Intergenerational illustration

An imaginative exhibition launching at the Book Club in London later this month sees a host of leading illustrators work in collaboration with schoolchildren.

Bat, by Jon Boam and Thomas
Bat, by Jon Boam and Thomas

Raarr (pronounced, ahem, RAAARRGHHH!), co-curated by Jason Kerley and Liat Chen, sees 22 illustrators commissioned to draw a reptile, bird, amphibian, fish or insect of their choosing – but without the head.

Cat, by Katie Prior and Eddie
Cat, by Katie Prior and Eddie

The drawings are then passed to 22 schoolchildren, who complete the works by adding the heads, features, colours, limbs, squiggles – and anything else they can think of.

Orangutan, by Marcus Oakley and Joshua
Orangutan, by Marcus Oakley and Joshua

Contributing artists include Kyle Platts, who has drawn a lizard, Jon Boam, who has contributed a bat, and Kate Prior, who drew a cat.

Mouse, by Robert Maple and Poppy
Mouse, by Robert Maple and Poppy

Many of the younger illustrators, who provided the finishing touches to the portraits, are friends or relatives of the older artists, and some have come from local primary schools.

Wild boar, by Miss Lotion and Thomas
Wild boar, by Miss Lotion and Thomas

The works from Raarr are going on sale, with all profits going to the NSPCC.

Pig, by Kristian Hammerstad and Eddie
Pig, by Kristian Hammerstad and Eddie

Raarr opens at the Book Club, a 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A, on 19 January.

Raven, adapting the lizard by Kyle Platts
Raven, adapting the lizard by Kyle Platts

Horse, by Micah Lidberg and Raven
Horse, by Micah Lidberg and Raven

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