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The Snowman – original illustrations in Brighton

Date: 20 October, 2018 - 6 January, 2019
Event Location: Brighton Museum, Brighton

One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins.

Discover the magic in this exhibition of the original illustrations for Raymond Briggs’ much loved classic picture book.

In 1982 The Snowman was adapted for the screen and some of the original hand-drawn cels, celluloid sheets used for traditional animation, are also on display.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary, children’s author Michael Morpurgo has reimagined Raymond Briggs’ original tale as a chapter book with illustrations by Robin Shaw. Robin Shaw has also created a short animation especially for the anniversary celebrations that will premiere in the gallery from 4 December.

Throughout October and November, award-winning visual artist Helen Marshall is creating a portrait of The Snowman and James from photographs submitted by members of the public. The final image will be unveiled and on display in the gallery from 4 December.

People can take part by sending in festive photographs and sharing their stories at the People’s Picture website throughout October and November.
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