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Aardman announces charity art auction to support hospital charity

Published on: September 12th, 2017

Company will auction 28 lots of original and limited edition art to support Bristol children’s hospital charity The Grand Appeal.

The auction will begin on the evening of Sunday 10th September and will run for seven days, ending on 17th September, with artwork ranging from original character studies and full colour paintings to sculptures and original props from some of Aardman’s biggest productions. All proceeds from the art sale will go towards the charity’s Emergency Department Appeal which will transform Bristol Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Enthusiasts and collectors will be able to get their hands on pieces from the Academy Award winning studio’s stable of talented filmmakers, artists and model makers including Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run), Peter Lord (Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists) and Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep Movie).

Items up for bidding include an original drawing of Morph signed by Pete Lord, a unique artwork by Aardman veteran Andy James which brings together iconic Aardman characters, as well as a selection of framed props from the 2012 film ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’.

Nicola Masters, director of The Grand Appeal, commented: “For over 20 years we have had such a special relationship with Aardman. Not only do we work with the studio’s incredible characters, we’re very lucky that the Aardman team has been so engaged in fundraising throughout this time. This auction is a brilliant opportunity to acquire some one-of-a-kind art, while also raising money for sick children and babies across the South West.”

The auction, hosted on eBay, can be accessed here. The auction is part of the fundraising effort by the studio to support its team of cyclists – The Aardriders – who will be taking part in The Grand Appeal’s unique Land’s End to Bristol cycle from 21st – 24th September.

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