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Claystation Drop-in Days – make your own Gromit and Feathers McGraw clay models

Create Gromit and Feathers McGraw (the silent yet sinister penguin from The Wrong Trousers) characters from clay during a fun drop-in session for ages 5+. Everything you need to make the characters is provided, and facilitators from Aardman are on hand to offer guidance.

These clay-building workshops offer the opportunity to learn from expert model-makers how to make world-famous Aardman characters. You can also ask questions about Aardman Studios and hear about the animation processes involved in the making of their award-winning films.

And the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Take your completed Gromit or Feathers clay model home and try animating it using Aardman’s easy-to-use Animate It! software.

Inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

©Aardman Animations Ltd 2018


Future Engineers brings Wallace & Gromit to Newcastle in a collaboration inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. Meet the irresistible Aardman characters at Live Theatre in July and August. Join workshops to hone your creative skills to become one of the growing band of adventurous  Future Engineers. Whatever your age, you can get some real hands-on experience of the engineering that goes into making animated films. Running in parallel with the Live workshops will be a fascinating show of sets, displays, models and props – staged at the Boiler Shop in the Stephenson Quarter.

Future Engineers is brought to you by Jesmond Heritage, a group that draws inspiration from Tyneside’s glory days to celebrate and build on the legacy of local heroes such as William Armstrong and Robert Stephenson. It aims to restore and regenerate Armstrong’s magnificent Banqueting Hall in Jesmond Dene as a centre of excellence in arts and innovation – fit for a new generation of creative northern spirits.


Gromit & Feathers Claystations

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund