Published: 24 September 2008 at 12:27
Sara Fanelli’s ‘Pinocchio’ The Ruskin Gallery 2 October – 18 October 2008 10am-9pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm Saturdays
Sara Fanelli is one of the world’s most admired children’s illustrators. Born in Florence, Sara is now London based since graduating there in 1995 from the Royal College of Art. As a freelance designer and illustrator, she has attracted both world-wide recognition and several awards for her innovative work. Sara has exhibited at various international venues including the Tate Modern, London , L’Art à la Page, Paris, Galleria d’arte Moderna, Bologna, Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Katonah Art Museum, New York State, and Dailmaru Museum, Tokyo to name but a few.
To the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, Sara brings an exhibition themed around her award-winning book ‘Pinocchio’ (Walker Books). This interactive exhibition provides a multidimensional experience of art with which children can truly engage. Surrounded by displays of ephemera from the artist’s own studio and images of Pinocchio which Sara paints directly on to the walls, children themselves become artists using paper, wood and shapes to explore their own creativity. Large collages of Sara’s work can be finessed with crayons housed, as they are, safely under Perspex.
This beautifully designed exhibition receives its British Premiere at the Ruskin Gallery before continuing to Newcastle.
This exhibition coincides with the launch of University’s Centre for Children’s Book Studies (www.anglia.ac.uk/ccbs) which focuses on several areas of proven excellence in teaching and research. The centre brings together the work of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, the new MA in Publishing in the Department of English and Media and the work of the Faculty of Education which is developing an MA in Children’s Literature.