Bears of Sheffield

The Bears of Sheffield was a public arts exhibition which celebrated everything that is wonderful about Sheffield and its surrounding areas. Following the success of the Herd of Sheffield which was also coordinated by The Children’s Hospital Charity, the trail brought together businesses, communities, artists and schools whilst supporting Sheffield Children’s.

The Bears of Sheffield were the largest public arts project Sheffield has ever seen.

The Bears of Sheffield, which were on display last summer, involved 60, 2.1m tall sculptures which were sponsored by organisations and families and decorated by acclaimed artists.

There were also 100 smaller Bears which were fundraised for and decorated by schools, nurseries and colleges.

The final total raised- which stands at £1,047,000- includes:

  • £188,000 raised through donations and fundraising.
  • £525,000 raised by the final auction of the sculptures.
  • £129,000 raised by schools, colleges and nurseries.
  • £91,000 raised through Bears-themed merchandise.
  • £19,400 raised through ticket sales for the Farewell Event at Meadowhall.

Meet the people behind the Bears of Sheffield!

In a special series, we'll be reflecting on the Bears of Sheffield with some of the people who helped make the project such a success for Sheffield Children's Hospital! First up is Tiff, Regional Engagement Coordinator at Twinkl, the Bears of Sheffield's official education partner! Twinkl created educational resources, provided design support and were crucial in ensuring the 100 schools involved in the project were engaged- they raised £126,000 altogether!