Martlets’ Shaun by the Sea art trail unveils more than 40 giant painted sculptures across Brighton & Hove

A colourful collection of ewe-niquely designed Shaun the Sheep sculptures created by local artists has popped up overnight in city landmarks from Hove Lagoon to the Amex Stadium. This free Shaun by the Sea art trail runs until 5 November and presents 42 Shauns in various city locations.

Shaun by the Sea builds on the success of previous Martlets-run art trails Snowdogs and SnailSpace, which saw thousands visit the city to spot the sculptures. The trails help to connect people from across the community whilst raising money to enable Martlets to keep caring for people facing the toughest of times.

A city map revealing the location of the flock of sheep sculptures can be found on the new mobile app called “Shaun by the Sea” (Apple and Android), as well as online here. New locations for the Shaun sculptures include One Garden at Stanmer Park, Rockwater on Hove seafront and the Clocktower in central Brighton.

Trail participants can also release rewards for certain finds, by reaching key milestones and completing the art trail – they can be found on the app here. Rewards include a fine dining experience at The Grand, a free cuppa at Bird & Blend and artist prints from Sussex Audiology’s artist, Rosie Apps.

In addition to the 41 Shaun the Sheep, this year’s art trail will also include a new Shaun-inspired book bench at Jubilee Library and a roving Shaun sculpture displayed in Martlets Charity Shops throughout the trail. A total of 77 little Shauns have been designed and decorated by local schools, nurseries, community groups and care homes.

Supporters of the trail include headline sponsor Brandwatch, community sponsors Rockwater and Star Property Group and volunteer sponsor Brighton & Hove Buses.

Tanya Hunt, Director of Income Generation at Martlets said: “Our trail of big and little Shauns covers the whole community Martlets serve, shining a light on the reach and impact of hospice care. All of the team at Martlets owe a huge debt of thanks to our sponsors, to the incredibly talented artists, to our partners and to all the hard-working staff and volunteers who have made the trail happen. All the money raised from Shaun by the Sea will enable Martlets to keep caring for people facing the toughest of times.”

The 42 Shaun sculptures, book bench and 77 little Shauns will remain in place for eight weeks until 5 November. The large sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for Martlets Hospice on Monday 27th November.

The Shaun by the Sea art trail is brought to the city in association with multi award-winning animation studio Aardman, and Wild in Art, Martlets’ partner for all previous art trails. For more information about the art trail go to shaunbythesea.co.uk.

Where can I find the Shaun by the Sea art trail? MAP of the trail below, available on the app and online

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