Red Chair Art Charity Auction at the Children’s Bath Literature Festival

The Bath Guildhall

The Bath Guildhall - Credit: Archant

This is your chance to own a unique piece of original art by one of the UK’s best and most popular illustrators. Come along to Bath’s Guildhall on the 1 October to bid on one of several framed pieces of art – each depicting the famous Bath Children’s Literature Red Chair.

Is your wall in need of a Gruffalo or a doodle from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell? Over 60 of the biggest names in children’s literature have donated original artwork of their most famous characters in the Festival’s iconic big red storytelling chair to help support Bath Festivals. 15 specially commissioned one-off pieces by renowned children’s book illustrators will be auctioned on the night. All of the artists have included their own, entertaining interpretation of the Festivals’ iconic red storytelling chair.

Artists include:

Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo)

Ben Cort (Aliens love Underpants)

Chris Riddell (Goth Girl)

Nick Sharratt (The Story of Tracey Beaker)

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Korky Paul (Winnie the Witch)

Alison Jay (Welcome to the Zoo)

Michael Foreman (War Game)

Laurence Anholt (Snow White and the Seven Aliens)

Mini Grey (Traction Man is Here)

Steven Lenton (Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam)

Sarah McIntyre (Morris the Mankiest Monster)

David Melling (Hugless Dugless)

Liz Pichon (Tom Gates)

David Roberts (Dirty Bertie)

Kristina Stephenson (Sir Charlie Stinky Socks)

A special online auction will also be launched that night with over 50 pieces of original red chair artwork.

Help secure the future of the Bath Festivals internationally renowned programme of popular Festivals and be in with a chance of acquiring a piece of artwork to treasure for your family, school or business.

Drinks and nibbles will be served from 7pm on 1 October, the auction will commence at 8pm.

To view them before the night pop into the in the Corridor Arcade in the run up to the Festival or wander along to the Framing Workshop in Walcot Street. If you would like to discuss placing a bid remotely for one of the 15 pieces to be auctioned on the night (either a phone bid or a commission bid, please contact

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