CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead, including Picture This, an exhibition of classic children’s books at The British Museum; the Sydney Graphic Festival; digital culture festival AND in Liverpool; AOI Illustration Awards at Somerset House in London; AIGA Design Conference in Minneapolis; art takes over the city for one night for Nuit Blanche Paris; graphic artist Pete Fowler’s psychadelic nautical characters at The Book Club London; and Glasgow Print Studio’s 40th anniversary exhibition.
The British Library, London
Fri 4 Oct – Sun 26 Jan
This new exhibition celebrates some of the most iconic children’s books of the 20th century, revisiting ten classics and their much loved stories and familiar characters. Illustrated first editions and original artworks from each title will be on show, with filmed interviews with illustrators and a programme of events and family activities running alongside the exhibition. The nostalgic selection includes the Just So Stories, The Iron Man, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wind in the Willows, Paddington Bear, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Hobbit, The Borrowers, The Secret Garden and The Railway Children.
Sydney Graphic Festival
Sydney Opera House
Fri 4 – Mon 7 Oct
A weekend of graphic storytelling, comics, animation and music, with exhibitions, live performance collaborations, screenings, expert panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. Highlights include Wordless!, a talk with music from graphic artist Art Spiegelman, exploring his award-winning graphic novel MAUS, his influences and new work; stop motion animation Robot Chicken brought to life live on stage by co-creators Seth Green, Tom Root, Matt Senreich and others; Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance frontman turned comic writer, in conversation with graphic novelist for Marvel and DC comics, Grant Morrison; plus audio-visual performances from composer Ludovico Einaundi of his classic film soundtracks, and newly commissioned work from The Cinematic Orchestra.
Abandon Normal Devices Festival
Various venues, Liverpool
Thu 3 – Sat 5 Oct
A festival of new cinema, digital culture and art, with installations and exhibitions including the AND Fair, inviting a variety of makers and technologists to showcase projects; screenings of rarely seen 3D films and interactive cinematic experiments; workshops on the meaning of life in the age of the ‘selfle’, and how to build a mini internet; alongside a variety of other talks, performances and cross-disciplinary events.
AOI Illustration Awards
Somerset House, London
Until Sun 27 Oct
Returning for its second year at Somerset House, this exhibition presents a shortlist of work from international illustrators, from varied backgrounds including advertising, books and editorial, to reflect the diversity of disciplines in the industry. Shortlisted artists will be giving talks on their work every Saturday throughout October at the gallery. The New Talent and Professional Award winners are announced on 8 October.
AIGA Design Conference
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota
Thu 10 – Sat 12 Oct
This year’s conference explores three core elements of modern design practice – Head, design thinking and strategy; Heart, design for social impact; and Hand, design as craft. Events include roundtable discussions, talks and seminars with various industry experts and design luminaries, awards shows, guided studio tours and behind-the-scenes tours of cultural hotspots, film screenings, professional development workshops and other networking opportunities.
Nuit Blanche Paris
Various locations, Paris
Sat 5 Oct
From dusk until dawn on the first Saturday of October every year, a carnival of arts and culture takes over the city of Paris. A variety of artistic directors curate different parts of the city each year, commissioning hundreds of works and inviting people to interact with the urban space. Take a stroll along the banks of the Seine, through the Marais, République and Belleville districts, or along the Canal Saint-Martin, with installations, interactive work, tours, parties and family activities, with open access to various landmarks, pubic spaces and rooftops.
Theme From Boat Weirdos by Pete Fowler
The Book Club, London
Thu 3 Oct – Sat 16 Nov
Known for his psychedelic character design, Pete Fowler’s work has taken a variety of forms with toy designs, prints, large scale work, magazines and music videos, with some of his best known work being for the band Super Furry Animals. For this exhibition he takes influence form nautical themes reflecting his time spent boat building on the Isles of Scilly following on from a show at Outlaws Yacht Club earlier this year. Alongside paintings and works on paper, he will be creating a large scale mural for the Book Club walls.
Glasgow Print Studio
Until Fri 13 Oct
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Glasgow Print Studio present and exhibition featuring specially commissioned work from 40 collaborators and members of the studio. Turner prize-winners, members of the Royal Scottish Academy, and mid-career artists will contribute new pieces, to be made in an edition of 40 in the studio’s workshop. The diverse range of artists includes John Byrne, Martin Boyce, Alasdair Gray, Elizabeth Blackadder, Adrian Wiszniewski, Philip Reeves and Toby Paterson.
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