Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Banned Books

The National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge Street, Edinburgh has a fantastic exhibition of banned books which goes on to 30 October. There are early examples of censorship by the Spanish Inquisition, footage of those queueing up to buy Lady Chatterley's Lover after the trial and their reasons for doing so, a range of children's books including "The Rabbits' Wedding" by Garth Williams, Judy Blume (of course!)and many more. You can also grab a decent sandwich and cuppa. Civilised places libraries...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shaun Tan Exhibition

Shaun Tan – The Bird King and Other Artwork

“Wow, this is quite surreal,”
Shaun Tan accepting his Oscar for the animated film of The Lost Thing, January 2011.

Shaun Tan needs little introduction. Recognized as one of the great illustrative talents and rising stars of animation film-making, he has gained yet further accolade in recent months with the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Dromkeen Medal. His books, including Tales from Outer Suburbia and The Arrival, show this truly original artist to be a foremost creative talent working today. His following is deservedly global.

In a month-long presentation a unique collection of artwork, chosen personally by Shaun Tan, will be on show for visitors at the gallery and include working drawings, preliminary studies and published artwork from his major books including The Lost Thing. This unprecedented event offers a unique opportunity to see the imaginative work by this superb artist. Furthermore Shaun Tan is offering a selection of this work for purchase from the gallery.
Shaun Tan will be making his only London appearance of 2011 at Illustrationcupboard gallery on Wednesday 31 August from 5.00pm to celebrate the launch of his new book The Bird King, and sign copies. Books at cover price and selected artist's edition prints are also on sale.

Original artwork and sketches from £750
Artist’s edition prints from £395
The Bird King and other signed books at cover price from £12.99

View a brief online tour of the exhibition

22 Bury St
St James’s