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Discover Discworld® through art, film and theatre at Larne Museum

Press release   •   Aug 29, 2019 11:17 BST

​Larne Museum & Arts Centre is the only venue in Northern Ireland to host ‘Paul Kidby, Discworld® & Beyond’

Larne Museum & Arts Centre is the only venue in Northern Ireland to host ‘Paul Kidby, Discworld® & Beyond’, a touring exhibition featuring the book jacket art and illustrations of Paul Kidby.

The exhibition will run from Friday 6 September until Thursday 31 October.

Paul Kidby is one of the UK’s leading fantasy illustrators who is best known as the ‘artist of choice’ of best-selling author Sir Terry Pratchett, who sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease in spring 2015.

The beautifully realised paintings and drawings in this exhibition feature many of Paul’s favourite characters including Rincewind, the Wee Free Men and, of course, Death along with a host of witches, wizards, dragons and trolls. It also reveals some of Paul’s own work from his Charmed Realm collection, a book created by Paul and his wife Vanessa of myth and faerie influenced by British folklore and landscapes.

All his illustrations are marked by a staggering quality of draughtsmanship and effective use of colour; bright for the book covers and muted shades for his faerie paintings.

The exhibition brings to life the quirky characters and trademark humour of Sir Terry’s books.

Paul said, ‘It has been really exciting selecting some of my favourite paintings for the ‘Discworld & Beyond’ exhibition. Visitors will be able to see many of their favourite Discworld illustrations up close and personal and celebrate the wonderful legacy of a great author who has inspired so many, including me!’

The exhibition will be open from Monday-Saturday, 10.00am-4.30pm and it will be free admission.

Charmed Realm and Discworld merchandise will be available for sale during the course of the exhibition.

A Paul Kidby inspired art workshop for ages 16+, with local artist Kim McCausland, will take place on Thursday 26th September from 4pm-5pm with a kids’ workshop taking place on Saturday 28th September from 11am-12pm.

The programme finale will be take place on Thursday 31st October at 7.30pm when Larne Drama Circle will be presenting a reading of ‘Wyrd Sisters’ by Terry Pratchett which gives a nod to Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

Places for Troll Bridge and Wyrd Sisters are limited and should be booked in advance by contacting Larne Museum on 028 28 262443 or e-mail marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Local café, Seven, are also offering visitors to the exhibition a special offer of Buy One Get One Free on hot drinks (cheapest one free) or one free soft drink with any meal over £5. Vouchers can be obtained from the reception at Larne Museum & Arts Centre and are valid for one use only from Friday 6 September until Thursday 31 October 2019.