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This summer, the Puffins are flying south! Look out for them along the East Yorkshire coast and around the East Riding, as they find new and often unlikely habitats! These are no ordinary puffins, but beautiful, artist decorated sculptures, standing proudly 1.5ms tall, colourful beacons in the landscape.

We are harnessing the special magnetism of this popular, but endangered, seabird to attract more visitors to the glorious East Yorkshire Coast through a mass participation public art event modelled on the hugely successful and award winning Hull and East Riding trails – ‘Larkin with Toads’ and ‘A Moth for Amy’. From May to October this year, forty Puffins will delight people of all ages as they search for them from Bempton and Flamborough in the north to Spurn Point in the south, and at towns and cities inland.

Each puffin will be sponsored by a business or institution which will be able to choose their unique design from our artists’ gallery. We are inviting artists to use their creative magic to decorate their puffin with designs inspired by one of our themes:

  • Endangered wildlife of our coasts and seas
  • The global warming crisis and the growth of green energy
  • People and stories of the East Yorkshire coast


At the end of Puffins Galore! all the Puffin sculptures will be sold, either to their sponsors or at a grand charity auction. The proceeds from these sales will be donated to our four charities which were selected for their important role in the protection of the wildlife of the seas and coasts or for their essential work saving lives at sea.


This is an exceptional opportunity for you to play a significant part in an event we are sure will create huge excitement all around East Yorkshire and beyond. Its popularity will ensure that your creativity is showcased to a mass audience as well as enabling you to connect with other artists, businesses and the community.

Our beautiful Puffin sculptures, standing 1.5m tall, offer an inspirational, blank 3D canvas for you to have fun with and work your creative magic on. Choose one of our three themes to inspire your design:

  • Endangered wildlife of our coasts and seas
  • The global warming crisis and the growth of green energy
  • People and stories of the East Yorkshire coast

There’s more information in our artist packs (download below).

This is an open call to amateur or professional artists across the country, but we’d love a strong response from artists based in the East Riding of Yorkshire to really show-off the incredible variety of talent the region has to offer.

All submissions received will be considered for our design gallery, where they will be available for selection by one of our sponsors. If your design is selected by a sponsor, you’ll be asked to transfer the design onto a sculpture and join the Puffins Galore! Trail.

If you have experience in responding to a similar brief and producing artwork which is visually exciting and robust for the public domain, please take a look at our Artist’s Brief and Submission Form.

Any questions, just contact: Clare Huby    tel: 07525 332536

Join the Puffins Galore! sponsor colony

Sponsorship of Puffins Galore! is a great business promotion opportunity with real, employee and community engagement possibilities – and you will also be supporting four important and very worthwhile charities: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Hornsea Inshore Rescue, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Royal National Life Boat Institution
So become one of our Puffin Sponsors and join the raft of businesses already signed up to this exciting project. This is an amazing chance for your business to be part of an event that will attract thousands of visitors to East Yorkshire and its beautiful coastal area.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Puffin Sponsor by downloading our Puffins Galore! Sponsorship Brochure.

We would love to hear from you and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have, just contact: Rick Welton    tel: 07411 272367