THE BLAXLAND COLLECTION -The Art of Edward Ardizzone
2 - 19 November 2016
The Simon Blaxland Collection of Edward Ardizzone's artwork is a fascinating single-owner archive of watercolours and drawings loving amassed over the past 30 years.
Edward Ardizzone is one of the best-loved of British illustrators and his work is keenly sought after. Simon Blaxland however was ahead of the game and 30 years ago was captivated by the loose-hand and hypnotically undulating line that Ardizzone's work displays with such ease.
As such in his penniless early twenties he started collecting this great artist's artwork and over the past three decades has amassed a fascinating array of book illustration, sketches, wine labels and impromptu drawings by this much- loved artist.
Not only is it a superb archive of Ardizzone's work but this exhibition provides an insight in to the collector's mind and keen eye which dictated his acquisitions for so many years.
Watch the fascinating interview with Simon Blaxland about his collection on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIEPHHuKw-k&feature=youtu.be
SHAUN TAN - A SURREALIST VISION
11 MAY - 18 JUNE
A MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION
A SERIOUS COLLECTION OF IMPRESSIVE AND ICONIC NEWLY RELEASED ARTWORK FROM SHAUN TAN WILL OPEN FOR VIEWING AND PURCHASE ON 11 MAY 2016.
THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY SHAUN TAN YET.
THE ENCHANTING WORLD OF SHIRLEY HUGHES
3 August - 3 September 2016
The Enchanting World of Shirley Hughes
3 August – 3 September
SPECIAL EVENT: Tea with Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy
Saturday 13 August - 3pm onwards.
Featuring pre-publication copies of the new book Alfie and his Very Best Friend.
Over the past fifty years Shirley Hughes has enchanted, delighted and fascinated readers both young and old. The children that grew up with her wonderful books are now parents themselves - teaching and guiding their own families with the same stories that they loved so much as children.
Our summer exhibition for Shirley Hughes is a warm and heart-felt accolade – not only for one of the greatest writers and illustrators of our generation, a fine ambassador to the world for British books, literature and way of life but also for a compassionate and sensitive mother, who cares greatly about the world in which she has lived both as child and adult.
Surrounded by a close-knit family she draws inspiration from their happiness and success as well as their trials and tribulations - the every-day triumphs and the quantum losses we all feel daily. It is this insight, perception and good humour that makes Shirley loved, and appreciated by all.
Celebrating 30 Years of Princess Smartypants
Wednesday 7 September, 5-8pm
Join us in celebration of 30 years of Princess Smartypants.
Babette Cole will be signing copies of her new book 'Princess Smartypants and the Missing Princes' 5-8pm with cake cutting at 7pm.
We look forward to welcoming you!