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The Base reopens with extended run of Quentin Blake and John Yeoman exhibition

The Base, based at Greenham Business Park, has announced that it will be welcoming visitors back to its gallery from Thursday 3 December with an extended run of its current exhibition, Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books, until Sunday 13 December.

Quentin Blake

Presented by House of Illustration, this is the first exhibition to celebrate the long-standing partnership of Quentin Blake and John Yeoman. They have created more books together than Blake has with any other author, including Roald Dahl. It includes his very first illustrations for children’s literature from 1960, as well as work from their latest collaboration and 10 projects in between.


Reopening on Thursday 3 December until Sunday 13 December, Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books features artwork from picture books and short novels for children to adaptations of classic folk tales. Illustrations will be exhibited from books including: The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers; Mouse Trouble; The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus; Quentin Blake’s Amazing Animal Stories; The World’s Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records; and Up with Birds.


Inspired by their literary partnership, back in October The Base launched a competition asking young people aged 7 to 15 years to get in touch with a piece of their own creative writing and illustration. The two winning entries, The Truth About Unicorns by Eloise (aged 11) and Flight Gone Wrong by Christian (aged 12), were featured in Newbury Weekly News, shared across social media platforms and read by local author Toni Kent.


The Base will be following government and industry guidelines so reduced numbers will be permitted in the Gallery and face coverings should be worn whilst visiting the exhibition. Tickets must be booked in advance with a time slot, either online or by telephone.


Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books is a touring exhibition from House of Illustration, curated by Quentin Blake, and will be at The Base from Thursday 3 December to Sunday 13 December. Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm). Tickets: £7.50 (£6.50 concs, £6 under-16s, under-5s free, £20 family ticket – 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children).


All tickets for the exhibition must be booked in advance. To find out more about important information for your visit to The Base and to book tickets visit www.thebasegreenham.co.uk or call the Corn Exchange Box Office on 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).

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