22nd Feb, 2020

Much-loved illustrator to kick off fun exhibition

Lorna Morris 10th Jun, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MUCH-LOVED children’s illustrator and author will open the doors to an imaginative family exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

Nick Sharratt, best known for his illustrations in the Jacqueline Wilson books, will visit the city to open the ‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants’ exhibition on Saturday, July 9.

The free, hands-on exhibition will be open until September 3 and will offer a whole summer’s worth of activities and games for families.

Visitors of the opening event will have the chance to meet Mr Sharratt, celebrated illustrator of award-winning books like Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ as well as his own books such as ‘Ketchup on your Cornflakes?’, with opportunities to bring a favourite book for signing, read his stories and make a 3D bookmark to take home.

This exhibition encourages families to design their very own pants to add to the art gallery washing line, race against the Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog or tell their own pirate story.

There are even illustrated outfits, allowing visitors young and old to become wacky illustrations, from sporting some fancy pants to dressing up as a pineapple.

In addition to all of the illustration-inspired fun, there will be a reconstructed version of Nick Sharratt’s studio, featuring amazing original artwork from books like ‘Elephant Wellyphant’.

Giggle at Nick’s school sketchbooks, and discover the secrets to becoming a professional illustrator.

Angie Bishop, Art Gallery and Museum Manager, said: “Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is bursting with colour and interactive fun, with artistic activities at every turn. It’s free entry so families can come back and find new things to do each time they visit over the summer holidays.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a specially designed booklet which will be available to buy at the show or to download before visiting from the Museums Worcestershire website at www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants’ is free and open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm for the whole of the summer holidays (closed Sundays and Bank Holidays).

For more information contact the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371, visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or follow @worcestermuseum on Twitter.

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