If you are new to Sheffield or just want to explore the city a little bit more. One of the great attractions of recent years is the displays around the city of animal artwork. This year the Bears of Sheffield are on display. Run by the Children Hospital Charity to raise funds for the Sheffield children’s hospital. It provides a great way to explore your student accommodation surroundings by going on a bear hunt.
What are the Bears of Sheffield?
The bears of Sheffield is a city-wide public art project. With over 160 Bears dotted around the city to form a trail for people to explore the city and find. You can discover some of the 100 bears that have been decorated by local primary schools. Whilst 60 bears have been decorated and sponsored by professional local and international artists.
To add to the interest all the bears have quirky names. These relate to the designs that are inspired by topics that showcase subjects that have influenced life in Sheffield. From local icons to national influences that have had an effect on the day to day lives of Sheffield residents.
Organised by The Children’s Hospital charity which has its own charity arts program called Artfelt. They regularly displaying local art in the hospital. A patron of the Artfelt programme for over 10 years. Local artist Pete Mckee whose work is based around the iconic culture of Sheffield. Has designed a bear located outside of the Sheffield Hallam University Owen Building.
The inspiration for the theme came from the well known Sheffield bear in the Botanical Gardens. Designed by local designer David Mayne. he created the design of all the bears before other artists added the finishing patterns and themes. It is also inspired through the hospital and charity mascot, Theo the bear. Previously in 2016, the event was held featuring the Herd of Sheffield. A similar venture but displaying elephants. Once displayed the elephants were auctioned off. This raised over £400’000 for the Children’s Hospital Charity which supports Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Explore your student accommodation surroundings by going on a bear hunt
You can start the bear trail with a map and guidebook from the information kiosk outside the Winter Gardens. This is a good starting point to find which way you’re going on the trail and pick which of the bears you want to visit.
While the majority of bears are to be located around the city centre and Broomhall areas. There are some further out to Woodseats in the south. While some are towards the Institute of Sport, Arena and Meadowhall to the northeast of the city. You will find certain bears in certain locations such as the Hendersons relish bear at the site of the former Hendersons relish factory. This is located across from the University of Sheffield Information Commons. The snooker themed “snoobear” is located outside of the home of the world snooker championships, the Crucible. Others you will have to discover following the trail while you explore your student accommodation surroundings by going on a bear hunt.
But it’s not just the professional artists who have come up with some amazing and interesting designs. Local schools have also designed over 100 smaller bears that can be found dotted around. With interesting designs celebrating everything from Captain Sir Tom Moore to Sheffield’s cutlery heritage. And many thanking the NHS for their tireless and dedicated service through the covid pandemic.
What’s the aim of the Sheffield bears.
The Bears of Sheffield not only give Sheffield a unique public art exhibition for all to enjoy. The purpose is to raise money through donations, sponsorship, fundraising, and sale of the actual bears through auction. The Children’s Hospital Charity is working towards providing funding for the latest project in the upgrade of services at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Sheffield Children’s hospital, is a leader in Children’s Health, helping to shape the future paediatric care globally. As one of three specialist hospitals alongside Great Ormond Street and Alder Hey. Sheffield children’s support children and young people in many different ways. Patients are cared for by doctors and nurses who are recognized both nationally and internationally for their expertise.
The Children’s Hospital has recently undergone a £40 million redevelopment of the outpatient’s department and some wards. Its latest project is to raise £2.75 million for upgrades to a new department treating Children’s Cancer and leukaemia. During the coronavirus pandemic, donations towards the Charity, like many dropped significantly as uncertainty gripped the nation. The hospital is now looking to push to raise the funds needed to treat children with cancer to the highest possible standards.
Find out more
You can find out more about the Bears of Sheffield by visiting the official website https://bearsofsheffield.com/ you can also find out more about the fantastic work that the Children’s Hospital Charity do and other projects their raising funds for at https://www.tchc.org.uk/
The bears are on display until the end of September so make sure you visit them. The bears will all be together for one last time though from the 14th to the 17th of October at Meadowhall. This event will showcase all the big bears and give you one last chance to see this iconic project (and take selfies with your favourites!) It’s a ticket only event with tickets available at https://bearsofsheffield.com/farewell/
We support Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
We provide student accommodation to many students who study medicine and related disciplines like nursing at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam. Our Properties are conveniently located nearby to both Sheffield Children’s and the Hallamshire hospital sites which employ students We have previously also provided commercial premises to the Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust
AND we bought an Elephant in the auction! Will there be room for a bear???
We hope that if you choose to study in Sheffield you will join us in supporting this great cause. One way you can do this is to explore your student accommodation surroundings by going on a bear hunt.
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