Here be Dragons

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Victoria Art Gallery

22 July – 8 Oct

The worlds of literature, film and art, both past and present, demonstrate the enduring popularity of the dragon as magical creature, fearsome fire-breather, insomniac guardian of treasures, and scaly flying serpent. A creature to be loved and loathed, perhaps, but never cuddled, stroked or offended! Our family oriented  summer show sets out to mine this rich seam of dragon lore through images created by some of the UK’s best children’s illustrators and writers, from EH Shepard and Axel Scheffler to Quentin Blake and Cressida Cowell. (Collectors of dragonalia please note: most of the artworks will be for sale.)

Visitors to this awe-inspiring exhibition can expect to encounter a veritable Dragon’s Den – in two and three dimensions – crammed with creatures that have leapt out of their favourite books. And, to keep the bookworms happy, there will be copies of famous dragon tales (get it?) to browse in our story corner and purchase in our shop. Not had your fingers burnt yet? Prepared to ‘scale’ yet greater heights? Then why not attend one of our exciting dragon events, workshops or storytelling sessions.

Lego workshop
Saturday 22 July
10.30am-4.30pm
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition by taking part in our Lego public build mosaic. Children will jointly build an artwork to go in the show – Cressida Cowell’s very own Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus.

Face of the Dragon
Wednesday 26 July
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 3 to 7
Create a colourful dragon mask.

Dragon Modelling
Friday 28 July
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 6 to 11
Create a dragon using pipe cleaners and foam.

Dragon Printing
Wednesday 2 August
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 3 to 7
Create dragons using a clever printing technique.

Dragon Allsorts
Friday 4 August
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 6 to 11
Draw and paint a dragon.

Snapping Dragons
Wednesday 9 August
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 3 to 7
Make a dragon model.

Dragon’s First Breath
Friday 11 August
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 6 to 11
Create a paper craft dragon’s egg.

Head of the Dragon
Wednesday 16 August
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 3 to 7
Create a dragon headdress.

Dragon Puppets
Friday 18 August
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 6 to 11
Use a folding technique to create dragon puppets.

Enchanted Castle
Wednesday 23 August
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Ages 3 to 11
Be a princess or knight battling a dragon.

Included in admission price, no need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult.