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Exhibition for March 2018
Exhibition for March 2018
Spring Cleaning with Shirley
Spring Cleaning with Shirley
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Early Man - the ancestors of Wallace and Gromit
Early Man - the ancestors of Wallace and Gromit
Spring Cleaning With Shirley


With the dawn of spring creeping ever-closer across our wintery horizon we are delighted to join forces with our favourite author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, and brush off the cobwebs of winter.

Always one to embrace the sunshine Shirley has already started her seasonal nettoyage, and we join her in wielding the boom in a spring cleaning bonanza of her studio and plan chest.

As such we are delighted to present from the depths of her private collection 9 freshly-seen and never before exhibited character studies. Original artwork that Shirley has produced in her oeuvre of Alfie and Annie Rose books.

These new pieces are truly some of the best we have seen, highly detailed and meticulously produced works, they epitomise the skill, ability and raw talent of Shirley Hughes’ towering contribution to books, education and the rich cultural heritage of Great Britain and beyond.

For those of you unaware, Shirley donated her life's artwork to The Bodleian Library in Oxford, where all original artwork and hand-written manuscripts are now saved for the nation. So these rare occasions when artwork is released from her private collection at home are a fantastic opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors to acquire her original art.

Now over 90 Shirley is still working, and plans a new book to be published later this year.

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Christmas Opening Hours


We will be closed for the holidays from 23 December until 2 January. You can still purchase items from our our website during this time; all online orders will be processed on 2nd January when we reopen.

From us all at Illustrationcupboard Gallery, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Special Event: Christmas Festival


Unfortunately Judith Kerr is unable to join us this Saturday due to illness. The book signing will continue with the wonderful Axel Scheffler, solo. Judith will be back in the new year to sign. Our apologies to her excited fans.

Saturday 9th December

Come along to our Christmas Festival and meet legendary illustrator Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) who will be signing books and meeting visitors here in the gallery. Join in our charity raffle for Children in Need and browse over 400 illustrations whilst enjoying live music from guitarist Tom Charleston. Festivities run from 3:00pm-5:00pm with seasonal refreshments. This event is free, families are welcome.

Please note that Axel will only sign books available for sale from the gallery.
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Philip Pullman's Book of Dust


Join us to celebrate the launch of Philip Pullman's new book, The Book of Dust, and meet illustrators John Lawrence and Chris Wormell at this special book-signing event and exhibition.

There will also be a limited number of very special copies signed by both Philip Pullman and Chris Wormell available for purchase.
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Cult star Mr Benn on brink of film stardom as he turns 50


The Guardian have written a indepth and fascinating review of David McKee and the exhibition celebrating 50 years of Mr Benn. Please follow this link to read further:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/03/cult-cartoon-star-mr-benn-film-stardom-turns-50

We look forward to welcoming you to the Mr Benn exhibition 16 August - 16 September 2017.
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Exhibitions Calendar 2017


Take a look at our calendar of exciting exhibitions and events we have lined up for Autumn & Winter 2017
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Book Launch of The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan


Join us for the launch of Shaun Tan's new book 'The Singing Bones', including an exhibition of original artwork and an exclusive Skype screening with Shaun Tan.
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Chris Riddell - Children's Laureate 2015 - 2017


We are delighted to celebrate with Chris Riddell in his new found Laureateship. We have been working with Chris for a number of years now and have an incredible collection of original artwork and signed books, available to view on his artist's page online and in the gallery.
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