Monstra and the Museu da Marioneta inaugurate “The Magic of Aardman Studios”, the first exhibition by the British studio in Lisbon.
Peter Lord will come to Monstra, at a date to be announced shortly.

This coming February 14th at 6pm, Monstra – Lisbon Animation Festival, in partnership with Museu da Marioneta, will inaugurate the first exhibition in Portugal of the British Aardman Studios, which created Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run, among many others.

This will be the first exhibition in Portugal dedicated to the work of Aardman, a studio based in Bristol, England, founded in 1976 by David Sproxton and Peter Lord. The latter will be present at the Monstra Festival, at a date to be announced shortly.

All in all, there will be 47 puppets, 8 sets, several storyboards and various sketches shown at the Bernardas Convent, where this museum is locatedThe Portuguese public will be able to see the puppets from the films and television series which made this one of the most well-known and admired studios in the world live: Wallace and Gromit (tv series and films), Creature Comforts (tv series), Timmy (tv series), Shaun the Sheep (tv series and film), Chicken Run (2000), Morph (tv) and Early Man (2018).

The Aardman films have been a regular presence at the Monstra Festival since 2008, the year in which English animated cinema was honoured. The Festival has also brought several guests from Aardman to Lisbon, such as the directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep), Nick Park (Early Man), and the Portuguese animators Emanuel Nevado and Sara Barbas. This edition of the Festival will be marked by the presence of Peter Lord, the co-founder of Aardman, and president of the Emilie Awards, the European awards for animated cinema, of which Monstra is a partner.
“We were lucky to have this exhibit for this edition of the festival. We´ve shown many Aardman films throughout the years, and having a show of this studio has been a desire we´ve had for a long time. Aardman works as a collective; it has a very European culture and a very humanist side, it made perfect sense for us.”  states Fernando Galrito, Artistic Director of Monstra.

This is a unique opportunity to deepen one´s knowledge of this studio´s work, and to see the characters that are a part of worldwide animation history live. The exhibition is on view at the Museu da Marioneta until April 21st. 

February 14 to April 21 2019

Bernardas Convent
Rua da Esperança, n° 146
1200-660 Lisbon
Tel +351 213 942 810

For further information or for interview requests, please contact:
Rita Bonifácio,, 918453750