Exhibitions and events which we think may be of interest to IBIS members.

We welcome suggestions for additions to this list.

Current Exhibitions

Korky Paul’s Magic of Illustration (with a Flying Visit from Winnie and Wilbur)
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner
On until 9 January 2022

Exhibition of work by the award-winning children’s book illustrator, which also gives an insight into the process of illustrating and preparing illustrations for publication.

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Cranford Illustrators: Which Bits Did They Illustrate?
Online Talk by Anthony Burton
19 January 2022

In this new talk exploring the many illustrators of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford, Anthony Burton surveys thirteen varied artists and asks why they were attracted to illustrate certain aspects of the work. The cow in flannel pyjamas? Few artists tried this but many depicted Miss Matty burning old letters. Most liked to draw people but few showed Cranford as a place. Do the illustrations offer a commentary or just occasional glimpses?

Hosted by Elizabeth Gaskell House. The talk will be conducted online. Booking required.

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John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace
Compton Verney Art Gallery
On until 23 January 2022

The most comprehensive exhibition of work by John Nash in over 50 years.
Includes a significant section on Nash’s book illustrations.

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The Wonderful World of the Ladybird book artists
The Tide and Time Museum, Great Yarmouth
On until 23 January 2022

A touring exhibition featuring hundreds of vintage Ladybird books and original watercolour illustrations, curated by ladybird book expert Helen Day.

Future venues and dates:
Shrewsbury Museum: Spring 2022
Williamson Museum, Birkenhead: Summer 2022
Braintree, Essex: Winter/Spring 2022/2023
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: Summer 2023

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The BFG in Pictures
St Alban’s Cathedral
On until 27 January 2022

A touring exhibition of previously unseen Quentin Blake illustrations for Roald Dahl’s The BFG, curated by the House of Illustration.

Future venues and dates:

Mossley Mill, Co Antrim: 3 to 27 February 2022
Gala Gallery, Durham: 16 April 2022 to 25 June 2022
Grosvenor Museum, Chester: 11 July 2022 to 4 October 2022
Knole House, Sevenoaks: 13 October 2022 to 23 December 2022
North Hertfordshire Museum, Hitchin: 14 January 2023 to 11 March 2023
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery: 24 June 2023 to 3 September 2023

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Louis Wain’s Cats
Chris Beetles Gallery, London
On until 29 January 2022

A new selling exhibition of 60 original artworks by Louis Wain, many seen for the first time.

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The Art of W. Heath Robinson
Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery
On until 30 January 2022

Bring together the different genres of his work, this specially curated selection celebrates Robinson’s timeless sense of humour and wonderful draughtsmanship and recognises Heath Robinson as an artist whose work is integral to British cultural heritage.

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Bracing Air, Abundant Amusements:
The Travel Posters of Charles Pears
Pontefract Museum
On until 25 February 2022

This exhibition celebrates Pears in the town where he grew up and began his initial training, focusing on his career as a commercial artist.

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Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules
Somerset House, London
On until 6 March 2022

“Step into the pages of the comic and take a trip into Beanotown to explore how this beloved icon of British comics has fired up successive generations to break the rules, while discovering artists who push boundaries in their own original and wonderful ways.”

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Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Beckenham, UK
On until 14 April 2022

This new exhibition reintroduces the public to the resplendent work of this lately overlooked figure. It invites viewers to see nature and animals through his eyes, glowing with life and energy, and to rediscover the positive effects of connecting with their living environment.

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North Sea Crossings: Anglo-Dutch Books and the Adventures of Reynard the Fox
Bodleian (Weston Library), Oxford
On until 18 April 2022

North Sea Crossings tells the story of Anglo-Dutch exchanges through beautiful medieval manuscripts, early prints, maps, animal stories and other treasures from the Bodleian’s collections - it also tells the story of a very crafty Dutch visitor, Reynard the Fox!

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The Literary World of Paul Peter Piech
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
On until 4 December 2022

Graphic artist and printmaker Paul Peter Piech is best known for his striking political posters, but a portion of his work is concerned with the literary world and is celebrated in this exhibition.

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Forthcoming Exhibitions

Imagine: Illustrating Stories
Vanner Gallery, Salisbury
14 January to 9 April 2022

A new exhibition of work by leading book illustrators. All work is for sale and can be previewed on the website from 7 January 2022.

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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
V&A Museum, London
Opening 12 February 2022

This family friendly exhibition will take visitors on a journey to discover Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters. In collaboration with the National Trust.

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Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories
Heath Robinson Museum
15 January 2022 to 8 May 2022

An exhibition showing artwork from the children’s stories that Heath Robinson wrote and illustrated. See the first signs of his inventive talents and meet a cast of strange and mysterious characters.

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Oxford Fine Press Book Fair
The Examinations Schools, Oxford
5 and 6 March 2022

The (usually) annual book fair specialising in fine press books, illustrated editions, etc

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Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective
The Bowes Museum
12 November 2022 to 26 February 2023

This touring exhibition is the first ever retrospective of the influential author-illustrator.

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