06 July 2023

The Unicornfest Art Trail is a unique, family-friendly event that celebrates the magic and beauty of unicorns. The art trail features 60 life-sized unicorn sculptures that have been individually designed and painted by some of the South West’s leading artists. Schools and community groups have also got involved with the trail, with 40+ smaller unicorn foals going on display as part of the trail too. The sculptures will be placed in prominent locations throughout Bristol and some across the wider South West area, creating a free-to-access trail that encourages visitors to explore the city and discover its many attractions.

Burges Salmon’s Unicorn – Carni – has been painted by artist Ella-Mia Grant and is based at the St Paul's Learning Centre, Grosvenor Rd in St Paul's in the heart of Bristol.

Ella says: “I wanted to pay tribute to one of UK's most inclusive events that happens right here in Bristol city! My take on a glimpse into the St Pauls Carnival experience where music, dance and the Afro Carribean culture are celebrated. With a special shoutout to the seven community activists who founded this event back in 1968 to ultimately bring people together in unity. I am very proud of my mixed Jamaican heritage and wanted to represent my love for the community and the famous yearly event that is always a good time!”

Director and Head of Community Engagement at Burges Salmon, Jamie Cameron, says: “We are excited to support this fantastic initiative and help bring the community together to celebrate art, creativity, and imagination. We believe that events like The Unicornfest Art Trail play an important role in promoting local culture and creativity and we are proud to be one of the key sponsors.”

The Unicornfest Art Trail will take place from 1 July to early September. Visitors can pick up a trail map from various locations throughout the city, online here or download the app to their smartphones. The event is free to attend, and visitors are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #TheUnicornfest.

The charity beneficiaries of the trail are Leukaemia Care, the UKs leading leukaemia charity. Once the trail has been concluded, all the large and small statues will be gathered at The Propyard for a final farewell weekend before they’re sent to auction in early October to raise thousands for the charity providing care and support to individuals, families and friends affected by leukaemia and associated conditions.

For more information about The Unicornfest Art Trail, visit the event website at https://theunicornfest.co.uk/

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