularly its iconic long neck and impressive wing span. The Snowman himself has been transformed into a swan – he has an orange nose like a swan’s beak and stands in a pool of icy blue water.

Eight Maids a-Milking

Design Inspiration

Donna Newman has responded in a fun and quirky way to the verse Eight Maids a-Milking, by transforming The Snowman into a giant cow. The design sees Scandinavian inspired milkmaids playfully dancing their way around the cow on ice skates. To make it even more festive, she has embellished the design with stylised festive trees and snowflakes in a bold and modern colour palette.

Nine Ladies Dancing

Design Inspiration

Lizzie Rose Chapman has covered her sculpture in a beautiful Christmas landscape. Nine ladies dance and sing together in a winter wonderland, snow crunching under their boots, hats and scarves keeping them warm in the cold evening air. Their brightly coloured coats contrast with the frosty colours of the snow. All they need is a cosy mug of hot chocolate! There are ice-capped mountains in the distance and fir trees growing in a forest.

Ten Lords a-Leaping

Design Inspiration

Ten fictional members of the House of Lords leap across the sculpture in their red and white peerage robes. Artist Hammo has painted them to reflect and celebrate the diversity of Britain. The sculpture is sponsored by event producers Wild in Art, who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.

Eleven Pipers Piping

Design Inspiration

Inspired by themes of cultural diversity, Lois Cordelia’s design for Eleven Pipers Piping celebrates pipe instruments from all over the world. There are well known and obscure instruments, historic and contemporary ones, played by male, female, old and young musicians. Woven in amongst the pipers are excerpts of pipe music: Auld Lang Syne, Flight of the Condor, and J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

Twelve Drummers Drumming

Design Inspiration

Jessica Perrin has taken inspiration from the traditional uniforms of military marching bands for her design Twelve Drummers Drumming. The style of these uniforms inspired Jessica to add intricate details and vibrant colours to her sculpture. She has chosen to make the design more festive by using the classic Christmas colours of red, white and gold. The drumming Snowman stands proudly in his uniform to let everyone know that Christmas has arrived.

A blizzard of emotions

Design Inspiration

The children in the MLD resourced provision linked their recent work on exploring feelings to the varying emotions felt by both James and the Snowman throughout the story, and also to the differing feelings experienced by children and adults everywhere at Christmastime.

The Festive Vibe Snowman

Design Inspiration

The school discussed what Christmas means to them, considering different aspects of what makes Christmas special such as family, friends and traditions. Pupils have also discussed the ethos and values of the school, which are all linked to Catholic values. The pupils wanted the design to incorporate their own personal experiences of what Christmas means to them, but also include what Christmas means to the Catholic community.

You’ve never seen anything like this…

Design Inspiration

Year 5 and 6 pupils at St Charles RC Primary School were inspired by the story of The Snowman and the musical production of Dr Doolittle, which is being performed at The Lowry this Christmas. They researched Dr Doolittle by looking on the theatre’s website at the production photography and videos of the puppetry. They have created a sculpture which celebrates the beautiful imagery in The Snowman as well as the colourful animals in Dr Doolittle.

Our Snowman Caring for You

Design Inspiration

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, together with the Manchester Hospital School, focussed on the theme of caring for one another. This is really important for their patients throughout the year, especially at Christmas when many need to stay in hospital. They had great fun decorating their Snowman together!

Snowy Ruben

Design Inspiration

Children with complex learning needs were chosen to work together to represent the Kingfisher Special School. Classes are named after different birds, but the orange and blue of the kingfisher are significant colours to the children as a visual symbol. The children used printmaking techniques in orange and blue, including handprints to represent bird feathers.

Christmas Truce

Design Inspiration

Pupils at Christ the King RC Primary School have been studying World War I this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice. They have been sharing family stories from that time and finding out about the past. Their Snowman design was inspired by the Christmas Truce of 1914, when there was a series of ceasefires across the Western Front.

Twelve Gifts of Christmas at The Deans

Design Inspiration

At The Deans Primary School, the children in the KS2 gifted and talented art club were given the brief of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and each designed their own Snowman. Then all of the members of the school council discussed their favourite features from the super designs and suggested ways to integrate them all to make one final collaborative design that the whole school could be a part of.

Summerville Bob

Design Inspiration

Children from Year 4 were chosen to create the design. The whole class took part in a competition and four designs (by Beau Hetti, Almaan, Grace and Colin) were chosen and combined to create Summerville Bob. As a Salford School, the children and their families are looking forward to visiting their Snowman as part of the Walking with the Snowman trail.

Do you want to read a snowman?

Design Inspiration

After finding footsteps leading to a lonely Snowman, Orrell Lamberhead Green Academy thought about the ways in which their school is kind and friendly. A whole school design competition was launched to welcome their Snowman to school. The final Snowman is an amalgamation of the children’s creative designs, showcasing the school’s ethos and values.

The Memorable Snowman

Design Inspiration

Buckton Vale Primary School have paid homage to the people, local heroes and many landmarks of Tameside. The students are proud of their home and would like to take you a magical journey – who knows, it might encourage you to visit!

A Journey Through Time

Design Inspiration

Springwood Primary School decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Snowman story by making the Snowman an honorary pupil at Springwood! The story is well loved within the school and the children were all very excited to paint him in their very own school uniform!

Lord Sheldon James of Hattersley

Design Inspiration

The whole community of St James’ Catholic Primary school got a real buzz from being involved in the Bee in the City trail which took place in Manchester this summer, so were delighted to take up the opportunity to get involved in Walking with The Snowman. Their sculpture, called Lord Sheldon James, showcases all the things that they value at school.

The Greatest Snowman

Design Inspiration

This is the Greatest Snowman! Each child at Millwood Primary Special School designed their own Snowman and in turn a collaboration of these designs have been put together to create the final piece. If you look closely you will see each of their beautiful creations.

The Gift of Giving

Design Inspiration

Each year at Christmas time, every pupil and staff member at St. Philip’s leave their school jumpers at home, and instead wear a festive sweater to make the world better. The pupils wanted their Snowman sculpture to illustrate the importance of the gift of giving and thinking of others before themselves through this charitable event.

Snow problem

Design Inspiration

A competition, with the theme of inclusion, was held to design the Snowman. Elements were chosen from different designs and the children were involved in the final creation. The handprints belong to children from Nursery to Year 6 and every member of the school added a button to represent themselves.

Bill (William Poole)

Design Inspiration

This year, Hopwood Community Primary School is celebrating 110 years of success. The school officially opened in 1908 and Bill is named after William Poole, the first Headteacher, who led the school for 11 years. The words on Bill were chosen to represent what Hopwood means to the community. He is proudly wearing the school colours and logo: ‘Opening Minds to a World of Learning’.

Snow Place Like Home

Design Inspiration

Peel Brow School and Out of Hours Club were inspired by their hometown of Ramsbottom, from its rolling hills, rivers and steam trains to Sir Robert Peels Monument, which reminds us that everyone can achieve great things with hard work and determination. The children came together to create the final design before adding their own Rammy Rock, as well as a fingerprint or two to create the trees.

Hope and Peace

Design Inspiration

Remember The Snowman, engrained and carved into our childhood memories, reminding us of the magic of Christmas, filling our minds like stockings with faith, hope and love. The journey that the Snowman took into the frozen sky kept us spellbound as he flew over hills and chimneys, soaring into our imaginations, becoming real, as we too dream of endless possibilities, crusted with the beauty of winter and loyal friendship in a world of light, stillness and silence.

Mary’s Boy Child

Design Inspiration

The children at St Mary’s RC Primary School were inspired by the idea of the true meaning of Christmas. They were also inspired by Christmas carols, and chose to focus on Mary’s Boy Child. This Christmas carol is close to their hearts as Mary is the patron saint of the school. ‘God is love and He loves us as we are’ – St Mary.

Brookhouse

Design Inspiration

Salford City Academy’s sculpture has been completed as a whole school project, focussing on their ethos ‘The best in everyone’. Each tutor group worked collaboratively to complete a snowflake which was then incorporated into the design. A group of key stage 3 pupils chosen to lead the project wanted to convey their school’s unity and inclusivity by making sure all pupils were represented.

Edmund the Drummer

Design Inspiration

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 researched the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, looking at different designs for each verse. They discussed their ideas for their Snowman sculpture and sketched their own designs. The pupils wanted their design to illustrate a drummer from the song and bring all their ideas together to create a collaborative piece of work.

Factories, Mills and Oil Paint Spills

Design Inspiration

Primrose Hill pupils were asked to design a fancy dress costume for the Snowman to wear. Thomas (aged 7) dressed the Snowman as artist L.S. Lowry, complete with paint-splattered clothes and charcoal-sketched scenes. Please investigate their sculpture to learn more about Lowry’s life. Can you spot the Lowry-inspired Snowdog?

Columbus The Travelling Snowman

Design Inspiration

To celebrate the multiculturalism of Buile Hill Visual Arts College, Columbus has been travelling the world to experience different cultures first hand. Columbus has seen beautiful places, like the sun setting behind the Taj Mahal, cherry blossom in Japan and the aurora borealis in Iceland. Although he has had many adventures, Columbus has followed his heart back to Salford. See how many of Columbus’ places you can name.

Snow-Paul

Design Inspiration

St Paul’s C of E have created unique pictures which represent their own interpretation of Christmas. Pupils were asked to choose a name for the Snowman and the winning name was then chosen at random. Snow-Paul is made up of individual festive illustrations, which have been made into a patchwork winter wonderland.

What is black and white and read all over? Brentwood’s Penguin Snowman!

Design Inspiration

Brentwood took inspiration from the book publishers Penguin who have brought Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman™ back after 40 years since it was first published. The students have used the simple monochrome colours of a penguin and have decorated the sculpture in decoupage. As Walking with The Snowman is championing the charity BBC Children in Need, they have added Pudsey spots to the Penguin Snowman to add a splash of colour.

There’s snow place like home

Design Inspiration

The pupils from Irlam Primary School’s Art Club researched The Twelve Days of Christmas, looking at different designs for each part of the song. They discussed their ideas for their Snowman sculpture and sketched their own designs. The pupils wanted their design to illustrate a drummer from the song and bring all their ideas together to create a collaborative piece of work.

Strolling Through Salford

Design Inspiration

The whole school was inspired by Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman™, and in particular the flight sequence where he is accompanied by James. The students wanted their sculpture to reflect the rich cultural heritage and their pride in the city of Salford.

The Twelve Heys of Christmas

Design Inspiration

The Heys Primary School held a competition to collect ideas for their Snowman design. Inspired by the idea of ‘The Twelve Heys of Christmas’, the children chose the things that they feel represent the school the most; friendship, forest, community, sport, learning, chickens and fun – all with a little festive twist! The winners worked with their families and artist Gilly Parish to bring their little Snowman to life.

The Twelve Days Of Davyhulme’s Christmas

Design Inspiration

Pupils at Davyhulme Primary School were inspired by The Twelve Days of Christmas song and the values and images that represent the school’s ethos. Pupils discussed which ideas from The Twelve Days of Christmas they wanted to include in their design ideas. They wanted to show a wintry theme with some elements of the song but also incorporate images which represent the school.

Vincent Van Snow

Design Inspiration

All of the children at St. Stephen’s RC Primary submitted a design and a group of Year 6 children worked everyone’s ideas into a final design. It includes themes of armistice and remembrance, and is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting Starry Night.

You Won’t Forget; I Won’t Forget; He Won’t Forget.

Design Inspiration

Springwood Primary School decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Snowman story by making the Snowman an honorary pupil at Springwood! The story is well loved within the school and the children were all very excited to paint him in their very own school uniform!

C.A.R.L.

Design Inspiration

Say hello to C.A.R.L! His design represents the school’s motto of Curiosity, Aspirational and Resilient Learners. The students are encouraged to think of C.A.R.L. to support, challenge and inspire each other to become the best they can be. The earth represents curiosity, the growing tree is strength, and the planets highlight the things they value as a school community. The children invite you to interact with the sculpture.

A Place to Belong

Design Inspiration

The school set a challenge for the children to develop designs for their Snowman and how it could represent what is important to them. Many of the entries focused on school, the local community and a sense of belonging. The children wanted the final design to illustrate the importance of where they are from, who they are and where they may go in the future whilst incorporating their understanding of hope, dreams and community.

M Three

Design Inspiration

A group of pupils worked together in order to take their ideas from sketchbooks to sculpture. The school motto at St.Philip’s C.E Primary is ‘Making progress whilst making memories.’ The design encapsulates this motto and focuses upon the idea of growth, both in terms of self and the Salford landscape.

The Greatest Snowman

Design Inspiration

The students at Chatsworth High School and Community College took a collaborative approach and were all involved in creating their Snowman, resulting in three different designs. The whole school community voted and the design to be brought to life was ‘The Greatest Snowman’, inspired by the film ‘The Greatest Showman’. Each student helped to paint, using a variety of techniques inclusive to all.

Northern Lights

Design Inspiration

Students at the New Broadwalk Pupil Referral Unit wanted their Snowman to represent the beauty of nature during the winter season. They created four designs which celebrated Christmas in a non-traditional sense, and a vote was then carried out amongst the pupils and staff. Pupils have been exploring the phenomenon of the Northern Lights and have decorated their Snowman with a variety of paint techniques.

The Greatest Snowman

Design Inspiration

Stockport Academy’s Snowman demonstrates the wonders of Christmas. The design shows off their students’ Christmas treasures, whilst the puzzle pieces show some special festive moments as Christmas is a time for friends, family and communities to come together. Their Snowman provides some good old-fashioned Christmas magic, along with so much more.

Building Bridges

Design Inspiration

Building Bridges illustrates how enthusiasm, expertise and working together can turn dreams into reality. It is inspired by The Duke of Bridgewater, who, in partnership with James Bridley and John Gilbert, built the Bridgewater Canal. Dressed in 18th Century attire and painted by Art with a Heart volunteers, the waistcoat design reflects the artwork created by 40 pupils from Brow Primary School.

Snow Place Like Worsley

Design Inspiration

The whole school took part in a design competition, with sections from winning designs contributing to the final Snowman. The design explores the link between the school and the history of the area. They also wanted to share their school ethos and cultural diversity. Inspired by the season of winter, the pupils added 290 snowflakes, each representing someone at the school.

Noel

Design Inspiration

Through a piece of work on the school’s values, pupils at Moorfield Community Primary School discussed their design ideas for their Snowman. They wanted Noel to represent Moorfield and be someone who displays the values they hold dear; respect, resilience, hard work and independence. The pupils wanted their design to illustrate what Moorfield is like as a school community and bring these values to life – much like the real Snowman.

Well Read Snowman

Design Inspiration

The children at Marlfields Primary Academy were impressed that The Snowman™ has been read and enjoyed by people of all ages for the last 40 years. They have written their own adventure story with the Snowman and have painted it on to their sculpture. Starting from the top of their sculpture, the adventure weaves all the way around. The children hope that their Well Read Snowman will encourage you to have your own snowy adventures!

Snow Place Like Home

Design Inspiration

Milton St John’s CE Primary School decided to celebrate the idea of British values in their Snowman design. Every child created their own design and the school Arts Council, which includes children from every year group, then decided on the final idea. They wanted to create a celebration of the United Kingdom, both the school’s and Raymond Briggs’ home, where The Snowman was lovingly created.

Walking Through the Seasons

Design Inspiration

Year 4 pupils at St Joseph the Worker RC Primary School were each asked to create a design for their Snowman which reflected the changing seasons. One design was chosen as a winner and the design team worked together to refine it. The Snowman, called Walking Through the Seasons, can be displayed all year round.

Anything is Possible

Design Inspiration

Abbey Hey Primary Academy worked with a local artist to create their idea for their Snowman. It was agreed that the idea ‘Explore the unknown with a warm heart and a free mind’ would inspire future students. Their design is split into roughly three parts; the lower section represents the sea; the middle is the Earth and the top is the sky and space.

Our (Advent)ure With The Snowman

Design Inspiration

The students watched and listened to The Snowman™, then each class was asked to submit a final design. Year 5 created a patchwork landscape of magical motifs and delightful Christmas themes that are close to their hearts. Journey through the open doors of the advent calendar to discover The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Willow

Design Inspiration

Willow was designed collaboratively by a group of Year 6 pupils. The blocks of colour represent the school Houses and the rainbow flag celebrates inclusivity. The words ‘achieve’, ‘inspire’, ‘create’, ‘believe’ and ‘dream’ reflect the whole school community and the House names – Lowry, Pankhurst, Kingsley, Campbell and Eccleston, all inspirational Salford figures. Other details include silhouettes of iconic Salford landmarks and the school logo of a willow tree.

Snow place like Springwood

Design Inspiration

Springwood Primary School decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Snowman story by making the Snowman an honorary pupil at Springwood! The story is well loved within the school and the children were all very excited to paint him in their very own school uniform!

Walking with The Snowman Art Trail

Find out more about this magical sculpture trail happening at MediaCityUK, Salford this Christmas time. When you’ve completed the trail visit the Art Trail page to download your Walking with The Snowman certificate.

  Art Trail

  • Flying with The Snowman! We love this photo which Snowman
  • Were spending the day visiting some of the schools on
  • Were loving your photos of the Snowmen! Here are just
  • We have a different theme for each week of the
  • Meet Hugo the Labrador and Bow the Australian Labradoodle just
  • The little Snowmen are getting the star treatment today! See
  • Fun day with young artists! Representatives from 40 schools
  • Heres Columbus the travelling Snowman designed by builehill Hes covered
  • All lined up and ready to go! See our little
  • The bold colours of kimhubballs Four Calling Birds are brightening

Join us on our Snowman Walk across MediaCityUK and follow our Wild in Art artists as they create their Twelve Days of Christmas inspired Snowman designs.

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