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Quentin Blake: In the Theatre of the Imagination – An Artist at Work

Friday 31 March 2017

1 Hour


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Curator Ghislaine Kenyon looks at the life and work of one of the world’s greatest illustrators Quentin Blake and reflects on the challenges of writing about a living artist and one you know well.

Blake is best known for his work with Roald Dahl on books such as The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The Twits and Matilda. Kenyon asks whether his work should be considered fine art and looks at how Blake’s background in education informs his work and at the interrelation between the life he leads and the work he produces.

Kenyon has known Blake since 1988 and worked with him to jointly curate the exhibition Tell Me A Picture held when Blake was Children’s Laureate. The two got to know each other through a shared enthusiasm for education. Kenyon is a former deputy head of education at the National Gallery and head of learning at Somerset House.