Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa showcases the life’s work of an acclaimed Japanese children’s picture book author.
Working with ink and watercolour as well as paper cuts, Anno’s stories cover a wide range of themes - from maths and science through to language and folklore.
His picture books show a profound understanding of the way children’s minds work, presenting complex subjects in engaging, digestible ways.
Young readers are often required to interact with his books beyond the simple act of reading, with tactile and mental puzzles requiring books to be turned around or studied intently to find specific objects within the deeply detailed drawings.
This playful form is considered a precursor of the puzzle style popularised by titles such as ‘Where’s Wally?’ In 1984 this sophisticated style, abound with humour and visual trickery, won him the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson award for his lasting contribution to children’s literature.
This exhibition marks the first ever display of Anno’s work in the UK. Admission to the exhibition is free.