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Sheffield Hallam University is hosting seven elephants as part of the Little Herd of Sheffield.

This summer a herd of giant elephant sculptures will descend on Sheffield for the biggest public art event the city has ever seen in support of The Children's Hospital Charity.

The Herd of Sheffield will be joined by smaller elephant calves, designed by local school children and teachers, which will appear across the city to create the Little Herd, with Sheffield Hallam hosting a group of sculptures from today in the main City Campus reception.

The Little Herd, sponsored by Blundells, saw more than 70 schools provide designs for the 72 sculptures, which will be in 11 venues across Sheffield.

Jenny Lawton-Hunt, outreach and widening participation coordinator at Hallam, said: "The Little Herd will be at the main reception of our City Campus from today until end of September. Jess Martin, one of our third year interior design students, designed the exhibition space for the elephants and two second year illustration students, Sandrine Baker and Anna Terreros, also help paint our Outreach elephant with competition winner Laura Green, 11.

"The exhibition will provide a bright welcome for students, staff and visitors to the University for several weeks." 

The exhibition is open to the public from today until 30 September at Hallam's Owen Building, Howard Street, with an elephant themed treasure hunt also free for visitors to take part in. The full Herd of Sheffield launches on 11 July. 

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The Herd of Sheffield is a Wild in Art event brought to Sheffield by The Children’s Hospital Charity. All of the money raised through the Little Herd go towards supporting Artfelt, the charity’s art programme, Make it Better appeal - helping to transform the walls of the new wing of Sheffield Children’s Hospital and create a comforting and engaging environment through art.

For more information on the Herd, please visit

For press information: Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email