Sir Quentin Blake Exhibition in Kirkby

By on Friday, January 4, 2013

bfgI don’t normally plug events and news beyond the Prescot area, but I’m sure many readers will agree that the illustrations of Sir Quentin Blake have been special — nay, magical — to generations of children. For me, his distinctive artwork is inseparable from the stories of Roald Dahl I read growing up in the eighties.

It is, therefore, quite a delight to hear that Quentin has been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Below, a press release from Knowsley Council about the Quentin Blake exhibition at Kirkby Library and Art Gallery, which you can catch until 12 January:

See the work of newly knighted Quentin Blake

Visitors to Kirkby Gallery in Knowsley can catch a glimpse of the work of newly knighted illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.

The artist is best known for his illustrations in the stories of Roald Dahl, and he was knighted in the New Year Honours list.

An exhibition of his work at Kirkby Gallery has been drawing crowds since the Autumn and there’s just a week left.

It’s on until Saturday, January 12, is free and is called “Quentin Blake: As Large as Life”.

It includes a stunning array of artwork commissioned for hospitals and health centres.

There are also objects relating to some of his most famous drawings and even a children’s bedroom where visitors can immerse themselves in his world and curl up with one of his books.

Kirkby Gallery in Newtown Gardens in Kirkby is open Mondays and Fridays, 9.15am to 5pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.15am to 7pm, Wednesdays 9.15am to1pm, and Saturdays, 10am to1pm.

To find out more about Knowsley’s exhibitions, search “exhibitions” at the website.

Pictured: A Quentin Blake illustration for Roald Dahl’s children’s book The BFG

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