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Exhibition space: Dream of a drawing room

The news that the artist and illustrator Quentin Blake plans to set up a museum of illustration in London has been received with great enthusiasm.

The capital has no non-commercial gallery that specialises in illustration, and Blake sees this as an opportunity to provide not only gallery space for a wide variety of artists, from students to established illustrators worldwide, but also a forum for discussion.

There's clearly an audience: illustration exhibitions organised by the Centre for the Children's Book in Newcastle upon Tyne have generated much interest.

Blake himself has curated several shows including, currently, Magic Pencil at the British Library, launched at the centre in September.

While reappraisals of influential figures are vital, it's equally important for children to explore the work as living artists - picture books are so numerous that the art is at risk of being taken for granted.

Museums can be intimidating for children, but an exhibition of illustration inevitably offers an element of familiarity.

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