Gromit Unleashed began as a public arts trail in Bristol in 2013, as a collaboration between Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, and Aardman Animations, to raise funds to support sick children and babies at the Hospital.
We set out to capture the imagination of the public by adorning Bristol’s streets with 80 giant Gromit sculptures for 10 weeks, before taking the sculptures to auction to help raise funds for life-saving equipment, patient comforts, family facilities and child-friendly artwork at Bristol Children’s Hospital as part of the Hospital expansion. From small local companies to national corporations, a whole host of businesses generously came on board to sponsor our sculptures and some smashing artists and household names from the worlds of film, music, art, animation and fashion, such as Sir Quentin Blake, Cath Kidston, Nick Park and Disney Pixar, lent their talents to design the dogs.
After the trail ended our Gromit sculptures took up residence together for a grand exhibition, where over 25,000 visitors queued for up to 6 hours to see the hounds.The Gromits then went under the hammer in October 2013 at our grand auctiion raising an astonishing £2.3 million for Bristol Children's Hospital.
Gromit Unleashed 2 will see Nick Park's Academy Award®-winning character Gromit return to Bristol in 2018 for his second starring role in the award-winning charity's sculpture trails, but this time he's not alone; the loveable pooch will be joined by his pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw! The trail will feature over 60 giant sculptures designed by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent. Sculptures will be positioned in high footfall and iconic locations around Bristol and the surrounding area, perfect for a family day out around the city and beyond.
Since 1995, The Grand Appeal has raised over £50 million to provide state-of-the-art medical equipment, family accommodation, arts, music and play and patient comforts and services, transforming the lives of sick children and babies and ensuring the Hospital remains at the very forefront of children’s medical care and research in the UK. Help make the lives of sick children better by making a donation today. To date, Gromit Unleashed has helped raise £5 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital, and we’re still going strong.
All proceeds from sales of our Gromit Unleashed merchandise go to Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, to support sick children and babies at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
From our unique figurines to a range of Wallace & Gromit gifts, books and toys, shop with Gromit Unleashed and you’ll be helping to make life better for sick children and babies in hospital.
Sculpture artwork © The Grand Appeal 2016. All artwork rights reserved, except where specified.