Gromits are set to be unleashed at schools across the city
SCHOOLS in Bristol are being given the chance to get hold of their own Gromit statues as the city prepares to be overrun by the popular character.
With Gromit Unleashed set to see giant sculptures of Wallace's side-kick taking up home on Bristol's streets over the summer, schools can also decorate their own smaller statues.
The initiative has been set up by Aardman to raise money for Bristol Children's Hospital charity Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal.
Schools, including Elmlea Junior School in Westbury-on-Trym, have already signed up to be involved.
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Every school that comes on board by paying £400 will receive its own smaller, 75cm high Gromit sculpture to design and display.
During the public arts trail, schools are being encouraged to display their Gromit sculptures in nearby locations, such as a library or community centre.
Lauren Vincent, fundraising manager at the Grand Appeal, said: "Gromit Unleashed is a great way to bring schools together creatively, at the same time as engaging with the local community and helping to raise vital funds for Bristol Children's Hospital."
Erika Bjelica, art co-ordinator at Elmlea Junior School, added: "Gromit is such a well loved character and we can't wait to get our creative thinking caps on and design Elmlea Junior School's very own Gromit sculpture."
For more information about Gromit Unleashed and how schools can sign up to the project visit the website www.gromit-unleashed.org.uk.