We are thrilled to work in collaboration with a range of inspiring and creative brands, celebrities and artists in truly unique ways.
Here are just a few partners we are proud to have collaborated with to raise funds for Bristol Children's Hospital.
Disney Pixar designed an incredible ‘Gromit Lightyear’ sculpture for our Gromit Unleashed project in 2013. The sculpture was shipped all the way from Bristol, UK to their headquarters in California where a team led by John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Director of Toy Story, bought this incredible sculpture to life.
Watch the ‘making of Gromit Lightyear’ film above to discover how the team at Pixar transformed one iconic character into another!
Over the last 3 years we are proud to have worked in partnership with Cath Kidston with the iconic "Paradise Bunch" print adorning a Shaun in the City sculpture, and as their charity partner for the official range of 2015 and 2016 Cath Kidston Christmas cards. We continue to retail the ever-popular "Antique Rose" Gromit Unleashed figurine, inspired by the 2013 trail sculpture, online and in-store. Buy the figurine here!
Cath Kidston say: "We are proud to be supporting The Grand Appeal, which helps to transform the lives of sick children at Bristol Children’s Hospital. We hope that the money raised help this wonderful and worthwhile charity and all the children and families that it supports".
Collaborating with internationally renowned film studio DreamWorks was a highlight of the year for the charity. Working closely with the team in America, Shrek Shaun was created, to the delight of fans all over the world – situated in his very own ‘swamp’ in our flagship retail store for the duration of the Shaun in the City trail, the sculpture was hugely popular, with everyone’s favourite green ogre and our much-loved woolly friend, coming together to create Shrek Shaun.
Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation says: "We are truly thrilled to help support Bristol Children's Hospital and its wonderful charity, The Grand Appeal. The organisation continues to have a profound impact, helping to ensure that sick children in the UK and their families can experience their own creative adventures in the future."
One iconic character met another when we teamed up with Sanrio to create a Hello Kitty Shaun sculpture. Shaun was fully transformed into Hello Kitty, complete with her trademark pink bow and sweet expression. Hello Kitty is a truly cult phenomenon, and millions of fans visited the sculpture in London’s Canary Wharf over the Spring of 2015. Hello Kitty is an enduring global brand, with millions of products sold in over 60 countries every year.
What better partnership than a loveable canine and a loveable monster? The Gruffalo is one of the world’s best-loved monsters and we were delighted to team up with Axel Scheffler, the man famous for bringing him to life, delighting children and adults the world over. The Gruffalo Gromit featured at a very fitting location, the Bristol Library, on the Gromit Unleashed 2013 trail. A modern classic, The Gruffalo, has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 60 languages.
The Gruffalo Gromit went onto be made into one of our most popular figurines. Buy him here!
Designed by the world’s most famous male supermodel David Gandy, his ‘Fine and Dandy’ Shaun was the most stylish sheep in London on the 2016 sculpture trail, in his impeccable Henry Poole & Co suit. We loved working with David on this project, who is a hugely generous person, known for his charitable work. A very stylish specimen indeed!
David says: "I have always been a huge fan of Aardman - not only is the Shaun in the City project a great way to raise money and awareness for the charity, but what better way to showcase the best of British style? My Shaun wears a suit that is an exact replica of one I own, in woollen tweed from Yorkshire. I wanted Shaun in British sartorial tailoring, and it is so appropriate he is wearing British wool!"