Drawing Words: an exhibition curated by Lauren Child

Drawing Words: an exhibition curated by Lauren Child

The Drawing Words exhibition brings together some of the most exciting children's book illustration to come out of the UK in recent years.

While Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh are universally recognised and demonstrate the rich history of children’s book illustration in the UK, Drawing Words looks to the future.

The ten illustrators showcased here have been selected for their distinctly personal and unique work, to offer a snapshot of the vibrant work being produced today.  The illustrators featured are: Jill Calder (Robert the Bruce, Birlinn), Lauren Carlin (A World of Your Own, Phaidon), Rebecca Cobb (Aunt Amelia, Macmillian Children’s Books), William Grill (The Wolves of Currumpaw, Flying Eye Books), Emily Hughes (Wild, Flying Eye Books), Yasmeen Ismail (Time for Bed, Fred! Bloomsbury), Neal Layton (Emily Brown and the Thing, Hodder Children’s Books), David Mackintosh (Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School, HarperCollins), Emily Rand (A Dog Day, Tate Publishing) and David Roberts (Tinder, Hachette).

To sit alongside the Drawing Words exhibition, Seven Stories has commissioned Cumbria-based artist Hannah Fox to create a playful, interactive and imaginative space designed especially for children to respond to themes of the exhibition.  Inspired by Lauren Child’s passionately held belief that it is vital for children to ‘daydream and stare out of the window’ the immersive play space is designed to encourage children to spend their time looking, listening and creating.  Reminiscent of a pop-up book, children will enjoy moving from one page (or world) to the next whether that’s a treehouse, out under the night sky or under the bed.  These are places that children might go to imagine or daydream with each space full of drawing activities and carefully designed to spark imaginations – all inspired by the work of the illustrators featured in Drawing Words. Expect interaction, playfulness and opportunities for dreamlike creativity! 

The exhibition is curated by award-winning artist, writer and Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, and designed by the innovative Etcetera Studio with graphic design by Regular Practice.

Drawing Words is a British Council exhibition of contemporary UK children's book illustration, curated by award-winning artist and writer Lauren Child.  It is being shown in cities across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and South America throughout 2019-2021. 

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.