Blake has personally selected 40 pieces from his archive, to illuminate his experience of working on the popular book and has also written the commentary to inform the exhibition’s interpretative text, relating his first-hand experience of collaborating with Dahl and his approach to illustration.
The exhibition includes several unpublished illustrations from the first design stage of the book, providing a unique insight into the development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature. Exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, they reveal a teasing glimpse of the rapport between author and illustrator, and a hint of a BFG that might have been . . .
Accompanying the exhibition is a lively activity programme for families, relating to the delightful illustrations. A variety of themed drop-in events takes place throughout the school holidays, giving families the added advantage of using their family pass for unlimited repeat visits.
Families can also enter The BFG’s cave, packed full of activities including a comfy reading area, BFG related craft activities and fancy dress. Check the Museum website for more details of the events programme and the scrumdiddlyumptious BFG themed afternoon teas in Café Bowes.