BFG fans in for a treat in Canterbury from this weekend


The Beaney in Canterbury’s High Street is to play host to an exhibition centred on one of Roald Dahl’s most famous creations – the Big Friendly Giant.

Called the BFG in Pictures, the exhibition features original artworks by illustrator Quentin Blake.

It will include both those published in the book in 1982 and pictures which were never published.

Cllr Neil Baker – BFG “iconic”

The exhibition is organised by Canterbury City Council as part of the Beaney’s family programme. Communities chairman Cllr Neil Baker said: “This exhibition is sure to jog people’s memories of their childhood, as the BFG is such an iconic book.

“We’re very pleased to welcome it to the Beaney and expect it to be very popular with our visitors.”

Running alongside the exhibition is a programme of family activities, including a “share your dream” competition.

Open to all ages, entrants are invited to share their dreams through pictures, poetry or short stories. The best entries will have their work transformed into an original illustration that will go on display at the Beaney.

There are three age categories to enter – six and under, seven to 12, and 13 and over, the big kids category.

Runners-up and winners in the big kids category will also have the opportunity to take part in a special writing workshop hosted by a published author.

BFG in Pictures is a touring exhibition from the House of Illustration. It runs from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday May, 20 in the Beaney’s Special Exhibitions Room.


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