Wallace and Gromit, the Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep all take centre stage in ACMI’s latest exhibition celebrating the magic of animation in ‘Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman’.
Featuring all the characters of Aardman, this exhibition celebrates its 40 years as one of the world’s most successful animation studios, and runs till the 29 October.
Famous for its ‘Claymation’ productions, the exhibition has works magical to anyone with a vivid imagination, showing a collection of more than 350 objects and artworks from the animation studios. Displays includes works like Gromit’s famous vegetable garden, a 5-metre tall ship, Shaun the Sheep sets, the flying machine from the Chicken Run, the exhibition even has a full collection of sketches, prototypes, and models.
This exhibition even has its own activity space for children, The Studio - where kids (and adults) can build or create their own clay characters and make their own ‘claymation animations’ clips, similar to work done by Aardman.
“The magic of the Aardman studios lies not only in their exceptional skill, but in their ability to create so many characters that people of all ages love – funny, warm, playful, egotistical, generous and occasionally evil” said Katrina Sedgewick, ACMI Director and CEO.
“This exhibition showcases the incredible technical processes of this multi award-winning claymation studio, illuminating their inventiveness and astonishing eye for detail, and enabling us to see the evolution of the many characters that have become beloved by us all.”
ACMI was also lucky enough to have Aardman’s studio co-founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord arrive in Melbourne for the exhibition opening. The exhibition also features a range of related film screenings, talks, interactive workshops and educational programs.
Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman is on till 29 October!
For ticket or information see the ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) website: acmi.net.au