In partnership with National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters during Kuwait International Book Fair 44 and as a reflection of the 120 Years of Friendship celebrations, the book fair announced for the first time the UK as the Guest of Honour for the book fair 44 , where the exhibition was on display from 20 – 30 November 2019.
The 120 Years of Friendships was the anniversary year (2019) of the Kuwait-British friendship treaty (protection agreement) which was signed by the governor of Kuwait Sheikh Mubarak bin Sabah Al Sabah, with the British government in 1899.
Drawing Words is commissioned by the British Council Kuwait and curated by the Waterstones UK Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child. The exhibition features ten illustrators from across the UK whose work makes an important and original contribution to contemporary British picture book illustration.
Through Drawing Words, the British Council examined the role that literature plays in bringing people and communities together across cultures and borders, an important aspect of British Council’s work.
Alongside the display of the illustrations we also partnered with Takween , Imaginitq8, American University of Kuwait and Gulf University for Science and Technology to put together an engaging Programme that complemented the displayed illustrations and allowed the public to interact with the literature. Two of the exhibiting UK artists; Yasmeen Ismail - an award-winning author, illustrator and animator as well as David Mackintosh - graphic designer, illustrator and author visited Kuwait as part of these activities which brought together children, novelists, illustrators, publishers, teachers, academics and other educators to learn about and explore issues of common concern, challenges and opportunities as well as best practices both in Kuwait and the United Kingdom.