Quentin Blake: Drawn to Water

At: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT

21 July 2023 - 16 September 2023

More info: https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/whats-on/drawn-to-water-quentin-blake-exhibition-1

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) has agreed a year-long partnership with Quentin Blake, bringing his art to trails at their ten wetland sites and an exhibition of rarely seen works to selected centres. 

WWT Slimbridge is the second of four sites to host an exhibition of some of Quentin’s wetland-themed prints, with images on display using everything from pens, inks and washes to quills from the birds he has illustrated to help bring their subjects to life. 

The selection of 54 giclee prints on display provide a unique glimpse into Quentin’s view of wetlands and of how we humans interact with their wildlife, plants and water.
The exhibition features pieces capturing interactions between people, birds and other wildlife in everyday situations as well as a parallel world where people are accompanied by birds, all rendered in Quentin’s distinctive style.  Alongside the works on display, Slimbridge Wetland Centre will be running a variety of art events and workshops thoughout the summer.

Quentin commented: '.. I am delighted that WWT are using my drawings.  [It will be as if] visitors will be walking with me, and I think of myself walking with them.'

The prints will be touring two further WWT sites during 2023-2024, continuing at WWT Castle Espie and Martin Mere in the autumn.