The Fox and the Star Exhibition

Children’s book The Fox and the Star was Waterstones Book of the Year  in 2015 and is widely regarded as one the most intricate and exquisitely illustrated children’s books of all time. I mean just take a look at it!

The book is loved by both adults and children as it covers loss, friendship and discovery and uses the visual language of designer and craftsman William Morris and poet, painter, and printmaker William Blake.

The William Morris Gallery will be holding an exhibition of The Fox and the Star with award-winning illustrator and author Coralie Bickford-Smith. Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the best-selling book was conceived and produced, with original illustrations, proofs and sketches on display for the first time.

Visitors will get the chance to see how Bickford-Smith went from her initial designs of early pencil storyboards and ended up at finished book jackets. Highlights include excerpts from Coralie's sketchbooks where she drew the central character Fox over and over again as she tried to create a sensitive and empathetic figure different from the way usually crafty/naughty foxes are generally displayed in children’s books.

The exhibition will also feature a short film where Bickford -Smith is shown at work in her studio as well as in the William Morris Gallery’s library discussing the historic books that have played a major part in the development of her style.

The exhibition is suitable for all ages and admission is free. There will be plenty for children to get involved with, including special craft activities and a The Fox and the Star themed Creative Kids  session (which we advise you book in advance).

Coralie Bickford-Smith: The Fox and the Star

William Morris Gallery - 9 November 2016 –29 January 2017

Coralie Bickford-Smith In Conversation: Thursday 26 January 2017 - 19:00 – 20:30

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