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Thanks to an incredible gift from Quentin Blake, the Foundling Museum are displaying 24 large-scale drawings alongside newly commissioned poetry for you to enjoy this summer.

There are few artists in the world as well-known as Quentin Blake. To say his name is to conjure instant recognition of his distinctive style and to recall a moment from your own childhood. If an image can say a 1000 words, then a drawing by Blake can tell an entire story.

Thanks to an incredible gift from Blake, 24 large-scale drawings will go on display at the Foundling Museum. The works form two emotive series, Children and Dogs, and Children, Birds & Dogs, the latter made especially for us and conveys the internal emotional landscape of childhood.

Blake’s iconic process of illustration will be displayed in reverse by setting words to his images. The Foundling have asked long-time collaborator Michael Rosen and writers Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite, Jackie Kay, Yomi Sode, 4 Brown Girls Who Write (Roshni Goyate, Sharan Hunjan, Sunnah Khan and Sheena Patel) and Ben Westwood, to create poems in response to the drawings. There will also be a competition inviting children to write and illustrate their own chapters of a story, inspired by one of Blake’s new works. Details will be released on the museum website.

The exhibition and accompanying events programme have been designed to tackle the growing crisis in children's mental health, creating a space to support and reflect on children's wellbeing.

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The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square, London, Greater London, WC1N 1AZ

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