York Art Gallery

Special Exhibition
10 February – 4 June 2023
Tickets £6 per person
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An exciting exhibition spotlighting famous rebels in children’s literature is currently on view at York Art Gallery in February 2023. The British Library touring exhibition features perennial favourites such as Pippi Longstocking, Jane Eyre, Matilda and Dirty Bertie. ‘Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels’ (10 February – 4 June 2023) shines a light on the British Library’s vast collection of children’s literature and explores characters who break the rules and defy conventions.

Showcasing around 40 books, manuscripts and original artwork, the family-friendly exhibition includes a diverse range of rebels, outsiders and spirited survivors from children’s literature spanning more than 300 years, inviting visitors to rediscover their favourite characters, as well as meeting new ones, in the home, school and on journeys.

The exhibition includes the first UK edition of “Anne of Green Gables,” the first version of Cruikshank’s coloured illustrations of “Oliver Twist” as well as original artworks for books including “Tracy Beaker,” “What Planet Are You From, Clarice Bean?,” “Zog,” “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit,” and “Azzi in Between.”

Throughout the exhibition young visitors are invited to create their own rebel tales by dressing up and reflecting on which cause they themselves might stand up for. They can also enjoy a selection of books in the exhibition’s dedicated reading area.

Alongside the exhibition, we’re delighted to be offering an exciting range of events and workshops tailored to all ages! Families will have the chance to unleash their creativity through workshops and activities run in collaboration with Hoglets Theatre, Curious Arts and Story Craft Theatre. Adults will have the opportunity to take part in events such as illustration and storytelling workshops, perfect for adults looking to learn and develop new skills. Read more about these events and workshops on our Events page.

Sensory Backpacks 

Sensory backpacks are available for SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) families and schools to use on a self-led visit. The backpacks are designed to help those who would benefit from them, experience the exhibition in a calm and enjoyable way. The backpacks are available from the admissions desk and include:

  • Zog toy
  • Magnifying glass
  • Sensory ball
  • Bubble timer
  • Ear Defenders
  • Emotional stones
  • Torch
  • A ‘Today I will visit…’ planning sheet.

The Sensory Space

The sensory space is in the Marvellous & Mischievous activity space. The space is a dark closable tent with cushions and blankets, we also have a selection of sensory lights and toys available for use in the space.

Please ask a member of staff if you would like to use them.