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

We welcome suggestions for additions to this list.

Thanks to Susan Bailes, Geraldine Beare, Ray Green and Mark Richards.

Current Exhibitions

The BFG in Pictures
Mossley Mill, Co Antrim
On until 25 February 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: WAITING FOR ONLINE DETAILS

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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Imagine: Illustrating Stories
Vanner Gallery, Salisbury
On until 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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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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Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse
Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley, Liverpool
On until 16 April 2022

Curated by the House of Illustration this exhibition brings together a selection of Blake’s illustrations for verse, from comic nonsense poems to poignant ballads. It will include preliminary sketches and final illustrations for both modern and classical writers, from Shakespeare, Lear and Carroll, to Rosen and Dahl, as well as illustrations for Blake’s own popular works such as Mr Magnolia and All Join In.

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Further Information from House of Illustration

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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Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner
On until 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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Extraordinary Everyday
The Art and Design of Eric Ravilious
Arc, Winchesterr
On until 15 May 2022

A newly curated exhibition which follow Ravilious's development across 20 years in book illustration and watercolour, from student works to masterpieces such as High Street and works shown in his reputation-making 1939 exhibition of watercolours.
The inclusion of unfinished works, studies and designs will enable visitors to explore the crossover between fine art and design work.
The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of related events.

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The Wonderful World of the Ladybird book artists
Shewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
On until 5 June 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:
Williamson Museum, Birkenhead: Summer 2022
Braintree, Essex: Winter/Spring 2022/2023
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: Summer 2023

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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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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
V&A Museum, London
On until 8 January 2023

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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Forthcoming Events and Exhibitions

Online Talk: C. Walter Hodges
By Matthew Eve
29 March 2022

The Children’s Books History Society welcome IBIS members and other guests to this “Zoom” talk on the much-loved writer and illustrator, Cyril Walter Hodges, famed for books on Elizabethan theatre, historical novels, illustrations for the Radio Times and classic children’s books.

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The Humour of William Heath Robinson
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner
24 May to 4 September 2022

To mark this 150th anniversary of Heath Robinsons's birth, the gallery will be exhibiting a selection of his cartoons spanning his wide-ranging humorous output from 1905 to 1943.

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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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Aubrey Beardsley Exhibition
Grolier Club, New York
8 September to 12 November 2022

Full details to be announced.

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