MA Children’s Book Illustration Graduate Show Photos 2015

The Children’s Book MA Graduate show is back in town!

I have been today and just as when I had my show last year, I could feel the excitement in the air. Again I have to say, that I believe this is one of the most notable art graduation shows in London, as it shows a vast variety and diversity of talent.

Most students have put together books, but you can also see, that they are all creative in lots of other ways. Many had handmade plush toys of their characters, printed fabrics and even glazed pottery and story rings.

The stories and characters are often quite wacky and humour is all around. There are plenty emotional stories as well, which explore fears and problems faced by us all, like for example Margarita Surnaite’s beautifully illustrated book “The Lost Book”. It deals with the fear of alienation and lack of direct communication of people due to too much use of modern technology. Some are just plain fun and silly like “Cinderella’s Tiara” by  Yu-Wen Huang, which made me laugh out loud, as it is about a lady gorilla who wants to win a beauty pageant.

When going to the show bring plenty of time as you will want to hop from book to book and will end up losing yourself immersed in illustrated wonderlands.  Below are some photos to whet your appetite or to at least get an idea of what you are missing.

The show is open from 10am till 6pm until the 14th of February (would that be a fun location for a Valentine’s date?) at the Candid Arts Trust Gallery. To learn more about the graduates check out the official website.


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