David Litchfield’s ‘Fairy Tale’ designs are brought to life at interactive London exhibition


Bedford illustrator, David Litchfield, has seen his drawings brought to life at a new exhibition in London which opened to the public at the weekend.

The ‘Fairy Tales’ exhibition at the Discover Children’s Story Centre, in Stratford, East London features some of the most-loved and recognisable characters from fairy stories around the world.

Visitors to the fully immersive exhibition will be transported into the magical world of The Three Bears, Jack and his Beanstalk, Anansi and his stories, and many more, all drawn by David Litchfield and then built as three dimensional life-size creations.

Aimed at 0 – eight-year-old (and their grown ups), the exhibition opened on 15 February and readers of the Bedford Clanger have the chance to win a family ticket in the March issue.

The exhibition has been designed by Discover in collaboration with Bedford-based illustrator David Litchfield, creator of the award-winning The Bear and the Piano, and author Ross Montgomery, who has worked with David on the picture books, The Building Boy and Space Tortoise.

David said, “I am so incredibly excited to be working with Discover on designing this truly terrific exhibition.

“Fairy tales as a concept offers such a wealth of opportunity for creativity and collaboration and adapting these well-loved characters and stories has been so much fun.

“Also, working with the terribly talented Mr Ross Montgomery is always a real treat. I can’t wait until you all get to see what we have come up with.”

David exclusively told the Bedford Independent, “I’ve been working on the project for the past nine months or so, designing the characters and settings that have then been turned into big, 3D objects and sets.

“When I had a sneak peek behind the scenes it was a little surreal to walk through something that started as a drawing in my sketchbook.”

Ross Montgomery said, “I love what the Discover team does and I love working with David – this is the chance to step inside his illustrations and into a world of fairy tales! It’s been such fun diving into the wealth of stories – the Discover Children’s Story Centre has a really exciting project on its hands.”

‘Fairy Tales’ follows the hugely successful 2019 exhibition based on the beloved stories of Judith Kerr, which to date has been Discover’s most popular with over 50,000 tickets sold.

Karla Barnacle-Best, Chief Executive of Discover, said, “Discover is thrilled to be working with David Litchfield and Ross Montgomery to bring to life some best-loved Fairy Tales. This enchanting exhibition will transport children and adults into bewitching settings where they will encounter magical characters, hear timeless stories and hopefully make up some new ones of their own.”

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