Pictiúr is an exciting new exhibition of the work of some of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators, curated by Niamh Sharkey, Laureate na nÓg. It will visit four venues in Europe during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, before returning to Ireland to tour.
Illustration: I Hope I'll Be Good George Thinks by Chris Haughton
During March, Pictiúr visited the Festival for Young Readers at the Palais Auersperg in Vienna, Austria, before moving on to the Bologna Book Fair, Europe’s most prestigious children’s book event. Then, in April, it visits the European Parliament building in Brussels before moving to the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Ireland’s cultural centre in Belgium. Pictiúr’s European tour is being funded by Culture Ireland as part of its Culture Connects International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.
Its Irish tour, which will begin in September in Draoícht in Blanchardstown and travel to Babaró in Galway in October, finishing in IMMA in Dublin in December, is funded by the Arts Council under the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.
‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to tour the work of some of our finest illustrators, both internationally and within Ireland,’ said Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey. ‘Showcasing these artists will allow us to demonstrate the range, scope and skill of Irish illustrators and will help to grow our reputation both at home and abroad.’
Illustration: And That's The Slimy Truth by Michael Emberley
Pictiúr features the work of 21 children’s book illustrators. Illustrators include P.J. Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Olivia Golden, Alan Clarke, Oliver Jeffers and Andrew Whitson. The exhibition will comprise 42 art pieces and will include illustrations from books written in English and Irish.
You can read more about Laureate na nÓg and its projects on the dedicated website www.childrenslaureate.ie.
About Laureate na nÓg
Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland.
The inaugural laureate for children’s literature was announced by President of Ireland Mary McAleese on 10 May 2010. This unique honour was awarded to author Siobhán Parkinson.
The second and current Laureate na nÓg was announced by President Michael D Higgins on 8 May 2012. Niamh Sharkey is a picture book maker who has published fifteen titles and has been translated into over twenty languages.