August 2018

POSY SIMMONDS: Original Artwork and Unseen Sketches

June 16 @ 10:00 am - September 9 @ 4:00 pm
Mercer Art Gallery 31 Swan Road
Harrogate, HG1 2SA United Kingdom
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This exhibition is a rare chance to see artwork and unseen sketches by renowned illustrator and writer Posy Simmonds. There are over 50 works on show from witty cartoons; delightful illustrations from her children’s books and original drawings from her graphic novels including the popular Tamara Drew and Gemma Bovery. There is also a selection of work on special loan…

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Edward Bawden at Dulwich

June 23 - September 9
Dulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Road
London, SE21 7AD
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'You don't want to miss an inch of this marvellous, mischievous exhibition' - The Sunday Times

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Quentin Blake: Voyages to the Moon and the Sun

July 3 - September 30
House of Illustration 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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The first ever exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations for Cyrano de Bergerac’s science fiction classic

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John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce

July 17 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 6:00 pm
House of Illustration 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Extraordinary pen and ink illustrations for five books John Vernon Lord’s pen and ink drawings are rich with metaphor, pattern and codes. This exhibition features his extraordinary work for five books including Finnegan’s Wake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses. AOI Members can enjoy 2for1 entry, simply show your AOI membership number.

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Neither Here, Nor There

July 26 @ 5:30 pm - September 20 @ 6:00 pm
The Foundry 17 Oval Way
London, SE11 United Kingdom
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A new group exhibition featuring works by a roster of international and British BME women artists aiming to create a space for the artists to explore their dual heritage and feelings of displacement.

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Exhibition: The Portraits At Anteros Arts Foundation

August 7 @ 10:30 am - August 21 @ 10:30 am
Anteros Arts Foundation 7-15 Fye Bridge Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1LJ United Kingdom
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An exhibition of fourteen hyper-realistic portraits in pen and pencil by Natalie Knowles, aged 15-17 at the time of drawing. Seventeen years later it is very exciting to be exhibiting all fourteen original portraits, seen together for the first time in public. Venue: Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich. More info and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/202419903878271/

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Alphabetown: An Interactive Exhibition by Sarah Edmonds

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - August 23 @ 6:00 pm
O N C A 14 St George’s Place
Brighton, BN1 4GB United Kingdom
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Illustrator and AOI Member Sarah Edmonds is creating a town – come and help her build it! During this lively interactive exhibition, the gallery will be transformed into an imaginative Information Centre. Visit and find out more about this work in progress town – see its landmarks, meet the locals and add your own suggestions to the noticeboard. Alphabetown is an…

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The Open Draw Night

August 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:30pm on Monday, repeating until 26th November 2018

Cinetol Tolstraat 182, de Pijp
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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There will be a short guest talk with artist & illustrator Helena Torres-Muga Feijoo http://helenatmf.com/ Helena is a regular guest at The Open Draw 'My paintings and illustrations are usually about our inner wilderness, our deep connection with our world, everything natural that surround us, as a woman, with our femininity, and at the same time with the cosmos or…

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Picture Hooks at EIBF – Picture Books: Introducing Art

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Edinburgh International Book Festival Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ
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Art Devotees of the Future A picture book can be a child’s first experience of art and can be the ideal way to start looking at detailed images. Join award-winning illustrator James Mayhew, in discussion with Linda McClelland from the Scottish National Gallery and author Vivian French from Picture Hooks, which provides opportunities for emerging illustrators, for a fascinating discussion…

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Picture Hooks – Masterclass: Mrs Noah’s Collage with James Mayhew

August 26 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Scottish National Portrait Gallery The Mound
Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
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Come and discover how printing, painting, tearing, cutting and scribbling have transformed James’s practise as illustrator, especially for the award-nominated book Mrs Noah’s Pockets. Using myths and legends as a theme, this is a practical and fun masterclass, exploring composition, form and drama in picture books, through the process and experiment of collage. Book now via National Galleries Scotland

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Yo Illo

August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Roebuck 50 Great Dover Street
London, SE1 4YG
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Yo Illo is a community group that hosts easy-going, meetups for illustrators of all levels in London.  They meet at the pub every month in London.  There's no charge, no pressure and no agenda – just the opportunity to talk to like-minded creatives about illustration, sharing opportunities and advice (and sometimes to blow off a little steam!). Feel free to…

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Inside Bloomsbury Publishing for Illustrators

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bloomsbury Publishing 50 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3DP United Kingdom
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Explore the art of becoming a professional illustrator, working with publishers and designing beautiful books that win awards at the Bloomsbury Institute. In a brand new event series, Inside Bloomsbury, key members of the Bloomsbury team will talk about what they do in more detail than ever before, discussing what it takes to illustrate book jackets that please authors, agents and…

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September 2018

Dalston Comic Creators Club

September 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
CLR James Library 24-30 Dalston Lane
London, E8 3 United Kingdom
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Dalston Comic (creators) Club, is a free monthly meetup for adults who make comics, or are interested in starting, hosted on the last Monday of every month at Dalston CLR James Library. (Excluding Bank Holidays)

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 11th December 2018

An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 11th December 2018

Star Brewery Workshops Studio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Purchase your ticket here Join us for our (first!) regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball - The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the…

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After Man: A Zoology of the Future

September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Join Dougal Dixon, palaeontologist, geologist and author, in conversation with vertebrate palaeontologist and science writer Darren Naish to mark the return of Dixon’s astonishing speculative-evolution book ‘After Man: A Zoology of the Future’. Dougal imagined and beautifully illustrated this new world and its creatures in his 1981 book ‘After Man’ and brought to life the wonderous predatory mole-beasts the Desert…

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London Design Festival

September 15 - September 23

The Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city from 15-23 September 2018.

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International Comic Expo Birmingham

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
BCEC Smallbrook Queensway
Birmingham, B5 4EW
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A one day family and fan convention with a full program of events such as book launches, star interviews and fun live art events hosted by guests and comics journalists. This year's guest list features some of the biggest names in comics including the legendary creative team behind Judge Dredd: John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra with many more to be announced.…

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Thought Bubble Festival Leeds

September 17 @ 8:00 am - September 23 @ 5:00 pm

Thought Bubble 2018 runs from 17th - 23rd September, at venues across Leeds with the centre-piece convention taking place over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd September in the heart of the city; Millennium Square, Leeds Library, Leeds Town Hall, The Carriageworks Theatre, Cookridge Street and Radisson Blu Hotel. Tickets are now on sale for this year's convention, and full booking…

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Women in Print: Enid Marx and her Contemporaries

September 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
House of Illustration 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Experts in mid-20th century design highlight the often overlooked contributions by women to print, pattern and popular art This inspiring, informal study day considers the legacies of those women whose work shaped the graphic art and textle design of the last century, celebrating the work of Enid Marx and her peers Peggy Angus, Barbara Jones, Mabel Phyllis Barron and Dorothy…

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Fashion Life Drawing Class with Francesco Lo Iacono

September 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cass Art Islington 66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator and AOI Member Francesco Lo Iacono, you will work from a live model wearing the creations of an exciting fashion designer each month. This class is suitable for all levels. It is open to beginners who have an interest in fashion and who want to try out their creative skills or just for the…

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Picture Hooks Exhibition at Craigard Gallery, Wigtown

September 21 @ 10:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Craigard Gallery 13 North Main Street
Wigtown, DG8 9HL
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Picture Hooks is headed to Wigtown! Picture Hooks artists have been involved in a mentoring scheme and have been paired with an experienced and acclaimed illustrator for the past year, studying the creative process at the heart of making picture books and exploring new techniques and methods of working. The result is the work in this exhibition.

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Illustration Arts Festival

September 22 - September 23
Lasalle Macnally Campus 1 McNally Street,
Singapore, 187940
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Singapore’s first indie illustration-centric festival!

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The Bookseller Children’s Conference

September 24
County Hall Belvedere Road
London, SE1 7PB
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Children’s books challenge, inspire and encourage young minds. However, in today’s globalised marketplace, how do publishers ensure distinct groups of readers are represented while continuing to operate and grow internationally? Attend The Bookseller Children’s Conference 2018 to hear from leaders influential in this movement: from international CEOs to grass-roots school library campaigners, from multinational businesses to micro-publishers, across fiction, non-fiction,…

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Yo Illo

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Roebuck 50 Great Dover Street
London, SE1 4YG
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Yo Illo is a community group that hosts easy-going, meetups for illustrators of all levels in London.  They meet at the pub every month in London.  There's no charge, no pressure and no agenda – just the opportunity to talk to like-minded creatives about illustration, sharing opportunities and advice (and sometimes to blow off a little steam!). Feel free to…

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Bath Children’s Literature Festival

September 28 @ 10:00 am - October 7 @ 6:00 pm

Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival is returning for it’s twelfth year in the beautiful city of Bath. The 10-day festival programme includes some of the biggest names in children’s literature, well-known faces from TV alongside masterclasses and workshops for young writers and illustrators. Blockbuster highlights include Philip Pullman, Cressida Cowell, Tom Fletcher, Terry Deary & Martin Brown. For aspiring…

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Intermediate Creative Fashion Illustration

September 29 @ 10:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Fashion Antidote: The East London Fashion School Unit F, 23 Heneage Street
London, E15LJ United Kingdom
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This course is taught by Illustrator Anna Goncharenko. Anna has produced Illustrations for many major brands including Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Grazia and L’Oreal. This class is for specialists working in the field of fashion – Fashion Designers, Stylists, Art directors, Illustrators (suitable for early career illustrators, those looking to change direction, or just freshen up their portfolio) Fashion and Textile students.…

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DIY Art Market

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hackney Arts Centre 13 Stoke Newington Road
London, N16 8BH United Kingdom
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Buy unique affordable artworks direct from a diverse community of artists from a wide range of artistic backgrounds, that includes established illustrators, designers, independent publishers, ceramicists, all exhibiting alongside their up- and-coming contemporaries. The broad selection of artworks for sale includes, ceramics, zines, independent publications, patches, custom t shirts & tote bags, art prints, risograph & screen prints, jewellery, and…

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October 2018

100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake

5th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 27th January 2019 @ 6:00 pm
House of Illustration 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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An insight into the creative practice of the world’s most celebrated illustraton A major exhibition highlighting Quentin Blake’s prolific but unknown work as a figurative artist, featuring 100 unseen pieces made between 1950 and the present day. Oil paintings, drawings and prints will give an unprecedented insight into the creative practice of the world’s most celebrated illustrator. AOI Members can…

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Quentin Blake: The Model as Artist

5th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 24th February 2019 @ 6:00 pm
House of Illustration 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Accompanying the Main Gallery show, 100 Figures, this exhibition charts Quentin Blake’s first steps from illustration into figurative art The exhibiton will show work inspired by Quentin Blake's first life drawing classes in the 1950s, which triggered a longstanding interest in gesture and the body. AOI Members can enjoy 2for1 entry, simply show your AOI membership number. More information on 100…

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Picture Hooks Exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre

October 6 - November 2
Gracefield Arts Centre 28 Edinburgh Rd
Dumfries, DG1 1JQ
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The Picture Hooks artists involved in a mentoring scheme have been paired with an experienced and acclaimed illustrator for the past year, studying the creative process at the heart of making picture books and exploring new techniques and methods of working. The result is the work in this exhibition.

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Bristol Comic and Zine Fair

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Station Silver Street
Bristol, BS1 2AG
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Bristol Comic and Zine Fair celebrates the world of DIY and independent publishing. The fair brings together artists, writers, and publishers from across Bristol and further afield for a one-day market. 2018 will be our 8th year. The poster for BCZF 2018 is by Molly Fairhurst. BCZF 2018 is on Saturday 6th October, 12-5.30pm (Accessible Hour 11am-12pm)

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D(isrupt)M: Transformation by Design

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bridgewatter Hall The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St
Manchester, M2 3WS United Kingdom
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Celebrate the noise makers, the pioneers and the inspiring creators. The unapologetically smart, funny, humble and inspiring. The ones with the business upfront and the party at the back. Now in its sixth year, this day long conference of ideas and inspiration features internationally celebrated and influential speakers showing an insight into their creative work spanning brand, architecture, film, typography…

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Yo Illo

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Roebuck 50 Great Dover Street
London, SE1 4YG
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Yo Illo is a community group that hosts easy-going, meetups for illustrators of all levels in London.  They meet at the pub every month in London.  There's no charge, no pressure and no agenda – just the opportunity to talk to like-minded creatives about illustration, sharing opportunities and advice (and sometimes to blow off a little steam!). Feel free to…

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November 2018

ICE Winter Special Brighton

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Hilton Metropole Brighton Kings Road
Brighton, BN1 2FU United Kingdom
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From the people behind ICE Birmingham, the winter special of the comic convention returns to Brighton for its second year. Full details including guests and events are to be announced very soon!

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Brighton Illustration Fair 2018

November 3 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
University of Brighton 58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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Brighton Illustration Fair (BIF) comes back for a 4th consecutive year this 3rd & 4th November to the University of Brighton’s Sallis Benney Theatre & gallery spaces. Back for 2 days of exhibitors, guests, talks, exhibitions and much more. Confirmed guests so far include Atelier Bingo, Maria Midttun, Laurie Rowan and Ryan Gillett. More to be announced.

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Picture Hooks Exhibition at The Byre

5th November 2018 - 7th January 2019
The Byre University of St Andrews
St Andrews, KY16 9LA
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The Picture Hooks artists involved in a mentoring scheme have been paired with an experienced and acclaimed illustrator for the past year, studying the creative process at the heart of making picture books and exploring new techniques and methods of working. The result is the work in this exhibition.

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Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis

9th November 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10th March 2019 @ 6:00 pm
House of Illustration 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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An exhibition telling refugee stories, both observed and experienced first-hand Multi-media work by 13 contemporary illustrators will include Olivier Kugler’s portraits from Calais and George Butler’s reportage from Syria, animation by Majid Adin and manga by Asia Alfasi. AOI Members can enjoy 2for1 entry, simply show your AOI membership number.

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World Illustration Awards 2018 at Falmouth Art Gallery

17th November 2018 - 5th January 2019
Falmouth Art Gallery Municipal Buildings, The Moor
Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2RT United Kingdom
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The highly popular World Illustration Awards 2018 exhibition tours to Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall.

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ANIMA MUNDI: Drawn stories of migration

November 20 - November 25
Bankside Gallery Thames Riverside
London, SE1 9JH
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This unique exhibition of work by the award-winning reportage illustrator George Butler, focuses on human and animal migration and the intrinsic connection of living things. ‘When we think of migration we think of refugees in boats or swallows on the wing, but we rarely consider how they might connect.’ This exhibition traces the living contours of the earth, from human…

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Yo Illo

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Roebuck 50 Great Dover Street
London, SE1 4YG
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Yo Illo is a community group that hosts easy-going, meetups for illustrators of all levels in London.  They meet at the pub every month in London.  There's no charge, no pressure and no agenda – just the opportunity to talk to like-minded creatives about illustration, sharing opportunities and advice (and sometimes to blow off a little steam!). Feel free to…

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