Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition originated by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books’

Michael Foreman is one of Britain’s best-known and internationally acclaimed creators of books for children. A multi award winning author, he has been illustrating for children for over 50 years. With original artwork on show alongside playful props and costumes, Seven Stories’ exhibition, (supported by Arts Council England, Newcastle Council Fund, Anderson Press, Templar Publishing and Pavilion Books), explores Michael’s storytelling, and imagines a world without conflict, that cares for our environment and celebrates the importance of friendship.


Travel the world through Michael’s drawings from his sketchbook, which went with him everywhere. Stomp around like a Dinosaur as if you were in Dinosaurs and all that rubbish, or maybe discover an unlikely friend like Ali Pasha.

With storytelling, activities and even a chance for an air raid experience where one of our ARP Wardens will lead you into our WWII shelters and give you a history of an air raid shelter, there is plenty to explore and maybe discover the artist within yourself too!

Snuggle in to one of the cosy reading corners, sketch away in drawing activities or write your ideas for ‘peace’ on the blackboard. There will be objects on display from the real life Ali Pasha story belonging to Henry Friston dating to the First World War – his ship HMS Implacable was a Chatham based ship!

Pricing Information

Included in your annual ticket!