Touring exhibitions

House of Illustration's exhibitions of original and reproduction artwork are available to tour to venues in the UK and overseas.

House of Illustration has been touring exhibitions since 2008. Our shows include never-before-seen work by some of the world’s most popular illustrators. Host venues have included Dulwich Picture Gallery (London), the Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Manchester Art Gallery. More than 500,000 people have seen our exhibitions on tour in the UK.

House of Illustration’s first in-house exhibition Quentin Blake: Inside Stories is now on tour around the UK. It features 150 original artworks, and reveals Blake’s working process, from preliminary sketches to published work. It also features some of his lesser-known projects including illustrations for Voltaire’s Candide. While at House of Illustration, the exhibition received over 20,000 visitors, and achieved coverage in all major newspapers and extensive broadcast press (R4, BBC, ITV).

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Available exhibitions

The BFG in Pictures – available Winter 2016 - Spring 2019

The BFG in Pictures is the first major exhibition of artwork by Quentin Blake for Roald Dahl’s enduring tale. Blake himself has selected 31 pieces from his archive to illuminate his experience of working on the book. He has also written the exhibition's interpretive text, describing his first hand experience of collaborating with Dahl and his approach to illustration.

The exhibition includes the first set of illustrations that Blake completed for the book which were never published.

Museum-standard gallery conditions required.

Longlist 2016: War Horse – available May 2016 – January 2017

Michael Morpurgo's War Horse has quickly become a worldwide favourite for adults and children alike. For the sixth annual Book Illustration Competition, The Folio Society and House of Illustration asked participants to submit illustrations for a new edition to be published by the Folio Society.

The exhibition includes prints of the illustration submissions of the 25 longlisted entrants, as well as book components demonstrating the Folio Society's uniquely rigorous printing and production process.

Ardizzone: A Retrospective – available Spring 2017 - Summer 2019

Edward Ardizzone is known as one of Britain's best loved artists and illustrators, and his varied work has been seen throughout the world. He worked as a poster artist, children's book illustrator, and was an official War Artist in the Second World War. His designs were used for advertisements, posters, labels and magazines.  This exhibition will bring together over 100 pieces from public and private collections that reflect the incredible diversity of his career, including original illustrations, paintings, sketchbooks, prints, posters, ceramics and murals.

Museum-standard gallery conditions required.

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots – available Spring 2017 - Summer 2019

This year, a newly-discovered Beatrix Potter story is to be published for the first time, more than 100 years after it was written. Potter only completed two illustrations for the book, and so beloved illustrator and former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake has illustrated the story for publication by Frederick Warne & Co for Penguin Random House Children's in September 2016.

The Tale of Kitty in Boots is the first exhibition of artwork by Quentin Blake for the newly-discovered Potter tale. The exhibition will feature all 49 of the original illustrations for the book, Blake'’s sketchbook and reference materials, and interpretive material that explains Potter's development of the story.

Museum-standard gallery conditions required.


"We were delighted with Quentin Blake: Inside Stories. The exhibition received more than double the number of visitors we would normally expect to the gallery at this time, which resulted in better than expected Annual Pass sales for this period – and we were able to deliver some very popular learning events based around the exhibition."

- The Lightbox, Woking