First Gromit designs revealed

21 03 2013

The first Gromit Unleashed sculpture to be unveiled has been designed by former GP Matthew Hall, better known as comedian Harry Hill, who while not engaged in his scattergun humour has recently turned his hand to art. Hill’s Gromit is bald with stubble, and features a natty yellow and red collar.

The two other Gromits revealed yesterday were a baboon-like creation painted by Vivi Cuevas, and a Union Jack canine by Martin Band.

Meanwhile, a glimpse into Aardman’s HQ on Gas Ferry Road will elicit a view of a colourful striped Gromit still officially under wraps.

Harry Hill, Nick Park and first three GromitsHarry Hill with Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park and the first three Gromit designs

Gromit Unleashed artists selected

12 03 2013

The artists who will be designing the 70 five-foot Gromit sculptures that will be taking to the streets of Bristol this summer as part of Gromit Unleashed have been selected. With more famous names set to be announced, joining the likes of Raymond Briggs and Peter Lord, yesterday saw much celebration on Twitter as artists were informed that their designs had been chosen.

Gromit Unleashed unwrapped“WOOOP! Just got best news EVER… I’m one of the artists to be customising a 5ft Gromit as part of @GromitUnleashed!!” tweeted Gavin Strange, director of Boikzmoind, the short film about fixed gear bicycles in Bristol, and a senior designer at Aardman by day.

More excited capital letters came from Sarah Matthews, also an Aardman designer: “AHHH! I’ve only gone & been selected to design a blooming great big Gromit for @GromitUnleashed! Get ready for a 5 foot Gromit Clifton.”

Freelance Bristol illustrator Carys Tait will be designing not one, but two Gromits, while the sentiment of many was said by Monster Riot, an illustrator duo from Buckinghamshire: “Can’t wait to start painting it! Such a privilege and great cause.”

Gromit Unleashed artists shortlisted

23 02 2013

In the same week that Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, and Aardman founder Peter Lord were announced as two of the designers of the giant Gromits that will be taking to the streets of Bristol this summer, all of the other artists that submitted designs were informed whether or not they had been shortlisted.

The final artist selection will be made next month. Perhaps artist and graphic designer Rob Catterall will be successful? Here is a favourite design that he posted online, inspired by the rocket used in A Grand Day Out, Nick Park’s original Wallace and Gromit animation from 1989:

Grand Gromit - Rob Catterall

500 artists submit Gromit designs

9 02 2013

More than 500 artists and designers from around the world have submitted designs to decorate the 70 Gromit sculptures that will be displayed around the streets of Bristol for ten weeks this summer. The successful artists will be informed next month, and the sculptures painted during April and May before appearing around the city on July 1.

Gromits on Wild in Art truck

Last chance to design a Gromit

26 01 2013

Get your crayons and colouring pens out this weekend, because due to overwhelming demand, the Gromit Unleashed artist submission deadline is now Monday at 5pm. ¬†Email entries are not accepted (except for overseas artists), but designers can hand in their entries to the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal fundraising office opposite the Children’s Hospital.

Gromit Unleashed is a public art trail of Gromit sculptures which will come to the streets of Bristol in July. For more information, visit

Gromit on Park StreetPhoto by John Warren

Gromit Unleashed

15 11 2012

Last year it was gorillas who took to the streets of Bristol. Next year, led by Aardman Animations, it will be five-foot fibreglass sculptures of Gromit strategically placed in locations across the city in a public art exhibition that will be raising money for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

Gromit Unleashed will feature the famous plasticine dog redesigned by invited artists, creating a trail of 60 unique pieces of art which will be unveiled on July 1, 2013.

After 10 weeks on the streets, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.