Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, has revealed the locations and sponsors for its sixty-plus sculptures of Academy Award®-winning characters Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw that will descend onto Bristol and its surrounding area later this summer.
From 2nd July until 2nd September, trail visitors can expect to see over sixty sculptures, each individually designed and decorated by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent, spread across the city and the surrounding areas. Thornbury represents the most northerly point, with Avon Valley Country Park and Chew Valley marking the East and West boundaries respectively, and Weston-super-Mare in the South.
Nicola Masters, Director of The Grand Appeal said: “We are incredibly fortunate to live in such a wonderfully diverse city, and we are proud to showcase as much of beautiful Bristol and its surrounding areas as possible through our third charity arts trail.
“Over the last year, we have worked with our amazing sponsors, local community groups and the council to determine the best locations for each sculpture. It’s only with the support from our local community that we can continue to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital, so we are delighted that we are able to give something back to our supporters.”
St Marks Road in Easton, the Royal Fort Gardens at the University of Bristol, Hartcliffe Community Park farm and Puxton Park are four of many locations taking part in The Grand Appeal’s trail for the first time, with Clifton Suspension Bridge, Temple Meads and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway returning for a third time to host a giant, iconic Aardman sculpture.
With the locations spread across the city, visitors to the trail will be able to find, learn about and even interact with sculptures by discovering ‘trails within trails’ across the North, East, South and West of Bristol. A printed map, available at the Gromit Unleashed shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, selected locations across the city, and in The Bristol Post, will be available at the start of July.
A Gromit Unleashed 2 app will be available to help avid trail fans to hunt down sculptures, while a special passport trail will be created to celebrate the trail’s innovation themes. New Gromit Unleashed 2-inspired products, including the popular figurines, will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting patients and families cared for by Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.
Nicola said: “Raising money to support Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Unit is at the heart of everything we do, and we want to highlight how lucky we are to have a world class children’s hospital on our doorstep. Every single penny donated, raised and spent during Gromit Unleashed 2 will help us to support sick children, babies and their families who come from not just Bristol, but from across the whole of the South West and South Wales for lifesaving care.”
As well as the returning popular elements, The Grand Appeal has revealed that new, unprecedented trail ‘innovations’ will keep trail fans on their toes.
Nicola added: “Our dedicated ‘Trailblazer’ partners – Rolls-Royce, Renishaw, University of Bristol and Creditcall – are busy working away to create some very special sculptures for our eager trail fans. You’ll have to wait a few more weeks before we reveal more – it wouldn’t be a Grand Appeal trail without a few surprises!”
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