Quentin Blake’s free-flowing, vibrant and expressive sketches have brought to life some of Britain’s most celebrated children’s books, from the charming mischief of Roald Dahl’s The BFG and James and the Giant Peach, to modern classics by comedian David Walliams. Visit Compton Verney this autumn to explore over 140 of Blake’s original drawings and storyboards.
Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845 is one of history’s greatest puzzles. Search missions found wrecks and graves of several crew members, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the final missing ship, Erebus, was discovered. Through expedition relics, ‘Death in the Ice’ offers visitors the opportunity to examine this mystery.
* Until 7th January 2018. National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF. 020 8312 6565; rmg.co.uk
Peter Carl Fabergé directed the production of over 200,000 pieces of jewellery, silverware and objets d’art. To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, explore the glittering history of Fabergé’s beautiful designs that survived the Bolsheviks’ rule
* 14th October–11th February 2018. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ. 01603 593199; scva.ac.uk
Inspired by Bletchley
Taking inspiration from the top-secret codebreakers of Bletchley Park during the Second World War, this interactive installation by artist Pallavi Paul explores all aspects of secrecy. Entitled ‘Terra Firma’, this installation ties in with the Fitzwilliam Museum’s latest exhibition entitled ‘Codebreakers and Groundbreakers’.
* 24th October–4th February 2018. The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB. 01223 332900; fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
Nordic Design: a selling exhibition
Indulge in some Scandi style this autumn as The Fine Art Society presents its showcase of twentieth-century Nordic design. This year there is a particular focus on the beautifully fluid silver items crafted by Georg Jensen, but also see decorative objects and furniture by famous Nordic designers like Hans Hansen, Nanna Ditzel and Astrid Fog. All pieces are available to buy, too!
* 27th November-3rd January. The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT. 020 7629 5116; thefineartsociety.com
Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain by Ed Kluz
Explore the largest solo exhibition to date by artist, illustrator and printmaker, Ed Kluz. Celebrating all that is eccentric and unusual about the historic temples and towers across Britain, expect to see an exquisite range of paper collages, scraper boards and prints.
* 11th November – 25th February. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG. 01924 832631; ysp.org.uk