A family-friendly weekend of free Aardman animation workshops and screenings will take place at Sparks Bristol from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 August, as part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover.

Delivered by Aardman and Global Goals Centre, the ‘Aardman @Sparks’ weekend is one of nine free events taking place across the city centre this summer as part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover, presented by Bristol UNESCO City of Film and partners.

Sparks Bristol is a new initiative recently launched in the city centre. It’s a department store with a difference – from fashion and food to nature and energy, each department is designed to support people in Bristol to take easy (and often money-saving!) actions on climate, equality and wellbeing.

Meet Aardman animations

From 1-4pm on Friday 18 August, renowned animator Jim Parkyn will be kicking off the weekend’s proceedings with his ‘Amazing Scene Machine’ workshop. A freelance sculptor and model maker for Aardman for over 20 years, Jim has worked on a roster of hits including Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Shaun the Sheep Movie as well as Creature Comforts and many famous commercials.

Jim will be inviting visitors to get ‘hands on’ in creating their own characters that will join a large animation scene celebrating life on land and under the sea. The scene will be displayed in the window of Sparks Bristol along with a stop motion film of the creation process.

“Aardman’s award-winning films, TV shows and digital content is recognised and loved by audiences the world over,” says Natalie Moore, Bristol UNESCO City of Film Manager. “We are so excited to be celebrating Aardman in its hometown of Bristol UNESCO City of Film with this packed weekend of screenings and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy – all absolutely free!” 

 From 11am – 4pm from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August, a pop-up cinema will screen non-stop Aardman favourites, including Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, The Epic Adventures of Morph, Lloyd of the Flies, Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave and Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! Screenings are free to attend and there is no need to book.

A sold-out series of free Clay Modelling workshops will also run on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, where the skills of budding animators will be unleashed to create a flock of over one hundred Shaun the Sheep and a giant pack of Gromits.

Aardman@ Sparks is part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover, which is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project.