Coming up

01 Oct 2017
01 Jan 2018
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London - Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
The first major UK exhibition of work by Tove Jansson. She is known internationally as the creator of the Moomin characters and books, but her graphic illustration and painting are relatively unseen outside Finland. The exhibition will bring together 150 works, including self-portraits, landscapes and still-lifes never seen before in the UK, and Moomin drawings discovered at the British Cartoon Archive.
Dates: October 2017-January 2018
Open: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm
Where: Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD
Contact: 020 8693 5254


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On until
01 Oct 2017
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester - John Minton: A Centenary
A major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of John Minton (1917-57). A charismatic and complex artist, Minton was a Bohemian figure in London during the 1940s and 1950s who counted
Lucian Freud and Keith Vaughan as friends.
Dates: till 1 October
Open: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm;
Sun 11am-5pm
Tickets: £12.50 adults (£6.50 on Tues); under 16 free
Where: 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex
Contact: 01243 774557 (

On until
22 Oct 2017
The House of Illustration, London - Quentin Blake: The life of birds and Jacqueline Ayer: Drawing on Thailand

Original drawings from Blake’s personal archive that have never been publically exhibited before. The exhibition will also show personal drawings alongside illustrations for Figaro Litteraire.
Dates: till 1 October

Jacqueline Ayer: Drawing on Thailand
In the early 1960s Ayer founded textile and garment company Design Thai, funded by Norman Rockefeller. Her reference book, Oriental Costume, features sketches drawn from her life in Thailand without the colonial overtones of previous records, and is still used by London College of Fashion today.
The exhibition will feature Ayer’s original picture book artworks, ephemera and Design Thai garments.
Dates: till 22 October
Open: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm
Tickets: £7.70 adults; £5.50 concs; £4.40 child
Where: 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH
Contact: 020 3696 2020 (

On until
26 Nov 2017
The Heath Robinson Museum - Visualising The Water-Babies
The Water-Babies was written by the Reverend Charles Kingsley for his son. William Heath Robinson provided llustrations for the 1915 edition and The William Heath Robinson Trust collection includes 45 illustrations for The Water-Babies, including two fine watercolours. These will be exhibited together with examples of the best work by other illustrators inspired by Kingsley’s book.
Date: 9 September-26 November
Open: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm
Tickets: £6 adults; £4 child and concs; £18 family
Where: Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane,
Pinner HA5 1AE
Contact: 020 8866 8420 (

On until
01 Jan 2018
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle - Comics
An eclectic mix of original comic art to impress and inspire all comics fans. See Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940s and 1950s; revisit Oor Wullie, Minnie the Minx, Roy of the Rovers and Dan Dare from The Eagle.
The exhibition will feature Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and Hulk as drawn by British artist Ian Churchill. Comics creators including Kate Brown, Jamie Smart and Laura Ellen Anderson have lent storyboards, sketches and 3d models.
Dates: from 21 July
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm
Tickets: £7.70 adults; £6.60 child; £2.50; toddler
(1-3 years); £23.10 family
Where: Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ
Contact: 0845 271 0777 (

On until
28 Jan 2018
The Higgins, Bedford - Edward Bawden and his studio
In the eight years before his death in 1989, Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to Bedford. From the walls of his house, the insides of cupboards and the drawers of his plan chest came adverts for Fortnum & Mason, Ealing Comedy posters, plates for Wedgwood, letters and photographs; an entire life’s work.
Dates: till 28 January 2018
Open: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 2-5pm
Where: Castle Lane, Bedford Mk40 3XD
Contact: 01234 718618 (