Manchester Art Gallery

Happy Birthday Miffy!

A family friendly exhibition celebrating Miffy, the iconic bunny rabbit created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 15 April 2006–Sunday 3 September 2006


Miffy is a worldwide phenomenon loved by children, teenagers and nostalgic adults alike. Throughout the summer of 2006, Manchester Art Gallery was home to Miffy memorabilia, drawings and sketches, Miffy books and hands-on activities. There were also regular special events including puppet-making at a Miffy party,  chances to meet Miffy and create your own Miffy drawings.

The exhibition enabled visitors to find out more about Dick Bruna, his life as a graphic artist and his early artistic influences. As well as displaying Miffy memorabilia, drawings and sketches, the exhibition included over one hundred artworks from Dick Bruna’s archive in Holland – on display for the first time in the UK. Amongst the exhibits were original pencil sketches plus limited edition prints, personal letters, photos and other memorabilia, providing a total retrospective of Bruna’s work.

The gallery shop also had a wide range of Miffy merchandise for all ages – from fashionable cosmetic bags and school bags to affordable pocket money goodies such as pens, key rings, notebooks and transfers – so guests could go home with a souvenir or two. A range of Miffy books and gifts for smaller children, such as Miffy toys for babies, mobiles, height charts and aprons were also available.