This week Sir Quentin Blake has opened what is believed to be the world’s first public education space and gallery dedicated to Illustration. The House of Illustration in London is the new home for the art of illustration, from emerging talent to established artists.
The gallery’s inaugural show ‘Inside Stories’ celebrates the work of one of the UK’s most popular illustration practitioners, Sir Quentin Blake. “Illustration has been one of the most distinctive strands in the history of British art,” said Blake. “It’s one of the things that the British are good at – we don’t say that often enough.”
The House of Illustration has been active since 2002, when it was founded by a group of illustrators led by Blake and Emma Chicester Clark. Since then it has helped to organise several exhibitions and education programmes, as well as establishing itself as the official archive-to-be of Blake's enormous output of some 4,000 drawings and 250 illustrated books. Now the gallery has its first permanent home displaying diverse illustrations form fashion designs, to political cartoons and advertisements.