Beginnings and Endings

Images inspired by the first and last lines of novels by the students and staff of Middlesex University’s Illustration degree course

Mon 8 Feb – Sat 12 Mar 2016

Middlesex Univ Beginnings and Endings exh

Beginnings and Endings, 8 Feb – 12 Mar 2016, presents images by the students and staff of Middlesex University’s Illustration degree course inspired by the first and last lines of novels. Each image aims to entice and engage the viewer in the same way that an author endeavours to tempt a reader beyond the first page, or, with a concluding line, to resolve a set of circumstances or suggest future possibilities within a novel.

Supporting this project are the award-winning author Carol Birch, whose Jamrach’s Menagerie (Canongate) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, and  John King, publisher at London Books and author of The Football Factory (Vintage).

Works are for sale at very affordable prices (original prints £70 framed/£60 unframed; digital prints £50 framed/£40 unframed). Sales proceeds help to finance the students’ final degree show.

Join us for the opening event on Thursday 11 February, 6.30 – 9pm; please RSVP by email to [email protected]

Exhibition images, above left to right: ‘”It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognized who it was” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray‘ by Charlie Johnston; ‘”A screaming comes across the sky” — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow by Nicole Cowan; ‘”It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York” — Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar‘ by Summer Du Plessis

Beginnings and Endings launch event in the Poetry Café, 11 February 2016