“The best children’s exhibition I’ve ever been to” Nick Sharratt Exhibition Launch Event

Last Saturday, The Civic hosted the exhibition launch event of Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt.

Families from far and wide flocked to The Civic to meet Nick Sharratt and have their favourite books signed by the award winning children’s book writer and illustrator. The day long, free event also featured entertainment in the form of animal-balloon making and Pirate-tastic fun provided by independent artists.

Nick Sharratt, the man behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker books, interacted and explored the exhibition with visitors throughout the event. Visitors expressed their delight in Nick’s presence at The Civic on social media:

“One little girl’s dream made having her own special Daisy. Thank you!” Zoe Rosenberg (Visitor Comment)

“Fantastic @NickSharratt1 exhibition @BarnsleyCivic just brilliant! Got our copy of you choose signed!! Such a lovely man!”BoneShakerUK (Visitor Comment)

“The best children’s exhibition I think I’ve ever been to. Fantastically produced” Lucy Want (Visitor Comment)

Year 3 pupils from Brierley Church of England Primary School visited the exhibition launch event with their families to view their specially created poster designs, following their backstage tour of the multi-purpose arts venue back in April. David Sinclair (Exhibitions Curator) explains:

“I asked the children from Brierley to design their own posters to be displayed on The Staircase for the duration of the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition. Their creations are fantastic and it was great to see them at the event with families and friends, who may have never been to The Civic before.”

Barnsley’s own Sam Nixon; CBBC presenter and MasterChef contestant, also made an appearance at the event, later commenting on Twitter: “Lovely earlier @BarnsleyCivic. My Godson Silas met @NickSharratt1. Lovely man and great exhibition at The Civic.”.  Sam and his co-presenter Mark Rohdes will be launching their first Children’s book, ‘The Adventures of Long Arm’ this July.

Helen Ball, Chief Executive at The Civic was thrilled with the outcome of the day:

“It was brilliant to see so many happy faces come through our doors for the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition launch event. Nick Sharratt was an excellent ambassador throughout the day and helped us provide a great experience for all the excited children and families. There were over 700 visitors and our staff received some great feedback on the event. We look forward to welcoming many more people to the family friendly exhibition and our creative workshops this summer.”

Visitors will be able to visit the colourful and playful Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition at The Civic until Saturday 22 August. Children are also invited to participate in the various dance, drama and writing workshops inspired by the exhibition, taking place in July.

In contrast, the Original Artist Posters exhibition situated in the Panorama at The Civic until Saturday 22 August, offers visitors something different got visitors to view. Posters may no longer be the major form of exhibition advertising but they are still an essential part of any marketing strategy for any exhibition. Posters litter our everyday lives and collective cultural memories, making them a rich and compelling form of art and design. Many of the world’s leading artists have enjoyed making posters for their exhibitions. These often took the form of original lithographs, printed by some of the great Parisian ateliers. The poster, by nature, is ephemeral and mint copies are rare.

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

Original Artist Posters is at The Civic Saturday 27 June – Saturday 22 August 2015 on the Panorama, open daily during Box Office hours.

All exhibitions are FREE admission.

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

E-Dance workshops are available at The Civic Thursday 2, 9, 16 & 23 July, 10am-11am & 1.30pm-2.30pm at £2 per child. Open to babies, toddlers and children of all abilities up to age 6 with parents/carers.

Tell Tale Hearts Summer School is at The Civic Monday 27- Friday 31 July, 10am – 3.30pm at £35 per child for the full week. Recommended for ages 7-12 years.

Create Your Own Storybook workshops are available at The Civic Thursday 30 & Friday 31 July, 10am-11.30am and 2pm-3.30pm at £2.50 per child.

*Please note, when booking tickets online, paying via credit/debit card over the phone or in person, an additional £1.50 transaction fee will be applied.


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