Shirley Hughes - Spring exhibition with newly released artwork
5 - 29 March 2018
5 TO 29 MARCH 2018


With the dawn of spring creeping ever-closer across our wintry horizon we are delighted to join forces with our favourite author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, and brush off the cobwebs of winter.

Always one to embrace the sunshine Shirley has already started her seasonal nettoyage, and we join her in wielding the boom in a spring cleaning bonanza of her studio and plan chest.

As such we are delighted to present from the depths of her private collection 9 freshly-seen and never before exhibited character studies. Original artwork that Shirley has produced in her oeuvre of Alfie and Annie Rose books.

These new pieces are truly some of the best we have seen, highly detailed and meticulously produced works, they epitomise the skill, ability and raw talent of Shirley Hughes’ towering contribution to books, education and the rich cultural heritage of Great Britain and beyond.

For those of you unaware, Shirley donated her life's artwork to The Bodleian Library in Oxford, where all original artwork and hand-written manuscripts are now saved for the nation. So these rare occasions when artwork is released from her private collection at home are a fantastic opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors to acquire her original art.

Now over 90 Shirley is still working, and plans a new book to be published later this year.
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30 Years of Ten in the Bed, by Penny Dale
4th - 28th April 2018
Written and illustrated by Penny Dale.
Published by Walker Books, 1987

4th -28th April at the gallery.

Join us this April with the first of our Spring Exhibitions, 2018 celebrating the 30 Year Anniversary of one of the great picture books. Penny Dale's Ten In The Bed is an inspiration, and one of the best selling picture-books of recent decades.

A much-loved classic, Penny's superb draughtsman can be seen in the wonderful preliminary drawings we are exhibiting alongside her actually published artwork which has been released from the astudio archive of the artist for collectors to acquire.

Not to be missed - come by the gallery to see the superb artwork for real!

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Elephants at Easter
Easter 2018
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Exploring the classics
Spring 2018
We are very fortunate to represent and exhibit some of the great names of illustration here at the gallery - this brief introduction shows some of the leading lights of illustration art, from the early twentieth century right up to the present day.
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