20 September 2012: Wallace, the absent-minded inventor and Gromit, his intelligent, faithful dog are moving in to Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum this summer when the UK-touring exhibition Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention opens on 15 December 2012.
Based on the much-loved, animated British film characters, Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention is a highly interactive experience, inspiring creativity and inventive thinking in all ages.
It combines the quirky humour and antics of the world-famous duo with a wide selection of educational experiences and also a series of interactive devices built by the resourceful inventor, Wallace, with the help of his clever companion, Gromit.
Visitors will be able to explore 62 Wallaby Street, the home of Wallace and Gromit, and have a go at some of the pair’s more colourful inventions, including concocting original smoothie recipes with the Blend-o-matic and changing TV channels using the step-by-step mechanics of the Tellyscope II. The exhibition also introduces new inventions such as the Karaoke Disco Shower, where visitors can test their vocal chords with a full musical accompaniment.
“The Powerhouse Museum celebrates innovation and ingenuity, so we are very excited to have the chance to showcase the work of one of the world’s most unusual and famous fictional inventors,” said Powerhouse Museum Director, Dr Dawn Casey.
The exhibition also highlights how budding inventors can protect their ideas through intellectual property rights including patents, trade marks and copyright. Playing the part of Wallace’s apprentice, visitors can learn about the importance of intellectual property through a series of ‘Idea Stations’, where they can explore their creativity by inventing household tools, logos and even a character trade mark.
During Wallace and Gromit’s visit to the Powerhouse, the Museum will also display Australian inventions from its own collection, including the bionic ear, a robotic shearing system and the Supreme mouse-trap-making machine, which looks like something Wallace might have invented.
“Australia has a proud history of developing ground-breaking inventions and this exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to revisit some of the greatest and show how a simple idea can grow into life-changing innovation,” said Dr Casey.
Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention will open at the Powerhouse Museum on 15 December 2012.
Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention is an Aardman experience, produced by SGA.
On View: Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention
Dates: Opens 15 December 2012
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Admission: Additional admission costs will apply.
For media information, interviews and images contact:
Hayley Gallant, Powerhouse Museum, tel: (02) 9217 0169 or firstname.lastname@example.org
IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. IP Australia is the Principal Sponsor of the Australian tour of Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention.
STAEDTLER is proud to support Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention as Exhibition Supporter at the Powerhouse Museum. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of writing, colouring and drawing instruments as well as modelling/polymer clays, STAEDTLER gives form to ideas and inventions the world over.