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Find out more about the inspiration behind Quentin Blake's exhibition, The Only Way to Travel, in this short film.

This major UK exhibition of new works by celebrated artist and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake (b. 1932) explores challenging issues from mental health to the refugee crisis.

The Only Way to Travel features extraordinary beasts, machines and narrative scenes, exploring themes such as dislocation, loneliness and depression.

With his fluid, energetic approach, Blake captures the vitality of the human spirit, exploring modern life and the creative mind in his distinctive and powerful style.

Blake studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge, life drawing at the Chelsea School of Art, and education at the London Institute of Education. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art and has collaborated with many writers including Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl. Blake has written and illustrated two of his own books, Words and Pictures and Beyond the Page, and has worked on exhibitions and projects for museums, hospitals and public spaces in England and France. Blake has received a knighthood and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. He lives and works in London and Hastings.