Burton Art Gallery : July.

As if having Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine and the Clangers at the Burton last year wasn’t enough, we now can enjoy another children’s favourite – Roald Dahl’s ‘Big Friendly Giant‘!

Children will love the 35 drawings by Quentin Blake of Sophie and the Giant, but adults can also learn something of the process by which an artist of his standing takes on a commission of this size and importance. Some drawings have never been seen before, as Blake made many preparatory sketches before he was satisfied they were right for the text. Fun for everyone from 15th July to 1st October.

When you see sculptures of the human (male) body in many different forms, such as wire or metal, the first artist you might think of is Anthony Gormley, as his most famous example is the ‘Angel of the North.’ Another well known creation is a group of figures spaced out on Crosby Beach, as if walking to the sea. He also created prints, using etchings and aquatints, which will be on show at the Burton. This collection of his work comes to the Burton from 22nd July until 8th September.

Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm.

Diana Warmington,

Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.


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