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If you’ve visited the West Midlands recently, you’ll undoubtedly have seen Birmingham’s Bears as part of Wild in Art’s ‘The Big Sleuth’ bear hunt!

Sally-Ann Wilkinson and Charlie Langhorne, Directors at Wild in Art have a mission to bring art into communities and get us exploring our cities. Following successes in numerous cities including the iconic Superlambanana’s of Liverpool, Zebra’s of Southampton as well as many others, Wild in Art has proven that communities can come together to raise big money for local charities.

This time they’ve worked in collaboration to help raise fund for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Applause IT Director, and running enthusiast Mike Scotney, took the opportunity to hunt down all ONE HUNDRED Big Sleuth Bears across over 70 miles while contributing to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and taking a few snaps of their unique designs as he went.

The Big Sleuth Bear Hunt Birmingham Mike Scotney

Over 80 artists helped to create the Big Sleuth Bears and over 50,000 young people from local communities and primary schools helped create and design an additional 137 smaller bear cubs which will remain in their local communities. This includes Harby, one of our favourites, who was decorated by the residents of Harborne’s fingerprints.

Harborne's Harby The Big Sleuth Birmingham

Other favourites include personality inspired bears: Bearbo Baggins, Mary Beary, Bear Grylls, Hairy Potter, Spok and Elvis inspired Teddy Bear, as well as bears inspired by the screen, Peaky Blinders and Ghostbusters and by concepts of conservation and mindfulness: Mindfulness Bear, Libearty, and Into the Wild.

Each unique bear will help to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, a leading specialist paediatric centre which offers expert care to over 900,000 children from across the UK every year. Funds will be raised through the auctioning of the Big Sleuth Bears and will help pay for visits from the Giggle Doctors, provide refurbished play areas, and state of the art equipment.

The Big Sleuth Birmingham

The Big Sleuth Auction will take place on Thursday 12th October 2017 at ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum. For more information at

Not ready to say goodbye? While you have until the 17th September to see the bears in the wild, you can catch them again at The Big Sleuth Farewell Weekend Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October. For tickets and information go to 100% of proceeds will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. 


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