Seven Kinds of Magic

© Quentin Blake, Image from Angel Pavement by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape 2004).

This exhibition comprises original illustrations by Quentin Blake for     7 books in which magic appears in different forms, including The Witches by Roald Dahl, shown alongside works from our Permanent Collection chosen by House of Illustration, in consultation with the artist, which link to each of the illustrated texts.


Come along and contribute your own artworks to a Quentin Blake wallpaper backdrop, relax in our reading area, watch a film of Quentin Blake at work in his studio and read the contributions of the Walsall Young Writers’ Group to our exhibition interpretation.


Seven Kinds of Magic was the inaugural exhibition in the Quentin Blake Gallery at House of Illustration in London in 2016. House of Illustration is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of illustration, founded by Blake in 2014.


Related Events

Roald Dahl Day Celebration

Saturday 16 September

Two sessions 10.30am – 12pm and 1.30pm – 3pm

Free, please contact the Gallery to book your place.


Inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Witches join us for a mask making workshop then join in with the Witches Annual General Meeting with storyteller Rich Stokes.


The Big  Magic Draw

Saturday 14 October


Free, drop in


Inspired by Quentin Blake’s Angel Pavement join us to create a floor-based chalk drawing and participate in a magic pencil masterclass.


Magical Memories

Friday 15 September

Saturday 14 October

Wednesday 15 November


Free, please contact the Gallery to book your place.


Join us for fun adult remininscence sessions inspired by the theme of childhood.