AOI at New Designers


New Designers showcases the newest up and coming designers from across the creative disciplines, bringing them together at the Business Design Centre from the 28 June -1 July and 5 - 8 July for a celebration of new generation creativity. To see this year’s exhibitors and book tickets visit New Designers

Your career as an Illustrator!

Friday 7 July 1.45 – 2.30pm

Join AOI Membership Manager Lou Bones discussing the challenges around pricing/negotiating illustration and how to move your career forward. Drawing on real examples she will share the AOI experiences of how they have overcome the challenges and awkwardness of pricing work, navigating contracts and negotiating with clients as well as sharing practical tips on self promotion before opening up a Q&A session.

University of Sunderland-Fashion Product & Promotion-Sophie Hay-Blue John


AOI Discusses panel talk at Hartlepool Festival of Illustration

11.15-12-15pm 3 June 2017

Hartlepool Art Gallery, Church St, Hartlepool TS24 7EQ

Free (ticketed) event

AOI are delighted to be taking part in the second Hartlepool Festival of Illustration this June in the seaside town of Hartlepool, home to Cleveland College of Art and Design.



Sandra Dieckmann illustrator and artist, whose new picture book Leaf is published by Flying Eye Books 1 June

Ben Tallon illustrator, presenter of Arrest All Mimics podcast and author of Champagne and Wax Crayons

Derek Brazell AOI Projects manager/Varoom publisher, co-author of Becoming A Successful Illustrator - moderator


Derek Brazell, with Illustrators Ben Tallon and Sandra Dieckmann, discusses the challenges around getting work from the right clients and your all important self promotion.

Drawing on real examples Derek will share the AOI experience of how to overcome these challenges in fun and exciting ways that push your career as well as sharing practical tips on social media, the commissioners journey and how to get work internationally before opening up a Q&A session.

Sandra Dieckmann is an artist, illustrator as well as a self proclaimed womanimal. She also potters as part of the Clay Collective in London, UK. Sandra enjoys observing the world, creating creatures and anything else that involves creative play. Her work mainly revolves around her love for nature and wildlife, drifting, dreams and all the things that touch her personally.

Ben Tallon is an illustrator, hand painted lettering specialist, author of Champagne And Wax Crayons and host of Arrest All Mimics, the original thinking and creative innovation podcast. He has developed a unique, organic, energetic brand of image making with many clients including Channel 4, The Guardian, World Wrestling Entertainment, Penguin Books, The Premier League and Unicef.


The Prize for Illustration 2017 - Sounds of the City exhibition at LTM

19 May - 3 September 2017 at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

The exhibition will be on display at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden from Friday 19 May to Sunday 3 September.

It will launch with a Friday Late – Sounds of the City launch evening 19 May 2017; 18:45 – 22:00 (last admission 21:15)

Sounds of the City events:

Talk: Music and Memory - how to build a city

Tuesday 27 June 2017; 19:00 – 20:30



Mini Masterclass: Self Promotion with AOI

Tuesday 11 July 2017; 19:00 – 20:30


Tickets for the Sounds of the City exhibition, Friday Late and events can be booked in advance at

More info on our blog.





Picture Hooks Conference with AOI and MMU

Picture Hooks presents its annual conference for illustrators, now in its fourth year, with the Association of Illustrators and Manchester School of Art.

This is a great opportunity for emerging illustrators and graduates to get an insider's view into the picture book industry and other commercial opportunities, with illuminating talks from leading publishing experts and agents.

We will present a special edition of our hugely popular panel discussions AOI Discusses: Making More Money! Illustrators will share their experiences and offer practical tips around contracts, negotiation and the challenges of pricing your work.

We will also be joined by our friends from Nobrow at the conference, who will host an exciting talk with incredible Illustrator Rob Hunter. Rob will focus on the vital relationship between agent, illustrator and publisher, as well as the importance of promotion. This discursive session will allow for questions from the floor and is an ideal moment to get practical tips alongside inspiration!  

Saturday 20th May, 9.30am – 5.00pm

Buy your ticket now!


Manchester School of Art, Benzie Building, Higher Ormond Street, Manchester, M15 6BG

Cass Art Exhibition Opportunity

Cass Art's Islington Flagship store is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and has recently been transformed to include an Art Space for exhibitions, a Social Space and an Exploration Table to try out new products.

They are offering AOI members who work in watercolour or ink the opportunity to exhibit work in The Cass Art Space as part of a group show running 16 – 30 May 2017. There is no theme and works can be on any subject. Submissions close on Wednesday 19 April 2017. For further information download the fact sheet here.

AOI at LondonBook Fair - 14 March 2017

From Sketch to Shelves – A Publisher’s View
14 March 10.00am

Join Sam Arthur, CEO and Co-Founder of Nobrow Press, as he talks to the Association of Illustrators about the publishing process. Sam will be joined by William Grill, author and illustrator of Shackleton's Journey and The Wolves of Currumpaw, who will offer his perspective. Together they will explore the ways in which an illustrator can best support the entire process – from submission through to development, marketing, and promotion. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, offering practical and inspirational advice for aspiring illustrators.

In Conversation with Arena Illustration 
14 March 2.30pm 

Arena Illustration 
is one of the UK’s leading illustration agencies, specialising in Children's publishing. They have expertise in developing projects for books from concept through to realization, working for illustrators with a diverse range of styles and in many genres. Arena Illustration director, Tamlyn Francis will be joined by Adam Stower, one of their talented author/illustrators and the AOI to discuss what makes the relationship between agent and illustrator thrive when creative work is developed. They will discuss the process from concept to publication of Adam’s debut middle grade fiction title, King Coo, published by David Fickling Books in May 2017.