The worlds of literature, film and art, both past and present, demonstrate the enduring popularity of the dragon as magical creature, fearsome fire-breather, insomniac guardian of treasures, and scaly flying serpent. A creature to be loved and loathed, perhaps, but never cuddled, stroked or offended! Our family oriented summer show sets out to mine this rich seam of dragon lore through images created by some of the UK’s best children’s illustrators and writers, from EH Shepard and Axel Scheffler to Quentin Blake and Cressida Cowell. (Collectors of dragonalia please note: most of the artworks will be for sale.)
Visitors to this awe-inspiring exhibition can expect to encounter a veritable Dragon’s Den – in two and three dimensions – crammed with creatures that have leapt out of their favourite books. And, to keep the bookworms happy, there will be copies of famous dragon tales (get it?) to browse in our story corner and purchase in our shop. Not had your fingers burnt yet? Prepared to ‘scale’ yet greater heights? Then why not attend one of our exciting dragon events, workshops or storytelling sessions (full details to be announced early 2017).
Exhibition guest curated by John and Gill McLay, founders of Bath Children’s Literature Festival.