The Big Sleuth is now officially live!

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art are excited to announce that The Big Sleuth, the region’s largest ever free public art trail, is officially LIVE!

For 10 weeks this summer, The Big Sleuth, so called because ‘sleuth’ is the name of a group of bears, will bring the city alive with colour and activity as colleagues, friends and families discover the bears hidden in the regions’ open spaces and inspiring buildings which they may not have seen before.

Each striking sculpture tells a different story, whether it’s raising awareness of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the plight of the sun bear, the city’s industrial heritage or a famous film character.

Creative designs using an array of colours, textures and ideas have come from celebrities and artists, from The Vamps’ Bradley Simpson to Birmingham Bears and England cricketer Chris Woakes.

Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said,

You can track your trail by downloading The Big Sleuth app, which allows you to collect bears and unlock rewards.

At the end of the trail, the large bears together with the special celebrity bear cubs will be auctioned off in October to raise vital funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. The Big Sleuth’s predecessor, The Big Hoot, raised over £500,000 for the charity at auction, and The Big Sleuth aims to do the same.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art, said:

We very much hope that The Big Sleuth will bring you hours of enjoyment discovering the wonderful world of creativity.

You can support the hospital by texting SLEUTH to 70007 to make a one-off £3 donation.

To find out more or to download a free The Big Sleuth trail map, click here.

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