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Aardman heading to Melbourne for exhibition

Aardman Animations co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton are headed to Melbourne in June to open an exhibition celebrating 40 years of claymation, including Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run.

The duo will present events and workshops for the public and animation practitioners at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

On Thursday 29 June, ACMI in partnership with Film Victoria will present an industry masterclass with Peter and David, exploring the techniques behind their signature claymation style and their evolution from independent animators to studio founders. Hosted by Academy Award®-winning Australian animator, Adam Elliot (Mary and Max, Harvie Krumpet), the multi-award winning duo will discuss their predictions for the animation industry including new platforms, markets and opportunities, including their latest foray into virtual reality.

A Night Out With Aardman will make ACMI the destination of the evening on Friday 30 June. This one-off cinema event brings together the studio founders for an animated journey through their extraordinary careers. The creative duo will take audiences behind the scenes of Aardman film and TV favourites, revealing along the way the animations that inspire them.

On Saturday 1 July, the mastermind behind some of animation’s most popular characters of all time, Peter Lord, will offer 25 professional and emerging animators a once in a lifetime opportunity to get their hands dirty under his tutelage in ACMI’s Make a Morph with Peter Lord.

To celebrate the opening weekend of the exhibition, visitors will enjoy a day of free family-friendly events and interactive activities on Sunday 2 July in Stop! Motion Animation as part of ACMI’s popular Family Sundays series. Hands on activities including stop-motion claymation, green screen filmmaking, zoetrope animation, videogame play and sing-a-longs, will run throughout the day, along with appearances from favourite Aardman characters.

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