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Acclaimed illustrator to launch Whitehaven exhibition

Families enjoy Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

[I]NTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED illustrator and author Nick Sharratt is the subject of an interactive family exhibition heading to Whitehaven.

Nick, the man behind a host of well-known characters including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete, will bring his Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition to The Beacon Museum, offering families the chance to immerse themselves in his colourful and humorous world.

Exploring Nick’s long-held passion for drawing, the show features many of the well-known characters he has illustrated over the years from titles including You Choose, Ketchup on Your Cornflakes, and most famously, The Story of Tracy Beaker. Visitors can find out what inspired him to become an illustrator and even use a lightbox and touch-screen interactives to try their hand at drawing a selection of characters.

Nick Sharratt

Nick, who will visit The Beacon Museum to launch the exhibition on Saturday, February 24, said: “I’m really delighted my exhibition is coming to Whitehaven. Cumbria is somewhere I enjoyed many wonderful childhood holidays.

“It’s brilliant that Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is going to be at The Beacon Museum and I’m looking forward to meeting fans at the launch event.”

The launch event (10am to 4pm) gives the chance for visitors to join Nick in a big draw activity, and he will also be signing books throughout the day.

He added: “I’m hoping that it will stimulate children’s imaginations and hopefully they will come away wanting to do lots of reading, drawing and creative thinking.”

Alan Irwin, Business Development Manager at The Beacon Museum, said: “This is all about creativity, colour and characters. Watch out for a host of upcoming events around the exhibition that deliver those things in abundance.

“We are working with local libraries to host storytelling sessions around Copeland, and information on dates and events can be found at the libraries, their websites, supermarkets and the museum itself.

“We will also be hosting fun Wellyphants Workshops every Saturday and Sunday during March, as well as throughout the Easter holidays.

“In addition, we are preparing for an artistic invasion over the Easter holidays, with an array of artist-led workshops for all ages featuring the best local talent. Visit our website for details.”

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants runs until April 15. For more information, telephone 01946 592302 or visit

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