Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

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An exhibition from House of Illustration

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Until Sunday 9 July

Visitor Information

Opening Times

MondayClosed (except bank holidays)
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 5pm
Saturday10am - 5pm
Sunday2pm - 5pm


Book online or in the venue*

*Tickets are usually on sale at the ticket desk on the first floor. However there may be times when this till is closed, for example during staff lunch breaks or due to staff shortages. Please check signage or ask a member of staff where you should purchase your ticket.


Full price including donation£8
Full price£7
Senior citizens£6.30
Family ticket**£14
Children 12 and underFree
Membership discounts***£3.50
Multi-visit ticket£13.60
Multi-visit member£9.30

All funds raised from the sale of tickets for this exhibition go to directly support the work of the Laing Art Gallery.

Max Card holders, members of NMDC and Museum Association and exhibition lenders: Free

*Concessions include 12-18 year olds, students, registered unemployed, disabled people (plus free entry for one carer).

**Two adults and two 12-18 year olds or one adult and three 12-18 year olds.

***Membership discount applies to Friends of the Laing, Art Fund members and Laing Exhibition Partners.

To be eligible for discounts you must show proof of age/status/membership.


This exhibition from House of Illustration gives a unique insight into the origins of some of Quentin Blake’s most characteristic and popular creations, from his illustrations for Roald Dahl’s classic Children’s books to The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams. Quentin Blake: Inside Stories demonstrates Blake’s use of a wide range of different techniques and media including inks, watercolours and pastels to create his distinctive and unforgettable illustrations.

First roughs, storyboards and finished artworks demonstrate how Blake's ideas evolve, often in close collaboration with the authors. The exhibition also features his illustrations for books by John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen. Quentin Blake: Inside Stories brings together more than 100 pieces of original art.

Did you enjoy the exhibition?

Please let us know what you thought of our Quentin Blake exhibition by taking a short visitor survey. You will be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. The winner will be chosen at random on 27 July 2017.

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