Talented artists rise to the challenge!

The Big Sleuth brought artists together with local businesses, schools and community groups to transform hundreds of blank sun bear sculptures into imaginative, individual works of art.

Over 200 designs were submitted by national, regional and local artists and many were brought to life, thanks to the corporate sponsors who supported the trail.

A beary big thank you to all the artists for their incredible creativity and hard work. One 3D canvas embraced 237 un-bear-lievably magnificent designs. Each sculpture had its own individual story. Whether the story was raising awareness about endangered sun bears, celebrating a community, the city’s industrial heritage, a favourite character or famous artist, or it was representing the children’s hospital in some way – the sculpture reminded us how important it is to look after our world.

The arts can help change and shape lives. That’s why our mission is to connect communities, businesses and artists through the power of creativity.

We hope that you had lots of fun discovering The Big Sleuth’s amazing bears, the bear-illiant artists, getting out and about on a colourful, joyful adventure around the city, and sharing the magical stories the artwork inspired.