Quentin Blake interviewed in the Observer
Tuesday 5th May 2015
Quentin discusses his new work for Great Ormond Street Hospital and his forthcoming exhibition in Hastings
Dalya Alberge met Quentin Blake in his London studio, to find out about some of his latest projects: an exhibition of new works for the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, and a commission to create 15 works for an 'end-of-life' children's care room at the world-famous London Children's Hospital in Great Ormond Street.
Quentin explained the background to the hospital commission, which he undertook at the request of bereaved parents Jenny and Michael Walker. The fund in the name of their son Elliott, who died at 10 days old, raised money to fit out a special room for parents to spend time with terminally ill children in their final hours. Artwork was a key element of the room, intended to help make the hospital machinery less terrifying for the young patients and their families. The artworks are due to be installed in the room in the next few weeks
This July sees the second of Quentin's major new series of artworks on display, this time at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. 'Life under Water: A Hastings Celebration' is an affectionate look at the seaside town in which Quentin spends part of the year, featuring an eclectic mix of townspeople enjoying life in 24 underwater scenes. The exhibition opens to the public on 2 July.
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