Local artist to present competition winners with Gromit prizes

Winners from The Galleries ‘Colour a Gromit’ competition are to be presented with their prizes this Saturday (14th September) by Huncan Daskell, the artist behind the shopping centre’s Gromit which formed part of the hugely successful Gromit Unleashed trail.

The joint Post newspaper and Galleries competition which invited children to design a Gromit, attracted 1,000 entries throughout August with some from as far afield as Poland and Holland as well as cities throughout the UK.

The competition ran for four weeks and was split into three age categories of 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11 years.  With three main winners and two runners up in each category each will receive their share of £600 worth of fantastic Gromit themed goodies with Huncan selecting the prize winners.

Huncan designed the centre’s Gromitasaurus which was a dinosaur themed Gromit statue and says: “I assessed the entries based on the originality of the design, the thought process behind it and the artistic qualities.

“I was astounded by the effort some of the entrants had put into their designs and it was extremely difficult to select the winners as there were so many fabulous entries to choose from, but we got there in the end.”

Adds Colin Lang, centre manager at The Galleries: “Having our own Gromit in the centre over the summer months certainly proved a huge hit with thousands of visitors calling in to see him as part of the trail. It seemed fitting therefore to round Gromit mania off with this fun colouring competition which with so many children taking part and from so many places in both Europe and the UK, proves just how popular this lovable mutt is.”

Gromit Unleashed saw 80 giant Gromit statues, each decorated by local and famous artists and celebrities, displayed at locations throughout Bristol for ten weeks over the summer months.

The initiative was a huge success attracting Gromit fans from all over the world, and with the Gromits due to be auctioned on the evening of 3 October, the funds raised will go towards Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity as part of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal which since its launch in 1995 has raised £12 million for the purpose-built facility.