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 Events and Exhibitions

Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion
Until 23 April 2017
Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD

Exhibition examining why radical artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts, and quaint villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century and how, in the communities they created, artistic innovation ran hand in-hand with political, sexual and domestic experimentation. Perhaps having only a peripheral connection with book illustration, but might be of interest to many IBIS members.

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Rex Whistler: More than Murals
Until 23 April 2017
Mottisfont, near Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP

A major exhibition exploring the talents of the extraordinary artist, Rex Whistler, at the home of his last great artwork, Mottisfont House. Almost one hundred items are on display, from large oil paintings to sketchbooks, letters and personal items.

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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. The Expert Talk on 20 April 2017 will be given by Alan Powers, author of the recently-published book Edward Ardizzone Artist and Illustrator.

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Michael Foreman: Telling Tales
Until 22 April 2017
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

A major selling retrospective of works by one of the best-loved creators of children's books. The exhibition includes over 275 works spanning 50 years of achievement and focuses on his work as an illustrator of fairy tales, myths and legends, and children's classics, including collaborations with Brian Alderson, Angela Carter, Roald Dahl, Terry Jones and Michael Morpurgo.

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Future Events and Exhibitions

Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Objet d'art
7 to 9 April 2017
Grand Palais, Paris, France

In 2017, the Paris International Rare Book Fair will be held in collaboration with the National Chamber of Experts (C.N.E.S.). The public will be invited to two fairs in one : the International Rare Book Fair, and the Fine Art Fair, presented by the C.N.E.S. on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

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Illustrated, Children’s and Modern First Editions, Book Fair
8 April 2017
Holiday Inn, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT

Annual specialist bookfair - particularly good for rare illustrated books and often attended by IBIS members. Follow the link below for further details and free admission ticket.

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Helen Ward: The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse
12 April to 6 May 2017
Illustration Cupboard, London

An exhibition of Helen Ward’s original, watercolour illustrations from The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.

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The Art of Sidney Sime, Artist and Philosopher
15 April 2017 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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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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