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GROMIT UNLEASHED

 
Now that Gromits have been unleashed for the Summer in Bristol we have found that four of them have decided to take a holiday within the City boundaries!
 
So where have these Gromits decided to stay for their Summer holiday? 
 
Henleaze Library no less, in Northumbria Drive, opposite Waitrose, have offered to kennel them and also to ensure that they receive plenty of care and kindness from staff and visitors. 
 
Henleaze Library could become one of the top tourist attractions in Bristol this summer!
 
Here are some photos and information on these four Gromits
 
THE GROMIT PHOTO BELOW
IS ON
GROMIT UNLEASHED'S FACEBOOK**! 
 
The Gromit Unleashed Facebook page is a really interesting  way of keeping in touch with daily events.
 
 

UNIQUE GROMIT UNLEASHED EVENT IN HENLEAZE!

On 10 July our Book reporter happened to be in Henleaze,  with her camera, delivering a further supply of Heritage Trail leaflets to the Library. She spotted a Gromit in their car park accompanied by two staff from St Ursula's E-ACT Academy and  She was told that this Gromit was off on his holidays to Henleaze Library as the school's Summer term was finishing that day! He is not part of the main trail but is listed under Schools on the Gromit Unleashed website - see link below.

He is heavily bejewelled which makes him look more handsome than ever!

 
On checking further with the Library our Reporter ascertained that part of Henleaze Library has been turned into a holiday boarding kennel for Gromits! Two other Gromits from Henleaze Junior and Redland High were already in situ. The final Gromit Westbury Park followed on 19 July! 
The Library kennels are now full for the Summer Holidays!
**Veronica wrote on Gromit Unleashed's Facebook with this photo:
  • I can't get enough of Gromit this summer. Do go along to Henleaze - there's a glut of Gromits there - particularly in Henleaze Library where some are being kennelled for the holidays! What a wonderful attraction for Bristol. Such fun!
  • So enjoy seeing these Gromits in Henleaze this summer and also the ones in other parts of the city and the surrounding area.
    Here is the link for the Gromit Unleashed website! for further information http://www.gromitunleashed.org.uk/ 

    GROMIT UNLEASHED SHOP AT THE MALL, CRIBBS CAUSEWAY!
    The shop was selling many Gromit souvenirs until Christmas. It offered two 3ft Gromit sculptures in their Christmas raffle. One of these - Winter Wonderland - is by local Henleaze artist, Laura Cramer. The raffles closed on Friday 13th December with proceeds going to Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appealthe Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
     
    FROM HENLEAZE JUNIOR SCHOOL  

    THE TROJAN GROMIT inspired by the
    Grand Appeal Gromit Unleashed project, which will see an army of decorated Gromit sculptures
    appearing all over Bristol during summer 2013, we decided to embark upon a whole school animation project. In the process, we found we were looking not just at a celebration of plasticene cartoons, but at all forms of storytelling and communication.

    (Copy courtesy of Henleaze Junior School)

    FROM REDLAND HIGH SCHOOL
    He was decorated (spotty with black ears) by all the girls in the school who had to write their favourite book, a poem or a favourite quote from a book on Gromit.
    Our Gromit was purchased by The Friends of Redland High School. (The Parents' Association)        
     (Copy courtesy of Redland High School)
     
    FROM WESTBURY PARK SCHOOL
    The Westbury  Park School Association (the parent teacher association) was keen to support the Gromit
    Unleashed project by purchasing the school's very own mini Gromit sculpture. 
    We wanted to inspire the children to follow the Gromit Unleashed trail this summer and invited every child to put their finger-print on our sculpture. We held a 'Wrong Trousers' day (raising additional funds for The Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal) and set up a finger-printing production line! Our Gromit's finger-print spots are colour-coded by year group: yellow for Reception; orange for Year 1; red for Year 2; light blue for Year 3; blue for Year 4; green for Year 5 and grey for Year 6. 
     (Copy courtesy of Westbury Park School)
     
     
    ANOTHER GROMIT WAS IN HENLEAZE!

    If you then took a walk down nearby Henleaze Road you found another Gromit

    outside the offices of C J Hole, the estate agent.

    C J Hole launched this event on Monday morning, 1 July 2013 

    with the help of pupils from Henleaze Infant and Junior Schools.

     
    C J Hole sponsored local artist Laura Cramer’s ‘Five-a-day dog’ which is now positioned outside their Henleaze office. 
    Lloyd’s Greengrocers kindly donated some delicious fruit for the occasion. 
    (Historical note - Lloyd's was one of the first shops in the road opening in 1905.)   
       
     
           TWO HENLEAZE ARTISTS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE COMPLETION OF FOUR OF THE GROMIT SCULPTURES!

     THEIR GROMITS SOLD AT THE AUCTION ON 3 OCTOBER 2013 AT THE AMOUNTS SHOWN BELOW:

    LAURA CRAMER- featured above in the C J Hole article - works as a full time painter. She lives in Henleaze with her husband and two children and has been here for more than 15 years. She is a member of both the North Bristol Artists and West Bristol Arts. Her website gives further information on her range of artistic skills. http://www.cramerpaintings.com/

     

    She was quite overwhelmed, but excited, when she learned that two of her three submissions had been accepted for the Gromit Unleashed project – Vincent van Gromit and Five a Day Gromit. She felt very privileged to be involved in such a unique opportunity to raise much needed funds for a really worthwhile cause as the Grand Appeal. A host of internationally-renowned artists were also involved in completing Gromit sculptures as part of the Gromit Unleashed project - details on the website http://www.gromit-unleashed.org.uk/

    ***Laura was one of only three artists that participated in painting their Gromits in public over a period of six weeks in Broadmead. It became clear by the end of day one, that they needed a Grand Appeal charity box on site for donations, as people were literally wanting to throw money at them.  Over the 6 weeks, the enthusiastic public generously donated over £1,200 in coins to the Grand Appeal. Laura was the last to finish because she had two Gromits to complete - both inspired by two very different artists – Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch painter (VINCENT VAN GROMIT SOLD AT £25,000)  and Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a famous Italian Renaissance artist.(FIVE A DAY DOG SOLD AT £22,000) David Gate, a volunteer from the Grand Appeal joined Laura for the latter part of her public painting period, telling passers by about the Charity, and the up coming summer event, allowing Laura valuable time to focus on finishing the Gromits.

      Laura Cramer worked on Vincent van Gromit in Broadmead, Bristol in April and May 2013 


    CARYS TAIT - Henleaze based illustrator and designer, has lived here for over 5 years. Her children attend the local Infant School. Carys submitted two designs and both were accepted by the Gromit Unleashed Project. They are:

    Grrrrromit who takes on Mexican wrestler/superhero vibe as the loveable character unleashes his inner tiger…Grrrrr! He is in Windmill Hill City Farm. (SOLD AT £26,000)

    Blazing Saddles was inspired by the decoratively painted horses of fairground Merry-Go-Rounds and the cowboy style of 1950's westerns, my sculpture is a stylised take on The Lone Ranger, the fictional masked character renowned for fighting injustice in the American Old West. Ride 'em cowboy lad! This Gromit is based at DoubleTree Hilton, by St Mary Redcliffe. (SOLD AT £21,000)

    If you would like to see how these two Gromits were created by Carys the details, with some fascinating photos, can be found on her blogg  http://carysink.wordpress.com/ Carys Tait is a also known by the pseudonym Carys-ink. Having worked as a designer since 1996, Carys became freelance in 2009 and now works between illustration and design for clients and agencies. She also produces her own work incorporating her love of bikes, “home-made” machines, friendly monsters, roller-skates, robots, superhero animals, and hand-drawn typography. For more details see her website http://www.carys-ink.com/ 


    The Gromit Unleashed Auction

    After 10 weeks on a public art trail in Bristol, the Gromit Unleashed sculptures designed by famous artists, designers and celebrities, and prominent local artists, went to auction on Thursday 3rd October 2013.

    All funds raised will benefit Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children's Hospital.

    3rd October 2013  - A truly amazing night for Bristol which will go down in history!
    An incredible sum of £2,357,000 was raised through 92 auction lots as a result of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal for Bristol Children's Hospital.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/TheGrandAppeal

    The four Gromits designed and produced by the two Henleaze Artists Laura Cramer and Carys Tait realised a total of £94,000 at this amazing historic auction. 

    See details on the Webpage devoted to Gromits in Henleaze on the Henleaze Book website below  

     

    **Webpage GROMIT UNLEASHED

     


     
    KONDI GIFTSHOP ARE ALSO HELPING TO MAKE HENLEAZE A TOURIST HOT SPOT THIS SUMMER! 
     
    Kondi Giftshop are stocking some Henleaze and Bristol personalised gifts this year.
    There are cups, mats, coasters, books and much, much more - some of which have been designed by local Artist, Laura Cramer mentioned above! Do go along and visit them on Henleaze Road. 
    NB Henleaze is fortunate in having a good range of interesting shops. The main concentration can be found on Henleaze Road, but there are others well worth a visit on North View, Kellaway Avenue and by the Wellington Hill West/Southmead Road roundabout.
     

    WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO IN HENLEAZE THIS SUMMER? 
     
    Try walking one or all of the Henleaze Heritage Trails to find further, often hidden delights!
    If you are unable to obtain a free printed copy of the walks in
    Kondis, Henleaze Business Centre or the Library
    there is a HENLEAZEHERITAGE TRAILS.pdf file at the foot of the HOME page to print.

     
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