It is sketches like this that remind me of why I fell in love with Wallace & Gromit; well Gromit especially. Last Summer I couldn’t wait to move to Bristol to go searching for those cheeky pooches dotted around the city. Every time I was sent a picture of another discovered Gromit the more envious I became until I could go hunting for them myself.
Nearly a year on and the magic of Wallace & Gromit is alive again in M Shed, with a gallery full of props and set pieces and the story behind the making of these loveable characters.
You can imagine my delight when #PROSPECTUS was invited along to the preview and the opportunity to interview David Sproxton, Co-Founder of Aardman Animations, and Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit.
The exhibition was buzzing this week. Children were giggling, adults were giggling and that very recognisable theme tune was playing in the background, but it was a very different view to the one I saw a month ago.
And even some of the exhibits had been moved.
Not even the experienced lighting technician could make those shadows disappear, who I spoke to at the preview event. Where did the rocket go? In a much better position if I’m honest. I won’t spill the beans too much but let’s just say that the exhibition, the position of the items and story that flows through the room is as detailed and planned as a Wallace & Gromit animation.
No matter how great the exhibition is, one big question for me is the entry price. By pure coincidence I went on a free entry day, however had I paid I feel I would have needed to either stay inside the exhibition for a bit longer or combine it with a visit to the M Shed museum (which is free I might add). But don’t let me put you off, I went on my own without a fellow Wallace & Gromit enthusiast to chat and reminisce with, so go and see it for yourself. Just make sure you open every drawer and door!
It’s open until 7 September with two more free entry days (16 July and 20 August) and I happened to see that you can get 2for1 tickets with First Great Western!
For more information and events see www.bristolmuseums.org.uk.
This post first appeared on Bristol #PROSPECTUS, a project that has now ended.