IBIS Meetings

“Three Imaginative Friends”
Martin Steenson will speak on Harry Clarke, John Austen and Alan Odle
28 February 2018

NOTE: This event is now fully subscribed

Autumn Meeting: Ian Beck speaking on Harold Jones
4 October 2018, Art Workers’ Guild, London

Full details will be available later in the year

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

John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children’s Books
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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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Until 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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Works of Feeling: Pre-Raphaelite Book Illustration
Until 27 April 2018
Royal Academy, London

The Pre-Raphaelites are admired for the groundbreaking combination of vibrant colour, naturalism and emotional charge contained in their paintings. What is far less known is that early in their careers they were accomplished book illustrators. The Royal Academy holds a collection of these works in print and book form and are showing a small selection in the Library Print Room, giving further insight into the literary and emotional sources of Pre-Raphaelite creativity.

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Neo-Romantic Book Illustration in Britain 1943 to 1955
Until 20 May 2018
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, London

Neo-Romanticism was an art movement that drew inspiration partly from the landscapes of Samuel Palmer and the illustrations of William Blake, but also from more recent art movements such as cubism. It focused on the emotional content of the work, prioritising content over form.

This exhibition explores a new spirit of romanticism which suffused English book and magazine illustration as people reacted against the gloom of the blackout and rationing of the second world war. The key artists of the movement include John Minton, Keith Vaughan, John Craxton, Michael Ayrton, Edward Bawden and Henry Moore, all of whom are represented in the exhibition.

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NOTE: There will be an expert talk by Martin Salisbury on 12 April 2018. Click Here for details.

Future Events and Exhibitions

Book Fair: Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions
24 February 2018
Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London

Annual bookfair, which has proven to be of particular interest to IBIS members in the past. Follow the link for a complimentary ticket.

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“Colours More Than Sentences”
Illustrated Editions of The Ballad of Reading Gaol
14 March to 8 June 2018
Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, RG1 6AF

An exhibition of illustrated editions of Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Curated by Michael Seeney for the Department of English, University of Reading and the Berkshire Record Office.

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Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942
17 March to 10 June 2018
Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Based on new research and telling a previously untold story, this exhibition (previously shown at the Towner Art Gallery) chronicles the personal and professional relationships between Ravilious and artist-designers such as Paul Nash, John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Eileen Tirzah Garwood, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, Diana Low, and one of his closest friends, Edward Bawden.

Ravilious & Co brings together nearly 500 paintings, prints, drawings, engravings, books, ceramics, wallpapers, and textiles – many rarely shown and previously unknown – and highlights key moments in the artists’ lives and work from first meetings at the Royal College of Art, to the evolution of their artistic practices into commercial and industrial design.

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Auction: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
23 March 2018
Bonhams, Knightsbridge

Large collection of material relating to Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, including personal effects, books, illustrations, photographs. Of particular interest to IBIS members will be the work of Leonard Baskin.

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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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Quentin Blake: Voyages to The Moon and The Sun
4 May to 30 September 2018
House of Illustration, London

The first ever exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations for this French literary classic, coinciding with The Folio Society’s publication of a new edition. Cyrano de Bergerac’s 17th century tale of space travel inspired many of fiction’s greatest fantasy adventures.

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Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
25 May to 30 September 2018
House of Illustration, London

Enid Marx is regarded as one of the artists who defined mid-20th century design. Over 150 works, many previously unseen, show her progression from hand-printed textiles to industrially-produced weaves, including her 1930s seating pattern for London Transport.

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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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John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce
13 July to 4 November 2018
House of Illustration

John Vernon Lord’s pen and ink drawings are rich with metaphor, pattern and codes. This exhibition features his extraordinary work for five books including Finnegan’s Wake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses.

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