Exhibition: Quentin Blake: Gifted

This exhibition runs from Fri, 25th Jun 2021 to Sun, 26th Sep 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Fri,
25th Jun 2021  
(10am - 5pm)
Sat,
26th Jun 2021  
(10am - 5pm)
Sun,
27th Jun 2021  
(10am - 5pm)
Fri,
2nd Jul 2021  
(10am - 5pm)
Sat,
3rd Jul 2021  
(10am - 5pm)
Sun,
4th Jul 2021  
(10am - 5pm)
Fri,
9th Jul 2021  
(10am - 5pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Fri, 25th Jun 2021

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £10.50


There are few artists in the World as universally loved as Sir Quentin Blake. To say his name is to conjure instant recognition of his distinctive style and to recall a moment from your own childhood. If an image can say a 1000 words, then a drawing by Blake can tell an entire story!

Thanks to an incredible gift from Blake, we are displaying 24 large-scale drawings for you to enjoy. The works form two emotive series, Children and Dogs, and Children, Birds & Dogs, the latter made especially for us, which convey the internal emotional landscape of childhood. Check out the gallery below to see some of the pictures on display.

We’re reversing Blake’s iconic process of illustration, by setting words to his images. We’ve asked long-time collaborator Michael Rosen and writers Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite, Jackie Kay, Yomi Sode, 4 Brown Girls Who Write (Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sunnah Khan and Sheena Patel) and Ben Westwood, to create poems in response to the drawings, for display alongside them. We’ll also be running a competition, inviting children to write and illustrate their own chapters of a story, inspired by one of Blake’s new works. Details will be released on our website, shortly.

Given the growing crisis in children’s mental health, we hope that these drawings together, with our accompanying events programme, will create opportunities to reflect on the importance of the arts in supporting children’s wellbeing.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

Reserve tickets at this website


Location

Foundling Museum,

40 Brunswick Square, London,
WC1N 1AZ

Map of Foundling Museum