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Gromit Unleashed

Start date: 1 Jul 2013

End date: 8 Sep 2013

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 auction raising an astonishing £2.3 million for Bristol Children's Hospital.