Rare BFG drawings by book illustrator Roald Dahl Quentin Blake will be on display in Chester

RARE illustrations of a classic Roald Dahl story will be on display at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester.

Quentin Blake is one of the country’s most beloved and distinctive illustrators and is well known for illustrating many of Roald Dahl’s books, including the iconic character from The BFG.

A fascinating exhibition at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum of some of Quentin Blake’s old and unknown BFG illustrations will open July 23, running through October 2.

The BFG in Pictures from the House of Ilustration exhibit features 40 reproductions of Quentin Blake’s illustrations for Roald Dahl’s much-loved story, The BFG. Curated by Quentin Blake, a number of the images on display were not used when the book was first published in 1982, but trace the development of one of children’s literature’s most iconic characters and provide insight of a BFG that could have been.

Displayed alongside reproductions of the book’s final illustrations, this exhibition provides fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator and the enduring power of the imagination.

A sparkling series of free children’s activities about dreams, giants and the power of the imagination have also been organized by the Grosvenor Museum and other Chester-based organisations, including a film program and a space for immersive activities for children.

At the Grosvenor Museum, visitors are invited to explore a shimmering cavern with rock walls and a giant’s throne, specially designed by artist Russell Kirk.

Thanks to the Chester BID, there will be a free children’s film program with films that aim to both inspire wonder and celebrate the power of illustration, including the 2016 animated film ‘BFG’ .

There will be no cost to view the films in the museum’s historic amphitheater.

The museum is grateful for the sponsorship of the Megan Gwynne Jones Trust.

Admission to the Grosvenor Museum or the BFG exhibit is free and most activities are free. For more information visit www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Libraries in Cheshire West will be holding exhibitions of Roald Dahl-themed books (with competition details) and bookshops around Chester will also support this imaginative initiative with related exhibitions. For example, Northgate Street’s recently opened second-hand bookshop, Amblongus Books, will feature an exhibition on illustrators and sell children’s books by Roald Dahl.

Councilor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: ‘The power of the imagination should never be underestimated – it enables us to imagine and create the future and is therefore particularly important for young people.

“I am delighted that The BFG in Pictures is in Chester, inspiring potential young illustrators. The work, collaboration and sponsorship that has made this exhibition possible is fantastic and I hope parents and children from across the county will come in Chester and ‘dare to dream’.”

Angela C. Hale