Draw a fairy tale for me

British illustrators on guest tour in Sofia

The exhibition Drawing Words can be seen at Kvadrat 500 (Square 500) of the National Gallery till 12 May. Some of the most exciting illustrations to children's books published in recent years in the United Kingdom have been gathered together for the exposition.

Commissioned by the British Council in partnership with the British Embassy in Sofia, the exhibition shows works of 10 illustrators who boast original and distinctive signature styles charged with modern vibrations, which turns their illustrations into a powerful work of art.

The rich history of illustrations to children's books in Great Britain is well known to the world thanks to such globally recognised favourites as Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh. Drawing Words casts a look into the future through contemporary works of well-established British artists as well as authors whose creative careers have just started. These are: Jill Calder (Robert I of Scotland), Lauren Carlin (A World of Your Own), Rebecca Cobb (Aunt Amelia), William Grill (Wolves of Currumpaw), Emily Hughes (Wild), Yasmeen Ismail (Time for Bed, Fred), Neal Layton (Emilie Brown and the Thing), David Mackintosh (Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School), Emily Rand (A Dog Day) and David Roberts (Tinder).

The programme of the exhibition includes workshops for children where young artists will have the opportunity to familiarise with this art form.

The curator of the exposition is Lauren Child, winner of numerous awards, artist and writer, Children's Laureate for 2017-2019 - a title awarded in the UK once every two years for lifetime contribution to children's literature.

“To me illustration has much in common with poetry. With careful selection of what will best convey meaning, illustration enjoys the challenge and luxury of being hyper-selective, the distilling of thoughts or story into a single image, creating a piece that can be looked at over and over and interpreted differently each time,” shares Lauren.

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