Some of the best works by illustrators from around the world will be on display at the Chapel Gallery in the coming weeks.
The Association of Illustrators have selected the best 50 pieces from more than 2,300 entries for the World Illustration Awards Exhibition.
The showcase was on display at Somerset House in London in the summer of 2017 and will be at the West Lancashire Borough Council-run Gallery from 20 January to 24 February as part of a national tour.
From self-initiated experiments to the covers that entice us to pick up a particular book, this exhibition demonstrates that innovation in illustration has the power to persuade, excite and engage us all.
Original exhibited works on display will include murals, posters, packaging and children’s books by artists from the UK, USA, Italy, The Netherlands, South Korea, Hong Kong and Israel.
Notable shortlisted works include Claudine O’Sullivan’s complex digital illustrations for the Apple Pencil Campaign; a characterful portrait of Bill Murray for the Washington Post by artist Tony Rodriguez; and Lizzy Stewart’s playful illustrations for children’s book ‘There’s a Tiger in The Garden’.
An environmental theme also runs through this year’s exhibition, with works including Chen Winner’s educational animation made for CNN-titled ‘Econundrum’ showing the consequences of Buying bottled water, and the imaginative series of illustrations titled ‘Yen Town – The Last Unpolluted Territory’ by Sam Ki, depicting a unity of humanity and the natural world.
On the opening day of the exhibition families can also enjoy free creative activities inspired by narrative and illustration.
In the Gallery’s reading room a book swap has been organised with Waterstones that will continue throughout the exhibition.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The Chapel Gallery is proud to host this prestigious exhibition of international illustration. Come and take a look at some of the fantastic works on offer.”