Collecting old Ladybird books

Here are more details about my Ladybird artists exhibition, which will be taking place in Canterbury over the summer months (2018).

It will be held at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, in the centre of Canterbury.  Theere’s more information and pictures to be found on Facebook.  Just search for @LadybirdArtists

Entry is free: it’s a council-run gallery.  Here it is one their website:

It opens on 9th June and will run until 22nd of September so will be the main annual exhibition.

What I’ll be covering

A brief intro to the background of the company but then a longer look at a number of the artists whose amazing artwork was such a big part of the success of Ladybird books, focusing on the years between 1940 and 1975 – just after the sale of the company.

I’ll be showing lots of original artwork – much from Ladybird books but also a look at the other work that these artists produced.  There will, of course, be masses of books (many which you can browse through) and ephemera and some of the hundreds of quirky bits of information that I’ve picked up over the years.  There will be something for all ages and activities too.

95% of the exhibition will be from my own collection, which I’ve never exhibited before.  Some of the artists’ families have also kindly loaned me some lovely items, to help bring the exhibition to life.

So I really hope you can make it