On Saturday visit – Banners for Spain
– Fighting the Spanish Civil War in London (until Saturday 8 July open Monday–Saturday 10am-5pm [closed Wednesday) at Islington Museum The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was sparked by a military coup led by General Franco against Spain’s elected government. In Britain, the ‘Aid Spain’ movement started to raise funds for food and medical supplies and to help refugees. This exhibition, in partnership with the Marx Memorial Library, showcases six visually stunning campaign banners for ‘Aid Spain’. Admission Free
On Saturday or Sunday – The Life of Birds – until Sunday 1 October 2017, open Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm (Closed Monday) at House of Illustration “I have always liked drawing birds. I can’t quite explain why but it may be because like us, they are on two legs and have expressive gestures. In ‘The Life of Birds’ they appear as humans or perhaps humans appear as them. It’s a way of commenting on the people we see around us without actually drawing individuals.” This exhibition brings together Quentin Blake’s expressive drawings for his book ‘The Life of Birds’ with several new illustrations produced specially for the occasion.
Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan until 10 September 2017 at House of Illustration An exhibition of hand-painted backgrounds from sci-fi anime films including ‘Ghost in the Shell’. Inspired by Asia’s emerging megacities, Production I.G designed fictional worlds that reflected the real story of ruthless urban development. Never seen in the UK before, their exquisite film backgrounds are a combination of painterly skill and exacting mechanical logic.