The following events and exhibitions have come to our notice and 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

The Art of Sidney Sime, Artist and Philosopher
Until to 28 May 2017
Lightbox, Woking

This will be the biggest ever exhibition of the artist’s work and include many recently restored paintings and illustrations from the collection based in Worplesdon. The exhibition ‘The Art of Sidney Sime, Artist and Philosopher’ will explore the life of Sidney H Sime (1865 – 1941), one of the greatest imaginative artists since Blake, renowned for his book and magazine illustrations, paintings and drawings.

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Brambly Hedge
The Art of Jill Barklem
Until 3 June 2017
Illustration Cupboard

The mice of Brambly Hedge made their first appearance in 1980 when Jill Barklem’s four seasonal stories were published. Ever since, readers have loved exploring the miniature world of the hedgerow and meeting the families that live there. This exhibition will showcase a collection of original sketches and illustrations from the Spring and Summer stories that have been delighting adults and children alike for 37 years. This is the first time that this collection of artwork has ever been exhibited in the UK or made available for sale.

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Edward Ardizzone's Illustrations
Until 11 June 2017
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, London

Edward Ardizzone RA (1900-79) was one of relatively few British artists who defined the field of illustration for their generation. Although his work as an artist and illustrator was wide-ranging, it is for his children's books that he is best known. This exhibition will seek to restore the balance by giving equal weight to Ardizzone's illustrations for adults, including many of his greatest works.

‘Edward Ardizzone’s Illustrations’ is curated by the Museum’s Collection and Exhibitions Manager, Geoffrey Beare.

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The Children of the Poor
The Drawings of Edith Farmiloe
Until 8 July 2017
Treasure House, Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE

This is the first exhibition dedicated to the work of Edith Farmiloe. Between 1895 and 1909, this self-taught artist wrote about and illustrated the lives of children living in her husband’s parish in Soho, and later in South Hackney. Edith’s work demonstrates a natural affinity with children. She shared their joys and humours, jealousies and kindnesses and all the other quick emotions that make up the drama of childhood.

This is an IBIS supported event, curated by Geoffrey Beare.

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Future Events and Exhibitions

London International Antiquarian Book Fair
1 to 3 June 2017
Olympia, London

Annual major event in London for collectors and dealers. Free tickets are available via the fair's website.

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The Selfish Giant by Alexis Deacon
6 to 28 June 2017
Illustration Cupboard, London

Alexis Deacon’s first book Slow Loris (2002) was named by Time Magazine as one of the top hundred best children’s books of all time and he has twice been recipient of The New York Times best children’s book award. Alexis has released, for sale, the drawings for his version of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, The Selfish Giant.

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Fêtes Galantes - New Watercolours and Drawings by Ian Archie Beck
19 to 24 June 2017
Art Workers’ Guild, London

A selling exhibition of new work, hosted by Jennings Fine Art.

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The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler
15 July to 3 September 2017
Nunnington Hall (National Trust), near York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY

Nick Sharratt, the man behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker books, is now the subject of a new colourful, humorous and hands-on exhibition.
The exhibition explores Nick’s passion for drawing, from childhood to his current status as an internationally renowned illustrator and author, the show features many of the well-known characters that Nick has illustrated over the years. These include Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete, as well as a host of animals, and vast quantities of food and clothing.

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Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants by Nick Sharratt
15 July to 10 September 2017
Mottisfont (National Trust) near Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP

Axel Scheffler has been creating imaginative illustrations for more than 30 years, and is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Julia Donaldson, including the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over eleven million copies worldwide and been translated into 70 languages. This exhibition features many favourites from his personal collection.

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