Bears of Sheffield - Artists info

In 2020, Sheffield will play host to a new sculpture trail presenting 60 uniquely painted life-sized bears across the city. The project will fund a new Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and we’re looking for the best artists, designers and illustrators to help us reach our goal.

We’re hoping to raise upwards of £650,000 for the hospital, beating funds raised from our 2016 trail, Herd of Sheffield. The Cancer and Leukaemia Ward treats children from babies through to 19 year olds from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and as far south as Northampton.

Whilst the care patients receive on the ward is world-class, the facilities are not. You can help children and their families going through treatment by taking part in the Bears of Sheffield and completely transform the ward at our hospital. With your help we can create a new home-from-home for families with space, privacy and natural light to make hospital stays and isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.

Our bear is based on the well-known Botanical Gardens bear and we’re looking for striking creative designs to capture the public’s imagination, encouraging you to be bold in your approach. The project is designed both to raise significant funds for our Cancer and Leukaemia Ward and to create a memorable cultural experience for the city, and great artwork is the key to both.

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved download your pack here:

Bears Artists Pack

If you're beary excited and ready to go download your submission form and sculpture template:

Bear Sculpture Template

Artist Submission Form

To apply all you need to do is:

  • Submit proposed design(s) using the downloadable template above
  • Complete and sign the application form

Deadline for submissions is 18th December 2019 with shortlisting taking place during February 2020.

If your design is shortlisted, you will receive a fee of £850 towards your time and materials (which you must supply). Painting is scheduled to take place in May with the trail going live in July 2020.

For more information or if you have any questions please email us on