Seven Kinds of Magic
Exhibition Launch

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

Join us for the opening of the exhibition.

Free, All welcome.

With live storytelling, interactive music workshops with Birmingham Conservatoire, readings from Walsall Spark Young Writers’ Group and art activities taking place throughout the day.



The Family Gallery

Art Activities from 10am

10.30am   Storytelling with Rich Stokes

11.15am      Music Workshop with Birmingham Conservatoire

12pm         Walsall Spark Young Writers’ Group

12.30pm    Music Workshop with Birmingham Conservatoire

1.15pm       Storytelling with Rich Stokes

1.45pm      Music Workshop with Birmingham Conservatoire

2.30pm     Storytelling with Rich Stokes

3pm           Art Activities

4pm          Storytelling with Rich Stokes


Seven Kinds of Magic exhibition

22 July – 10 December 2017


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 reminiscence sessions inspired by the theme of childhood.


Also opening:


John Sheldon

Chasing the Myth

Art Library, Mezzanine

An exhibition of finely detailed pen and ink fantasy illustrations.


Tom Davis

Costa, Ground Floor

An exhibition of new paintings based on 90s computer games.