What do you think about when you think about nothing?

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
14 Jul 2021 — 26 Sep 2021
  • Exhibitions & Displays
This was a programme of live and digital events – What do you think about when you think about nothing? – all curated by children’s author and illustrator, Lauren Child CBE, who has been influenced by the genius imagination of Blake.

Running alongside the exhibition Quentin Blake: Gifted, famous illustrator Lauren Child CBE curated engaging and creative events for audiences to get involved with. This was what’s on offer:

When asked ‘where do you get your ideas from?’, my answer had frequently been something along the lines of: childhood memories, things people tell me, overheard things, observed things, funny things, sad things, things that pop into my head…  But when I gave myself space to consider my answer fully, it struck me that I was wrong: these are just elements that contribute to the genesis of an idea.  A memory is not an idea.  A sad happening is not an idea.  Ideas begin to form when these particles collide, and I begin to see pattern or meaning in the connections, something whole and original. A new thing.  A complete idea.


Read Lauren Child CBE’s full manifesto here.