Gromit Unleashed

What’s better than one cute Gromit dog?

Designs by Cath Kidston, Sir Paul Smith, Simon Tofield and Richard Williams
Designs by Cath Kidston, Sir Paul Smith, Simon Tofield and Richard Williams. Photography Oliver Edwards

Loads of the critters, blown-up to five feet tall.

Cath Kidston's Gromit designs
Cath Kidston’s Gromit designs

Designers and artists including Quentin Blake, Sir Peter Blake. illustrator Gerald Scarfe and fashion designers Sir Paul Smith and Celia Birtwell have turned their hands to painting sculptures of one of the nation’s most beloved canines in aid of Bristol Royal  Hospital for children.

Martin Band's Union Jack design, Harry Hill's 'bald' Gromit, artist Vivi Cuevas' baboon-inspired creation
Martin Band’s Union Jack design, Harry Hill’s ‘bald’ Gromit, artist Vivi Cuevas’ baboon-inspired creation

The Gromit Unleashed project will also see Simon Tofield, creator of Simon’s Cat, turn his back on the feline world to decorate one of the statuesque hounds.

Pete Lord, Aardman Animations director, with one of the Gromits
Pete Lord, Aardman Animations director, with one of the Gromits

Led by Gromit’s creator Aardman Animations, the fibreglass sculptures will be on display on the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area.

By the time the Gromits go on display in July, in a show lasting ten weeks, there will be 70 of them – a small army sure to terrify poor old Wallace.

A small army of unpainted Gromits
A small army of unpainted Gromits

As well as works by invited artists, a number of the dogs have been designed by artists who entered an open call for submissions. More than 500 entries were received from as far afield as Malaysia, California, Wisconsin, New York, Poland and Italy, along with Bristolian creatives.

Gromits on the road
Gromits on the road

At the end of the public art exhibition, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

Gromit Unleashed can be seen from 1 July – 7 September throughout Bristol. For more information visit http://www.gromitunleashed.org.uk/

All images © and TM Aardman/W&G Ltd. 2013.
® Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal. Charity No. 104360

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