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

Bears in Books
Until 11 March 2017
Illustration Cupboard, London

A celebration of bears in books bringing together a diverse collection of original artwork from some of the best-loved bears in children’s literature, with the spotlight on 30 Years of Old Bear by Jane Hissey. Other highlights include illustrations of classic bears such as Paddington and Rupert, plus artwork from world class illustrators such as David McKee, John Prater, Anita Jeram, Jill Murphy, John Harrold, Deryk Henley and Christopher Wormell.

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Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter
Until 19 March 2017
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

In bringing together art and literature, Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter explores the enormous impact of author and journalist Angela Carter - one of the most distinctive literary voices of the last 100 years. Echoing Carter’s recurring themes of feminism, mysticism, sexuality and fantasy, the exhibition includes historically significant works by Marc Chagall, William Holman Hunt, Paula Rego, Dame Laura Knight, Leonora Carrington and John Bellany, on loan from major national collections

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The Brothers Robinson
Until 26 March 2017
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, Middlesex

The Robinson Brothers were all prodigiously talented and acclaimed illustrators. This exhibition shows 60 of the brothers’ original book and magazine illustrations, many seen in public for the first time. Curator and Robinson family descendant Dr Peter Higginson says: “Tom, Charles and Will were like a family dynamo of creativity, who were fortunate to be present at one of the most exciting moments in the history of illustration.”

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There will be a Curator's Tour of the exhibition on 2 March 2017. Click Here for details of this event

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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Future Events and Exhibitions

Exhibition: Barbara Jones and Malvina Cheek
6 to 11 March 2017
Neil Jennings at the Art Workers' Guild, London

Selling exhibition of work by Barbara Jones and Malvina Cheek.

Monday 6th March – Friday 10th March 10.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday 11th March 10.30am – 1pm

Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


The New York Antiquarian Book Fair
9 to 12 March 2017
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, USA

Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more..

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Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection:
Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art
17 and 18 March 2017
University of Delaware, Newark, USA

The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and writers and illustrators of the 1890s. It holds more than 9,000 books, letters, manuscripts, and artworks, including many signed items by such figures as Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Max Beerbohm, William Morris, Christina and D. G. Rossetti, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Aubrey Beardsley.

The collection was recently donated to the University of Delaware. This conference celebrates the collection and its donation to the University.

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Bristol Artists Book Event
1 to 2 April 2017
Arnolfini, Bristol

IBIS members might be interested in this event, which champions the book as an artform and usually includes a good selection of illustrated books. Since 2007, "BABE" has established a reputation as an event to meet and chat to book artists about their work and buy works of art. More than 80 makers will take part. There will be performances, interventions, talks and workshops across the weekend.

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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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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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