Children’s book centre Seven Stories will this July open an exhibition dedicated to illustrator Michael Foreman.
‘Painting with Rainbows – a Michael Foreman Exhibition’ will open on 19th July and will stay at the Seven Stories centre in Newcastle for a year, before going on tour around the country.
The exhibition was created to help children consider the consequences of conflict through his books War Boy (Pavilion Children's Books), War Game (Pavilion Children's Books), The General (Templar) and Ali Pasha (Templar). There will also be references to Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish (Puffin) and One World (Andersen Press), and some of the artefacts that inspired Foreman’s work will be on display.
Gillian Rennie, the curator of the exhibition at Seven Stories, said Foreman is a “significant figure” in British children’s literature.
“Through his books, Michael tackles the big issues of our world in a heartfelt and down-to-earth manner,” she said. “The exhibition will ask visitors to consider the impact of war, the fragility of the environment and the importance of friendship through his insightful storytelling and beautiful illustrations.”
Pavillion Children’s Books is also celebrating Foreman’s work with its upcoming hardback title Michael Foreman: A Life in Pictures.
The book, which will go on sale 1st October, priced at £20.00, contains a selection of his stories, diary extracts, sketches and illustrations.
“I am very pleased about the two new retrospective projects coming up, both the Seven Stories exhibition and the book A Life in Pictures,” said Foreman. “The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of my first book was a couple of years ago and it is now wonderful to see so much of the work that I have done in those years brought together for the first time.”
Foreman was born in 1938 and has been illustrating books for more than 50 years. He has won the Kate Greenaway medal twice (in 1982 and 1989) and his books, excluding titles he co-authored with writers, have reached sales of more than £700,000 through Nielsen BookScan.