8 October 2008
THAT IS what celebrities including Joanna Lumley and Quentin Blake had to decide in a new exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, writes Laura Daley...
The idea for the exhibition, called 'What are you like?', is taken from a Victorian game of describing yourself with images of your favourite things such as book, food, mode of transport and past-time. The contributors can use whatever medium they like - some used paints, some stuck to black and white and some used photographs.
The artwork gives an insight into how the contributors see themselves and gives visitors a chance to try and guess who did what.
Contributors include the actress Joanna Lumley, children's book illustrator Quentin Blake, ex-news presenter Anna Ford and artist Sir Peter Blake, who also attended an event to mark the opening of the exhibition, where they discussed their ideas and admired each other's art work.
It was Quentin Blake who came up with the idea of incorporating a Victorian game into an art exhibition and the game element makes it more fun for younger children. It may also inspire them to think about what their favourite things are and consider how they would portray them in art. Cats were a popular choice for favourite pet and a favourite past time was sleeping and napping!
The exhibition is curated by House of Illustration and is open until 18th January 2009.
Go to www.dulwichpicturegallery.org for more information.
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