We’re huge fans of Roald Dahl in our household, so we were really excited about the arrival of The BFG in Pictures, an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations prepared for the much-loved tale, at York Art Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, contains 40 original artworks, including rarely seen unpublished illustrations of The BFG. We took along our 6-year-old to see it for ourselves.
First up, the illustrations. If you love the drawings that made it into the book – and who doesn’t? – then you’ll really enjoy seeing the evolution of the character. Not only can you look at the illustrations close up, but you can watch a film of Quentin Blake explaining how he works and find out how to draw the BFG for yourself.
Armed with insider info from an illustrator extraordinaire, you can then have a go at creating your own drawings in the wonderful BFG Cave.
Step into this magical space, complete with glowing jars filled with snozzcumbers (possibly), and try out some techniques like using a lightbox to create your own drawing like the professionals. Our girl loved having a go and was really pleased with her picture.
From there we stepped into Sophie’s bedroom where there’s a great collection of art books to browse and more hands-on activities, like drawing your own dream and making up nonsense words.
You can even dress up like a giant and blow dreams into the little houses! It’s fitting that a story bursting with magic has inspired an exhibition that’s truly magical too.