28 March – 28 June
Discover this fun filled exhibition with a roaring surprise around every corner! from cute bears to scary bears, bears from childhoods gone by and bears with adventure on every page, there is something for everyone within this mesmeric experience of colour sound and most importantly stories.
Exhibition visitors will meet literature’s most famous bears including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears and toy bears. Artwork and manuscripts featured in the exhibition will include Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear and The Piano and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
Bears! is an opportunity to see beautiful, inspiring illustrations and preparatory artwork from the creators of many favourite bear books, including Jon Klassen, Anthony Browne, Lucy Letherland, Jackie Morris, Petr Horacek, Dave Shelton, Jim Field, David Litchfield, Helen Cooper, David Melling, Rebecca Cobb, Sav Akyuz, Jane Hissey, Joel Stewart, Emily Gravett and Chris Riddell.
The exhibition is also an opportunity to gain an insight into the process of illustration with many artists using a combination of traditional and digital techniques including; Jon Klassen, Emily Gravett, Jim Field, Joel Stewart, David Litchfield, Dave Shelton, Sav Akyuz and Lucy Letherland.
Scroll on the images below to see some of the highlights from 2019’s BEARS! exhibition at Seven Stories National Centre for Storytelling, Newcastle.