Alan Powers to Give Expert Talk on Ardizzone

To complement our new Special Exhibition, The Illustrations of Edward Ardizzone, Heath Robinson Museum presents

Expert Talk – Thursday 20 April

Alan Powers explores the contribution Edward Ardizzone made to 20th century illustration

Alan Powers is a renowned art historian and expert on 20th century architecture who was until recently Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich.

We are delighted to announce that Alan will be delivering the Heath Robinson Museum Expert Talk on Thursday 20 April, to accompany our new exhibition The Illustrations of Edward Ardizzone.

Ardizzone (1900-1979) was one of the best loved and most prolific book artists of the 20th century, illustrating well over 170 books for adults and children. His career overlapped with that of Heath Robinson and they had many qualities in common. Like Heath Robinson, Ardizzone’s illustrations are generally concerned with contemporary life untouched by political, religious or ideological conflicts.

Although Ardizzone’s work as an artist and illustrator was wide-ranging, he is best known for his illustrated children’s books. This new exhibition redresses the balance by also showcasing Ardizzone’s illustrations for adults, including some of his greatest works, with 25 of his illustrations for Trollope’s first two Barchester novels, which have never been exhibited before.

Alan Powers’s acclaimed new book ‘Edward Ardizzone Artist and Illustrator’ covers all aspects of Ardizzone’s career – painter, print-maker, war artist, designer and illustrator. In this Expert Talk, Alan will focus on Ardizzone’s role as illustrator, reviewing and discussing the contribution he made to 20th century illustration. Alan will also be signing copies of his new book after the Talk.


Schedule for the evening

The Museum will be open from 6pm for refreshments and a chance to visit the exhibitions and shop. The Expert Talk will take place at 7pm in the Verden Gallery at West House in the Museum complex. After Alan’s talk the Museum will remain open till 9pm.

Tickets are £10 with online booking via the Heath Robinson Museum web site

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