In the summer of 2023, a new exciting, free public art trail will add colour to the streets, parks and public spaces of Newcastle and its surrounding areas– and you’re invited to join the fun!

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne is presented by and raising funds for St Oswald’s Hospice. The charity has partnered with creative producers Wild in Art, Shaun the Sheep creator Aardman and Headline Partners Newcastle City Council to bring you a ewe-nique art adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

Following the success of Great North Snowdogs in 2016 and Elmer’s Great North Parade in 2019, St Oswald’s Hospice’s third art trail will celebrate the support shown by their community throughout the pandemic. From 19th July – 27th September 2023, Newcastle city centre and surrounding areas will be transformed by the arrival of 50 super-sized sculptures inspired by the much-loved star of film and television, Shaun the Sheep. Located alongside some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, each Shaun the Sheep sculpture will be uniquely designed by artists from the region and beyond, providing a fun, family-friendly art trail for locals and visitors to follow.

A series of smaller ‘Little Shaun’ sculptures, adopted and painted by schools and youth groups, will also be displayed as part of the adventure.

A trail map and App will navigate avid art adventurers across the accessible trail, helping you discover each sculpture and unlock a series of rewards and fun facts.

Whilst exciting and inspiring people of all ages to celebrate our beautiful city through creativity, the trail will also increase public awareness about hospice care and its importance and impact on our whole community. When the trail ends, the super-sized Shaun sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne is the perfect summer holiday activity, free for all and packed full of baa-rilliant adventure. Join the flock now, ewe won’t regret it!

Get Involved

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne is for everybody! Whether you are a business interested in sponsoring a sculpture, an artist who wants to design and paint one, or a school or community group who would love to adopt a little Shaun as part of our learning programme, there are many opportunities to join the flock.

Sponsor a Shaun

Don’t miss out on this ewe-nique opportunity.

By joining the flock and taking advantage of the numerous activation opportunities, you could…

  • Build your database of opted-in contacts
  • Find new and varied audiences
  • Access endless media opportunities in the months before and during the trail
  • Generate massive social media content and activity
  • Raise your profile & brand awareness
  • Engage employees and raise team spirits
  • Increase footfall to important local attractions and assets
  • Help you achieve your CSR / B2B / social value ambition
  • Help your city and wider region to benefit from significant economic, cultural, social and wellbeing benefits
  • Raise vital funding for adults and children with life-limiting conditions accessing hospice care
  • Associate your brand with a high-profile and hugely popular event
Become a sponsor

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