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Tracy Beaker, Pirate Pete and a host of Wellyphants will be parading into Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday 9 July when Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants opens, a humorous and hands-on exhibition featuring the work of best-loved illustrator Nick Sharratt.
Throughout the summer holidays families will be able to race against the Hundred-Mile-An-Hour dog, design their own Pants to add to the display and have a go at drawing their favourite characters on a light box. Young visitors can also turn themselves into one of Nick's drawings by dressing up in one of the comical illustrated outfits, from trying on some fancy pants to parading around as a pineapple.
Bright colours, bold lines and humour are central to Nick's work and the show will feature books that Nick has written and illustrated such as 'Ketchup on your Cornflakes', as well as a recreated studio which visitors can step into to find out all his secrets. Young artists inspired by what they see can draw their own Nick Sharratt style picture on the wipe-clean wall or come to one of the summer workshops and learn to draw with an illustrator.
Nick knew that he wanted to be an illustrator from the young age of nine and the exhibition will include original sketchbooks from his school years, as well as actual drawings from prize-winning family favourites such as The Story of Tracy Beaker. Visitors can find out more about Nick's childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator who now works with celebrated children's authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.
Art Gallery and Museum Manager Angie Bishop says: "Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is a really imaginative and fun exhibition with lots of hands-on activities for families to enjoy, and as it's free entry they can come back and find new things to do each time they visit over the summer holidays."
Nick Sharratt studied graphic design at St Martin's School of Art in London before working initially as a magazine illustrator. He has now written over 40 children's books and illustrated close to 250 more and has won numerous awards.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a specially designed booklet which will be available to buy at the show or to download before visiting from the Museums Worcestershire website.
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is free and open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm for the whole of the summer holidays (closed Sundays and Bank Holidays).

For more information contact the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371, visit or follow @worcestermuseum on Twitter.