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Draw me a story – press preview

Wednesday 25th February

Press preview: Tuesday 24 March, 3pm at The Story Museum, Oxford

The Story Museum is launching its Spring programme with ‘Draw me a story’ – a brand new hands-on family-friendly exhibition featuring original artwork, prints and sketchbooks by much-loved and respected children’s illustrators Quentin Blake, Emily Gravett, Korky Paul, Mini Grey, Nick Sharratt and Yasmeen Ismail.

Visitors to the exhibition will find out how picture books grow from sketch to story, as well as having the opportunity to draw their own story and watch famous – and not-so-famous – artists at work in The Story Museum’s very own live ‘Illustrator Zoo’! Younger visitors can take a pocket from Quentin Blake’s Angelica Sprocket and follow their own picture book trail within the exhibition.

The exhibition has been curated by local illustrator Sarah Garson, who says: “Picture books provide the first steps on a literary journey into the imagination that will last a lifetime. This exhibition focuses on one book from each of the featured illustrators highlighting the different ways in which they develop and explore their ideas, including sketchbooks, doodles, page layouts, inspirational objects and finished artwork. The exhibition showcases the very diverse range of styles and approaches that make up today’s picture book scene.

And we’ve also got a very special ‘Illustrator Zoo’ so that people can come and watch illustration in progress – although we’ll be asking people not to feed the artists whilst they’re at work!”

Draw me a story will open to the public on 31 March, along with a new immersive installation entitled Time for bed which offers a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes and bedtime stories, inspired by Oxford author and illustrator Helen Cooper’s book The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed. Both programmes will run until the end of September 2015.

To confirm your attendance please contact Sophie Hiscock, Fundraising & Communications Manager, The Story Museum 01865 790050 sophie.hiscock@storymuseum.org.uk

Interviews and images available on request.

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