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'Here Be Dragons' at Bath's Victoria Art Gallery

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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
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Dragons Galore At Bath's Victoria Art Gallery
Victoria Art Gallery in Bath will be swarming with dragons until 8th October 2017. Winged and fanged creatures from all manner of Children's Literature decorate the gallery walls in murals, prints, framed books and artists sketches. The rooms are full of swooping colours, encouraging young and old folks to explore what makes dragons both friendly and fearsome. There will also be dragon-themed events throughout the Summer, beginning with a Lego building workshop that took place on the 22nd.

Alex Shaeffler's beloved Zog

Across the road from Pulteney Bridge and Bath's famous weir, the gallery is a two storey art space, with an impressive permanent collection on the first floor. 'Here Be Dragons' occupies the whole of the ground floor, and even the reception and gift shop have embraced the theme. There are dragons for all ages of little ones, be they into friendly, vibrantly coloured ones or dreadful treasure-hoarding beasts.

Dragon art
Some of the framed prints and murals

Amongst the displays and information boards are a number of 'activity stations' offering various creative opportunities for children and adults. Colouring and free drawing dragon templates are one option, and my favourite was the 'add your dragon to Bath's skyline' collage, that steadily grew during our visit there.

Just add dragon

The staff members were lovely to my son when we visited yesterday, and were extremely attentive to the visitors. There was an excited, fun atmosphere to the gallery which was perfectly in keeping with the theme of the day. A huge LEGO building activity took place yesterday, with visitors working together to create a huge dragon mosaic that adorned the walls. Once completed, there were over 40 thousand individual LEGO pieces that made up an impressive dragon image. Staff members jovially supervised many tubs of different coloured LEGO bits, doling them out to eager hands. There were even two dragon hunters who read to the children. It was superb.

Many hands make DRAGON

Dragon hunters

Panoramic view
A hive (or Dragon nest) of activity

With video clips of illustrators at work, cases full of sketchbooks, massive dragon murals and much much more, this is a very special and interactive exhibition. Right in the centre of town, the Victoria is perfectly placed to pop in to as part of a city excursion, and the £4.00 entree fee is worth it even for the collection on the first floor. With another three months to go, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Queen Victoria Herself

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Why? Fantastic Exhibition
When: 10.30-17.00
Phone: (0)1225 477233
Where: Victoria Art Gallery
Cost: See website for prices (but £4 for adults)
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