The WIA 2017 exhibition at Somerset House was on display from 31 July - 28 August 2017 and received delighted feedback from its visitors.
We have uploaded a few images from the Private View night, information on the Overall winner announcement on our blog and pictures from the Galley Space.



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 2017, in partnership with Directory of Illustration, followed this tradition and will once again be on display in the Embankment East Glleries at Somerset House.

The World Illustration Awards 2017 will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from 31 July - 28 August 2017 before a national tour.

The World Illustration Awards Exhibition presents 50 highlighted projects 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.

15 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 past years 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 and Children's Books category sponsor Walker Books during the exhibition, so please check back here for more information or follow news about the Awards on Twitter #WI2017

WIA 2017 London dates:
31 July – 28 August 2017, 
Embankment East Galleries, Somerset House, London, Free Admission
Saturday-Tuesday: 10am-6pm;
Wednesday-Friday: 11am-8pm




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):

WIA 2017 tour dates:

1) Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge,  20 Nov 2017 - 7 January 2018

2) Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk: 15 Jan - 24 Feb 2018, see pictures from the WIA2015 tour opening on the AOI blog.

3) Roe Valley Arts, Limvady: 5 March - 15 April 2018
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

More venues to be confirmed.


WIA 2016 tour dates:

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

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

5) Seoul, Korea, The Seoul Illustration Fair 20-23 July 2017


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


Photography by Dan Weill Photography