Exhibitions Calendar 2017
8 February – 11 March
Bears in Books

This celebration of bears in books brings together a diverse and exciting 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 Bear, plus artwork from world class illustrators such as David McKee, John Prater, Anita Jeram, Jill Murphy, John Harrold, Deryk Henley and Christopher Wormell.

15 March – 8th April
Ingram Pinn - Political Cartoons from the Financial Times

This topical collection of illustrations for the Financial Times brings together key moments from 2016’s turbulent, political landscape by one of Britain’s most renowned and iconic political cartoonists.

12th April – 6th May
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Helen Ward

A unique exhibition of Helen Ward’s original, watercolour illustrations from the classic tale of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, splendidly set in 1930's New York.

28 - 29 April
Towers and Tales: Lismore Story Festival

For the third year running we are proud to be part of this ever-popular story festival in Lismore Castle, Ireland, celebrating children’s books, stories, illustration and creativity.

10th May – 3rd June
Brambly Hedge – The Art of Jill Barklem

For our major spring exhibition we are delighted to present a solo show of Jill Barklem’s outstanding original artwork for the much loved Brambly Hedge books. This is the first time this significant collection has been exhibited in the UK.

6th – 28th June
The Selfish Giant – Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon is a truly formidable talent, whose reputation as a leading international illustrator and artist goes from strength to strength. His first book Slow Loris (2002) was named by Time Magazine as one of the top hundred best children’s books of all time and he has twice been recipient of The New York Times best children’s book award. He has also been short-listed on two occasions for the Kate Greenaway Medal. We are therefore delighted that Alexis has release for us to exhibit his superb person of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, The Selfish Giant. As one of the great classic children’s stories the combination of Wilde and Deacon is a perfect partnership. As one of the best draughtsmen of his generation Alexis’ sympathetic and incisive work captures the essence of this heart-warming tale. Collectors should note that this is the first time that Alexis Deacon has ever released a complete set of his published artwork and as such represents a serious opportunity to acquire work by this illustrative heavy-weight. Alexis Deacon will be in attendance at the gallery on Wednesday 7th June at 6pm to sign copies of the book.

29 June - 8 July
London Art Week - British Watercolours from Karen Taylor

We are delighted to once again host London Art Week again at the gallery at the beginning of June. This prestigious international event in the global art calendar is a must for all interested in seeing the very best works on paper from the finest dealerships around the world. We welcome Karen Taylor Fine Art to our gallery, and Karen will be curating a fascinating exhibit, on our ground floor, of topographical drawings and watercolours the near and far east from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to include works by Edward Lear. Alongside this guest exhibition Illustrationcupboard will display its own collection of antique and contemporary drawings to include a range of European Old Master drawings, as well as 20th century British watercolours and contemporary illustration artwork on the first floor gallery.

12 July - 12 August
Shirley Hughes at 90 – A Life in Pictures

As the writer Philip Pullman once said – Shirley Hughes is a National Treasure. And not more so than now as she reaches her 90th year in July 2017. Shirley has been a long-supporter and a true friend to us at Illustrationcupboard, and it has been a great honour for all of us here to work alongside her assisting with her artistic estate and exhibiting her fabulous much-loved artwork for all to see.This summer we are delighted to present a month-long special exhibition in honour of this truly great lady, and display a range of her original artwork and books summing up the extra-ordinary achievement of her lifetime as well as the tireless dedication she has shown in her artistic output, which has so greatly enriched the lives of so many generations.

16 August – 16 September
Celebrating 50 years of Mr Benn with David McKee

Just the name ‘Mr Benn’ conjures strong memories of childhood adventures through the changing room door of the fancy dress shop on Festive Rd. These happy memories have been passed on and the magic of Mr Benn is as vivid today as it was when the first books were published in 1967, followed shortly after by the iconic television series with its not-to-be-forgotten theme tune.We are thrilled to celebrate alongside inventor and author David McKee in celebrating fifty years of this wonderful film and picture book creation. The second of our two summer exhibition will offer visitors to the gallery a feast of original artwork to see, sketches along with finished book illustrations and never-seen-before animation cels from the original films, hidden away in the studios for half a century and now released for the very first time. Not to be missed – one never knows what adventures will await through the gallery door!

20 September – 14 October
Jane Ray – The art of two new books

18 October – 18 November
Jan Pieńkowski – Drawing and Design

22 November - 31st January
22nd Annual Winter Exhibition
Posted 5/17/2017