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World Illustration Awards exhibition a big hit with visitors to Ormskirk’s Chapel Gallery

Visitors are coming to Ormskirk from far and wide to enjoy the World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2018 at Ormskirk’s Chapel Gallery.

The West Lancashire Borough Council-run Chapel Gallery is, once again, delighted to be the only venue in the North to show this prestigious exhibition, meaning that visitors from many places are drawn to Ormskirk Town Centre for the event which runs until 27 April.

Launched at Somerset House, London, the World Illustration Awards 2018 exhibition is organised by The Association of Illustrators (AOI), in partnership with the Directory of Illustration.

Anyone with an interest in illustration, from images in children’s story books to advertising posters and imaginative flights of fancy, will enjoy exploring this vibrant exhibition. These are the very best illustrators working internationally, with images selected from the 200 strong shortlist, drawn from a record 3,300 entries from 75 countries.

The exhibition explores what illustration means today, how it shapes our world and understanding and how the art form itself is changing. At once global and personal, visitors can expect to be inspired by this diverse, engaging exhibition. This annual survey of the best illustration globally will explore where illustration is now, where it is heading in the future, and showcase the legends of the industry who continue to inspire new generations of artists.

Visitors who have already seen the exhibition have told staff how much they have enjoyed it.

Art fans from Edinburgh were impressed with the gallery as a whole, and commented: “What a find! A beautiful gallery with world-class exhibitions. We’ll be back.”

Another visitor said: “I travel from Manchester to see this show here each year. It never disappoints!”

Nick Clancy, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation, Wirral Metropolitan College brings a group of undergraduates to see the show each year.

He said: “The AOI World Illustration Awards exhibition at the Chapel Gallery is an important opportunity in the academic year for my students to see Illustration work which would not normally be shown outside of London. This is probably the fourth of these exhibitions we’ve seen here. It is always innovative and exciting. Thank you.”

John Harrison, Director of Development and Regeneration, said: “The Council is delighted to hear these great comments about this marvellous exhibition at the Chapel Gallery. We hope many more people will come to enjoy the event which runs until 27 April.”

Visitors are also invited to join a book swap as part of this exhibition. The Reading Room, in partnership with Waterstones, Ormskirk, has a variety of books, from the classics to children’s stories, which people are invited to read at the gallery, or to swap for another and take home.

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