Businesses from across Kent come together to choose designs for Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent art trail

Date published: 11 October 2023

Chief Executive Rachel Street and Director of Income Generation Ann-Marie Kelly at Heart of Kent Hospice, together with their colleagues, welcomed businesses to Maidstone Museum on Thursday 5 October 2023 for the eagerly anticipated Design Selection event which forms part of the preparatory events for Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent art trail

The event saw sponsors and partners pick their favourite designs from those submitted by talented artists from across Kent and across the UK.

The designs chosen will see artists paint their designs onto the blank Shaun the Sheep Sculptures before all 50 Shaun sculptures are unveiled as part of the free public Shaun in the Heart of Kent art trail which goes live in the summer of 2024.

Following the success of Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade in 2021, which raised over £312,000 for the Hospice, this second art trail will come to Maidstone and the surrounding area between 29 June and 30 August 2024 before the sculptures are sold at another exciting auction event in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice.

This project will see the Hospice again partner with Wild in Art, the leading producer nationally and globally of these spectacular art events, and Aardman, the world-famous, award-winning studio based in Bristol, and creator of the cheeky and lovable character Shaun the Sheep. Maidstone Borough Council will be the Official Presenting Partner of the trail.

It’s not too late to get your business involved in this exciting new fundraising initiative which provides a unique and fun opportunity to get your customers and colleagues engaged and involved in the trail and help to raise vital funds for Heart of Kent Hospice.

To find out more and to register your interest in sponsoring the remaining Shaun sculptures or being involved in other ways please contact Project Manager Erica Snow on 07596 856667.

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