The following events and exhibitions have come to our notice. Although some of these are not specifically related to book illustration, we think they might be of particular interest to IBIS members. We welcome details of events and exhibitions you think our members would be interested in.

Current Exhibitions

The Twentieth Century according to Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle
Until 21 March 2020
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Launching on what would have been Ronald Searle’s 100th birthday, this exhibition pairs the works of these two inspired master draughtsmen. They complement each other well, as each had his own surreal take on the rapidly changing modern world. Together they covered the twentieth century, Heath Robinson dying just before the end of the Second World War, at the time that the young Searle was forging his art in captivity in Changi Gaol, in Singapore.

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Mushrooms: The Art Design and Future of Fungi
Until 26 April 2020
Somerset House, London

Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy, as well as the promise it offers to reimagine our relationship with the planet. Illustration-based exhibits include works by Beatrix Potter and illustrations from eight editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain
Until 10 May 2020
House of Illustration, London

The first ever retrospective of the Polish-Jewish émigré who brought European modernist aesthetics to British graphic design.

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Aubrey Beardsley
Until 25 May 2020
Tate Britain, London

This will be the first exhibition dedicated to Beardsley at Tate since 1923, and the largest display of his original drawings in Europe since the seminal 1966 exhibition at the V&A, which triggered a Beardsley revival.

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Making an Impression: The Art of Relief Printmaking
Until 13 September 2020
V&A Museum, London (Paintings Gallery, Room 88a and the Julie and Robert Breckman Prints and Drawings Gallery, Room 90)

Featuring prints alongside blocks, plates and tools used to make them, this display explores the varied techniques and rich effects of relief printmaking. It spans a 600-year history of Western printmaking, showcasing the work of craftsmen, pioneers and entrepreneurs, with objects ranging from medieval playing cards to contemporary fine art.

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Beatrix Potter’s Fairyland
Until 15 November 2020
V&A Museum, London (Room 102)

From ‘honey dew’ drinking parties to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, discover Beatrix Potter’s response to the world of fairies and fairytales. This display explores her attempts at adapting existing tales and her invention of new ones and how, in her imagery, she took inspiration both from the natural world and the work of other illustrators. Further details coming soon.

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Future Events and Exhibitions

IBIS Meeting
Charles Keeping: Exhibition Tour
22 April 2020
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner

Group visit to the Charles Keeping Exhibition with the Curator, Geoffrey Beare.

Full Details to be Announced Soon

IBIS Meeting
Visit to the Whittington Press
15 July 2020
Whittington, near Cheltenham

Group visit to the Whittington Press with printer, designer, bibliographer John Randle.

Full Details to be Announced Soon

The Oxford Fine Press Book Fair
21 and 21 November 2020
The Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford

NOTE: This fair has been postponed from March 2020. The dates we are showing are the latest we have heard from the organisers.
The usual mix of stands for presses, trade suppliers, and related organisations, plus lectures and prizes ... and, of particular interest to IBIS members, will be the large number of dealers offering fine press and illustrated editions.

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