Paul Kidby: Terry Pratchett and Beyond

15 December 2018 – 9 February 2019

Self-taught artist Paul Kidby was born in West London in 1964. He left school at 17 and worked as a commercial artist before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1986. He is best known for being the ‘artist of choice’ for award-winning writer Sir Terry Pratchett, and has designed the Discworld® book jackets since 2002. He has also illustrated many Discworld® publications, including The Art of Discworld® and The Last Hero.

The opportunity to illustrate Discworld® has brought Paul’s work to a global audience. The success of the partnership between writer and artist seems to be based on an unspoken understanding. Paul says: ‘When I began illustrating the novels I felt the characters were so well realised that drawing them was merely translating word to line’; while for his part Sir Terry said: ‘Paul sees things my way about 75% of the time, which suggests either mind reading is happening or that my vision of my characters is really rather vague until I see his drawings’.

Paul is also kept busy working on his own projects. For these he draws inspiration from the English landscape and its associated folklore, and since he moved to the New Forest with his wife Vanessa, its wild beauty and the diversity of its flora and fauna has become a particular source of wonder and stimulation.

Paul’s first foray into sculpture was the creation of portrait busts of Discworld® characters as three-dimensional aids for drawing. Discovering that he enjoyed the sculpting process as much as painting and drawing, he began to create bronzes of mythical beasts and inspirational creatures.
His limited edition bronzes are collected worldwide. This exhibition introduces fans to this lesser known aspect of his work.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm, from 15 December until 9 February. Admission is free.

Museum Talks

For more information and to book tickets click here to go to Eventbrite, have a look at the events on our Facebook page or ask at the Town Hall reception and we can book it for you.

A Taste of Christmas Past – Evening Talk – SOLD OUT

20 Dec 2018 7:30 pm

Holloway Angel or Hitchin Outcast? Elizabth Impey, Hitchin’s Suffragette

25 January 2019 1:00 pm
Tickets are available from Eventbrite: £3 per person


Christmas badge making workshop

22 December @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring the children along for some festive fun at the Museum.
Tickets cost £3 for materials and are available through Eventbrite.

Are you part of a local group or society?

We offer a number of bookable talks given by our expert museum staff. The talks need to be pre-booked and cost £55. Talks can be held at the Town Hall and Museum or at your own venue; if your venue is outside the district, we have to charge travelling expenses.

They can be for up to 40 people. The talks usually last an hour and can be daytime or evening.

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