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The BFG comes to Tullie House

© Quentin Blake
© Quentin Blake

[A] phizz-whizzing exhibition is making its way to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in the form of The BFG in Pictures.

Originating from House of Illustration in London, the exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, contains 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before.

The illustrations on display were included in the first designs for The BFG, however after consultation with author Roald Dahl, they were not used when the book was published for the first time in 1982. They provide a unique insight into the character development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature.

The unpublished illustrations will be exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book. Also, alongside the exhibition is a display of amazing inventions for giants, inspired by Quentin Blake’s illustrations and created by our family visitors during October as part of the national Big Draw Festival.

Speaking about the exhibition Amy Walker, Exhibitions and Special Projects Manager said “we’re hoping this exhibition will encourage people of all ages to attend; from young children who believe in the magic of The BFG right up to those adults who may want to re-live their childhood memories of the friendly giant. It will also appeal to anyone who is a fan of Quentin Blake’s artwork as there are some fantastic pieces included.”

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum is running a special exhibition tour and film screening of Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ on Monday 21st November and a BIG Friendly Sleepover on Friday 3rd February 2017. Learning and Engagement Manager Anna Smalley, who has developed the sleepover said “we had our first public sleepover in the Summer for our Deadly Dragons exhibition. It was so much fun and really popular that we decided to do it all over again.” During the sleepover children will be able to create their very own BFG inspired dream jar as well as watching The BFG film.

The exhibition runs from 5th November 2016 until 5th February 2017.

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