Pictiúr – An exhibition of Contemporary Irish Children's Book Illustration

In Partnership with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children 2013 and Laureate na nÓg, Children’s Books Ireland. Pictiúr is a group exhibition curated by Ireland’s current Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey, that brings together the work of 21 prominent Irish children’s book illustrators.


42 artworks from 21 illustrators

42 artworks from 21 illustrators, native to Ireland or resident here, will be shown across 6 spaces on both floors of Galway Arts Centre. Each space has a different theme, encompassing the subject matter of the artworks in each area. Themes include: Animals & Beasts, Welcome Home and Dreaming the Impossible. A designated Reading Room will provide a comfortable and inviting space for visitors to sit and read, with copies of all the books in which the exhibited illustrations feature, available for their perusal.

The exhibition made its debut Irish appearance in Dublin last month and is now being shown at Galway Arts Centre as part of Baboró’s 2013 Visual Art programme. However this is the first time that Pictiúr will be seen in its entirety and that the exhibition space will be transformed.

Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey

Pictiúr is curated by the current Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey and two of the illustrations from her book ‘On the Road with Mavis and Marge’ are included in the exhibition. She is the second children’s author to be appointed to this special role, an initiative of the Arts Council, The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland, Poetry Ireland and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. As part of the exhibition opening and the launch of Baboró 2013 Niamh will facilitate a Monster Doodle at Galway Arts Centre on Sunday 13th October at 2pm, encouraging children to take part in this giant, colourful, group drawing.

Oliver Jeffers

Also featured in the exhibition is work by popular picture book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers who was brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives in New York He has two illustrations in the exhibition, both from his popular 2011 book ‘Stuck’. His other picture books include ‘How to Catch a Star’, ‘This Moose Belongs to Me’ and ‘Lost and Found’, which has been made into an animated film that is being premiered this month in America.

Mary Murphy

Galway based illustrator Mary Murphy, who has two pieces in the show, studied Illustration and Graphic Design in Dublin, before freelancing as an illustrator and creating her own picture books, mainly for very young readers and preschoolers. Her books include ‘A Kiss Like This!’, ‘Mouse is Small’ and ‘Slow Snail’.

Other featured illustrators are PJ Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Chris Haughton, Kevin Waldron, Chris Judge, Steve Simpson, Andrew Whitson, Michael Emberley, Donough O’Malley, Tatyana Feeney, Lily Bernard, Paul Howard, Anita Jeram, Olwyn Whelan, Adrienne Geoghegan, Olivia Golden, Oisín McGann and Alan Clarke.

Pictiúr opens at 2pm on Sunday 13th October and runs from October 14th to November 2nd at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway. For more information and opening times please see:

Schools can request a free guided tour/workshop during Baboró, for more information please contact

For after-school groups, weekend groups and groups from Monday, October 21st please book with Galway Arts Centre. Tel: 091 / 565886

This project is supported by Laureate na nÓg, Children’s Books Ireland, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway Arts Centre, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, The Arts Council of Ireland & Culture Connects International Culture Programme.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls