Join the flock – become a Shaun in the Heart of Kent Artist

Date published: 23 May 2023

Heart of Kent Hospice is looking for amateur and professional official artists to be part of its latest creative project, bringing an exciting free art trail to Maidstone in the summer of 2024.

‘Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent’ art trail 2024, follows on from the success of the Hospice’s first art trail, Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade in 2021.

‘Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent’ is a creative partnership between Heart of Kent Hospice, Wild in Art, Aardman and Presenting Partner, Maidstone Borough Council.

Erica Snow, Project Manager at the Hospice said: “We are looking for ewe-nique designs to bring our 3D Shaun sculptures to life, adding colour, fun, creativity and drama to our second art trail as we showcase all that our local area has to offer to both residents and visitors, celebrating individuality and diversity, and bringing our communities together.

“We are very keen to receive submissions from both amateur and professional artists and would particularly like to see some sensory design options within our 2024 art trail.

“We want to expose artistic talent across the board from traditional to new media, fine art to illustration, textiles, metalwork and graffiti to mosaic. Whether you are an established artist or are yet undiscovered, this is your opportunity to showcase you!”

For an artist to join the flock of fabulous artists and be part of this high-profile art trail, designs will need to be submitted by the closing date which is 9:00am on Monday 31 July 2023.  Each commission pays an honorarium of £1,000 on completion.

‘Spinning a Yarn’ (pictured with Artist Jill Busby) was commissioned for the launch of Shaun in the Heart of Kent which took place last October.

Jill is an artist with a varied career spanning graphic design and running an Art Club for children and now enjoys painting for Wild in Art projects.

With a love of Pop Art which shines through in her design of ‘Spinning a Yarn’, Jill Busby said:

“The concept for my design of ‘Spinning a Yarn’ was influenced by the shapes of wool yarn and I felt the spirals were perfect for the Shaun the Sheep shape. It was a little difficult to paint on curves, but I do love a challenge!”

Shaun is cheeky and mischievous, and surrounded by his farmyard friends he lives life to the full – the care we provide at Heart of Kent Hospice to patients and their loved ones lets them know they are never alone, as we support them to have the best quality life for as long as they live. By becoming part of Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent you will be supporting our compassionate work and our community.

Visit to find out more including downloading the submission form and templates.

Questions can be submitted to Sarah O’Sullivan, Project Coordinator at or call 07596 856667.

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Jill Busby painting Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent