City museum to host exhibition of famed children’s author

A new free exhibition showcasing the fantastic work of former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne will open at Leeds City Museum this week.

As part of the ‘Through the Magic Mirror’ exhibition, visitors will have the chance to be transported into the colourful and amazing picture book world of this internationally renowned author and illustrator.

Specially designed for children, by stepping through the magic mirror you will come face-to-face with characters including Willy the Wimp, enter the rooms from Anthony’s family home, walk through the back yard from Changes, stroll in the park or visit the life-size Gorilla in the zoo.

When exploring the forest you will find some of the author’s most popular fairy tale adaptions from The Tunnel to Hansel and Gretel. In the last stop of the exhibition titled the ‘gallery within the gallery’, original illustrations from over 30 of the author’s books can be seen and you can play the Shape Game and join in our free activities for children.

Special free events will also be held throughout the exhibition in the gallery which runs throughout the school holidays for all the family to enjoy. These include story telling featuring Anthony Browne’s stories every Tuesday and Thursday from 10.30am-11.00am, mask making, activity tables, dressing up and an interactive free show held on the 17 and 18 September.

This exhibition marks a return to the city for Anthony, who was born in Yorkshire and studied at Leeds Art College.

The exhibition is open at Leeds City Museum, which is located on Millennium Square, from Friday 19 July 2013 to 12 January 2014. For more information regarding the exhibition and special events, please call: 0113 224 3733 or see www.leeds.gov.uk/magicmirror

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

“Anthony Browne is one of the world’s finest children’s authors and illustrators, and it is privilege to host this free exhibition of his work at Leeds City Museum.

“This promises to be an exhibition that all the family can enjoy, and there is also the opportunity to take part in a number of other free events and activities, which look really fantastic.

“If you are already a big fan of Anthony, or intrigued to find out more about his books, then certainly this is something not to be missed.”

Anthony Browne said:

“It is literally a dream come true for me. For years I've had a recurring dream that for my final degree show at Leeds Art College I was able to show my children's books rather than the scruffy drawings and paintings I had then."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Museum is located on Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH

The opening times of the museum are – Monday closed (except bank holidays 11am – 5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 7pm, Sat and Sun 11am – 5pm. Entry to the museum is free.

Anthony Browne was born in Yorkshire and attended Leeds Art College; in 2009 he was named Children’s Laureate in recognition of the importance of his exceptional children’s writing in creating the ‘readers of tomorrow’. Browne has won the Kate Greenaway Award for children’s books on several occasions and was the first British illustrator to win the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson award.

The exhibition is FREE and is open during normal Museum hours; it offers activities for children and includes special events for schools and families.

A touring exhibition from Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, it is supported by Walker Books, Random House Children’s Books, Action for Children and Arts Council England, and hosted by Leeds City Council.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk