Exhibitions & News
ABIGAIL - Shortlisted for the 2014 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards
Whoop - I’m thrilled! You can read more about the award if you click here…
Exhibition: The Market Place Gallery, Olney, Bucks
I’ve just started exhibiting with this brilliant little gallery. I’m constantly sending new work down and they stock my cards and books. It’s in the lovely town of Olney - well worth a visit!
For more info visit their website or call 01234 241529
Illustrating Books for Children. Event at the National Galleries of Scotland
Illustrating Books for Children - Session One of Five
Saturday, 9th November 2013, 10.30am-12.30pm
Clore Eduction Studios - Gallery (Scottish National Gallery)
The Picture Hooks exhibition is part of the result of a one-year project in which up and coming illustrators for children were matched with and mentored by a more established illustrator for a year. In these sessions each pair will share their working methods, practices and experiences. A useful insight for anyone interested entering this area of work.
Session 1: Catherine Rayner & Naomi Howarth
Other sessions take place on 20 November, 7 December, 11 January, and 8 February
Tickets must be obtained in advance from the information desk at the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound or by calling 0131 624 6560, 9.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday with credit /debit card details.
Affordable Art Fair 2013, Singapore
Thursday 21st November – Sunday 24th November 2013
This is the first time I’ve exhibited in Singapore. Will’s Art Warehouse (London) are taking a large selection of my work. You can find out more here! or call +44 (0)208 246 4840
ANIMAL MAGIC EXHIBITION at Baxters Gallery, Dartmouth
Friday 25th October - 14th November 2013
I haven’t exhibition in Dartmouth for a few years (due to the arrival of a small child!) and I’m SO excited to be part of “Animal Magic’ at Baxters Gallery in Dartmouth. I’ve missed working with this lovely gallery and I’m really excited about seeing my work hanging alongside pieces from Richard Spare and Helen Fay among others.
For more info please visit www.baxtersgallery.co.uk or call (01803) 839 000
Exhibition at The Whitehouse Gallery. Kirkcudbright
Country Persuits IX 31st August - 26th October 2013
A group exhibition, lots of wonderful artists. I’ve been part of this exhibition every year for 9 years - it’s a lovely show in a beautiful part of the world!
For more info visit www.whitehousegallery.co.uk or phone +44(0)1557 330223
My new book ABIGAIL is published!
I’ve been working on this book for a looooong time. It is a story I’ve written and illustrated about a giraffe called Abigail who just loves to count things! It has a surprise fold out ending and lots of little things for little ones to look for inside the book, whilst slightly older children will enjoy the bold illustrations and counting fun!
It’s available in all good book shops. The fist edition has sold out so Amazon don’t have any copies the the moment but it will be John Lewis’ Book of The month in September and smaller book shops should have stock. They will be publishing the second edition in October. Whilst is wonderful that a book has sold out before it’s been released, it’s very frustrating that people can’t get hold of it. If you would like a copy but can’t get one please let me know. I can put you in touch with a book shop that ordered copies nice and early so has stock!
Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra’s stripes and Cheetah’s spots, they just won’t sit still. It’s hopeless! What will Abigail do? A beautiful book by award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner, full of gorgeous illustrations of Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending. Catherine Rayner is the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Harris Finds His Feet and illustrator and author of Solomon Crocodile and Augustus and his Smile.
EXHIBITION: From Paper To Page - The Illustrations of Catherine Rayner and Alice Melvin in Lancs
Exhibition runs from 6th July 2013 - 7th September 2013
@ Touchstones in Rochdale, Gallery 3
This is a joint exhibition with my friend, illustrator Alice Melvin!
We are exhibition original illustrations from our books in this family freindly exhibition.
You’ll be able to see the ACTUAL artwork from my books including Augustus, Solomon, Posy, Ernest and Iris and Isaac. The artwork on display is not for sale but commission enquiries are welcome.
There are activities for children and the walls are adorned with life size characters who are also looking at the artwork!
Books are cards are for sale in the shop.
For more info visit www.link4life.org or call 01706 924928
EXHIBITION at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Exhibition runs from 7th June 2013 until 30th August 2013.
I’m showing a very large collection of my work in this amazing gallery. You could spend hours wondering around this converted factory, they have an extensive range of wonderful artwork over two floors. There is also a fabulous cafe upstairs and a restaurant on the ground floor. Well worth a visit. You’ll find my work in the ‘Corner Gallery’ upstairs. It’s a privilege to be exhibiting in this fantastic space.
Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books will be reading my books surrounded by the original artwork on Saturday 27th July. Please ‘click here’ for further info.
You can find details of the work I’m exhibiting by ‘clicking here’.
Please call The Biscuit Factory on (0191) 261 1103 or have a look at their website if you would like to know more…
‘Krrrr ... okodil!’ PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014!!
The Dutch edition of my book ‘Solomon Crocodile’ has been selected as PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014 in The Netherlands by the CPNB.
You can read more about it if you ‘click here’ (Google can translate the page for you if you aren’t fluent in Dutch!)...
Spring and Summer Exhibitions 2013
20th April - 1st June at Will’s Art Warehouse, London. Joint exhibition.
20th April - 18th May at The Barefoot Gallery, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. Solo Exhibition.
25th April - 28th April at The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol. With Sarah Wiseman Gallery. Group show.
1st May - 1st July at Tayberry Gallery, Perth. Solo Exhibition.
4th May - 25th May at Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford. Solo Exhibition.
7th June - 30th August at Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. I’ll be showing a large selection of work as part of their Summer Exhibition.
SOLO EXHIBITION at The Barefoot Gallery, near Leeds, West Yorkshire
Exhibition runs from the evening of 19th April until 18th May 2013
This is the first solo show I’ve had in West Yorkshire. It’s in the village I grew up in so it’s a bit special! There will be a selection of my new silk screen prints, original paintings, cards and books for sale in this lovely gallery in the pretty village of Boston Spa.
For more information visit their website, or call +44 (0) 1937 845 135
TEN ILLUSTRATORS exhibition at Gallery TEN, Edinburgh
Friday 8th February - Sunday 8th March
An exhibition of Ten Illustrators original artwork at the lovely Gallery Ten in Edinburgh’s west end. I have original paintings and silk screen prints on show.
There will be a special Meet The Artist’s evening on Thursday 21st February from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. All the exhibiting illustrators will be there, including me, should be fun!
And on top of that I’ll be STORYTELLING on Saturday 16th February at 3.00pm. It’s a free event for the whole family so come along if you can. It’s always nice to read a book and be able to see the original illustrations on the wall too!
You can find further info on their website
Gallery TEN,10 Stafford Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7AU.
*ANIMAL STORIES Children’s Workshop* Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle.
02nd February 2013, 14:30 - 15:30
Meet award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner as she talks about her wonderfully vibrant new picture book Soloman Crocodile which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012. Join Catherine for an event full of snappy stories and drawing that the whole family will enjoy.
Followed by a public booksigning at 3.30pm
Booking essential. £3 per person in addition to admission fee.
Please visit Seven Stories website for further info
ILLUSTRATION MASTERCLASS at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle.
03rd February 2013, 09:30 - 15:00
Join Catherine, award-winning author and illustrator of Augustus and His Smile, Sylvia and Bird and Ernest for an exclusive illustration master class looking at how to illustrate picture books and creative techniques.
Booking essential. £35 per person, no additional admission required. Includes lunch. Suitable for ages 15 and over.
Visit Seven Stories website for further information.
Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat
I’ve illustrated one of my favorite children’s classics for a 70th anniversary edition!
The book was written by Ursula Moray Williams back in 1942 and I was delighted when I was asked to re-illustrate the story for this special hard cover anniversary edition. You can buy the book here.
Gallery TEN, Edinburgh
A lovely new gallery has opened up in Edinburgh’s West End called Gallery TEN. I’m delighted to be exhibiting with them at the moment. They have a selection of my silk screen prints. I’ll also be taking part in an illustration exhibition that they are holding early next year. They show some of Scotland’s finest printmakers - well worth a visit!
Have a look at their blog or visit them: Gallery TEN, 10 Stafford Street, Edinburgh EH3 7AU
‘COME DRAW WITH ME’ at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh…
Wednesday 21st November, 6pm - 8.30pm
Join five acclaimed artists – Helen Denerley, Kate Downie, Alan McGowan, Colin Parker and Catherine Rayner – for a unique evening in the Grand Gallery and Animal World. Share their inspiration in these world-famous collections to refresh and develop your own drawing skills.
Draw animals, objects, interiors, the figure, fabric and furniture designs or book illustrations with expert support – choose a workshop from the descriptions below before you book your place. No experience necessary.
For further info and booking please visit the NMS website
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London with Sarah Wiseman Gallery
25th - 28th October 2012
Sarah is taking a large selection of my work to the art fair which is set to be a busy one! Pop along if you can. Find out more on the AAF website or call the Sarah Wiseman Gallery on 01865 515 123
Exhibition at the Red Barn Gallery, Melkinthorpe, near Penrith
I’m exhibiting ten pieces (a mixture of silk screen prints and paintings) in this beautiful gallery between 3rd October and the 28th November 2012. It’s worth going for a browse as the place itself is totally magical! There is a fabulous cafe and garden centre so you could make an afternoon, or even a day of it! For more information please visit their website or call (01931) 712 767
Exhibition at the Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway
This exhibition ‘Country Pursuits VIII’ is an annual exhibition which takes the theme of the countryside and its inhabitants, and offers a wide range of fine artists the chance to interpret the theme in their own unique way. Four of my bigger pieces are in this exhibition which is on until the 27th October. For more information please visit their website or call (01557) 330 223
Exhibition at the Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder, Scotland
Opens on in September and continues throughout the autumn…
I’m having a big exhibition at one of my favorite galleries. It will be full of new work - paintings, illustrations and my silk screen prints…
For more information please contact me or the Flat Cat Gallery (01578) 722 808 or visit their website
P.s - the coffee and cakes there are outstanding! Well worth a visit to sample their tasty treats…
Iris and Isaac WIN the UKLA Children’s Book Award 2012!
At the awards ceremony in the University of Leicester on Friday I found out that Iris and Isaac have won the UKLA Children’s Book Award. I am thrilled! The shortlist was wonderful, with books by Viviane Schwarz & Alexis Deacon, Suzanne Bloom, Chris Wormell, Jeanne Willis & Sarah Fox-Davies. I feel honored that my little polar bears picked up the prize.
For more information visit their website.
Solomon Crocodile Shortlisted for Scottish Children’s Book Award…
I’m utterly delighted that Solomon Crocodile has been shortlisted for this years Scottish Children’s Book Awards, along with ‘Jack and the Flumflum Tree’ by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts and ‘The Day Louis Got Eaten’ by John Fardell.
For more information have a look at Scottish Book Trust’s website.
Affordable Art Fair with Sarah Wiseman Gallery
Spring Collection 2012 - 17th - 20th May, Bristol
Sarah will be exhibiting a selection of screen prints & paintings I created this spring
For more info or to have a look at the artwork please go to www.wisegal.com.
The Atholl Gallery
Feature Exhibition - Opens Saturday 14th April until 15th May 2012
I’m exhibiting a selection of my new silk screen prints and original paintings.
For more info or to look at the artwork please go to www.athollgallery.co.uk
Solo show - Opening 21st January 2012
This is an exhibition of new original artwork and a handful of my variable edition silk screen prints in the lovely Line Gallery in beautiful Linlithgow – makes a great day trip if you fancy popping along!
For more info contact The Line Gallery on (01506) 670 268 www.thelineonline.co.uk - or email me!
I’ve set up a facebook page!
I’ve been meaning to do this for ages.
Please ‘like’ it and you will recieve my latest news, pictures and much more!
The Tales of Olga da Polga
To be published October 2011
Written by Michael Bond Illustrated by Catherine Rayner
I LOVE guinea pigs and when I was asked to illustrate The Tales of Olga da Polga for its 40th anniversary edition I was over the moon! It was a dream to get to draw Olga day after day!
“A beautifully illustrated gift edition of a childrens classic.
From the very beginning there was not the slightest doubt that Olga da Polga was the sort of guinea-pig who would go places.
Michael Bond’s guinea-pig has been charming readers for 40 years. Catherine Rayner illustrates this beautiful anniversary edition of The Tales of Olga da Polga”
Top be published 1st April 2011
Written and Illustrated by Catherine Rayner, Published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Poor Solomon is looking for some fun but no one wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo? Well the less said about the hippo the better!
But then someone else starts causing trouble . . . and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely crocodile?
This book was great fun to work on and I hope you will have great fun reading about Solomon too!
Iris & Isaac
To be published September 2010
Written and Illustrated by Catherine Rayner, published by Little Tiger Press
Iris and Isaac are NOT FRIENDS. Off they stomp, in a big bear huff, as far away from each orther as possible.
And as they stomp, they see funny, strange and wonderful things.
Affordable Art Fair with Sarah Wiseman Gallery
Autumn Collection 2010, Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 October, Battersea Park, London
Sarah will be exhibiting a selection of my new silk screen prints and original paintings.
For more info or to have a look at the artwork please go to www.wisegal.com.
The Jammy Coo
Opening Night - Friday 5th October - come along and say hello!
Pop along and come and see some of my new paintings and enjoy some amazing cake made by Delia!
For more info please go to www.jammycoo.co.uk or call (01835) 870 537.