A 14-day group exhibition featuring children’s book illustration by British artistes is under way at British Council Library on Fuller Road.
The exhibition titled ‘Drawing Words’ features a total of 30 illustrations by 10 UK artistes, initially they drew the pictures on paper, then put those on digital mediums.
It has been commissioned by the British Council and curated by the Waters tones UK Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child.
Drawing Words exhibition features ten illustrators from across the UK whose work makes an important and original contribution to contemporary British picture book illustration.
Some are established artists continually developing their practice, and others are in the beginning of their careers, pushing at the boundaries of the art form in new and exciting ways.
Kirsty Crawford, programme director, Libraries Unlimited was present as the guest at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition held on June 28.
David Robert’s illustration titled ‘The Bolds in Trouble’ shows a young couple lying on a bed covered with red bed sheet.
Emily Hughes’ illustration titled ‘Fox Taught Her How to Play’ shows a girl inside a jungle playing with foxes. Emily’s another illustration shows a girl sleeping in the forest amid wild animals like deer, rabbit, owl, crow, squirrel and others.
Yasmeen Islamil’s work titled ‘Time for Bed’ shows a dog sleeping and playing in a bush.
Besides, the event features works by Jill Calder, Laura Carlin, Rebecca Cobb, William Grill, Neal Layton, David Mackintosh and Emily Rand.
‘We have taken the initiative to grow more reading habit in children. Children can learn words through playing with art and illustrations. Including Bangladesh, the exhibition also took place in India and Pakistan this year,’ Umme Aisha Masjuda, Library and Cultural Centre young learner programme coordinator at British Council, told New Age.
Drawing Words is inspired by Magic Pencil, a touring exhibition of children’s book illustration selected by the first UK Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake in 2002.
The exhibition will end today.
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