It was a great honour to be asked to present this homage to the late, great Judith Kerr at Bath Children’s Literature Festival this weekend!
Judith Kerr (1923-2019) is best known as the writer and illustrator of such well-loved picture books as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but for this celebration event I was also able to share the fascinating story of her early life as a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany. We re-enacted her most famous tale, read the rhythmical One Night In The Zoo and featured Judith’s new book, The Curse of the School Rabbit, posthumously released by her longtime publisher, HarperCollins.
I’d like to thank Bath Festivals for inviting me and for managing such a lovely production, HarperCollins for their support, and the wonderful and responsive audience of children and adults who joined in with the storytelling and activities.
This new exhibition at Derby University marks the end of my artist residency in which I have worked alongside and lectured their third year MA Illustration students. Through the AA2A programme I have been able to share tips and techniques from my experience of working with publishers and agents to write and illustrate for the children’s picturebook market.
It was a lovely launch event with my fellow AA2A artists, faculty members, friends and family present. Thank you everyone!
The Printworks in Manchester invited me to host a prehistoric printing workshop to tie in with the screening of Aardman Animation’s latest movie, Early Man. I brought along my tabletop printing press, foam boards, paints & rollers; and everyone loved trying new techniques to produce ancient art!
Pippa was commissioned by Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum to write and illustrate a children’s storybook Meet The Mice. She made a series of charming watercolour paintings which told the tale of the little mice who inhabit the old stately house. The original artwork was exhibited at the hall alongside the storybooks, prints and greetings cards which are available to purchase in the giftshop.
A Portrait of Burnley was a photographic exhibition that aimed to capture a cross- section of people linked to the Lancashire town. It was shown at Towneley Hall Art Gallery (pictured above) and also at the Mid Pennine Art Gallery.
Pippa organised The Big Write event in Burnley in 2009 involving local libraries, art galleries, schools and nurseries. She secured funding from Arts Council England to host a writing event at a museum, and successfully engaged the storytelling services of John Cunliffe (the creator of Postman Pat and Rosie & Jim). Activities included filling a giant canvas with visitor’s favourite words and introducing a wide variety of opportunities and media for mark-making and self-expression through the written word. Poetry and prose were combined in a momento book featuring contributions submitted on the day and via the event blog by the people of Burnley.
Fine art photographic prints of paper sculptures with a literary theme formed the body of this exhibition displayed at Leigh Library & Turnpike Art Gallery to complement their collection of antique books. Pippa hosted a one day paper engineering workshop for adults (pictured below). The original sculptures and framed prints of New Life for Old Books were also shown at Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Burnley and at Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford. These also featured sample spreads from the making of the The Princess & The Pea pop-up book.
Paper engineering workshop at Leigh Library