Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

Invites you and your guests to the opening of

" A Picture Tells a Thousand Words in Quiet Voice"

by
Jackie Morris

" Until a painting is looked at by someone it lies sleeping, waiting to be
seen. Each person brings to that painting their own story, their own
dreaming and by looking they bring the painting to life. Each person, if
touched in some way by the picture, carries away something of it in their
mind, taking it on to a new dreaming, a new journey. So now the painting
lives outside the frame."

On Thursday 2nd February at 7:30 pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre, 5 O’Connell Street (BESIDE DELANEY’S FLORIST), Waterford
Jackie Morris was born in Birmingham in 1961. Drawing had been her passion since the age of six when she watched her father sketch a lapwing. "He was hunched over it, hiding it. I kept making excuses to go back in and see what it was, and gradually this bird appeared on the page - it was some sort of magic."

Although her parents warned her that it would be difficult to make a living as an illustrator, she went on to train at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy of Art then quickly established herself as an illustrator for national newspapers and magazines.

Her move into children's books happened, as if by fate, 14 years ago just after she moved into her storybook Pembrokeshire cottage. The author Caroline Pitcher had fallen in love with Morris's sumptuous, dream-like style and asked her to illustrate one of her stories. Numerous other books followed, most famously Morris's illustrated version of Ted Hughes's How the Whale Became.
The 2005 award (for the best English language book with an authentic Welsh background) is not the only praise won by The Seal Children. It has been hailed as a rare gem; a book that addresses issues of separation and loss in a way that's accessible for children. "I wanted to write a positive book about separation, because so many families are separating. I was hoping that it would be used as a tool for helping kids to talk about how they felt about things," Morris says.

Jackie is the happy recipient of many awards including: Tir na n-Og Prize, awarded by the Welsh Books Council, 2005, for The Seal.Children, Tir na n-Og Prize, for Best English Book of the Year, Welsh Books Council, 1997, for Cities in the Sea, Children's Book Federation Award shortlist, 1997, for The Snow Whale and Highly Commended, 1988-Australian Women's Art Award.

Jackie has exhibited widely in the UK and Wales including: Permanent mixed exhibition, Rhosson House Gallery, St. Davids,2000-2004,Group show, Bay Tree Gallery, Bradford on Avon, 2004 ,Illustrators exhibition for Swansea Wordplay Festival, 2004,One woman show, Rhosson House Gallery, St. David’s, 2004 and 2001,Group show, Tidal Wave Gallery,Hereford, 2004,Group Show with children’s book illustrators, Swansea Wordplay Festival in 2003. Her work is in Public Collection with the National Library of Wales.

She lives in a small house by the sea with her two children, Thomas and Hannah, two dogs and too many cats, and writes and paints. For more information about Jackie, visit her website, www.jackiemorris. co.uk Her latest book, Can You See a Little Bear, written by James Mayhew and illustrated by Jackie, published by Frances Lincoln, is in bookshops now.
Her work is published all over the world and clients include Greenpeace, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Faber and Faber and many others.

Exhibition to be opened by a special guest!

The Artist will give a talk on her work on Friday 3rd February at 10am for Primary Schools and at 11:15am for Secondary schools and the general public.

For a most enjoyable evening, why not join us for our pre-exhibition supper for €11.50 at Dooley’s Hotel from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Bookings and further information on 051-855038 or boxoffice@garterlane.ie
All works are for sale – 15% discount for Friends of Garter Lane
RSVP (regrets only) antonia@garterlane.ie or 051-855038
Exhibition continues until 27th February 2006 at 2pm
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm, admission free