How?Why?What? and The Modelmakers: Original and archival educational illustration

John Brown (Artist), Kirsty McNab (Editor), David Paterson (Other), Lyn Stevens (Other)

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How?Why? What and The Modelmakers

are interconnected exhibitions centred on archival and original educational illustration and material. The main theme of the shows is to expand and emphasise the effective use of drawn and painted (and occasionally sculpted) imagery as way of imparting knowledge about various themes. The first show (How?Why? What?) at George Square Library Gallery, Edinburgh was selected from the Edinburgh University Collections to show examples of hand made 2D and3D images and objects that were made and published for various educational and political reasons between the late nineteenth and mid 20th century. 

The second exhibition (The modelmakers) has been developed in tandem with curators  from Edinburgh Museum ofChildhood and  is an installation of 26original paintings at Edinburgh City Art Centre.These depict someone making a miniature of something to make visible some form of technology, scientific concept or theoretical idea. In tandem with these a group of P6 schoolchildren have been asked to make a model that makes visible some experiment or invention that helps elaborate a concept selected by them.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2018


  • Illustration, objects, publications


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