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 details of events and exhibitions you think our members would be interested in.

Current Exhibitions

Bawden’s Beasts
Until 27 January 2019
The Higgins, Bedford

Wallpaper designs, drawings, prints and murals reveal Bawden’s fascination with animals and marine life, anthropomorphic insects and the macabre. The exhibition will feature Bawden’s work in a range of media throughout the course of his career, including his imaginative advertisements for Fortnum & Mason, and evocative prints of Aesop’s Fables.

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Julian Trevelyan: The Artist and his World
Until 10 February 2019
Pallant House, Chichester

A founding member of the British Surrealist Group, Julian Trevelyan (1910–1988) was at the centre of a defining moment in British 20th century art. He was an original participant of the Mass Observation project and embraced a wide variety of styles from surrealism to realism and abstraction. Through over 100 paintings and prints this exhibition reaffirms Trevelyan’s significant contribution to British art. It celebrates his distinctive visual language which reflects an enduring appetite for experimentation.

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Edward Burne-Jones
Until 24 February 2019
Tate Britain, London

This exhibition charts Burne-Jones’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.

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Christina Rossetti
Until 17 March 2019
Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey

An exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary life, poetry and art of Christina Rossetti. Highlights of the show include luminous chalk portraits of the poet by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside lively illustrations to her poetry by Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys.

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Cats on the Page
Until 17 March 2019
British Library, London

Cats and their capers are celebrated in rhymes and stories familiar to us from childhood. Whether raising a smile, solving a crime, wreaking magical havoc or even performing in theatre, cats take centre stage in this free exhibition.

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Future Events and Exhibitions

Beatrix Potter’s Art: ‘drawn with design’
18 February to 17 November 2019
V&A, London

As a young girl Beatrix Potter showed keen design skills. This display tracks the development of Potter’s artistry by showcasing examples of her childhood sketches and domestic projects alongside her adored, famous illustrations that came later.

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The Beardsley Generation
2 March to 19 May 2019
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner

The exhibition will explore the impact that new photographic means of reproduction (process engraving) at the end of the 19th Century had on illustration. Older artists who had relied on the craft wood-engraver to work up their sketches for publication were swept aside and a new generation of artists, well versed in the requirements of process engraving, were much in demand. The new technology also resulted in an expansion in the production of illustrated books and periodicals. Central to the exhibition will be the work of Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Ricketts, Laurence Housman and the Robinson brothers.

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Book Fair - Organised by the PBFA
6 and 7 June 2019
Fulham, London

One of the major annual bookfairs popular with collectors.

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Book Fair - Organised by the ABA
7 to 9 June 2019
Battersea, London

The high-end annual bookfair.

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Bloomsbury Book Fair - Organised by Fairs Etc
9 June 2019
Bloomsbury, London

Regular bookfair, this one timed to coincide with the annual ABA fair.

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Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
17 October 2019 to 26 January 2020
National Portrait Gallery, London

A major exhibition exploring on the story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art.

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William Blake: The Artist
11 September 2019 to 2 February 2020
Tate Britain, London

With around 300 works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of Blake’s achievements and ambitions across a range of media.

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