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

Chris Beetles Summer Show
On until 31 August 2017
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

The major annual selling exhibition, including more than 200 examples of British painting and sculpture.

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The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler
On until 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
On until 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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50 Years of Mr Benn
On until 16 September 2017
Illustration Cupboard, London

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic and much-loved Mr Benn books. The name ‘Mr Benn’ conjures strong memories of childhood adventures through the changing-room door of the fancy dress shop on Festive Rd. Illustrationcupboard Gallery celebrates these fifty years of this timeless character with its creator David McKee.

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Ravilious and Co: the Pattern of Friendship
On until 17 September 2017
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Based on new research and telling a story that has never been told before, this exhibition explores the significant relationships and working collaborations between Ravilious and an important group of friends and affiliates, including Paul and John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Tirzah Garwood, Edward Bawden, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, and Diana Low

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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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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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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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Future Events and Exhibitions

Visualising the Water-Babies
9 September to 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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Paul Nash
9 September 2017 to 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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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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