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Celebrate 30 years of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant in the first major retrospective of David McKee’s work.

Written and illustrated by celebrated author and artist David McKee, Elmer remains one of the most widely read children’s book series of all time, selling over eight million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1989. Elmer's appeal has proven to be timeless and universal, opening up conversations around diversity and self-acceptance.

Alongside illustrations and manuscripts from the world famous Elmer series, some of which will be on display for the first time, the exhibition will also showcase artwork from David McKee’s other popular stories, including Not Now, Bernard.

Coinciding with the exhibition, Elmer’s Big Art Parade will also be taking place across Newcastle from August 2019. This art trail made up of individually designed sculptures based on the much-loved Elmer character, will stomp its way across the region for 10 weeks from August to October 2019. Brought to you by St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press, the trail will raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Hospice.


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