The Bowes Museum > Exhibitions > 2018 > The BFG in Pictures

The BFG in Pictures


14 July 2018 - 30 September 2018

This Summer everyone’s favourite giant is coming to the Museum in this magical exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations. This is the first major touring exhibition of artwork by Quentin Blake for Roald Dahl’s enduring tale. Blake has personally selected 40 pieces from his archive to illuminate his experience of working on the 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.

Accompanying the exhibition is a lively activity programme for families related to the scrumptious illustrations. Families can also enter The BFG’s cave packed full of activities including a comfy reading area, BFG related craft activities and fancy dress. 

The exhibition is touring from the House of Illustration, the UK’s centre for the art of illustration. 

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Practical Ideas for Creative Writing and Drawing in Primary Schools

19 July, 9.45 - 4.00, £60.00 per delegate, Booking required

Practical Ideas for Creative Writing and Drawing in Primary Schools

The Museum is offering teachers the opportunity to participate in an interactive and practical course delivered by author Adam Bushnell and artist Vicky Holbrough. The course will include opportunities to view the exhibition, practical ideas that will promote creative writing with a BFG theme in your classroom, demonstrations of drawing techniques and processes and an opportunity to have a go, suggestions of how to adapt and expand activities to meet the needs of varying ability levels and much much more! For more information or how to book press here




Phizzwhizzing Preschoolers’ Picnic

1 & 15 August, 10.00 - 11.30, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

Phizzwhizzing Preschoolers’ Picnic

Enjoy a Delumptious snack, make a giant BFG collage, explore the Museum, including the current BFG in Pictures exhibition, and enjoy story time and playtime in this workshop designed for under 5s and their parents/carers. Included in admission pass. Booking required.

 


BFG Puppets

1, 2 August 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

BFG Puppets

Look at the amazing Quentin Blake illustrations in The BFG in Pictures exhibition before creating your own Big Friendly Giant or Sophie puppet to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


I is a Big Friendly Giant

3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Pass Holders

I is a Big Friendly Giant

Become The BFG and bring the story to life by creating your very own Big Friendly Giant ears and dream horn! In addition, explore the original illustrations from the book in The BFG in Pictures exhibition. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Dream Jars Galore!

15, 16 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

Dream Jars Galore!

See the fantastic Quentin Blake illustrations in The BFG in Pictures exhibition before creating your own dream jar to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!