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5 July 2017

From Morph to Shaun the Sheep, the claymation creations of Aardman Animations have captured imaginations for 40 years and are now featuring in an Australian-exclusive exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Source: Aardman Animations and ACMI

Wallace and Gromit and  Friends: The Magic of Aardman goes behind the scenes of the four-time Oscar-winning studio with a bounty of 350 objects including original artworks, concept drawings, storyboards, puppets and sets.

Exhibition highlights include Wallace's Cracking Contraptions and Gromit's famous vegetable garden; Shaun  the Sheep sets; the flying machine from Chicken  Run; and the five metre tall ship from The  Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Within the exhibition is a special activity space for children, The Studio, where visitors can build their own clay character and make a short stop motion animation, inspired by the work of Aardman.

The exhibition also features world-premiere artworks from Aardman Animations' upcoming feature film Early Man, due for release in 2018.

Alongside the exhibition, ACMI is presenting an extensive public program including film screenings, talks, interactive workshops and education programs.

Wallace and Gromit and  Friends: The Magic of Aardman is the second Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition for 2017, alongside the National Gallery of Victoria's hugely successful Van Gogh and the Seasons – the fastest-selling exhibition in the gallery's history.

Wallace and Gromit and  Friends: The Magic of Aardman is at ACMI now until 29 October 2017.