Online bidding is now open to take home your favourite Snook and support a good cause

The excitement of online bidding is underway, so secure your chance to be among the first to bid on the captivating Snooks sculptures! 

There are 22 four-and-a-half-foot sculptures to take home including; 19 unique sculptures which have been designed by talented artists to create its own identity and style; the Starstruck Snook which has been autographed by nearly 30 notable stars that have performed at York Barbican including Jack Whitehall, David Walliams, Lloyd Griffith, Jonathan Pie (aka Tom Walker), and Scouting for Girls; and two ‘paint your own’ so you can unleash your creativity and give it your own design flair. 

So, scroll through the bidding catalogue and start your bid in the Online Auction now.  

The event gives you the opportunity to own your very own Snooks sculpture while supporting crucial causes. The funds raised will be split between St Leonard’s Hospice, who provide life-changing support for families across York every day, and York Creates Fund, a micro-fund that supports cultural and creative activity in the city.  

The one-of-a-kind charity auction takes place on Thursday 9 May 2024 at York Barbican with auctioneer Derek Matthewson from TV series Bangers and Cash, and host Mad Alice from the award-winning The Bloody Tour of York. 

You can book your tickets, at only £5, to attend in person, and also join via the online live stream on the day. 

Now, all you have to do is decide on your favourite Snooks to bid on! 


Notes to Editors: 

Download Pictures including the bidding catalogue – Credit: as per in photo title.  


About the Snooks Trail 

There were 21 sculptures that made up the popular Snooks Trail, York’s first character trail across the city, running between 2 March and 25 April 2024. The Snooks were the brainchild of artist Sian Ellis, and each one of the unique four and a half foot characters, has been decorated by different talented artists to create its own identity and style. More information on the trail can be found on our website: 

About Make It York 

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities. These are: City positioning and profile-raising; Ensuring an exciting city centre; Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy.  

About St Leonard’s Hospice 

St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care, and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses. We’re dedicated to providing support tailored to the specific needs of patients, and their families and carers, with a wide range of services offered in a relaxed and friendly environment where care is taken personally. 

About York Creates Fund  

York Creates Fund is a micro-fund that supports cultural and creative activity in the city. The York Creates Fund will provide opportunities for local creatives to produce new work through micro-grants, commissions and competitions. The fund will be held by Make It York and administered in reference to the objectives of York’s Creative Future, the city’s Culture Strategy. 

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