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

We welcome suggestions for additions to this list.

Current Exhibitions

Peter Blake: Under Milk Wood, A Play for Voices
Waddingtons, London
On until 23 July 2022

A series of over 170 watercolours, collages and drawings by Sir Peter Blake illustrating Dylan Thomas’s landmark 1953 “play for voices”, Under Milk Wood.

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The woodpecking factory
Victorian illustrations by the Brothers Dalziel
British Museum
On until 4 September 2022

This intriguing new display highlights over 50 works engraved on wood by the Brothers Dalziel firm, illustrating literary and commercial work published throughout the Victorian period.

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Looking at women looking at themselves being looked at
Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading
On until 3 September 2022

This exhibition analyses the work of the British illustrator, Charles Mozley as a means of exploring the concept of the male gaze in twentieth-century British illustration. Curated by Cătălina Zlotea.

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The Humour of William Heath Robinson
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner
On until 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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The Wonderful World of the Ladybird book artists
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead
On until 9 September 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:
Braintree, Essex: Winter/Spring 2022/2023
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: Summer 2023

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The BFG in Pictures
Grosvenor Museum, Chester
23 July to 2 October 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:

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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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

Paul Nash and the Art of the Book
V&A Museum, London
15 August 2022 until 13 June 2023

Paul Nash (1889-1946) is best known as a landscape painter and war artist. This display explores his work as an illustrator, showing how his graphic style was changed by his experience of war and influenced by his exposure to new artistic ideas in the early decades of the 20th century.

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Scene Through Wood
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner
10 September until 11 December 2022

A visual feast of the finest wood engravings of the past 100 years, and celebrates the extraordinary artists, past and present, who made them. Curated by engraver and artist Anne Desmet RA RE, this exhibition from the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum — home to one of the most extensive collections of wood engravings in the world — celebrates the founding centenary of the British Society of Wood Engravers (SWE).

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Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young
Grolier Club, New York
8 September to 12 November 2022

This exhibition features approximately 70 works, including unpublished letters and original drawings, rarely seen posters, periodicals, books, photographs, and ephemera. Highlights include original drawings for the Yellow Book and Savoy, illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s Salome, and a recently discovered drawing of the “key” for the back cover and spine of Keynotes, the bestselling 1893 volume of bold feminist stories by “George Egerton”. Curated by Mark Samuels Lasner (Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, and Grolier Club member) and Margaret D. Stetz (Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware), the exhibition is drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press.

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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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