COVENTRY ARTIST MAKES MARK ON BIRMINGHAM

Local Coventry artist, Amy Crabtree will be exhibiting her artwork for 10-weeks this summer as part of a giant free public art trail of bear sculptures taking place across Birmingham, called The Big Sleuth.

The artist behind Cakes with Faces, Amy specialises in digital arts and creates t-shirts, hoodies, dresses and cushions with cute designs all inspired by Japanese kawaii.

Her design for The Big Sleuth; Straw-bear-y, takes on this same style incorporating colours with the aim of brightening up the streets.

Amy has used Straw-bear-y to showcase different characters and personalities, with each strawberry bursting with positivity, she hopes that this will create smiles on the faces of those who visit the bear.

The Big Sleuth, so named because sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears, is the highly-anticipated sequel to Birmingham’s The Big Hoot, which attracted more than 800,000 visitors in 2015 and raised over £625,000 in total for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Presented by the charity and Wild in Art, The Big Sleuth will see up to 100 bear-utifully designed giant bear statues leave their paw prints throughout the city before being auctioned to raise money for the charity. Amy was part of The Big Hoot which took to Birmingham in 2015, her design Tea T-Owl was sold for £6,000 at the auction.

Amy said: “I am delighted to once again be supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity through their second public art trail, I had great fun working on The Big Hoot and I’m excited to see my second sculpture take to the streets.

“Last time, my design was positioned near the hospital and I was told that lots of children who visited Birmingham Children’s Hospital would stop and look at my owl, and it would make them smile. I wanted Straw-bear-y to create the same affect.”

Amy’s creativity will be enjoyed once again over the summer as this second free public art trail is expected to attract thousands of local, regional and national visitors to the city, encouraging everyone to get active and discover areas of the wider region they may not have explored before.

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity said: “The Big Sleuth is really important to Birmingham Children’s Hospital as not only will it bring visitors into our fantastic region from all over the UK but we also hope to raise over half a million pounds to support the pioneering work we do here every day.”

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art said: “We’re delighted to have some incredibly talented artists involved in The Big Sleuth including Amy and we’re so excited to see her creation on the trail this summer. The project will transform the streets, parks and public spaces of Birmingham and beyond into a fun, free art gallery taking people on a creative journey through the city.”