20 Years of Book Illustration, Prints and Paintings
Multi-award winning children’s author and illustrator Mick Manning began his career at Bradford College’s School of Art in 1978 and later, went on to study at the Royal College. He was Course Leader in Illustration at Glasgow School of Art 1990-98. Over the last twenty years he, and his partner, Brita Granström, have written and illustrated over seventy children's books and collected numerous book illustration awards including the Nestle Smarties Silver Award winner in 1996); T.E.S. Award winner in 1997) and The English Association Award in 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2011. Their work has appeared on Blue Peter several times, most recently for their acclaimed book about Mick’s father, Tail-End Charlie. In 2012 Bradford College nominated Mick for a AoC Gold Award and as a result he was honoured on the AoC Roll of Honour. Last year Mick and Brita were jointly shortlisted for the ALMA - the largest children's book award in the world.
This unique exhibition, the first time Mick’s work has returned to be exhibited in his native West Yorkshire, not only displays the original book illustrations from Mick and Brita’s highly acclaimed books: Charles Dickens: Scenes from an extraordinary life, Taff in the WAAF and Tail-End Charlie but also features canvases, paintings and prints by them available for sale. Brita Granström was educated in Sweden and is an exhibiting and collectable fine artist in her own right. Examples of her paintings are in both private and public collections.
Exhibition runs from 30th September until 11th October 2013. The Gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 10.30am until 4pm. Official opening with Mick and Brita in attendance on Thursday 3rd October from 4.30 -7pm (speeches at 5.30).
“To write and illustrate books you need ideas, imagination and a visual language . . . and the Bradford College Foundation course helped me to find all those things.”