Pictiúr exhibition of Irish children’s book illustrators

An exhibit of Irish Children’s book art opens in Dublin this Wed. at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It has already been to Vienna,Austria,  Leuven, the Netherlands, The European Parliment in Brussels, and Bologna, Italy.  As an Irish resident I qualify as Irish…That’s why my work is there too. Two pictures each. Plus, new for the Dublin opening –  a kind of “reading dome” made up of cardboard triangles, each triangle drawn on by one of the illustrators.

The images are the character “Missy” from a book I did in 2009 with Barbara Bottner and Knopf publishers titled, Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t.).  The two illustrations of mine in the show are from that book. I’m just finished the sequel to that book, Miss Brooks Story Nook due out next year (and to be chronicled on the next blog).

I thought I was being very simple, but it still took a long time. I’m sure others put more time in and will impress and embarrass those of us who chose the simple route…

Here’s my triangle (below, on the left, and Mel’s on the right):

More show info: (Text adapted from Laureate site.)

“Pictiúr” is a word in the Irish language that means  picture, or illustration, or the closest thing to it. Pictiúr is also the name of a new exhibition of work by leading Irish children’s book illustrators, which is on an Irish tour this autumn and winter, following on from its highly successful tour of Europe earlier in the year. The tour is supported by the (Irish)Arts Council.

Pictiúr, which is the largest single exhibition of Irish children’s book illustration ever assembled and which is curated by Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey, features 42 pieces by 21 illustrators. During its European tour as part of the Culture Connects International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the European Council, it was seen by more than 25,000 people in four countries. (“Laureate na nÓg” is the position of Irish children’s book laureate.)

Pictiúr features the work of 21 children’s book illustrators. Illustrators include P.J. Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Olivia Golden, Alan Clarke, Steve Simpson and Andrew Whitson (and Michael Emberley!). The exhibition will comprise 42 art pieces and will include illustrations from books written in English and Irish.

During its European tour, which was supported by Culture Ireland under its Culture Connects EU Presidency funding stream, Pictiúr visited the Festival of Young Readers, Palais Auersperg, Vienna, Austria and was viewed by more than 13,000 children. It also visited the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna Italy, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

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