15th March 2002

 

EXHIBITION TO ILLUSTRATE BLAKE’S GENIUS

 

The work of children’s illustrator Quentin Blake will form part of a major exhibition due to open in Hull next week.

 

Blake - best known for illustrating the books of Roald Dahl - has selected the work of 13 children’s illustrators (including himself) for the exhibition ‘A Baker’s Dozen’.

 

Up to 60 original illustrations and the books for which they were produced will be on display at the EICH Gallery, part of the University of Lincoln, on George Street from 22nd March until 3rd May.

 

“This will be a feast and great fun – we will have on display some of the country’s best known and best loved contemporary children’s book illustrations,” said gallery curator Kathie Jenkins.

 

“To be able to see the original pieces is very unusual because the material is very rarely shown outside of specialist collections.”

 

The illustrations will appeal to families, schools, colleges, illustration students and organisations which seek to encourage children to read books.

 

“As well as the original works we will have books, places where visitors can sit and read and items of memorabilia which inspired some of the illustrations,” said Kathie.

 

“These are all well known British illustrators, and anyone who has read to their children in the past five years will instantly recognise these images.”

 

Quentin Blake has created over 200 books and won many accolades: he was awarded an OBE in 1998 and the following year became the first Children's Laureate – a title bestowed by Waterstones booksellers.

 

His collaboration with Roald Dahl began in 1976 and the pair have since been described as the Lennon and McCartney of children’s literature.

 

The EICH Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and entry is free. Please note that the gallery will be closed for five days from Good Friday and will re-open after Easter on Wednesday 3rd April.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk