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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants – The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt

The man behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker books, is now the subject of a new colourful, humorous and hands-on exhibition.

‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants – The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt’, opens at Chapel Gallery on Saturday 16 April and continues until Saturday 25 June.

Nick himself will be coming to celebrate the launch of the exhibition and to sign copies of his books on Saturday 16 April between 10am and 4pm. Anyone who would like to explore the exhibition or have a book signed is invited to attend. Entrance is free but the event will be very busy so please be prepared to queue. Visitors can also explore the exhibition and take part in the free activities.

The exhibition is a creative playground where visitors of all ages are encouraged to get hands-on and take part in the interactive and humorous activities. The show features many of the well-known characters that Nick has illustrated over the years. These include Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete, as well as a host of animals, and vast quantities of food and clothing.

Visitors can immerse themselves in Nick’s world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career. The exhibition includes a wipe clean wall for everyone to have a go at drawing their own Nick Sharratt inspired picture. Young visitors, and those that are young at heart, will enjoy dressing up in a selection of whacky costumes, including a mermaid’s tail, some very fancy pants and a pineapple. 

There are a series of free workshops to accompany the exhibition:

Storytelling Sessions Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April.
See and hear some of the stories that Nick Sharratt has brought to life! Age 3 to 6 years: 10:30am and 11:30am. Age 7 to 11 years: 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
No need to book, but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Colourful Characters Workshops Wednesday 1, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June, 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Create a character with their own extraordinary story. Suitable for children aged 8 and over. Numbers are limited so contact the West Lancashire Borough Council-run Gallery on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk  to book your place.

Nick works with authors like Jacqueline Wilson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen and Julia Donaldson, as well as producing his own books, where bright colour, bold line and humour are key elements in his work. The show also feature the hugely popular picture book ‘You Choose’, as well as the hilarious ‘Ketchup on your Cornflakes’, written and illustrated by Nick and ‘Pants’ by Giles Andreae.

Nick Sharratt has written at least 40 children's books and illustrated close to 250 more. His long-running partnership with Jacqueline Wilson began with The Story of Tracy Beaker in 1991. Their books have sold more than 35 million copies in Britain.

Dave Tilleray, Director of Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “We are delighted that Nick Sharratt’s exhibition is coming to the Chapel Gallery. There will be some fantastic  interactive artworks  on display, so please come along and enjoy this marvellous event.”

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