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A major new exhibition at the Lowry explores popular children’s books on the page and on stage

The evocative world of children’s literature and theater is explored in a major new exhibition running from July to October 2022 at The Lowry in Salford.

Picture This will feature six popular children’s books that have a strong visual identity on the page and have also been vividly staged.

Each section of the free family exhibit will include illustrations and illustrations from the books – which range from highly regarded modern works to iconic classics. In parallel will be filmed excerpts from stage productions, with a variety of props, costumes, drawings and posters.

Throughout, there will be interactive opportunities for visitors to draw, write, play, read and play and even come up with their own production ideas. At the heart of the exhibition will be a stage, offering daily readings of the featured books and many other titles, as well as performance, music-making and artist workshops.

The six books/productions featured in Picture This are:

  • House on the Broom by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Presented on stage by Tall Stories
  • Coming to England by Floella Benjamin; Illustrated by Diane Ewen. Presented on stage by Birmingham Rep, Floella Benjamin, Keith Taylor/Nicoll Entertainment.
  • Wild by Emily Hughes. Created by How It Ended and originally presented by Unicorn Theater in association with How It Ended.
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Presented on stage by Protein Dance. Featuring exclusive new artwork by Chris Riddell.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; illustrated by Chris Riddell. Presented on stage by the Royal Opera House.
  • You choose from Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart. Presented on stage by Nonsense Room Productions.

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

Diane Ewen, Illustrator for Coming to England, said: “I am extremely delighted to be asked to contribute to such an incredible exhibition to celebrate Coming to England at such a phenomenally respected gallery as The Lowry. As an artist and illustrator, who has visited and always loved art galleries, I can’t wait for everyone to see this exhibit.”

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

Located on the waterfront in the heart of Salford Quays, The Lowry is an award-winning venue home to two major theatres, extensive art galleries and a range of public spaces including cafes, bars, restaurant and shop . The Quays is also home to MediaCity, which includes the Imperial War Museum North and the bases of the BBC and ITV studios.

The Lowry Art Galleries are free to all and feature the acclaimed LS Lowry Collection, as well as a dynamic program of special exhibitions. The combination of visual and performance arts is at the heart of The Lowry’s exhibition and engagement programs.

Picture This and its accompanying program are committed to ensuring that it features and celebrates a diverse cast of characters, stories, authors, illustrators and performers.

For more information on Picture This and The Lowry, please visit

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