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David Hughes: Why Can’t You Draw Something Nice…

Why Can’t You Draw Something Nice…?

David Hughes is an internationally acclaimed illustrator who has worked for Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The Observer, Granada TV, The Daily Express, The Guardian, The BBC, Punch, The Folio Society and many more.


Moyse’s Hall Museum is delighted to present the incredible work of internationally acclaimed illustrator, David Hughes in an exhibition that spans his entire career, particularly focusing on his satire, illustrations, and popular culture.


In an exhibition co-curated with the artist, ‘Why Can’t You Draw Something Nice…?’ explores the many medias of a career in book, newspaper, and magazine illustration, as well as design for television, film, and operatic productions, and shares his pandemic journals and sculptures – works created as a reaction to the once in a generational event that brought our way of life to a standstill.


A career that has seen commissions for The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Washington Post, The Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, The Daily Express, The Folio Society, Faber & Faber, Esquire USA, BBC, Granada Television, Channel 4, GQ, Punch, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, and many more.


With over 170 pieces on display this is a large exhibition, with many pieces never publicly displayed before.


Watch a YouTube clip – David Hughes: “Why can’t you draw something nice…?” (


NB: All exhibition tickets include access to the full museum collection including:

– West Suffolk’s infamous Crime and Punishment displays with a book bound in human skin, witchcraft, and more

– The history of the Abbey and our treasures of the medieval period

– A rotating display of our fine art collection which includes Mary Beale and Sybil Andrews

– The museum’s world-renowned Gershom Parkington Clock Collection and Suffolk Regiment displays

– Terry Deary’s Terrible Tales

– Styled: Women and costume on canvas in the 17th Century


Times: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm), Sun 12pm-4pm (last entry 3pm)

Tickets: Adult £5, Senior Citizen £4.50, Child and Full Time Student £3. Under 5’s go free and do not need a ticket.

Booking: Advised – online or call The Apex Box Office on 01284 758000

Venue: Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds


This event is promoted by West Suffolk Heritage.


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Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK