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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Quentin Blake exhibition at 2010 RCPsych International Congress

Embargoed until 22 June 2010

Quentin Blake ExhibitionQuentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful illustrators, is exhibiting a selection of his prints at the 2010 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Edinburgh.

Quentin has had a long career drawing pictures for some of the world’s best-loved children’s books. However, in recent years he has increasingly been working ‘off the page’ and has used his humorous and humane imagination to make work on a large scale for a variety of healthcare settings in London and Paris. In particular, he has been producing site-specific images for mental health trusts.


Exhibition curator Ghislaine Kenyon said: “To many people, Quentin Blake needs no introduction. About 5 or 6 years ago, as he entered his 70s, he decided that illustrating books was not enough. He was invited to do some drawings for Kershaw Ward, a unit for older adults at South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre. He spent time with service users, clinicians and other staff informing himself about their world. Although he did not have personal experience, he found something in himself that responded to what it would have been like to be a patient himself.

"After this, he was invited by many others to do similar projects both in the UK and France. This exhibition at the International Congress in Edinburgh is called Into the Deep, and is a selection of Quentin's drawings from this period of his work."

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