House of Illustration

The House of Illustration is the world’s first centre dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms.

Our aim is to put illustration centre stage and give it the attention it deserves, revealing the creative processes behind illustration and the way in which it impacts on our daily lives. We want to inspire young people to create illustrations for the world of tomorrow, generate excitement and spark imagination about illustration.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

10am - 6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays

Admission charges

Please check before visiting

Getting there

The nearest underground station is King's Cross – take the Regent's Canal exit. Turn right to join King's Boulevard, a pedestrian route going north. Cross over the road and the canal at the top of the Boulevard, and Granary Square is directly in front of you. Head towards the north-east corner and House of Illustration is the smaller building on the right.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Jacqueline Ayer: Little sister thinking

Jacqueline Ayer: Drawing on Thailand

  • 16 June — 22 October 2017 *on now

Jacqueline Ayer's picture books were a remarkable addition to 1960s America. Documenting her family’s life around the back lanes of Bangkok, they were the first books published in the US to depict Asian culture authentically. The Paper-Flower Tree and Nu Dang and his Kite will be reissued by Enchanted Lion Books to coincide with the exhibition, for the first time in almost 60 years.

Born in 1930s New York to Jamaican parents, Ayer grew up with Milton Glaser in the first interracial housing in the US. She illustrated for Vogue and worked alongside Andy Warhol before moving to Thailand in the 1950s.

Whilst there she also founded fashion company Design Thai, creating textiles and garments without colonial overtones – her reference book Oriental Fashion is still used by London College of Fashion today.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult ticket with gift aid: £8.25
Adult ticket: £7.50
Concession ticket with gift aid: £5.50
Concession ticket: £5
Child ticket with gift aid: £4.40
Child ticket: £4
Family ticket with gift aid: £19.80
Family ticket: £18

Website

http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/jacqueline-ayer-drawing-on-thailand

John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children's Books

  • 22 September 2017 — 21 January 2018 *on now

Quentin Blake and John Yeoman have created more books together than Blake has with any other author, including Roald Dahl.

This exhibition will include his very first illustrations for children’s literature, which Yeoman persuaded him to draw in 1960, as well as work from their latest collaboration and 10 projects in between.

The exhibition coincides with the re-issue of A Drink of Water (their first book) by Thames & Hudson, and the launch of All the Year Round (their latest book) by Andersen Press.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £8.25
Concession: £5.50
Over 65 (on Thursday morning only): £5.50
Child: £4.40
Family: £19.80

Website

http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/john-yeoman-and-quentin-blake-50-years-of-childrens-books

Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen

  • 22 September 2017 — 21 January 2018 *on now

On 22 September 2017 House of Illustration opens the first major show of Gerald Scarfe’s striking production designs for theatre, rock, opera, ballet and film, many of which will be publicly exhibited for the very first time.

Gerald Scarfe is the UK’s most celebrated political cartoonist; his 50-year-long career at The Sunday Times reveals an imagination that is acerbic, explosive and unmistakable. But less well known is Scarfe’s lifelong contribution to the performing arts and his hugely significant work beyond the page, designing some of the most high-profile productions of the last 30 years.

This exhibition will be the first to explore Scarfe’s extraordinary work for stage and screen. It will feature over 100 works including preliminary sketches, storyboards, set designs, photographs, ephemera and costumes from productions including Orpheus in the Underworld at English National Opera, The Nutcracker by English National Ballet and Los Angeles Opera’s The Magic Flute.

It will also show his 1994 work as the only ever external Production Designer for Disney, for their feature film Hercules, as well as his concept, character and animation designs for Pink Floyd’s 1982 film adaptation of The Wall. Scarfe’s surreal and often grotesque artwork cemented The Wall’s iconic status in pop culture.

Known for his uncompromising satire in print, Scarfe started drawing for Punch in the 1960s and went on to work as The Sunday Times’ political cartoonist for 50 years, from 1967 until his retirement earlier this year.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult with gift aid: £8.35
Concession with gift aid: £5.50
Child with gift aid: £4.40

Website

http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/gerald-scarfe-stage-and-screen

Getting there

The nearest underground station is King's Cross – take the Regent's Canal exit. Turn right to join King's Boulevard, a pedestrian route going north. Cross over the road and the canal at the top of the Boulevard, and Granary Square is directly in front of you. Head towards the north-east corner and House of Illustration is the smaller building on the right.

House of Illustration
2 Granary Square
King's Cross
London
N1C 4BH
England

Website

www.houseofillustration.org.uk

Telephone

020 3696 2020

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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