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Fairy Tales and Fantasy: Children's Book Illustrations 1850-1930, a touring exhibition of watercolours and drawings from York City Art Gallery, comes to the Museum of St Albans, November 25-January 7. The works include delightful original drawings in pen and ink and watercolour by Alfred Crowquill, Harry Rountree, William Heath Robinson and many other illustrators. A programme of special events is planned. Free admission. Tel: 01727 819340.

See Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21, December 5-January 21. The Man Who Drew Pooh: the art of E H Shepard comprises 100 or so pictures, representing a lifetime's work from age seven to 90 and including portraits and landscapes, cartoons for 'Punch' and illustrations from children's books such as 'The Wind in the Willows' and literary biographies (Pepys, Boswell and Lamb). Admission pound;4, pound;3 senior citzens, children and concessions free. The next exhibition will be Murillo: Scenes of Childhood, February 14-May 13. Tel: 020 8693 5254.

One thousand artists are in residencies throughout the country as part of Year of the Artist running until May 2001. They cover music, performing arts, visual arts and crafts, literature, film, digital and combined arts. Tel: 0870 070 2787, Web: Youth orchestras in the UK are invited to participate in the first bi-annual International Youth Orchestra Festival being held in Ottawa's National Arts Centre and other venues in Ontario, Canada, July 26-29, 2001. Participants will make many friends, learn new music and go sightseeing in the Ottawa area. Contact G Lois Harper, International Youth Orchestra, 350 Sparks Street, Suite 207A Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1R 7S8. Tel: 001 613 234 3360. E-mail: Web:

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