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.

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

Animal Farm

First Editions Re-covered: an exhibition at Sotheby's

  • 11 December 2017 9am-4:30pm *on now

This December Sotheby’s will display First Editions: Re-covered, an exhibition of 33 unique first editions of classic books with beautiful original dust-jackets specially created and generously donated to House of Illustration by leading contemporary artists and designers.

Artists chose a book they felt a strong connection to and then created a new jacket, or artwork, in response to it: Maggie Hambling has created a cover for The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch; Peter Blake responds to Alice Through the Looking Glass; Richard Wentworth has created a sculpture out of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Quentin Blake has created a cover for The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.

After four days of public display the books and their wonderful dust-jackets will be auctioned to benefit House of Illustration at 7.30pm on Monday 11 December - click here to view the auction lots on the Sotheby's website. The evening auction is held in partnership with Winsor & Newton.

Where

34-35 New Bond Street
W1A 2AA

Getting there

Nearest Tube Station: Bond Street

Admission

N/A

Website

http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/first-editions-re-covered-an-exhibition-at-sothebys

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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