Here Be Dragons | Events at The Victoria Art Gallery
Image: My dragon is made from the sun and stars, 2008, taken from Tell Me A Dragon, pub by Frances Lincoln Image: My dragon is made from the sun and stars, 2008, taken from Tell Me A Dragon, pub by Frances Lincoln Show image info

My dragon is made from the sun and stars, 2008, taken from Tell Me A Dragon, pub by Frances Lincoln

Here Be Dragons

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 world's best children’s illustrators and writers, from Chris Riddell (Ottaline and Goth Girl) and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) to Quentin Blake and Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon).

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. There will be copies of famous dragon tales to browse in our story corner and purchase in our shop. We will also be holding exciting dragon events, workshops and storytelling sessions. 

This exhibition will be guest curated by John and Gill McLay, founders of Bath Children’s Literature Festival.

Image: Hatchlings, 2008, taken from Tell Me Dragon by Frances Lincoln
Image: Here be Dragons Snaggle-toothed, fierce and brave, 2008, taken from Tell Me a Dragon, by Frances Lincoln
Image: ZOG front cover, Axel Scheffler