A bit of history
Peter Lord and David Sproxton began their animating partnership at school. In 1972 they registered the name Aardman Animations. After graduating, they moved to Bristol in 1976 where they produced their first professional production, creating Morph for the children’s programme 'Take Hart'.
Aardman became Employee Owned in 2018, securing our ethos, creative values and independence for the future. Guided by the principle of keeping the company in the hands of those who helped build it, our partners work closely with the Exec Board to ensure Aardman provides a positive and thriving environment for everyone who works here to flourish.
Your career starts here
The Aardman Academy delivers world-class courses for both established professionals and people at the start of their careers in animation. We offer both short and longer courses that provide practical, expert-led learning in a supportive and nurturing environment to help you take your career in animation to the next level.See our courses
From Peter Lord and David Sproxton’s tabletop beginnings, Aardman has grown into a major world-class studio with a hugely talented and passionate team working behind the scenes.Meet the team
Diversity & Inclusion
Our Diversity & Inclusion Charter is our commitment to building a workforce that is truly reflective of society, underpinned by the belief that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential in delivering on our mission: to create entertainment for all and to be the most inspirational animation company in the world.Read the charter
Aardman and Bristol
Aardman is proudly based in Bristol, a city with a rich creative culture. Co-Founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton first moved to Bristol in 1976 to produce their first professional production and never left. Aardman is now so deeply rooted in the city that it has become part of the studio’s DNA. Peter and David always embraced the notion of being helpful and supportive to the city. One of Aardman’s greatest achievements in Bristol is our involvement in Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the official Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, which has raised in excess of £70 million since 1995. The charity has organised countless fundraising initiatives including three hugely successful charity art trails in Bristol.