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

Louis Wain and the Cat Show, 2017
On until 29 September 2017
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

The annual celebration of cat art, displaying almost 200 works, including over 125 paintings, drawings and sketches by Louis Wain. The exhibition will also include previously unseen watercolours by Susan Herbert, Lesley Anne Ivory and Lesley Fotherby.

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John Minton, A Centenary
On until 1 October 2017
Pallant House, Chichester

A major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of British artist John Minton. The exhibition explores the artist’s achievements far beyond his reputation as a leading post-war illustrator and influential tutor.

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Jane Ray: A World of Colour and Light
On until 14 October 2017
Illustration Cupboard, London

Exhibition of original art work by Jane Ray for her books: The Elephants Garden and The Glass Maker’s Daughter

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Alphonse Mucha, In Quest of Beauty
On until 29 October 2017
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

A major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation, exploring the work of the artist around the theme of beauty. Showing around 100 works primarily drawn from the Mucha Trust collection, the exhibition includes include drawings, paintings, photographs and some of the artist’s celebrated poster designs, synonymous with the Art Nouveau style of the fin-de-siècle

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Arthur Rackham in Sussex on his 150th birthday
On until 29 October 2017
Bateman’s, East Susses

19 September 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Arthur Rackham’s birth. He is linked to Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash, East Sussex, through his illustrations of Puck of Pook’s Hill, a tale Kipling based on the house and gardens, and to Sussex in general through a number of locations. To celebrate, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy presents this exhibition of Arthur Rackham’s works inspired by Sussex at National Trust Bateman’s.

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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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There will be an ‘Expert Talk’ on Charles Kingsley and the Water Babies by Franziska Kohlt, at the Museum on 3 November 2017. Tickets will be available soon.

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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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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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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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

Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
22 September 2017 to 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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John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children’s Books
6 October 2017 to 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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ALICE - an exhibition inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll
21 October 2017 to 26 November 2017
Blue Ginger Gallery, near Malvern

An exhibition of new work for sale in a wide range of media inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice.

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The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events, including talks by IBIS Treasurer, Carroll scholar and collector, Mark Richards (on 21 October 2017) and artist/illustrator John Vernon Lord (on 4 November 2017).

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Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
25 October 2017 to 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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Lecture: The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration by Emma Laws
8 November 2017
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Lecture in which Emma Laws (Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature at the V&A) looks at how the picture books of Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway revolutionised children&rsdquo;s publishing, tracing this practice back to the work of Cruikshank, who influenced many great illustrators.

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Fry Gallery, Annual Exhibition and Sale
11 and 12 November 2017
Fry Gallery, Castle Street, Saffron Walden

This year’s sale will include works by John Aldridge, Jonathan Ashworth, Edward Bawden, John Bellany, Paul Catherall, Geoffrey Clarke, Jonathan Clarke, Anne Desmet, Alice Evans, Melvyn Evans, Nigel Hall, Maggi Hambling, Jonny Hannah, Mark Hearld, Sam Herman, Ken Howard, Susan Jenkins, Andy Lovell, Hugh Morton, Tessa Newcomb, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Rothenstein, Terry Shone, Telfer Stokes, Benjamin Sullivan and Emily Sutton.

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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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