Wakefield Library and Museum to host exhibition by artist Sir Quentin Blake

26/05/2017, PR8565

​A special exhibition of portraits by world famous artist and illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake, is coming to Wakefield in July 2018.

Sophie and The BFG (c) Quentin Blake 2016
Sophie and The BFG (c) Quentin Blake 2016

​Wakefield Library and Museum will host the portraits which were created for the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth in 2016.

The portraits illustrate some of Dahl's most celebrated fictional characters – including Charlie Bucket, Matilda and the BFG and were originally on display at the British Library. The idea is that all the characters have been invited to sit for their portrait, rather than appearing to illustrate scenarios as they are usually seen in Dahl's much-loved books.

Matilda (c) Quentin Blake 2016
Matilda (c) Quentin Blake 2016

​The exhibition was made possible due to a new partnership with the British Library called the Living Knowledge Network. It promotes sharing resources, skills and ideas and promoting the values of libraries in the twenty-first century.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "We're delighted this high profile exhibition is coming to Wakefield.  Sir Quentin Blake is an inspirational artist, whose work is known and loved by millions. I hope that residents from across the district will take the opportunity to visit and enjoy the activities we have planned."

The exhibition will be complemented by art and craft activities, story times and a schools programme inspired by the theme of portraits. Details will be announced on the Council's website nearer the time.


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