Wallace and Gromit bid ‘cheerio!’

29 October, 2012

Still taken from Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention Series 1
Still taken from Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention, series 1.
Source: (c) Aardman Animations Ltd 2011

Exhibition must close November 11

Wallace and Gromit, much-loved British claymation characters and fictional inventors, have only two weeks left in their temporary home at Scienceworks in Melbourne – the first venue in Australia to host the exhibition Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention.

Since opening in May this year, almost 100,000 visitors have explored concepts of invention and innovation in a life-size version of the inventive duo’s home at 62 West Wallaby St.

“Melbournians now have one last chance to see the exhibition and experience first-hand some of Wallace’s wacky inventions,” said Genevieve Fahey, Manager of Scienceworks.

“This has been quite an accomplishment for us at Scienceworks; we’ve been the first venue outside of the United Kingdom to display Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention, and the first in Australia to ever show a number of the original sets from the films.”

Interactive inventions that feature in the exhibition include the smoothie-concocting Blend-o-matic, the channel-surfing Tellyscope II, Wallace’s take on the barometer and the convenient Shopper 13.

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention also introduces new inventions such as the Karaoke Disco Shower, where visitors can test their vocal chords with a full musical accompaniment.

“The Karaoke Shower has proved to be extremely popular with visitors of all ages – I guess because we all sound so much better when singing in the shower,” said Fahey. “Fortunately, clothing is mandatory at Scienceworks!”

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention has its final day at Scienceworks on Sunday 11 November, before moving to the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney from 15 December 2012.

The Australian tour of Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention is sponsored by IP Australia, the federal government agency that administers Australia’s patents, trade marks, registered designs and plant breeder’s rights.

Tickets $19 for adults, $7.50 for concession and $6 for children. All tickets include general entry to Scienceworks.

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention is an Aardman experience, produced by SGA. Principal sponsor: IP Australia.

For further media information, interviews or images, please contact:
Rohan Astley on 03 9392 4865, 0400 130 675 or at rastley@museum.vic.gov.au