Original ‘Literary Beards’ Illustrations On Display

13th March 2018

Ten original illustrations of ‘Literary Beards’ will be on display for a week, at the Guille-Allès Library.

The illustrations have been drawn and donated to the library by Chris Riddell, who is the former Children’s Laureate, illustrator of children’s books and political cartoonist for the Observer.

During Mr Riddell’s visit to the library as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival last year, he was impressed by its founders’ ‘magnificent beards’.

He has since drawn a series of original illustrations for the library, to help with fundraising for the Children’s Library Project, which is being fully refurbished.

The illustrations – which include characters such as Dumbledore, Gandalf and the Sheriff of Nottingham – have been bought by local art collector, David Ummels, for his charitable initiative, Art for Guernsey.

The public will have the chance to view the collection at the Guille-Allès, before the artworks are taken into schools, in an attempt to engages students in a variety of artistic and literary activities.

Children’s Librarian, Cornelia James, says:

‘Chris is a lifelong supporter of libraries and we are so grateful to him for taking the time to put together this collection of stunning illustrations. We are all touched by his generosity and love the fact that the inspiration for the Literary Beards came from our founders Mr Guille and Mr Allès.’

Chief Librarian, Laura Milligan, says:

‘This exhibition would not be possible without the generous support of Art for Guernsey, our key curating sponsor. In addition to purchasing the full set of drawings, they are providing all curating assets free of costs – a considerable contribution indeed. We are grateful for this opportunity to collaborate on a professional exhibition to raise further funds for the Children’s Library Project.’

The Children’s Library Project is well underway, and is hoping the fully refurbish the area, and transform the space into a creative, inspiring place, supporting the reading development of the island’s children.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 16th to Thursday 22nd March.

Entrance is free of charge, but donations to the Children’s Library Project will be gratefully received.

You can find more information about the project, or donate, here.

For more information on Art For Guernsey, you can visit the charity’s website.

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