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Gromits return for homecoming exhibition

The Gromit sculptures ahead of their auction in October 2013. Photo: PA

Gromit Unleashed fans will get another chance to see the statues as a Homecoming exhibition is planned for later this month.

The line-up will include 18 of the original Gromit sculptures from the 2013 trail including Gromit Lightyear, and Nick Park's Newshound. They'll all be going on display at the flagship store at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway for six weeks from 25th July.

Designed and painted at Pixar’s studios in California, ‘Gromit Lightyear’ was one of the trail’s most popular pooches. It was the highest-selling sculpture at the trail’s grand charity auction, raising £65,000.

'Gromit Lightyear' at the Showcase Cinema, Cabot Circus. Credit: ITV News

Nick Park’s ‘Newshound’ was the only sculpture to also feature Wallace alongside his trusty canine sidekick Gromit, and raised £50,000 at auction.

'Newshound' in the City Museum. Credit: ITV News
In 2013 Gromit Unleashed raised more than £2 million for the charity. Credit: PA

All funds raised by the exhibition will support The Grand Appeal’s£1.5million Home from Home Appeal, to fund new accommodation for families of patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The full exhibition line-up is:

  • Gromit Lightyear by Pixar Animation Studios
  • Newshound by Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park CBE
  • Poetry in Motion by Joanna Lumley OBE
  • Oops A Daisy by Diarmuid Gavin
  • Butterfly by Philip Treacy MBE
  • Antique Rose by Cath Kidston
  • Lancelot by fashion designer Sir Paul Smith
  • Doodles by Simon’s Cat creator Simon Tofield
  • Stat’s The Way To Do It, Lad
  • Gromberry
  • Sir Gromit of Bristol
  • Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion
  • Jack
  • Hullaballoon
  • Gromitasaurus
  • Blossom
  • Paisley
  • Collarfull

After the Gromit Unleashed auction, all 80 Gromits went to new homes across the UK and around the world.

It'll be the first time the pooches will have been seen in public together since the Gromit Unleashed trail 3 years ago.