Britain’s Aardman Animations studio is one of the most famous and accomplished champions of claymation in the world, best known for Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep.

Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton are coming to Melbourne to celebrate the opening of the Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman exhibition at ACMI, and are staying for a series of events and workshops.

They’ll take part in an industry masterclass on June 29 that looks at their process, expansion into virtual reality and their evolution from independent animators to studio heads. The event will be hosted by Oscar-winning Australian animator Adam Elliot (Mary and Max (2009), Harvey Krumpet (2004)).

On June 30 the pair will host a talk that will give the audience a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their world, discussing the animation that inspires their own work, and looking at the studio’s greatest hits.

On July 1, 25 established and emerging animators will also get an incredibly rare chance to work with Lord in the Make a Morph with Peter Lord workshop. This one is selling out fast, so hurry.

During opening week, ACMI is screening a complete retrospective of the Oscar-winning studio’s films, including The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Flushed Away (2006) and Chicken Run (2000).

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The exhibition itself will feature 350 objects, including sketchbooks, storyboards, puppets and more than 50 set pieces.

Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman opens at ACMI on June 29.