New characters to join Gromit in this year’s Aardman trail

New characters will be on show in a new Aardman trail next year, the animation company has revealed.

Wallace and Feathers McGraw will join Gromit throughout Bristol between July and September 2018.

The new trail follows the huge success of the previous trail which raised £2.3 million for the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal charity.

In preparation for next year’s trail, Aardman’s schools programme will see schools from all across Bristol given the chance to decorate a 1 meter tall Feathers McGraw sculpture.

‘’The criminal mastermind penguin is on the loose again and the dynamic duo is out to track him down!”, Aardman explained yesterday.

”Gromit is raing to go, but Wallace can’t resist having a nice sit down to soak up the iconic Bristol scenery, and enjoy a cuppa at every opportunity’’.

Gromit Unleashed began in 2013 as a public arts trail in Bristol, 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.

Bristol’s streets were adorned 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.

Over 10 weeks, 1.1 million visitors hunted down the hounds, which adorned iconic spaces throughout the city and beyond, and were designed by some creative celebrity talent including Sir Quentin Blake, Nick Park and Joanna Lumley.

At the end of the trail all 80 Gromits were united for ‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth’, an exhibition attended by over 25,000 visitors, before being sold at a grand auction.

The highest-selling sculpture, Gromit Lightyear by Disney Pixar, sold for £65,000, and the grand total was  £2.3 million.

Next year, over 60 original sculptures will descend on Bristol with more details being revealed by The Grand Appeal in the run up to July.

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