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.
30 June - 7 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 British drawings and watercolours to include works by Rowlandson, Lewis, Muller, Wardm Boys, Prout and 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
the Art of Jane Ray's Two New Books
The Elephant's Garden and The Glass Maker's Daughter
Jane Ray is one of the finest graphic and decorative illustration artists working today - having studied design and textiles Jane has gone on to write and illustrate books with leading publishers the world over. Illustrationcupboard Gallery is delighted to present a full-colour exhibition of her original artwork for two wonderful books. Opening on 20 September Jane Ray will be at the gallery that evening to meet visitors and sign copies of her books.
16 October - 21 October
Philip Pullman's Book of Dust, with John Lawrence and Chris Wormell.
We are excited to celebrate Philip Pullman's much-awaited new book - The Book of Dust, which continues the adventures of the Northern Lights Trilogy. To celebrate the publication of this new book on 19th we will be have a showcase exhibition of the two great names who have illustrated Philip Pullman's books. John Lawrence has done the front covers for all three main books, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. John also fully illustrated the two intermediate books, Lra's Oxford and Once Upon A Time in the North. Adding to that we are honoured to display with a world first Chris Wormell's front cover artwork for the new Book of Dust. It will be an exciting display of these truly world-class books. All artwork is for sale along with DOUBLE SIGNED copies of the books.
16 October - 31 January
5th Annual Political Cartoon Exhibition - Online Exhibition
Surrounded by the pubs and clubs of St James's and a stones throw from our illustrious seat of power at Westminster, Political Cartoons are very close to our heart and we are delighted to present a 5th Annual Political Cartoon exhibition. This year we will be celebrating the launch of our sparkling new website at www.illustrationcupboard.com and we will be holding this exhibition online from October through the winter to February. With the cartoons designed for publication in the newspapers, featuring on our website exhibition is perfect for them, and we hope our visitors will sit back and enjoy a refreshing drink whilst browsing this hilarious, satirical selection from the comfort of their armchairs. All works is for sale online and can be purchased through our safe and efficient e-commerce website. Work can be collected in person from the gallery, or world-wide shipping arranged for an affordable price. Watch this space for information on the cartoonists we will be including, and their wonderful artwork!
24 October – 18 November
Jan Pieńkowski – Drawing and Design
Illustrationcupboard Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition for the artist and illustrator Jan Pienkowski. A rare occasion Jan has rarely exhibited his artwork, this collection will span a diverse range of an illustrious career. As one of the founders of the ahead-of-its-time Gallery 5 Jan was one of the first to pioneer gift cards and the creativity of working illustration artists. The exhibition will also include some of the ground-breaking posters and designs that Jan was commissioned to produce as well as a complete set of illustrations for his newly release Meg and Mog book. Jan Pienkowski is one of those rare artists who is genuinely unique. His creativity is from within and not borrowed or inspired by others - he is entirely in a class of his own. This will be a fascinating exhibition and one not to be missed.
22 November - 31st January
22nd Annual Winter Exhibition
The Annual Winter Exhibition has now become one of the most exciting world-wide events for illustration artwork. In this our 22nd show will be will displaying a full range of illustration art - from illustrated books, films artwork, reportage, political cartoons and theatre designs. All this work is produced by many house-hold names and world class artists and there will be over 400 drawings and paintings in our new exhibition. Prices will start from £50 and range up to £10,000 for amazing museum-quality rare collectable items - there really is something for everybody! Alongside the artwork we will be offering first and signed edition books perfect for enthusiast and collectors as well as Christmas presents for the season. Watch this space for further details of the amazing artist we will be showing in this exhibition. There will also be some seasonal book signings and events with a number of our much-loved artists including a rare appearance by Judith Kerr of The Tiger Who Came To Tea fame, as well as Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo.