Like the show I had in Tameside in 2009, there will be far more than just framed artwork, but we're adding lots of new ideas to build on the previous exhibition. I've been beavering away creating more children's worksheets, and I've written lots of new information sheets to work alongside the images, much like this blog I suppose.
We think the new show will probably be called 'Llamas in Pyjamas', to link with Lark in the Ark:
For the adults, we want to create a film booth with seating, where people can watch videos of me talking about various aspects of my work, and we are going to put together some glass cabinets containing open sketchbooks, my book illustration roughs, tools of the trade etc.
I'm also going to lead a SketchCrawl in and around the building, probably in August, which should be great as it is such a lovely old building, with amazing ceilings and is surrounded by grass and trees, and opposite an extraordinarily grand and intricately decorated, university building. Plus there are some really interesting exhibits in the permanent collection - I got a personal tour (thanks Amy!). The Victorian Street in so convincing it's spooky, especially as you access it by walking down a grand staircase and out through what looks for all the world like the front doors! It reminded me instantly of the secret entrance to Diagon Alley in Harry Potter:
I will of course keep you updated on how it's going and fear not - there will be no opportunity whatsoever for the opening to pass you by accidentally!