Artists have been chosen ahead of the latest animal-themed art trail to come to Brighton.

The annual trail, in support of hospice charity Martlets, will feature several different statues of Shaun the Sheep dotted around the city.

Now, artists have been paired with sponsors ahead of the trail in September and will now design their takes on the beloved character.

Sara Pope, whose design will be taken up by Plus Accounting, said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in the Shaun by the Sea initiative, and grateful to Plus Accounting for choosing my design.

The Argus: Regency Shaun the SheepRegency Shaun the Sheep (Image: Enter Gallery)

“This is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the richly diverse communities of Brighton and Hove, bring people together in the spirit of joy and connection, and above all raise money to support the vital work of local charity, Martlets.”

The Shaun by the Sea art trail will provide a 3D canvas for a series of different designers and emerging local artists to present their artwork in a unique way.

The Martlets trail has been a staple in the city for a number of years with previous animals featured including snails and snow dogs.


Sarah Arnett, who designed the recently released Regency Shaun, said: “It’s such an amazing way to be involved with a great charity and so much fun. Each character I have worked with over the years has been a different challenge, and Shaun is such an iconic character to play with!

“Regency Shaun is inspired by a statue of a beautiful elephant on display in the Royal Pavilion. I love the ceremonial jewellery and decoration on the statue and decided that Shaun should be dressed up for his launch night into the wonderful world of Brighton!”

The Argus: Sara Pope, right, is one of the artists involved in the trailSara Pope, right, is one of the artists involved in the trail (Image: Enter Gallery)

At an event in Enter Gallery in Bond Street, artists were invited to meet businesses taking part in the event in order to decide on their unique designs.

The Shaun by the Sea art trail launches on September 9, and will run throughout the autumn until November 5.

The statues will then be sold at auction with the money raised going to Martlets.