The BFG in Pictures is a new, free exhibition based at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum, opening from 23 July – 2 October 2022. This glorious, whizzpopping exhibition features a number of original Quentin Blake illustrations, first prepared by Quentin for Roald Dahl’s much loved and classic story The BFG.
The fascinating exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, features 40 original artworks, including incredible, unpublished illustrations of The BFG. These illustrations were not used when the book was first published in 1982, but showcase the wondrous, interesting development of one of the most-loved and iconic characters in children’s literature, while also providing a window into the collaborative work between an illustrator and author.
The free exhibition will be open throughout the summer holidays and beyond, and invites people of any age, whether you’re a ‘titchy little snapperwhipper’ or an ‘old sage and onion’, you are most welcome.
As well as having the opportunity to explore this illustrative exhibition, a variety of children’s activities await you in the museum, themed around mystical dreams, friendly giants and the enduring, beautiful power of imagination. Activities include a carefully selected film programme, featuring films to inspire wonder and celebrate the power of illustration, including the 2016 ‘BFG’ animated film, and an interactive space for children to enjoy some creative play.
Also at the Grosvenor Museum, visit the awe-making, shimmering cavern with its walls lined in rock and its stunning giant’s throne, specially designed by artist, Russell Kirk.
Quentin Blake said: “Roald Dahl and I were brought together by our publisher in the 1970s. Roald was an extraordinarily interesting person and a man of action, which is why he was so good at telling stories. He liked to tell stories about things happening, rather than about what people are (were?) thinking or feeling, which was wonderful for me to draw.”
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “The power of imagination should never be under-rated – it empowers us to imagine and create the future and so is particularly important for young people. I am delighted that The BFG in Pictures is in Chester inspiring would-be young illustrators. The work, collaboration and sponsorship that has made this exhibition possible is fantastic and I hope that parents and children across the county will come to Chester and ‘dare to dream’.”
Dare to dream and dare to dream BIG! Visit The BFG in Pictures at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum from 23 July. Spend some time exploring Chester’s bookshops and libraries, which will be crammed full with Roald Dahl favourites, and eat at one of Chester’s delicious restaurants or cafes. There you have it: a fun, fantastic day out with the whole family.