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

John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce
Until 4 November 2018
House of Illustration, London

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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Bawden’s Beasts
Until 27 January 2019
The Higgins, Bedford

Wallpaper designs, drawings, prints and murals reveal Bawden’s fascination with animals and marine life, anthropomorphic insects and the macabre. The exhibition will feature Bawden’s work in a range of media throughout the course of his career, including his imaginative advertisements for Fortnum & Mason, and evocative prints of Aesop’s Fables.

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Julian Trevelyan: The Artist and his World
Until 10 February 2019
Pallant House, Chichester

A founding member of the British Surrealist Group, Julian Trevelyan (1910–1988) was at the centre of a defining moment in British 20th century art. He was an original participant of the Mass Observation project and embraced a wide variety of styles from surrealism to realism and abstraction. Through over 100 paintings and prints this exhibition reaffirms Trevelyan’s significant contribution to British art. It celebrates his distinctive visual language which reflects an enduring appetite for experimentation.

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Edward Burne-Jones
Until 24 February 2019
Tate Britain, London

This exhibition charts Burne-Jones’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.

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Events and Future Exhibitions

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration
2 November to 31 December 2018
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

A selling exhibition of Oxenbury's work, including illustrations and sketches for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibition is in celebration of the publication of Helen Oxenbury: a life in illustration by Leonard Marcus.

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Christina Rossetti
13 November 2018 to 17 March 2019
Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey

An exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary life, poetry and art of Christina Rossetti. Highlights of the show include luminous chalk portraits of the poet by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside lively illustrations to her poetry by Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys.

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The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration
17 November 2018 to 5 January 2019
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

The famous annual exhibition of British illustration art.

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William Morris and Wood Engraving
17 November 2018
The Coach House at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, London

A talk focusing on two decades in the career of William Morris, the 1860s and the 1890s, when he was directly concerned with wood engravings and the art of the book.

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Book Fair - Organised by the PBFA
6 and 7 June 2019
Fulham, London

One of the major annual bookfairs popular with collectors.

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Book Fair - Organised by the ABA
7 to 9 June 2019
Battersea, London

The high-end annual bookfair.

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Bloomsbury Book Fair - Organised by the Etc
9 June 2019
Bloomsbury, London

Regular bookfair, this one timed to coincide with the annual ABA fair.

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William Blake: The Artist
11 September 2019 to 2 February 2020
Tate Britain, London

With around 300 works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of Blake’s achievements and ambitions across a range of media.

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