Joanna Littlejohns, the Guernsey Arts Commission’s Head of Arts Development reflected on the opening:
“We’ve Got It Covered is the seventh exhibition in our Design Matters series and is a celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society.
The concept began with Richard Fleming, a leading light in the soon-to-happen Guernsey Literary Festival (12th – 15th May), who had the idea to link an exhibition to their guest of honour – Annie Barrows – who is the joint author of this successful book.
It quickly grew from a two week exhibition on a few of the different dust jacket designs to a much more extensive overview of how the book had been designed globally. With material from publishers Bloomsbury in London, and Allen and Unwin in Sydney, there are now over 57 different designs from across the world on show.
There is also a chance to see part of a private collection of the books, rare photos of the authors and a handwritten letter from Mary Ann Shaffer.
To give a more local feel, arts’ students were given a chance to design their own cover and twenty of these are also on display in the exhibition.”
The winner of the student cover design competition was announced on the night as being Catherine Batiste and was presented with her prize by one of the judges, Paul Mason-Barney of design agency twodegreesnorth who has been working on the promotional designs for the Guernsey Literary Festival.
Now that the exhibition is open you can have your say on your favourite of the many covers on display by heading to the greenhouse and stamping your mark on the interactive poster wall.
You can see photos from the launch night on the Guernsey Arts Commission’s Facebook page and on the Facebook page of the Guernsey Literary Festival’s official photographer Dee Stonebridge.