FIRST BRITISH EXHIBITION OF CHINESE PICTURE BOOK ILLUSTRATION
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This issue’s cover illustration is from Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this March cover and to Little Tiger Press for their support of the Authorgraph interview with David Roberts.
In April, London hosts the first exhibitions in Britain of Chinese children’s and picture book illustration. The exhibitions feature eighty individual illustrations by China’s most celebrated children’s illustrators, and is organised by the Zhejiang Publishing Group, the Publishers’ Association of China, Propeller TV, and the Chinese Board on Books for Young People (CBBY); with the cooperation of the UK section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY UK).
The exhibitions coincide with this year’s market focus on China at the London Book Fair and will be launched at an opening ceremony and discussion forum – The Era of Picture Reading - at the London Book Fair on Monday April 16, where British illustrators, including Michael Foreman, John Burningham and Carol Thompson, will meet visiting Chinese illustrators Liam Peilong, Xiong Liang and Jiang Jianwen. The main exhibition at the M.P. Birla Millennium Gallery is only round the corner from the Book Fair.
Chinese children’s illustration is still little known in Britain, and the exhibitions and the discussion forum promise to reveal a world of illustration that is gaining increasing international recognition. Award winners in their own country, the three visiting illustrators are gradually becoming more known outside China. Liam Peilong has exhibited his work in Italy, the United States, Japan, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. In 2005, Xiong Lang was invited by the Hans Christian Andersen Fund in Denmark to illustrate a Bicentennial Edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. His title Little Stone Lion (China Times Best Children’s Book Award) has been published in an English edition in the USA by Heryin Books (2006)
M.P. Birla Millennium Art Gallery, the Bhavan Centre, Institute of Indian Art and Culture, 4a Castletown Road, West Kensington, London W14 9HE. 16-22 April 2012. Opening times: 11.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony and Discussion Forum – The Era of Picture Reading:
Hampton Room, London Book Fair, Earls Court Exhibition Centre,
Monday April 16 2012 2.30-3.30p.m.