The Snowman™

20 October 2018 to 6 January 2019
Free with Brighton Museum admission, residents & members

One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ much loved classic picture book, come and discover the magic in this exhibition of the original illustrations.

In 1982 The Snowman was adapted for the screen and some of the original hand-drawn cels, celluloid sheets used for traditional animation, are also on display.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs © Snowman Enterprises Ltd, 1978

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs © Snowman Enterprises Ltd, 1978

To commemorate the 40th anniversary, children’s author Michael Morpurgo has reimagined Raymond Briggs’ original tale as a chapter book with illustrations by Robin Shaw. Robin Shaw has also created a short animation especially for the anniversary celebrations that will premiere in the gallery from 4 December.

Throughout October and November, award-winning visual artist Helen Marshall is creating a portrait of The Snowman and James from photographs submitted by members of the public. The final image will be unveiled and on display in the gallery from 4 December.

People can take part by sending in festive photographs and sharing their stories at the People’s Picture website throughout October and November.
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Make a day of it and visit Christmas at the Royal Pavilion between 17 November 2018 to 1 January 2019.