Friday, 7 October 2011

Exhibitions not to be missed.

2 exhibitions coming up at Compton Verney, the award winning art gallery in Warwickshire, are Quentin Blake - As large as life and Remember, remember: A history of fireworks in Britain

Quentin Blake is one of Britain's best-loved and most successful illustrators, having won countless awards and appointed Britain’s first Children’s Laureate. He is known by young and old alike, his name having been synonymous with his illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books. Recently Quentin has been commissioned by hospitals in the UK and abroad to produce works which have a therapeutic effect on their residents. Quentin Blake - As large as life brings together over 60 works for the first time at Compton Verney, for visitors to experience their effects for themselves. 

Remember Remember, is the first exhibition of its kind, exploring Britain's November the fifth celebration through the history of Fire Festivals, the Gunpowder plot of 1605 and the astonishingly vivid advertising and packing of domestic fireworks from the 20th century. The history of fireworks in Britain will be vividly brought to life in this multi-media display. 

The main body of the exhibition will look at the vital artwork connected to the design and display of 20th century Fireworks. This promises to be a nostalgic sweetshop of delight for visitors with fireworks from all the main UK companies, such as Standard, Pains, Wessex, Brock’s and Astra on display. Visitors will recognize the well-known domestic brands such as Jack in a Box, Mine of Serpents, Traffic Lights and Screech Owl as they walk through a charted history of the British firework industry.

These 2 shows run from 15 October 2011 to 11 December 2011. Find out more at

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