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Gromit Unleashed helps us raise £3.8 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital!

Gromit Unleashed helps us raise £3.8 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital!

We are delighted to announce that The Grand Appeal has raised £3.8 million to help transform the lives of sick children and babies at Bristol Children’s Hospital, following the success of our Gromit Unleashed public arts trail.

Our ground-breaking Gromit Unleashed project made a huge contribution to the £3.8 million raised, raising funds through the exhibition, auction, and merchandise sales as well as the app, raffle, online art auction and an array of community and corporate fundraising events. The amazing total was also reached by kind donations from our ongoing Grand Appeal fundraisers.

The Grand Appeal still needs your amazing support to raise an additional £1.2 million to help provide life-saving equipment and family facilities that the Hospital needs.

All the money raised will help us support the expansion of Bristol Children’s Hospital, where specialist children’s services − burns, neurosurgery, neuroscience and major trauma units − are moving from Frenchay Hospital to Bristol Children’s Hospital in 2014, meaning a sick child can receive all of their treatment in one place.

This includes providing state-of-the-art equipment − a pioneering intraoperative MRI scanner which will revolutionise neurosurgery treatment for babies and children; a Hybrid Cardiac Catheter Suite and Children’s Cancer Unit, as well as family facilities and an on-going programme of arts, music, education and play that will transform the hospital environment for children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

We can’t thank all our Gromit Unleashed fans and supporters enough for the life-changing difference you are making to patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Watch our fundraising film to see how the money raised will help sick children and babies.

Gromit Unleashed wins Tourism Event of the Year Award

Our new partnership with the Quantel Bifold British Touring Car Racing Team

We are delighted to announce a new partnership between The Grand Appeal and the Quantel Bifold British Touring Car Racing Team.

A one-off, mini version of the much loved Jack sculpture from the 2013 Gromit Unleashed sculpture trail in Bristol (pictured here with driver Marc Hynes) will feature as the mascot for the Quantel Bifold team for the 2014-15 racing year.

The Quantel Bifold British Touring Car Racing Team are a new team, proud to be supporting The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, to support sick children across the South West and beyond alongside their portfolio managers LDC, long-term supporters of the charity.

Jack is brought to you by the team that created the award-winning ‘Gromit Unleashed’ sculpture trail in Bristol, which saw Aardman Animations’ loveable canine sidekick Gromit raise £2.3million for The Grand Appeal.

Gromit Unleashed wins Tourism Event of the Year Award

Gromit Unleashed wins Tourism Event of the Year Award

We are delighted to have won Tourism Event of the Year at the Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Awards. Organised by Destination Bristol, this award celebrates the best of Bristol’s tourist industry and events, and as a result of our successful win, Gromit Unleashed will now be entered in the National Visit England Awards, taking place in May this year.

Budding model-makers at The Mall this week and a thank you to Sarah Reakes for this smashing photo!

Thank you to all our budding model-makers at The Mall this week!

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our model-making workshops at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway this half term. We are delighted that so many of you came along to be shown how to make a plasticine Gromit or Shaun the Sheep by an Aardman Animations model-maker, and we hope you all had a cracking time. Look out for more workshops taking place throughout the year!

Gavin Strange's giant Gromit Unleashed sculpture with patients outside Bristol Children's Hospital

Giant Gromits bring Christmas cheer to patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital!

We’re thrilled that Gromit Unleashed sculpture Stat’s the Way to do it, Lad!, designed by Aardman Animations’ Gavin Strange will be placed in Bristol Children’s Hospital on a long-term loan, courtesy of the private buyer who won him at auction!

‘Stat’s’ – which fetched an incredible £29,000 when it was auctioned to raise funds for the hospital – will not be on public display; he will be situated in a private location in the hospital for patients, their families and the hospital community to enjoy.

Stat’s artist Gavin Strange says: “It’s been such an honour to be a Gromit Unleashed artist, so to then find out that Stats is going to live in the very place that the project was designed to help, well it doesn’t get any better than that does it!? It’s come full circle and I’m over the moon to know that Stat’s will live there – the generosity of the buyers who kindly donated him to the hospital is so heart-warming, it really is the perfect end to the story. I hope it will bring a smile to the children and families in the Hospital!"

The giant Gromit will also be joined by a smaller-sized sculpture, which was decorated by young patients at the hospital and raised £21,000 at auction. Its buyers Wessex Garages on Pennywell Road, have kindly unleashed the Gromit for Christmas so that it can travel around hospital departments and wards and spread some festive cheer.

Keith Brock, managing director of Wessex Garages, explained: “We thought the children might like to have the Gromit they painted at the hospital during the festive season. We have had a great time with our version of the famous sidekick since we won it and we want to give young patients at the hospital their own special chance to see this amazing sculpture.”

Gromit Unleashed and friends Auction lots group photo

Bid for exclusive items in our online art auction

Our giant Gromit Unleashed sculptures may have been sold, but now we're giving Gromit fans the chance to bid for exclusive items related to the project in an online art auction!

Amongst the items up for grabs are a one-of-a-kind Gromit figurine illustrated by Aardman's Nick Park and Gavin Strange; Nick Park's signed original designs for his 'Newshound' sculpture; figurines signed by their artists and a Trunki suitcase, hand-painted by Carys Tait, creator of 'Grrrrromit'.

And there's more! Also on offer will be original artwork by popular illustrator Rob Ryan and internationally-renowned authors and illustrators Mick Inkpen and Shirley Hughes; a Roger Rabbit original by animator Richard Williams and two striking canvasses by Bristol street artist Cheba.

To see all the items and get bidding, click here from 10am on Wednesday 11th December. Good luck!

Gromit Unleashed auction streamed on Livestream

Our Gromit Unleashed auction was a cracking success!

After 10 weeks on a public art trail in Bristol, our Gromit Unleashed sculptures designed by famous artists, designers and celebrities, and prominent local artists, went to auction on Thursday 3rd October 2013.

Hosted by Sotheby's auctioneer and TV antiques presenter Tim Wonnacott, our auction was an absolutely fantastic evening and we are delighted to have raised £2,357,000.00 for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Cyclists with 'Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion' Gromit

Graham Wadsworth's incredible fundraising Gromit Unleashed fitness feat!

On 13th July, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal supporter Graham Wadsworth completed an incredible feat of fitness and endurance to generously raise funds for us, cycling and running to all of our 80 Gromit Unleashed sculptures – including our Gromit at London Paddington Station – in just one day!

Graham was inspired to fundraise for The Grand Appeal after his personal experience of Bristol Children's Hospital. His son Luke was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent corrective surgery at the hospital at just 8 days old. He says: "The staff at Bristol Children's Hospital were truly incredible throughout the three weeks Luke was there and we cannot thank them enough for the amazing care, attention and emotional support they gave us and Luke during his stay. Due to the exceptional surgeons, doctors and nurses that looked after him, Luke is now 7 months old and has made a full recovery."

On his journey, Graham was joined by cracking Grand Appeal supporter Keith Beattie, pictured in green-shouldered cycle jersey, who cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End back in March to raise funds for us, and James Endicott, pictured in New Zealand cycle jersey, and both of them cycled the whole 200 miles with him! Members of the Bristol Road Club came out to support Graham on the day too, helping him round the last 40 miles on the bike.

The team have raised an astounding £10,683 so far – and you can still support this fantastic achievement at www.justgiving.com/grahamunleashed.

Tim Wonnacott with The Royal Mint's 'National Treasure' Gromit

A Grand Announcement! Tim Wonnacott to host our Gromit Unleashed auction

We are delighted to announce that acclaimed Sotheby's auctioneer and TV antiques presenter Tim Wonnacott will be hosting our grand auction of 80 Gromit sculptures!

Our auction will take place on 3rd October 2013 at the Gromit Unleashed Pavilion at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, when bidders from around the world will get the chance to buy the unique 5ft sculptures, designed by some of the biggest names in art, animation, design and entertainment to raise funds for Bristol Children's Hospital. The auction will be run simultaneously online.

Tim Wonnacott says: "I am thrilled to be involved in such a prestigious project. The Gromit Unleashed auction is a completely unique event and I will be bringing all my expertise to play to provide the arts trail with the most exciting and rewarding finale."

All funds raised at our Gromit Unleashed auction will go towards Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal £3.5m fundraising campaign to support the expansion of Bristol Children's Hospital. Bidders can register their interest in bidding at auction@gromitunleashed.org.uk, and full details about the auction programme will be announced nearer the event - so watch this space!

Ceramic Gromits

It's Competition Time!

Want more cracking Gromit Unleashed ceramics to treasure forever? You're in luck Gromit Unleashed fans - we are producing three more smashing figurine designs - 'Blossom' by Emily Ketteringham, 'Stat's the Way to do it, Lad!' by Gavin Strange and 'Collarfull' by Hannah Cumming - and we're giving you the chance to win one of them!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply sign up for our e-newsletter by clicking the newsletter icon at the top of this page. By signing up, you'll also be the first to know when future designs will be available to buy, when our other ceramic designs will be back in stock and other news about the project.

There will be three lucky winners - each winner will receive one of the pictured designs - so get cracking, lad!

The designs will also be available to pre-order online soon!

Pssst – If you've already signed up for our newsletter (hooray for you!) you will be included in our competition and will still have the chance to win.

  1. The competition begins on 9th August at 9.00 BST and will close 23rd August 23.59 BST.
  2. For your entry to be considered, you must sign-up to our Gromit Unleashed e-newsletter, by clicking the 'Newsletter' icon on any Gromit Unleashed website page, entering a valid email address, your details and accepting our privacy policy. Existing newsletter sign-ups will be counted as entries.
  3. Winners will be picked at random from all the entries using a random number generator.
  4. There will be three prize winners, and each will receive one figurine design, picked at random.
  5. The prize winners will be notified by their email addresses within 4 days of the competition closing and to arrange receipt of the prize. Once notified, the winners will have 3 days to reply before we re-draw the competition.
  6. Entries that have not been chosen will not receive any notification.
  7. The prize is non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable.
  8. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. In the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our reasonable control, we reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the prize draw competition or these terms and conditions, either in whole or in part, with or without notice.
  10. By entering this competition all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions. All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
Dog Show

Gromits galore at The Greatest Dog Show on Earth!

Exciting announcement! We are offering people an opportunity to see all 80 giant Gromit sculptures, exhibited together in one place, after our Gromit Unleashed trail finishes!

From 18th to 22nd September all 80 Gromits will form a public exhibition titled 'The Greatest Dog Show on Earth' at Beacon House (the former Habitat store) in Clifton, Bristol.

This will be the only chance for the public to see the unique collection of Gromits displayed together before they are auctioned in October to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal.

The exhibition will be open daily at 9am to 6pm from Wednesday to Friday, open late until 7pm on Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on the Sunday (last admission 30 minutes before closing). Entry for adults will be £4 each, with a concession for 12 to 18 year olds at £2 each. Children aged up to 11 can enter for free!

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to place a sealed bid prior to the auction, and bidders can also pre-register to bid at the auction at auction@gromitunleashed.org.uk. All proceeds from the Gromit Unleashed auction will go towards the Grand Appeal's £3.5m fundraising campaign to support the expansion of Bristol Children's Hospital.

Further details about the auction will be revealed before the end of the trail!

Asha and Tilly aged 9, with Cath Kidston's Gromit at The Mall Cribbs Causeway. Photo courtesy of the Bristol Post

Our Gromit Unleashed sculptures already visited by 100,000 people

We're halfway through the Gromit Unleashed trail, and Gromit fever has taken hold of Bristol! As well as over 100,000 people visiting the trail so far, our Gromit Unleashed website has received over 400,000 visits (a quarter of which were from overseas) and over 20,000 people have downloaded our Detect-o-Gromit smart phone app – cracking stuff, lad!

More than 16,000 people have visited The Art of Gromit Unleashed shop, opposite Bristol Children's Hospital and the exhibition inside the shop at The Mall Cribbs Causeway has seen an average of 2,000 visitors a day.

We're delighted that our passport stops and many tourist attractions on the trail, including the Tourist Information Centre and At Bristol have reported a dramatic increase in footfall, with M shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery seeing visitors increase by about 50 per cent over the launch weekend compared to last year.

We're so pleased that so many people are enjoying the Gromit Unleashed trail, and of course, as well as bringing a boost to Bristol, our 5ft, artist-decorated sculptures will raise vital funds for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal to support the expansion of Bristol Children's Hospital, at our grand auction in October.

Watch this ITV News Bristol clip for a snapshot of all the action: http://www.itv.com/news/west/story/2013-07-31/gromit-gallery-your-pictures/

Asha and Tilly aged 9, with Cath Kidston's Gromit at The Mall Cribbs Causeway. Photo courtesy of the Bristol Post.

Gromits on a train

Visit England catch up with Nick Park in this smashing Gromit Unleashed film!

Watch highlights from our cracking launch, featuring a variety of our bright and beautiful Gromits aboard a steam train, and listen to Nick Park talk about the project and how Wallace and Gromit became mascots for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.

Be on the lookout for a sneak peek of villainous penguin Feathers, too!

Group of Gromits

Caring for our sculptures

We're very sorry to say that over the weekend, two of our Gromit Unleashed sculptures, Poetry in Motion and Carosello, were damaged.

They have been sent off for repair and we intend to get both of them back as soon as possible to join the other Gromits on the trail. We are dismayed that anyone would want to damage any of these sculptures which have been created to raise money to treat sick children in hospital and to provide something for everyone in Bristol to enjoy.

We have reported both incidents to the police, who are currently studying CCTV footage from both sites to try and identify the perpetrators.

We were elated by the public reaction to the launch on Friday and would like to thank people in Bristol for the tremendous support and enthusiasm they've already shown for this project.

Although the Gromit locations are protected by CCTV, we'd also like to ask the public for their help in keeping a lookout for the safety of the Gromits during the trail, by reporting any suspicious behaviour or damage to the police, or by texting the Gromit sculpture telephone number on 07582 064103 or emailing us at info@gromitunleashed.org.uk.

Gromit Lightyear

Giant Gromit sculptures let loose to launch our ground-breaking arts trail!

From Monday 1st July, Bristol will be home to 80 iconic giant Gromit sculptures as our public arts trail Gromit Unleashed takes to the streets.

Throughout the weekend our Gromits will embark on journeys to their locations, and to mark the momentous occasion Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, is driving some of the giant Gromits into the city on the Harbour steam train later today – amongst the sculptures will be Pixar's incredible 'Gromit Lightyear', pictured here with Nick Park!

For more photos and all the updates from the event, stay tuned on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Cracking!

Jools Holland

Our final celebrity Gromit Unleashed artists announced!

Drum roll please... We're over the moon to announce our final Gromit Unleashed celebrity artists who are designing sculptures for our grand Gromit Unleashed trail!

Acclaimed musician Jools Holland is bringing the sound of the big band to Bristol with his musical Gromit 'Bumble Boogie' (pictured) and legendary animators Pixar have created a film design. The Royal Mint, actress Joanna Lumley, hat maker to The Royals Philip Treacy, Irish garden designer and television personality Diarmuid Gavin and renowned graffiti artist Inkie complete the list!

Jools' sculpture will bring the boogie-woogie beats of Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to the trail, as his Gromit features a specially recorded soundtrack based on The Flight of the Bumble Bee! And the Royal Mint's 'National Treasure' will be covered from head to toe in nearly 10,000 brand new one penny coins with a specially-commissioned Gromit medallion, designed by Nick Park, taking pride of place on the haunch of the sculpture.

We're truly thrilled that so many wonderful artists are making their mark on Gromit, to help raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, and we can't wait to see their finished designs!

Joanna Lumley's Gromit

Joanna Lumley's Gromit is absolutely fabulous!

We're delighted that actress Joanna Lumley has designed a Gromit sculpture for our Gromit Unleashed trail - launching in just two weeks!

Joanna's colourful Gromit is decorated with pretty poetry. She says: "I have always loved poetry and something made me think that Gromit does too. On him I have written masses of fragments of poems, all of which I have stored up in my head since childhood. I thought people might like to look at them and maybe remember some of them."

"I am very proud of Gromit and thrilled to be included in this project for Bristol Children's Hospital."

Joanna's sculpture will be displayed on College Green throughout the trail - be sure to stop by and see him!

Gromit

It's Competition Time!

Want a little Gromit of your own to take home and treasure? Your wish is our command! Here's your chance to win the very first Gromit Unleashed ceramic figurine!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply sign up for our e-newsletter by clicking the newsletter icon on our news page to get all the latest updates about your favourite canine companion!

We will be selling mini Gromit ceramic figurines in a range of cracking designs - keep your eyes peeled for the launch of our Gromit Unleashed merchandise on 1st July!

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition begins on 17th June at 9.00 BST and will close 23rd June 23.59 BST.
  2. For your entry to be considered, you must sign-up to our Gromit Unleashed e-newsletter, by clicking the 'Newsletter' icon on any Gromit Unleashed website page, entering a valid email address, your details and accepting our privacy policy.
  3. A winner will be picked at random from all the entries using a random number generator.
  4. The prize winner will receive the very first 'Classic' Gromit figurine.
  5. We regret that any newsletter sign-ups prior to the start of the competition cannot be counted as entries.
  6. The prize winner will be notified by their email address within 2 days of the competition closing and to arrange receipt of the prize. Once notified, the winner will have 3 days to reply before we re-draw the competition.
  7. Entries that have not been chosen will not receive any notification.
  8. The prize is non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable.
  9. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. In the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our reasonable control, we reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the prize draw competition or these terms and conditions, either in whole or in part, with or without notice.
  11. By entering this competition all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions. All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
The Green Gromit

Zap! Zayn Malik reveals super Gromit makeover

We are truly excited to announce that One Direction's Zayn Malik has designed a superhero-inspired Gromit for our grand Gromit Unleashed trail! The singer has been inspired by stars of comic books and the big screen to create his sculpture, named 'The Green Gromit'. During the trail, 'The Green Gromit' will take up residence at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Zayn says: "I'm absolutely delighted to be able to lend my support to Gromit Unleashed to raise funds for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal. Being asked to design and paint a Gromit was an absolute honour and despite being busy on tour, it's given me something to look forward to on my down time in between shows. My house is going to feel a whole lot emptier and a lot less green without it!"

Zayn Malik joins our prestigious line-up of famous names including Nick Park, Sir Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, Cath Kidston, Sir Paul Smith, The Beano and Harry Hill, each transforming the 5ft statues with their individual designs, alongside local artists (and don't forget, we will be revealing more names and finished designs in the exciting lead-up to the trail!)

After the trail, the Gromit sculptures will be auctioned off to the highest bidders in aid of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal. To register your interest in bidding, please email auction@gromitunleashed.org.uk.

Gnashional Gromit

Gromit gets a Gnasher Makeover!

Iconic children's comic, The Beano, is letting loose Dennis the Menace's trusty sidekick Gnasher on Gromit this summer! The Beano's 'Gnashional Gromit' is covered in extracts of original Beano artwork, and has been created by the team behind The Beano, led by Editor-in-Chief Mike Stirling and legendary artist David Sutherland (pictured), who was the Dennis artist from 1969-1998 and gave Gnasher his trademark look.

The Beano editor Craig Graham says: "The Beano team has had an absolute blast working with David on this project. David is truly one of The Beano greats and 'Gnashional Gromit' is testament to this. We hope the public enjoy our Gromit!"

Gromit creator Nick Park adds: "as a life-long fan of The Beano, I am thrilled that Gromit and Gnasher, two of the world's most iconic canine characters, are getting together. To have Gromit receive a Gnasher makeover from the comic which inspired Gromit's creation is amazing! I am sure that Gnasher will get his teeth into the project and help raise lots of money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, a fantastic cause!"

We couldn't agree more, and can't wait to see 'Gnashional Gromit' out on the streets of Bristol!

Gromits

Six locations revealed for Gromit Unleashed!

We are thrilled to reveal the first six locations of our Gromit Unleashed sculptures this summer!

Sculptures of Gromit are set to find homes at Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol Tourist Information Centre, M shed and At-Bristol on the Harbourside, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and The Grand Appeal's very own office. Visitors will be able to purchase special merchandise at these six locations and will also be able to collect embossed mini Gromit stamps in a special commemorative passport.

If you pop down to The Grand Appeal HQ, opposite Bristol Children's Hospital, you will be able to see illustrator Sir Quentin Blake's Gromit! The Bristol Tourist Information Centre will be home to Harry Hill's bald Gromit, designer Cath Kidston's floral Gromit will be displayed at The Mall and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe's Gromit will be at M shed. Local artist Carys Tait's Gromit will be at Windmill Hill City Farm while design agency Red Central's decorated dog will be displayed in At-Bristol.

Details of the passport stops can be downloaded along with all the locations on the trail in our Gromit Unleashed app, named 'Detect-O-Gromit', which is being developed by Bristol-based web design agency Element 78 Solutions Ltd. It will be launched as the trail opens and will include a host of features including information on all the Gromit designs and their artists.

Dozens of artists from around the world submitted designs for Gromit and a host of renowned names and local artists were chosen to decorate the sculptures. Artist Giuliano Carapia came over from Italy to paint his 'Carousello' Gromit this week. He says: 'I wanted to design Gromit as a classic horse carousel, as I liked the idea of children looking at him as part of a fun fairground. This represents part of my creative work that I carry out at my studio in Bologna.'

We will be unveiling further famous names and more finished designs in the lead up to the trail - so watch this space!

Read more in The Post.

Gromits

It's time for a cracking competition!

Fancy giving Lisa Hassell's grand Gromit sculpture a cracking name? We're holding a competition where you have the chance to do just that! Simply follow these three steps:

  1. Follow @GromitUnleashed (if you're already following us, that's smashing!)
  2. Tweet us your name idea – be as creative and imaginative as you like!
  3. Make sure you include the hashtag #grompetition

We will choose our favourite name and Lisa's finished sculpture will be named after the winning entry. Get your thinking caps on and enter from 9am Tuesday 14th May: https://twitter.com/GromitUnleashed

Terms and conditions

  1. The competition begins on Tuesday 14th May at 9.00 BST and will close Friday 17th May 23.59 BST.
  2. For your entry to be considered, you must follow @GromitUnleashed and tweet us your Gromit name idea, including the hashtag #grompetition
  3. Participants are allowed to submit multiple entries.
  4. If two entrants suggest the same winning name, the winner will be the entrant who tweeted the idea first.
  5. We will choose our favourite Gromit name and the winner will have Lisa Hassell's Gromit sculpture named after their entry.
  6. The prize winner will be notified within 5 days of the competition closing, by announcement on the @GromitUnleashed Twitter account. Once notified, the winner will have 3 days to reply before we re-draw the competition.
  7. Entries that have not been chosen will not receive any notification.
  8. The prize is non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable.
  9. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. Copyright in all entries is owned by Gromit Unleashed.
  11. In the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our reasonable control, we reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the prize draw competition or these terms and conditions, either in whole or in part, with or without notice.
  12. By entering this competition all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions. All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
Gromits

Gromit Unleashed gets a regal mention

The city of Bristol, and its world-wide reputation for animation, got a big mention in Bristol West MP Stephen Williams' Queen's Speech Response yesterday - and Gromit Unleashed was one of the top Bristol topics!

Speaking of Bristol and our charity project, Stephen said: "Bristol already has a worldwide reputation for film making, with Aardman Animations perhaps the most famous. This summer, Bristol will be adorned with 80 statues of its most famous animated dog, and they will be sold at a 'Gromit Unleashed' auction in order to raise money for Bristol Children's Hospital."

He added: "Before that auction takes place, I would like to invite the Leader of the Opposition to come to Bristol to pose next to a statue of Gromit - I am sure the cartoonists would be delighted."

We are thrilled to be included in this important House of Commons speech, spreading the word about Gromit Unleashed, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal and our project partner Aardman Animations even further!

Gromits

That's a lot of Gromits, lad!

We're delighted to announce that we have added ten more sculptures to our Gromit Unleashed summer trail, meaning a grand total of 80 Gromits will be hitting the streets of Bristol!

Along with a host of celebrities and well-known artists, 35 artists from across the UK and Europe are taking part. Some of the local artists have been painting their Gromit sculptures at The Galleries Shopping Centre in Bristol where shoppers can watch artists at work.

Henleaze artist Laura Cramer is painting two sculptures, and one of her works, Vincent van Gromit (pictured, right) depicts Gromit as the famous painter, complete with bandaged left ear, trouser patches, paint brushes and palettes! He is also adorned with sunflowers from the Dutch artist's most famous painting and Bristol scenes in van Gogh's style. The name of Laura's other work (pictured, left) is being kept under wraps, as she is running a competition to guess his name – check it out on her Cramer Paintings Facebook page!

Laura says: "The enthusiasm of everyone passing by really is unbelievable. It is such a huge privilege to be involved in the project. I was so excited to hear about it, but to raise money for such a worthwhile cause as Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, I think anyone would share in my excitement."

Read more in the Bristol Post.

Visit Laura's website.

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Gromits

A Grand Announcement: Incredible artists to be involved in Gromit Unleashed!

A host of internationally-renowned artists will be designing Gromit sculptures as part of our Gromit Unleashed project - and we are delighted to reveal a selection of them!

The latest sculptures to be completed (all pictured) have been designed by iconic designers Paul Smith, with his ultra-contemporary stripes and Cath Kidston, who has decorated Gromit in her renowned floral print. Simon Tofield, award-winning illustrator and animator of the cartoon series Simon's Cat has covered Gromit in mini cat illustrations and the animation director of Disney's ground-breaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Richard Williams, has adorned Gromit in dazzlingly bright rainbow hues.

Their eye-catching sculptures will join an eclectic mix of statues from world-famous artists, including much-loved children's author and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, whose inimitable drawings have adorned over 300 children's books, famously those written by Roald Dahl; Martin Handford, creator of the 'Where's Wally' phenomenon and Richard 'Golly' Starzak, creator of Aardman's hugely popular series, 'Shaun the Sheep'.

And the list goes on! Leading editorial cartoonist Peter Brookes and renowned illustrator Gerald Scarfe will be bringing their distinctive styles to the project, as will fashion and interiors designer Celia Birtwell, whose bold textile designs defined the 1960s. Other artists joining the project are British pop artist Sir Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles album cover for 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'; Turner prize nominee and installation artist Mark Titchner; extreme-angler and presenter of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade; contemporary landscape artist David Inshaw, whose famous painting 'The Badminton Game' was purchased by the Tate Gallery and Bristol-based installation street artist 'Filthy Luker'.

We are thrilled that these incredible artists are taking part in Gromit Unleashed, to help raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal the Bristol Children's Hospital charity. We know their designs are going to be fantastic!

For exciting updates, sign up to our Gromit Unleashed newsletter by clicking on the Newsletter icon at the top of the news posts!

Harry Hill and Gromit

Gromit artists turn Galleries shop into studio

Over the next few weeks, eight of our local artists will be working on their Gromit sculptures in a vacant store at The Galleries shopping centre in Bristol – and you can pop down to see them working their magic until 27th May!

The first two artists to work on their sculptures in the public centre are Laura Cramer and Rosie Ashforth. Laura is a full-time painter in Bristol, known for her colourful cityscapes. She says of her sculpture (pictured, left), sponsored by County Contractors: "Painting a Gromit is amazing! I am so lucky – after this, 2D canvasses will seem boring to me." And Rosie, a freelance computer animator, agrees: "This project is so exciting. As an animator, it's a completely new experience working on a physical canvas. I am really enjoying it." Rosie's sculpture (pictured, right) is being sponsored by law firm Osborne Clarke.

The painting space is kindly being donated by The Galleries, who are another sponsor of the Gromit Unleashed project. Centre Manager Colin Lang says: "We are delighted to donate some space to The Grand Appeal for what is such an exciting event and a really good cause in Bristol."

We hope you can come along to see the artists in action!

Read more in The Post.

Harry Hill and Gromit

Comedian Harry Hill latest artist taking part in Gromit Unleashed!

We are delighted to announce our wittiest and wackiest Gromit Unleashed artist yet – the inimitable comedian Harry Hill! TV's top funny man has designed a wonderfully whimsical 'bald' Gromit (pictured), decorated with tiny dots, and his is the first celebrity design to be unveiled!

His creation will join a host of unique, colourful designs on the trail, including a cheeky baboon by local artist Vivi Cuevas, sponsored by Kings Heavy Haulage, and Chester-based Martin Band's brilliantly British Union Jack, sponsored by Hargreaves Lansdown, sculptures which were also revealed today.

Harry says: “Wallace and Gromit have world fame and are iconic British characters - it's like being given Mickey Mouse, you feel a certain responsibility before you start to splash the paint on.

I decided my Gromit should raise awareness of male baldness. I'm not quite bald but I'm balding, so I've shaved Gromit back to his pink skin and put a bit of stubble on him! I'll be sure to make every effort to come back for the trail. Bristol's a great city and you can't get a much better cause than raising money for a children's hospital.”

We couldn't be more thrilled that Harry is taking part in the project!

Trevor Baylis and Gromit

Inventor Trevor Baylis to design a Gromit!

We are thrilled to announce that Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, will be designing a Gromit for our summer trail! His giant Gromit sculpture was delivered to his Twickenham home yesterday, ready for him to put his own stamp on it.

Trevor says: “It's great to be part of the Gromit Unleashed project and support The Grand Appeal. My workshop is the heart of my home and now mixed in with all the nuts and bolts I have a five foot Gromit to start tinkering with. My inventions have always been for fun and working on a design for Gromit is going to give me great pleasure; I really can't wait to get cracking and have it on display for the world to see in Bristol this summer."

We're excited to see what Trevor comes up with!

Read more in The Post.

It's a Pirate Gromit!

Aardman director Pete Lord to paint Gromit as a pirate

We are delighted that Oscar-nominated Aardman Animations director, and patron of The Grand Appeal, Pete Lord, will be designing a Gromit sculpture for our summer charity trail! Pete's sculpture is expected to feature a sea-faring theme, in keeping with his latest film The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists, which has been shortlisted for an Academy Award in the best animated feature film category.

Pete says: "It's a huge pleasure to be part of the Gromit Unleashed project – it's such a wonderful campaign to raise much needed funds for The Grand Appeal. The list of artists is still secret, but there are going to be some impressive names involved which will make it an amazing art trail. One thing I'm pretty sure of though is I'll be designing a Pirate Gromit – it's irresistible, isn't it?"

Read more about Pete and the project in The Post.

Watch ITV News footage of Pete talking about the project.

Truck of Gromits

Gromit goes global with 500 entries from artists around the world!

More than 500 artists from around the globe have submitted designs to decorate our Gromit sculptures that are hitting the streets of Bristol this summer. We've had entries from as far afield as Malaysia, California, Wisconsin, New York, Poland and Italy, along with proud Bristolians looking to make their mark on the city. We're also thrilled to have heard from people worldwide who are interested in visiting Bristol to see the decorated sculptures - with some having already booked their flights!

Read more in The Post.

Snowman and Gruffalo artists lined up to design first Gromits!

The first artists who will be painting giant Gromit sculptures have been revealed – Raymond Briggs, much-loved author of classic Christmas story The Snowman, and Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of children's favourite The Gruffalo!

We're so excited to see their designs – learn more about the artists and their latest projects in The Post.

Gromit Unleashed set to boost Bristol's tourism in 2013!

Our exciting project is set to be one of Bristol's biggest visitor attractions next year!

We're working with VisitEngland, the national tourist board, and Destination Bristol to promote Gromit Unleashed to tourists across the UK and internationally from the New Year.

Read about how Gromit Unleashed is set to make Bristol centre stage in The Post.

Sponsor a Gromit today!

Over forty grand Gromit sculptures have now been sponsored by businesses as part of our new art trail Gromit Unleashed, which will be hitting the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area next summer – and we have exclusive, limited opportunities for more sponsors!

Individually designed by top international and local artists and designers, the 60 Gromit sculptures will become a major tourist attraction for the city in 2013 and help raise funds for The Grand Appeal.

A wide range of local and regional businesses are taking part, including retailers, restaurants and hotels, together with professional services firms and major national and international corporates. If you're interested in sponsoring a Gromit and you'd like to get your business involved, please visit www.sponsoragromit.org.uk for more details!