Here Be Dragons

Image Credit: Freya Hartas The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart cover

Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT

01225 477233

Saturday 22 July 2017 – Sunday 08 October 2017
Opening Hours: 10.30am-5pm
Admission Fee: £4 (free for under 21s)

Dragons will take over the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath this summer for a family orientated show, Here Be Dragons.

Ever popular in literature, films and art, the dragon is a creature to be loved and loathed, perhaps, but never cuddled, stroked or offended! Visitors to this awe-inspiring exhibition can expect to encounter a veritable dragon’s den – in two and three dimensions – crammed with creatures that have leapt out of their favourite books.

The show will mine a rich seam of dragon lore, with images by some of the world’s best children’s illustrators, including Chris Riddell (Ottaline and Goth Girl), Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo), Quentin Blake and Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon). There will be more than 70 pieces on show, with something for visitors of all ages, from ‘touch and feel’ art for babies to scary, fire-breathing dragons for older fans.

Exciting dragon events, workshops and storytelling sessions will take place at the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run gallery, including an opening celebration where children can help create a Lego mosaic of Cressida Cowell’s Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus, which will be displayed in the show. Copies of famous dragon tales will be available to browse in the story corner and purchase in the gallery shop, and there will be a special augmented reality dragon trail around Bath.

The exhibition is guest curated by John and Gill McLay, founders of Bath Children’s Literature Festival. 

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