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“By using the free clay on the cover, with the easy tutorials on how to make your own Aardman model, and then a link to use our free Aardman Animator app, crafters have everything they need – it’s perfect for budding animators and first timers alike!”


Colour It! Aardman: Get Crafty celebrates the much-loved characters from the award-winning animation studio, as well as the creativity that goes into modelling and drawing them. With family favourites Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit, Morph, Timmy Time and more, it marks the very first time that all the Aardman characters are brought together. The engaging magazine features a range of activities for young readers, including colouring, crafting and baking, plus each issue comes with a bumper colouring set to complete the magazine and modelling clay to craft their very own Shaun.


The winners will be announced on 13th September 2022 at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London and will be attended by leading members of the licensing industry.

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Signature Publishing Ltd finalist in The Licensing Awards 2022


Signature Publishing Ltd are proud to announce that Colour It! Aardman: Get Crafty magazine has been recognised by the highly prestigious The Licensing Awards 2022. Published in partnership with independent animation studio Aardman, the magazine has been shortlisted within the ‘Best Licensed Written, Listening or Learning Range’.


The Licensing Awards, which reflect excellence within the industry, attracted a phenomenal number of entries this year, with finalists selected by an extensive judging panel featuring 200 retail buyers. 


“We are thrilled and honoured to have been shortlisted as The Licensing Awards finalists!”, comments Rachel Craven, Advertising and Commercial Manager at Signature Publishing Ltd. “Our special collaboration with Aardman was a joy to work on and the resulting magazine showcases the very best of these family favourite brands”


Jess Houston, Product Development Manager at Aardman, said “We are so pleased to be nominated for a Licensing Award for Colour It! magazine. We really enjoyed developing the Aardman: Get Crafty issue of Colour It! last year. Signature Publishing put a great deal of effort in to creating an appealing magazine incorporating the Aardman brands.

About Aardman

Aardman, an employee-owned company, is based in Bristol (UK) and co-founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is an independent and multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA® award winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment – current animated productions include; 2021 holiday specials Robin Robin and Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas, CGI series Lloyd of the Flies, a new stop motion series for pre-schoolers The Very Small Creatures, feature length sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget and a brand new Wallace & Gromit film for 2024.


Its productions are global in appeal, novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work – which includes the creation of much-loved characters including Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and Morph – is often imitated, and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world. Recent celebrated projects include the ‘visually astonishing’ (Guardian), BAFTA® nominated console game, 11-11: Memories Retold, the four-times Gold Cannes Lions-winning StorySign app, AR experience Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix up - and innovative attractions for both the domestic and international market, including a 4D theatre attraction at Efteling in the Netherlands.

The studio runs the Aardman Academy which has a commitment to nurturing talent by delivering excellence in film and animation training and mentoring. The Aardman Academy offers a variety of courses from intensive one-day workshops teaching production skills and storyboarding, to comprehensive twelve-week courses for professionals in craft based subjects from model making to animation.

In November 2018 it became an Employee Owned Organisation, to ensure Aardman remains independent and to secure the creative legacy and culture of the company for many decades to come.

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