Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Moulins Merveilleuse

Congratulations to the Musée d'Illustration Jeunesse in Moulins! 

I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to visit this inspirational museum in France last week and met the charming curator Emmanuelle Martinat-Dupre. A most enjoyable afternoon was spent touring this wonderful chateau, surveying the current exhibit entitled Même Pas Peur featuring artwork by Tomi Ungerer, as well as the pride of the French collection of illustrated books and original artwork. In hushed reverence I was ushered in to the back room of treasures and was privileged to been shown a broad selection of the collection this museum now holds.

Along with the Eric Carle Museum in the US and Seven Stories in the UK this institution must rank as one of the leading repositories of illustration artwork. Their feast of forthcoming events is exciting and I look forward with relish to a return visit later this year. Housed in the beauty of central France  a pleasant train ride from Paris well rewards for the visitor, which I highly recommend.

Friday, 8 February 2013

HOORAY FOR BREAD! Illustrations by Bruce Ingman Exhibition launch

On Wednesday the 6th of February 2013 we celebrated the launch of Hooray for Bread illustrated by Bruce Ingman and written by Allan Ahlberg. Hooray for Bread is the fifth book from this remarkable duo, following the success of Everybody was a Baby Once, Previously, The Pencil and The Runaway Dinner.

Bruce Ingman and Zoe Toft

Allan Ahlberg

The evening was a fantastic success with Gail's Bakery sponsoring the evening with delicious artisan breads.
Baker's hats and even a Bread Headdress were donned!

Bruce and Allan signed stacks of books. 
Bruce took the time to draw an individual bread illustration in each one too! 

Axel Scheffler and Bruce Ingman

For more photos visit our Flickr page. 

Bruce Ingman's first book, When Martha's Away, was published in 1995 to great critical acclaim, winning The V&A Illustration Award. Bruce also won the prestigious Mother Goose Award as the most exciting British newcomer to children's books.

Since then Bruce has produced a number of highly distinctive and individual books including Lost Property (Methuen, 1997) and A Night on the Tiles (Methuen, 1998), Bad News I'm in Charge! (Walker Books, 2003) and Boing! (Walker Books, 2004) written by Sean Taylor. More recently he has worked in tandem with the author Allan Ahlberg and produced a number of picture books.

Hooray for Bread is a deliciously playful story which tells the tale of a loaf of bread. Bruce Ingman experiments with a softer style of illustration and his gentle, charming pictures complement the text perfectly. The original artwork from the book will be exhibited and available for purchase, alongside a selection of Bruce's other book illustrations. The exhibition will continue from the 7th to the 23rd of February 2013. Signed books are also be available to purchase.

For more artwork and information on Bruce Ingman visit his artist's page on our website: