IBIS Meetings

“Three Imaginative Friends”
Martin Steenson will speak on Harry Clarke, John Austen and Alan Odle
28 February 2018, 19:00 for 19:30 start
Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London

In 1925, St George’s Gallery in London held an exhibition of 3 kindred spirits. Harry Clarke, also a fine stained-glass artist, is perhaps best known for his illustrations to Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, while John Austen, the most prolific of the group, illustrated a fine Hamlet amongst others. Alan Odle, on the other hand, struggled to get his work published, but it was much appreciated by the other two. The talk will cover their lives and work. There will be some original artwork on display.
Tickets £7.50, including wine and nibbles.

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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 suggestions for anything you think we might include on this page.

Current Exhibitions

Charles Mozley Exhibition
On until 18 November 2017
Riverside Gallery, Richmond, Surrey

An exhibition of rarely seen work by Charles Mozley.

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Jan Pieńkowski
Until 18 November 2017
Illustration Cupboard, London

A solo exhibition for the artist and illustrator Jan Pieńkowski, showcasing a diverse collection which spans his illustrious career

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Cecil Aldin: The Art of Black Beauty
On until 25 November 2017
Museum of Norwich, Bridewell Alley

A display of Cecil Aldin watercolours, painted for the 1912 edition of Black Beauty - a text first printed in Norwich by Jarrolds and Sons 140 years ago.

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Visualising the Water-Babies
On until 26 November 2017
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner

The William Heath Robinson Trust collection includes 45 illustrations for The Water-Babies including two very fine water-colours. These will be exhibited together with examples of the best work by other illustrators inspired by Kingsley’s book. These include the two illustrations by Noel Paton for the first edition of the book in 1863 and a number of Linley Sambourne’s original drawings and artist’s proofs for the first fully-illustrated edition of 1885. As well as Heath Robinson’s drawings for the 1915 edition, we will have line drawings and watercolours by Margaret Tarrant for a 1908 edition, pen drawings by Helen Jacobs for an abridged edition of 1935 and work by Harold Jones in 1961.

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Seven Kinds of Magic
On until 10 December 2017
New Art Gallery, Walsall

This exhibition comprises original illustrations by Quentin Blake for 7 books in which magic appears in different forms, including The Witches by Roald Dahl, shown alongside works from the gallery’s Permanent Collection chosen by House of Illustration, in consultation with the artist, which link to each of the illustrated texts.

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The Lost Words
On until 17 December 2017
Compton Verney, Warwickshire

This exhibition combines the work of artist Jackie Morris and writer, Robert Macfarlane, to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s power to spark the imagination..

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Works of Feeling: Pre-Raphaelite Book Illustration
On until 22 December 2017
Royal Academy, London

A small selection, in the Library Print Room, of book illustration, giving insight into the literary and emotional sources of Pre-Raphaelite creativity.

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Paul Nash
On until 14 January 2018
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

Paul Nash (1889-1946) was one of the most distinctive British artists of the 20th century and was a key figure in British Surrealism. His art forged an important new connection between surreal and mystical ideas and the English landscape. This significant exhibition spans Nash’s lifework, from his earliest drawings and the iconic war paintings to his powerfully emotional final landscapes.

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Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
On until 21 January 2018
House of Illustration, London

The first major exhibition of stage designs by celebrated illustrator and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

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Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
Until 28 January 2018
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Exhibition of the work of one of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Tove Jansson, known internationally as creator of the Moomin characters. Her wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting, however, are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.

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The Artful Book: 70 Years of The Folio Society
On until 28 January 2018
National Art Library Landing, V&A, London

The Folio Society is one of the most celebrated publishers of illustrated, collectable books for adults. This cabinet display features illustrated books and bindings, as well as original artwork and ephemera from the publisher’s archive.

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John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children’s Books
On until 4 March 2018
House of Illustration, London

Quentin Blake has had a number of extended collaborations with writers, and the longest of all with John Yeoman. Yeoman persuaded Blake to try children’s illustration for the first time in 1960. This resulted in their earliest book - A Drink of Water, being re-issued by Thames & Hudson in the autumn. Since then they have worked together on nearly 50 projects, continuing to this day. The latest, All The Year Round, will be launched by Andersen Press on 2 October to coincide with the exhibition.

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Christy Burdock, Illustrator in Residence at House of Illustration
Until March 2018
House of Illustration, London

Christy, a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, describes her drawings as reflecting ‘the narrative of the everyday’. She works by immersing herself in microsocieties, observing individuals and the relationships between them, and then layering this observation with metaphor and imagination to create new worlds.

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Future Events and Exhibitions

The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration, 1880 - 2017
18 November 2017 to 9 January 2018
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

The famous annual exhibition of fine art book illustration. This year featuring over 600 pictures covering the last two centuries, with prices ranging from £350 to £35,000

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Pictures in the Fire, or: Great Uncle George Dalziel, Discovering a Long Lost Family History
24 November 2017
St Bride Foundation, London

The Brothers Dalziel originated from Northumberland and came from a very large family of eight brothers and four sisters. In the second quarter of the 19th century, the family move from Newcastle to London to set up their own engraving workshop, The Camden Press. Douglas’ talk is a culmination of 11 years worth of research and like any good story there is always a prequel. So to enliven the Dalziel story he unlocked the door and brushed off the dust and immersed himself in the archives. He started to look at the Dalziel family in 19th century Northumberland and how it all began, tracing the family footsteps. By doing this Douglas started to uncover some remarkable stories about the origins of the Brothers Dalziel; along the way he has created some new stories, and this is what he will discuss during his talk.

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
9 December 2017 to 8 April 2018
V&A, London

The story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, brought to life through sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

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Fine Press Book Fair
24 and 25 March 2018
Kassam Stadium Conference and Events Centre, Oxford

This major booksfair for collectors of fine press and illustrated books takes place every two years in Oxfors (although has had to be delayed until 2018). As alweays there will be stalls for presses, specialist book dealers, trade suppliers, and related organisations.

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Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair
28 March 2018
Manhattan, New York, USA

Specialist book fair organised by the Fine Press Book Association, timed to coincide with the Manhattan Vintage Book and Ephemera Show.

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Edward Bawden (Exhibition)
28 May to 9 September 2018
Dulwich Picture Gallery

This exhibition will bring together 170 works to re-introduce Bawden as a hugely versatile artist, who effortlessly pushed the boundaries between fine and commercial art. It will be the first to show the full breadth of Bawden’s artistic output, covering each of the many disciplines he mastered over his 60-year career, as well as exploring his lesser-known achievements as a fine artist.

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