Gromit Unleashed 2: The Grand Appeal Reveals 2018 Trail Characters
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal is teaming up with Aardman for a new public arts train in 2018, featuring not one but three favourite Aardman characters.
Giant sculptures of Gromit, Wallace and Feathers McGraw will be featured on the new trail, which takes place between 2nd July and 2nd September 2018 in Bristol, raising money for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.
The 2018 trail is the first in the world to feature three licensed characters. An exciting back story defines the new trail: the criminal mastermind penguin is on the loose again and the dynamic duo is out to track him down! Gromit is raring to go, but Wallace can’t resist having a nice sit down to soak up the scenery, and enjoying a lovely cup of tea at every opportunity. There will be over 60 sculptures positioned around the city for fans to find.
In addition, the charity is working with leading Bristol institutions, pioneering technology companies and international engineering firms who will be using their expertise to make this the most innovative sculpture trail yet. Creditcall, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce and the University of Bristol will play a significant role in the 2018 trail.
Nicola Masters, Director of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal said: “Ever since we confirmed a third arts trail earlier this year, we’ve been blown away by public support from across the country and around the world. Our amazing fans have spent the last year guessing the character and we’re delighted to now tell all! Gromit is so well loved and has universal appeal, and since our inaugural trail in 2013, he has gone on to help us raise over £6 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Wallace and Gromit have played a huge part in our 22 year history as a charity, and it’s wonderful to have them both join us for our next fundraising adventure, with super villain and pesky penguin-in-disguise Feathers coming along for the ride!”
Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park and Aardman founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton added: “It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since we brought Wallace, Gromit and Feathers together in The Wrong Trousers, and we’re delighted that they’ll be together once again in our home city of Bristol. The Grand Appeal trails have raised an incredible amount of money for a cause that’s very close to all of our hearts here at Aardman. We can’t wait to see our beloved characters take the city by storm next summer, putting smiles on the faces of the many families and friends who adore these trails.”
Follow the Gromit Unleashed Facebook page for the latest news on the trail. For corporate sponsorship opportunities visit gromitunleashed.org.uk/sponsors to find out more.