The exhibition is now on tour after its London residence until July 2017. Please check the tour info below for details.



The AOI Illustration Awards exhibition have been hosted annually since 2012 by Somerset House, a major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London, whose year-round programme of large scale contemporary exhibitions and events attracts over 2 million visitors.

The AOI's World Illustration Awards 2016, in partnership with Directory of Illustration, followed this tradition and will be on display in the Embankment East Glleries at Somerset House.

Winners from the World Illustration Awards 2016 will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from 1 - 29 August 2016.

The World Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from the year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent from around the globe to the annual competition.

The Shortlist includes illustration from across the world, recognising the exceptional work produced by illustrators internationally and promoting illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture. The exhibition will thus feature a unique range of work from the UK to USA, and South Korea to France, covering a wide breadth of practice, including books, design and editorial, to reflect the diverse disciplines within the industry.

The World Illustration Awards is the only independent jury-selected illustration competition and this year’s winning work was chosen by a panel of 24 esteemed judges from all aspects of the industry including commissioners, publishers and artists from all corners of the world.

16 Category Winners have been chosen, from which two overall award winners will be announced at the private view night on the 3 August in the classification of Professional illustration, which is open to all practicing professionals, and New Talent, which is open to students and recent graduates.

More on last year's exhibition can be found on our  blog, inlcuding a photo gallery with Private View pictures.

"This exceedingly diverse exhibition is fabulous, it inspires the imagination, brings joy to the soul and hope for the next generation of artists. I particularly loved Paul Davis's 'The Bacchus of the Post-it Notes' for its amusingly philosophical take on life, but there are so many exceptional illustrations to vie for your top spot! Go and enjoy this exhibition with your children, friends, grandparents and partner, you will enjoy the hot debate over which is your winner! Excellent curation, beautiful illustration."

Amanda Topps, visitor to the tour in Ormskirk, Feb 2016


We are planning special educational events and talks in conjunction with Somerset House during the exhibition, so please check back here for more information or follow news about the Awards on Twitter #WI2016.



Thursdays at 13:15 – 13:30
Embankment East Galleries, South Wing
Free, spaces limited
Thursday 4 August: Eunjoo Lee TBC
Thursday 11 August: David Foldvari
Thursday 18 August: Lizzie Mary Cullen

Thursday 25 August: Richard Carey (La Boca)

For more details also visit the Somerset House website.



Following its display at Somerset House the exhibition tours to multiple venues across the UK.
In 2016/17 the exhibition will be hosted by four UK  venues (all dates to be confirmed):

London dates:
31 July – 29 August 2016, 10 - 6pm
Embankment East Galleries, Somerset House, London, Free Admission

1) UWTSD Swansea: 02 Dec 2016 - 29 January 2017
Open weekdays 10:00 - 5.30, Saturdays 10.00 - 4.00
pictures from the WIA2015 tour at Swansea on the AOI blog

2) Roe Valley Arts, Limvady: 18 February - 18 March 2017
Galleries are open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 9.30am-5pm and Thursday to Friday 9.30am-9.30pm and admission is free
More on our blog

3) Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk: 27 March - 7 May 2017, see pictures from the WIA2015 tour opening on the AOI blog‚Äč

4) Aberystwyth Arts Center, 29 May - 9 July 2017

5) Seoul, Korea, Illustrationfair, 17 July 2017


This national tour receives approximately 40,000 visitors during its run.


Photography by AOI