Wild in Art is delighted to be working with the Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity to create an unmissable event featuring 80 individually and beautifully designed giant sculptures of one of the world’s best-loved and triple Oscar-winning characters.
An eclectic mix of well-known and local artists, designers and celebrities have created their own, one of a kind Gromit – from previously commissioned Wild in Art artists including Natalie Guy, Sarah Jane Richards and Martin Band to the internationally famous such as Joanna
Lumley, Gerald Scarfe, Sir Peter Blake and Sir Quentin Blake as well as Raymond Briggs and Alex Scheffler. It’s an absolute feast of colour, humour and thought-provoking designs and the spotlight will definitely shine on Bristol throughout the summer.
Gromit-creator Nick Park said, ‘I love the concept of these art trails and to have ‘Gromit at large’ is slight scary in a nice way for me, but also an incredible honour. I am bowled over and rather touched by the incredible response to our appeal for artists. ”
Gromit Unleashed has involved schools throughout the region together with local sponsors. Supported by tourism agencies, Destination Bristol and VisitEngland, it is set to attract tens of thousands of visitors the city and provide a major boost to the Bristol economy. To find out more about the event; artworks and the charity auction raising money for the expansion of Bristol’s Children’s Hospital, visit www.gromitunleashed.co.uk
Within 5 days of its launch, the Detect-O-Gromit app is 2nd place in Apple App charts, with over 20,000 downloads to date. Their smashing app is now available to download, on both Apple and Android app stores, for a complete guide to Gromit spotting! Follow trails around Bristol to unlock special achievements and win a place on their leader board!.
Artist in Focus
Sarah Jane Richards was “absolutely thrilled to be commissioned to create three Gromits and especially delighted to be working with Jools Holland, Celia Birtwell and Cath Kidston.” Having painted for Cath Kidston previously, she was prepared for how long it take to handpaint her floral designs onto fibreglass. The finished sculpture is stunning and fits alongside Celia Birtwell’s design and Jools Holland. For Jools Holland’s design, she was inspired to get the instruments merging with the musical swirls whilst still being recognisable and have sections interlaced with music notes.