Wallace and Gromit creators offers support to save Curzon cinema's 'critical' leaking roof

PUBLISHED: 06:55 15 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:42 15 October 2019

Aardman Animations' creative director, Merlin Crossingham, with one of the redesigned tiles. Picture: Curzon Cinema

Aardman Animations' creative director, Merlin Crossingham, with one of the redesigned tiles. Picture: Curzon Cinema

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One of the most famous animation companies in the world has come up with a way to raise money to save a community cinema from closure.

Clevedon's Curzon cinema has partnered with Bristol-based Aardman Animations for an art on the tiles auction to raise money for the cinema's roof restoration appeal.

Aardman is known for films made using stop-motion clay animation techniques, particularly those featuring plasticine characters Wallace and Gromit.

The characters' creator, Nick Park, will paint Wallace and Gromit onto one of the old tiles, which were made in the 1920s.

Other Aardman directors and designers, including co-founder David Sproxton, will decorate tiles which will then be sold online in a week-long auction beginning on December 1.

Damage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONDamage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The auction will also feature other highly-regarded artists, illustrators and celebrities who will paint, sculpt, draw or doodle onto a vintage tile.

Karen Edgington, the cinema's fundraising campaign manager, said: "This is a wonderfully quirky art auction and is a chance for people to own a piece of memorabilia from one of the country's longest-running cinemas.

"The situation is now critical, we are deeply concerned about our future and we urgently need to restore the roof.

"As well as major reconstruction, all of the tiles will be replaced with 12,833 new ones."

The fundraising total stands at £360,000 and the cinema hopes to reach its £100,000 target from the community and businesses by the end of the year.

Last month, the grade-II listed cinema was successful in its bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and gained £239,900 towards the roof replacement.

MORE: Curzon thanks supporters after receiving almost £240,000 in lottery funding.

Aardman previously lent its support to the Curzon's roof appeal by using an iconic rainy scene from the award-winning Wallace and Gromit film, The Wrong Trousers, to create a promotional trailer to show before screenings.

Susannah Shaw, the cinema's chief executive, added: "We are very grateful to our patrons at Aardman who have given us fantastic support in this campaign and are excited to see the results of their work and that of other generous artists who have offered their time to help save our roof."

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