Gromit Unleashed exhibition returns to Bristol

Giant sculptures of Wallace's sidekick Gromit have gone on show at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.

The Gromit sculptures
The Gromit sculptures
The 18 original dog sculptures make up the Gromit Unleashed Homecoming exhibition, which will be on display for the next six weeks to raise funds for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

The line-up includes a host of fan favourites and celebrity designs, as well as two extra-special sculptures: ‘Gromit Lightyear’ by Pixar Animations and ‘Newshound’ by Wallace & Gromit’s creator, Nick Park.

Designed and painted at Pixar’s studios in California, ‘Gromit Lightyear’ was the highest-selling sculpture at the trail’s grand charity auction, raising £65,000. Nick Park’s ‘Newshound’ was the only sculpture to also feature Wallace alongside his trusty canine sidekick Gromit, and raised £50,000 at auction.

Other celebrity sculptures include ‘Poetry in Motion’ by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, ‘Oops A Daisy’ by TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin and ‘Butterfly’ by acclaimed milliner Philip Treacy MBE.

The exhibition runs from 25 July until 4 September at The Grand Appeal’s shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol. It is free to enter, with a suggested entry donation of £2 to The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. All funds raised will support The Grand Appeal’s £1.5m Home from Home Appeal to fund new accommodation for families of patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Lauren Howard, project manager, The Grand Appeal, said: "We’re so excited that our fantastic new ‘Gromit Unleashed’ exhibition is now open! We hope Gromit fans old and new enjoy this chance to be reunited with their favourite designs, and relive their own special memories of the trail. We would also like to thank all the sculptures’ owners for so generously donating their Gromit back to us for the next six weeks, for fans to enjoy.

‘Gromit Unleashed’ attracted 1.2million visitors to Bristol from across the UK and around the world, with the 80 sculptures raising £2.3m at auction for The Grand Appeal. Sales of The Grand Appeal’s collectable ‘Gromit Unleashed’ figurines and other merchandise have seen this rise to £5m to date.

Last year Shaun the Sheep's art trail across London and Bristol culminated with The Great Sheep Round-Up exhibition in London's Covent Garden, where funds raised were similarly donated to charity.

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