The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt is coming The Civic in Barnsley

27 June – 22 August 2015

Nick Sharratt, the man behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker books and other much-loved characters from the hundreds of books he has written and illustrated, is now the subject of a new colourful, humorous and hands-on exhibition that is touring across museums and galleries around the country, including The Civic in Barnsley.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants © Nick SharrattExploring Nick’s passion for drawing, from childhood to his current status as an internationally renowned illustrator and author, the show will feature many of the well-known characters that Nick has illustrated over the years, including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Lizzie Zipmouth, Hetty Feather, Caveman Dave, Pirate Pete and Billy Bonkers, as well as a host of animals, and vast quantities of food and clothing.

Visitors to the Gallery@ will be able to immerse themselves in Nick’s world, as they enter a recreation of his studio filled with the tools of his trade and the stages involved in creating one of his illustrations. People will also be invited to try their hand at a range of different drawing techniques and materials, including the opportunity to create their own digital ‘Sharracter’.

On opening day of the Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants exhibition (Saturday 27 June), Nick Sharratt will be at The Civic to meet and greet visitors and take part in fun drawing activities. There will also be an opportunity for children to get their favourite book signed by the award winning children’s book writer and illustrator, and extra entertainment will be provided throughout the day.

Nick Sharratt’s numerous awards include the Children’s Book Award, the Nestlé Children’s Book Award, The Right Start Award (book category), the Under Fives non-fiction She/WH Smith Award and the Educational Writers Award. He was the official illustrator for World Book Day in 2006. A number of these awards will be shown in the exhibition including his coveted gold Blue Peter badge!

An exhibition and pirate adventure for all the family!

EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt on Saturday 27 June, 10am-4pm.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt will exhibit at The Civic from Saturday 27 June – Saturday 22 August. 

All exhibitions are FREE admission.

For interviews with the artist please contact: David Sinclair – 01226 327011 / davidsinclair@barnsleycivic.co.uk

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