New Exhibition at The Lowry Explores Popular Children’s Books

Picture This will run from Saturday 23 July until Sunday 30 October 2022.

This summer explore the evocative world of children’s literature and theatre at a major new exhibition running from July to October 2022 at The Lowry in Salford.

Picture This will feature six popular children’s books that have a strong visual identity on the page and have also been vividly brought to life on stage.

Each section of the free family exhibition will include illustrations and artwork from the books – which range from much-loved modern works to iconic classics. Alongside will be filmed extracts from stage productions, with a variety of props, costumes, designs and posters.

Throughout there will be interactive opportunities for visitors to draw, write, perform, read and play and even devise their own production ideas. At the heart of the exhibition will be a stage, featuring daily readings of the featured books and many other titles, as well as performance, music-making and artist-led workshops.

The six books / productions featured in Picture This are:

• Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Presented on stage by Tall Stories

• Coming to England by Floella Benjamin; illustrated by Diane Ewen. Presented on stage by Birmingham Rep, Floella Benjamin, Keith Taylor/Nicoll Entertainment.

• Wild by Emily Hughes. Created by How It Ended and originally presented by Unicorn Theatre in association with How It Ended.

• The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Presented on stage by Protein Dance. With exclusive new artwork by Chris Riddell.

• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; illustrated by Chris Riddell. Presented on stage by The Royal Opera House.

• You Choose by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, published by Puffin Books. Presented on stage by Nonsense Room Productions.

Situated on the waterside, at the heart of Salford Quays, The Lowry is an award-winning venue housing two major theatres, extensive art galleries and a range of public spaces including cafes, bars, a restaurant and shop. The Quays is also home to MediaCity, which includes Imperial War Museum North and bases for the BBC and ITV Studios.

The Lowry art galleries are FREE to everyone and display the famous LS Lowry Collection, alongside a vibrant programme of special exhibitions. Bringing visual arts and performance together are central to The Lowry’s exhibition and engagement programmes.

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