The evocative and mesmerising world of children’s literature is currently being explored at The Lowry in Salford through an exhibition featuring six popular children’s books that have a strong visual identity.
Picture This is a free showcase of illustrations and artwork from each novel, which range from much-loved modern classics to nostalgic page turners. Alongside the illustrations, there’s also filmed snippets from stage adaptations with a variety of props, costumes designs and posters.
The books featured in the exhibition are Room On The Broom, Coming to England, Wild, The Little Prince, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and You Choose. The exhibition also houses interactive opportunities for visitors to draw, write, perform, read and play and even devise their own production ideas.
At the heart of the exhibition there is a stage, featuring daily readings of the featured books and many other titles, as well as performance, music-making and artist-led workshops.
Chris Riddell, Illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Little Prince said: “I am delighted to be part of such an exciting family exhibition that celebrates both the power of children’s books and the sheer enjoyment of creativity. Alice in Wonderland and The Little Prince have long been enjoyed both on the page and stage and it is wonderful to see these experiences brought together by the Lowry for everyone to share.”
Diane Ewen, Illustrator of Coming to England said: “I’m hugely excited to be asked to contribute to such an amazing exhibition to celebrate Coming to England in a phenomenally respected gallery such as The Lowry. As an artist and illustrator, who has visited and loved art galleries forever, I can’t wait for everyone to see this exhibition.”
Michael Simpson, The Lowry’s Director of Visual Arts furthered: “It has been fun and exciting to work with so many creative storytellers, illustrators and theatre companies on this exhibition. We are so grateful to them, and to Macmillan Children’s Books, Flying Eye and Puffin Books, for their ideas, support and enthusiasm.”
The Lowry art galleries are free to everyone and display the famous LS Lowry Collection, alongside a vibrant programme of special exhibitions. Bringing visual arts and performance together are central to The Lowry’s exhibition and engagement programmes.
Six children’s books on the page and on the stage
Dates: Saturday 23rd July – Sunday 30th October
Venue: The Lowry Gallery