North Bristol Artists decorate Gromits

June 25 2018
North Bristol Artists decorate Gromits

The Gromit Unleashed 2 is being launched on July 2nd when trail visitors can expect to see over sixty sculptures, each individually designed and decorated by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent, spread across the city and the surrounding areas.

North Bristol Artists are really pleased that four of their members have been selected to decorate a sculpture. Even better, Jenny Urquhart and Simon Tozer's designs were used to officially launch the trail so we're able to reveal their photos here. The other sculptures, by North Bristol Artists Rhiannon Southwell and Katie Wallis are being kept secret until the launch date.

 Simon Tozer says of his design: “The idea of doing Gromit as a cactus was suggested by his shape. The rounded forms of his various parts like the ears, nose and paws, plus the fact that he is sitting down made me think he was a bit cactus like.  I enjoyed painting him, especially the flowers on his nose and head, and painting his eyes on, which was the last thing I did on him. It suddenly brought him to life and made him look like Gromit. I have also painted a second Gromit, but as with most of the Gromits, he is secret until the trail begins.” 

Simon's wife Katie Wallis was asked to do a Feathers Mcgraw sculpture. As well as being a North Bristol Artist, textile designer Katie is one of the owners of artist cooperative Fig, on Gloucester Road. 

Jenny Urquhart is quite a pro when it comes to painting these sculptures. Her Shaun the Sheep was placed at Paddington Station and by the Suspension Bridge for the last trail, both sporting her trademark bright hot air balloons. This time Jenny has covered her Gromit in bright rainbows and this Gromit will be down by Chew Valley Lake. Jenny's popular and distinctive artwork can be found at Room 212 along with that of Bev Cavendar, aka The Knitted Pea, who has also designed a sculpture which is underwraps until launch day.

 As well as all these local artists being selected to design sculptures for the Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail, there will be a Gromit sculpture at Boston Tea Party at Gloucester Road Central. We don't yet know the design or artist who decorated him, but we understand that he will appeal to all those with a sweet tooth! 

 You'll be able to find the BTP sculpture and all the other Gromits, Wallaces and Feathers Mcgraws spread around Bristol until September 2nd. A Gromit Unleashed 2 app will be available to help avid trail fans to hunt down sculptures, while a special passport trail will be created to celebrate the trail’s innovation themes. New Gromit Unleashed 2-inspired products, including the popular figurines, will be available for purchase with all proceeds for the benefit of patients and families cared for by Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital. 

The North Bristol Art Trail takes place November 24 - 25th. You can find information on all the artists year round on the website or by following the North Bristol Artist Instagram page.