30 March 2015

Quentin Blake original artworks on show in Oxford

The Story Museum is launching its Spring programme with ‘Draw me a Story’ - a brand new hands-on family-friendly exhibition featuring original artwork, prints and sketchbooks by much-loved and respected children’s illustrators Quentin Blake, Emily Gravett, Korky Paul, Mini Grey, Nick Sharratt and Yasmeen Ismail.

Visitors to the exhibition will find out how picture books grow from sketch to story, as well as having the opportunity to draw their own story and watch famous – and not-so-famous – artists at work in The Story Museum’s very own live ‘Illustrator Zoo’! Younger visitors can take a pocket from Quentin Blake’s Angelica Sprocket's Pockets and follow their own picture book trail within the exhibition.

The exhibition has been curated by local illustrator Sarah Garson, who says: “Picture books provide the first steps on a literary journey into the imagination that will last a lifetime. This exhibition focuses on one book from each of the featured illustrators, highlighting the different ways in which they develop and explore their ideas, including sketchbooks, doodles, page layouts, inspirational objects and finished artwork. The exhibition showcases the very diverse range of styles and approaches that make up today’s picture book scene. We’ve also got a very special ‘Illustrator Zoo’ so that visitors can come and watch illustration in progress – although we’ll be asking people not to feed the artists whilst they’re at work!”

'Draw me a Story' runs from 31 March until the end of September 2015.

 

The Story Museum works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. A charity and non-profit company, it is in the process of creating a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of historic Oxford.

For more details about visiting, see: http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/visit/