The competition, set up by the UK Intellectual Property Office, aimed to inspire creativity amongst the younger generation. It coincided with the 40th anniversary of Aardman, the company behind Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Morph.
The competition involved:
- 4-7 year olds designing a birthday present for Shaun the Sheep
- 8-11 year olds creating a storyboard about Wallace and Gromit’s trip to outer space
- 12-16 year olds making animated videos wishing Aardman a happy 40th birthday
An entry by Chianteyah Actie aged 9, led to the school winning a workshop with highly skilled Aardman animators for her entire class.
Baroness Neville Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, said:
I congratulate the pupils of Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch for their hard work and imagination and for winning this national competition.
The UK’s creative sector makes a huge contribution to growth and innovation. I have been very impressed with the talent on show and the enthusiasm of the pupils that have taken part.
Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director at Aardman, said:
Chianteyah has created a story that neatly explains the process of taking an idea from concept through to completion. Her idea fits perfectly with Wallace & Gromit. It feels to me like she thought very carefully about how her idea about developing an idea fits into the Wallace & Gromit world.
Christopher Newcombe, Headteacher, Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch, said:
I am proud and delighted that Chianteyah has won this competition and that her creative skills have been recognised in this national competition. The workshop prize will be an amazing opportunity for Chianteyah and her classmates to enjoy and develop further creative skills.
Notes to Editors
The UK Intellectual Property Office is responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom, including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercial productions www.aardman.com.