Pirates display sails into gallery

Brighouse Library and Smith Art Gallery
Brighouse Library and Smith Art Gallery

A swashbuckling exhibition of pirates, treasure and adventure has arrived at Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse.

A treasure chest full of original drawings from “Pirates ‘n’ Pistols”, the award-winning children’s book by Chris Mould, has arrived at the Brighouse gallery after a successful run at Bankfield Museum in Halifax.

Andrew Pitts, Calderdale Council’s Head of Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m really pleased that the Pirates exhibition is travelling to the Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse.

“The featured works appeal to both adults, who can appreciate the intricacy of the artwork, and children, who love the subject matter and colourful characters.

“This fantastic exhibition will add to the wonderful works already on display at the gallery.”

Illustrator and author Chris Mould was born in Bradford and studied illustration at Leeds Polytechnic. He now has a studio at Dean Clough in Halifax.

His dark and humorous artwork has been presented on the BBC, Channel 4 and with Aardman Animation, the creators of Wallace and Gromit.

He was the winner of the Nottingham Children’s Book Award and the Swiss Prix Enfantasie Best Children’s Novel Award.

In 2013, he was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for his book “Pirates ‘n’ Pistols”.

Chris said: “There’s something strangely appealing about the pirate.

“In his long coat tails and his shining boots, his plaited hair and his wide brimmed hat. A shining gold tooth in his roguish grin and a menacing glint in his narrow eyes.

“In reality of course, he is a different prospect. Someone to be avoided at all costs. A menace on the water.

“But within the pages of a storybook, he is a fun and crucial character in any seafaring tale worth its salt.”

The gallery is open Monday and Friday, 10am to 5pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 4pm; and Saturday from 10am to 3.30pm. Admission is free.