picture this

Sat 23 July - Sun 30 October

Picture This

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Picture This features 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. 

Bags and luggage are not allowed in the galleries. Please use the free cloakroom facilities to store your belongings.

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Floella Benjamin, tells us that ‘childhood lasts a lifetime’.
As children, the pictures we looked at, the words we read, the stories we were told could inspire us, transport us, challenge us and reassure us forever.


Picture This and the accompanying programme is committed to ensuring it features and celebrates a diverse cast of characters, stories, authors, illustrators and performers. 

Chris Riddell, Illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Little Prince says: “I am delighted to be part of such an exciting family exhibition that celebrates both the power of children’s books and the sheer enjoyment of creativity. Alice in Wonderland and The Little Prince have long been enjoyed both on the page and stage and it is wonderful to see these experiences brought together by the Lowry for everyone to share.”

Diane Ewen, Illustrator of Coming to England says “I’m hugely excited to be asked to contribute to such an amazing exhibition to celebrate Coming to England in a phenomenally respected gallery such as The Lowry.  As an artist and illustrator, who has visited and loved art galleries forever, I can’t wait for everyone to see this exhibition.” 

Michael Simpson, The Lowry’s Director of Visual Arts says: “It has been fun and exciting to work with so many creative storytellers, illustrators and theatre companies on this exhibition.  We are so grateful to them, and to Macmillan Children’s Books, Flying Eye and Puffin Books, for their ideas, support and enthusiasm.”