Monday, 24 November 2014

Praise for Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

Praise for Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants has been flooding in as visitors, old and young alike, are captivated by Nick Sharratt's colourful illustrations. 

The exhibition, which opened in October and will continue until 21st February next year, has also been growing over the past few weeks with the addition of; a replica of Nick's studio, complete with lightboxes; a comic fa├žade with Tracy Beaker, Pirate Pete and the pants gorilla and even more books for our reading corner! 

"Lookin' good, mum!"

We've also been getting some great feedback from families visiting the exhibition:

“I came with my 3 grandchildren and we all thought the exhibition was excellent. There was so much for them to do and I still learnt something new at 80!”

“A fantastic exhibition - Lots for kids and for big kids like me too!”

“It was amazing! I met Nick Sharratt and he signed my book and I really enjoyed drawing on the drawing wall and really liked all the activities! IT WAS AMAZING!!!”

Nick's Studio; the lightboxes allow visitors to try drawing some of Nick's illustrations for themselves.

For schools wishing to visit the exhibition, there is an education pack available which includes an exhibition activity book for pupils and a resource pack for teachers, chock-full of information and ideas for before, during and after their visit. 

To book a self-guided tour for your school, or to find out about the other educational opportunities that come with Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants, feel free to contact our Audience Engagement Officer, Joy Buckley on or call 01724 297070. 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Celebrating Literacy Links with Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants!

20-21 Visual Arts Centre has world with world renowned children's author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt, to develop Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt, which opened at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre on Saturday 25th October and runs until 21st February 2015. 

 Nick joins the visitors in doodling on our drawing wall

On what was one of the busiest weekends in 20-21's history, there were huge queues to meet the man himself - which just goes to show how Nick's distinctive illustrations have captured the imaginations of children and adults alike.

 He has depicted characters from books including; The 100 Mile An Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong; Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker; the hugely popular picture book, You Choose; and the hilarious Ketchup On Your Cornflakes, written and illustrated by Nick. 

Ahoy there! - The giant neoprene costumes have gone down a storm

Through fun, 'hands-on' displays, the exhibition tells the story of how Nick became an illustrator, what inspires his work and what brings his world of vibrant and humorous characters to life.

There are a number of educational opportunities available with this exhibition, from self-guided tours to workshops. For more information, please contact us on our education email, or call us on 01724 297070.