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After the success of the Great North Snowdogs in 2016 and Elmer’s Great North Parade in 2019, we are excited to announce our third, free, public art trail.

And the ‘star’ of the trail is none other than the baa-rilliant family favourite, Shaun the Sheep.

Created by multi award-winning animation studio, Aardman, and celebrating his 15th birthday this year, Shaun, who was recently spotted in an open top bus in the Platinum Jubilee pageant, has been nominated for two Academy Awards® for his starring roles in Shaun the Sheep The Movie and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmadeddon

And next summer he is coming to Newcastle, for Shaun the Sheep on The Tyne, when around 50 individually decorated sculptures of the character will be placed in streets, parks and public areas for 10 weeks, from Wednesday 19 July to Wednesday 27 September 2023.

We are now inviting groups and individuals to sponsor a Shaun the Sheep sculpture.

Sponsors will then be matched with an artist, who will decorate it ensuring that each sculpture is completely unique.

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne will also be supported by a region-wide learning programme for schools and children’s groups with smaller Shaun sculptures forming a second trail across Tyne and Wear.

As with the Elmer and Snowdogs, the event will culminate with an autumn auction of the Shaun the Sheep sculptures to raise funds to support the patients and families we care for at the hospice.

Our Chief Executive Steph Edusei said:

The trail will showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the area, whilst positively contributing to the economic, social and cultural life of the region. But above all it will be fun, and our way of saying thank you to the people of this region for all the love and support they have shown St Oswald’s Hospice over the years. We exist to help them, but we couldn’t do that if they didn’t help us – and we are immensely grateful.”

For more information about Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne, visit www.shaunonthetyne.co.uk or follow the trail on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ShaunOnTheTyne