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Quentin Blake Book Covers

Please note that this event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please see our News page for the latest information.

Quentin Blake Book Covers

In the Mezzanine Gallery

As the UK’s best-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake has been drawing for books for over 50 years. While he is best known for his illustrations for children’s books, his career began with covers for magazines and adult fiction.

In this new touring exhibition from House of Illustration, Blake shares 30 of his favourite covers from three celebrated publishers – a selection of his distinctive covers for Penguin paperbacks, his work for premium hardbacks for The Folio Society, and his illustrated covers for children’s books published by Jonathan Cape. Through these eclectic and punchy designs Blake demonstrates how his inimitable style always comes through, even when adapting to the different subject matters and audiences.

Open Exhibition

Open Exhibition 2021: Water (Rescheduled)

Monday 19 July – Friday 1 October 2021

In the Sadler Gallery

Please note that this exhibition has been rescheduled from 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

This year our open Exhibition celebrates Water.


The importance of water in Havant’s heritage is well known and documented. The springs, streams and aquifers led to the initial settlements and later industries in our area.  In recognition of this, we are asking local artists to celebrate Water in our 2020 Open Exhibition.


On display in our main gallery and café area, this exhibition celebrates work by local artists, selected by a panel of experts. We will also be asking visitors to vote for their favourite, sparking conversation about which piece you like best.


To Enter:

Artists working in any medium can enter up to three works for consideration by an expert panel, with a prize of £100 awarded to one piece during the exhibition.


The exhibition will be on display in The Spring’s Sadler Gallery in the summer.


Entry costs £15 (for up to three pieces) and must be submitted by Friday 28 May 2021 at 5pm


Information for Artists 

Submission Form




Thursday 23 July - Saturday 29 August

In the Mezzanine Gallery

An interactive summer exhibition all about art.


Recreate famous works of art, dress up as characters from paintings, contribute to our huge picture and try some new artistic materials.


Our free exhibition is full of fun with gallery games, dressing up stations and a chance to be inspired by some of the most famous artists in history.


Recommended for children under 8, accompanied by an adult


This exhibition is kindly supported by Councillor Ray Bolton.