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Drawings That Move: The Art of Joanna Quinn

Joanna Quinn is a British animator with a witty take on life. This exhibition brought together artwork, notebooks and films from the last 25 years to explore her methods and approaches.


This was the first-ever gallery retrospective of Joanna Quinn’s work, taking audiences on a journey from the artist’s early drawings and animations to some of her very latest. Along the way, the exhibition offered an insight into the creative and business processes involved in running a successful animation studio.

Quinn’s love for drawing and movement has been the driving force behind a beautifully distinctive body of animation, all hand-drawn on paper and cels. Some of the artist’s best-known work includes her signature character, Welsh housewife Beryl; an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA and Emmy-winning film based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; and the Charmin Bears, whose adverts for toilet paper are recognised all over the globe.

On our blog: The making of Drawings That Move