The departure of The Big Hoot owls and owlets left many of us in a flap! Well, the good news is Birmingham’s second adventure has arrived! Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, Wild in Art, our very own King Edward VI Foundation and Peter’s bookshop are teaming up with KESH Art Department to present The Big Sleuth.

To most people, the word ‘sleuth’ means a private detective, but it’s also the collective noun for a group of bears! Birmingham will bring both definitions together in the summer of 2017 and the Sun Bear, the world’s smallest species of bear (now threatened with extinction) is the inspiration for a brand-new sculpture for this event. These incredible creatures are sure to inspire creativity and generate plenty of fun for all you sleuth spotters on the trail! After which, the bears will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

The KESH bear has been delivered and has already begun its journey to integrate itself into Academy life. Bear078, as it was labeled on its arrival, will move around the Academy and will adopt a different identity depending on where it is. There has already been a lot of excitement about Bear078 from staff and students alike. After it’s formal introduction by our Principal Mr Allen, it began by spending a few days in the Art department getting acclimatised and while there it adopted the name Damien Hirsute and joined A-level Artists on a trip to see a wonderful Art exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It then spent a week as The Libearian in our fantastic library.

Bear078 is now causing a lot of excitement around the English department as William Shakesbear. After such a dizzying introduction to the Academy so far, who knows what Bear078 will get up to before it takes its place as part of the Summers big public art extravaganza? Why not follow us on twitter @KESHACADEMYART to find out?

Students will be completing designs and judging will take place for our final design.

Link to official website.


King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee. Company number 07002160. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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