LONDON.- The idea for this exhibition, curated by the House of Illustration, is taken from a Victorian game of describing yourself with images of your favourite things; like a cryptic visual essay, a self -portrait. It will appeal to a wide audience because it will give an insight into how the contributors see themselves. The show will also celebrate the art of illustration as an eloquent tradition which, as a means of communication, crosses the boundaries of language, culture and age.
The House of Illustration has asked people from many disciplines who have the skills to express themselves visually. Contributors include Andrew Marr, Anna Ford, Bill Feaver, Brian Eno, Bruce Ingman, Dan Fern, David Adjaye, David Gentleman, David Shrigley, Donald Urquhart, Emma Chichester Clark, Eric Clapton, Eric Carle, Jeff Fisher, Joanna Carey, Joe Berger, Georgina von Etzdorf, Glen Baxter, Jack Penate, Jan Pienkowski, Laura Carlin, Lauren Child, Margaret Howell, Marion Deuchars, Mary Fedden, Mary McCartney, Michael Foreman,
Mini Grey, Mio Matsumoto, Nick Garland, Sir Paul Smith, Russell Mills Sara Fanelli, Shirley Hughes, Steven Appleby, Wendy Ramshaw and William Packer.
Contributors have been asked to illustrate eight favourite things from a list of twelve their favourite animal, book, clothes, comfort, food, pastime, place, possession, music, shoes, weather and their pet aversion. They have been encouraged to use whatever medium they most enjoy.
The artists' names will not appear on the artwork to allow the visitors the fun of trying to guess their identity they will be provided with a definitive list should they wish to cheat. There will also be an online competition.
The House of Illustration will be the first gallery in the UK dedicated to celebrating the art of illustration. It will showcase illustration both past and present from all over the world and be a hub for illustrators and enthusiasts of all ages. The gallery hopes to have a permanent home in the Kings Cross regeneration area by 2011.
To find out more go to www.houseofillustration.org.uk