Wallace and Gromit set up shop

17 May, 2012

Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit
Source: Copyright Aardman Animations Ltd 2012

Oscar® winning claymation characters Wallace and Gromit have literally moved house to Scienceworks as part of the national premiere of the exhibition Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention, opening to the public this weekend.

Australia will be the first country outside of the United Kingdom to host the exhibition, with Melbourne’s very own home of interactive science the first venue to welcome the quirky inventors.

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention explores how innovation and inventiveness are a part of everyday life through a series of interactive exhibits modelled on the devices built by much loved TV character Wallace; a resourceful and creative inventor helped by his clever companion, Gromit the dog.

“Scienceworks is a place that celebrates science and innovation, so we’re very excited to have the chance to showcase the work of these two world famous, if unusual, fictional inventors,” said Dr Patrick Greene, CEO Museum Victoria.

“Using the characters of Wallace and Gromit, this exhibition will help visitors explore the concepts of innovation and creativity behind everyday devices, and to understand the importance of intellectual property in protecting ideas – it may even inspire a future generation of notable inventors.

“By visiting Wallace and Gromit in the their new home at Scienceworks, people will be able to have a crack at some of the pair’s more colourful domestic innovations, including the Karaoke Disco Shower, a colourful smoothie maker called the Blend-o-matic and the Tellyscope II, a step-by-step mechanical TV channel changer.”

Set in a life-size version of Wallace and Gromit’s home at 62 Wallaby Street, the exhibition will also feature for the first time in Australia sets from the popular television series and films developed by Aardman Animations.

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

“Intellectual property can help all innovators from a backyard inventor like Wallace to a cutting-edge researcher in a lab.  We hope that this exhibition inspires children and their parents to come up with brilliant new ideas that might one day make a positive impact on society,” said Mr Phillip Noonan, Director General of IP Australia.

As part of the exhibition’s showing at Scienceworks, objects from the Museum Victoria collection will be on display as case studies of Australian innovation throughout history, including the black box flight recorder and electric drill.

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention will open at Scienceworks on 19 May and will run until 11 November.

Tickets are $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.