PAYBACK 2021 open

Payback is a scheme which pays artists annually when their artworks have been published in UK books, magazines or on TV.

The Illustrator’s Ninja Guide

Most illustrators are freelance professionals. And freelance creative artists are mini-companies. So this Guide has been created to help deal with the business situations illustrators face. Be ninja!

WIA2021 Call for Entries now open!

World Illustration Awards 2021: Celebrating Great Illustration!The World Illustration Awards showcase the great work being made by illustrators all over the world today.In 2021, we will especially celebrate the resilience..

Bush Hollyhead

Illustrator and tutor Bush Holyhead recently died. Bush was a successful, influential illustrator from the late 1970s onwards, teaching many illustrators through the 1980s.

Winter self-employed support to double

From 5 November 2020 payments under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will increase from 40% to 80% of trading profits between 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021

WIA2020 Awards Announcement: Cross-Category Awards

We’re excited to announce the winners of our Cross Category Awards! Announced by Derek Brazell and Rachel Hill from The AOI, Elizabeth Owen of the Directory of Illustration, Alice Ball of the Society of Artists Agents, and Jyni Ong of It’s Nice That!

WIA2020 Awards Announcement: Advertising category!

The AOI’s CEO Ren Renwick welcomes everyone to our awards announcement today, followed by WIA Judge Melissa Charland of Publicis Canada, who announces the highly commended and winning projects in the WIA Advertising Category!

Mental Health Guide for Creative Freelancers

The AOI, in partnership with Society of Authors and Association of Photographers have released an updated resource offering guidance for good mental health and creative freelancers. You can download it here: Mental health and Creative..

The Klaus Flugge Prize 2020

The Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration is awarded to Eva Eland for When Sadness Comes to Call

Taking the next step with illustration education (online!)

Art education has certainly had an interesting year, with many colleges having to switch to remote online teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Falmouth Flexible has been already ahead of the curve since 2016, and in this article they interview their MA Illustration Students to find out more about the rewards and challenges of studying online.

Lizzie Sanders

Agency Artist Partners have announced with sadness the passing of their friend and artist/illustrator Lizzie Sanders.

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Autobiography

How do illustrators use their autobiography as inspiration for their work? We’ve selected entries from the WIA2020 shortlist of works that use personal stories, life experience, and family history as their starting point.

New Director at the BCC

The British Copyright Council is a not-for-profit organisation that provides an effective and authoritative voice for the copyright community. The AOI are proud members, and are delighted to be joining..

10 UK Illustration Graduates to Watch in 2020

Here at the AOI, we have been astounded by the versatility, resilience and undeniable talent of this years graduates. In this feature, we are celebrating 10 up-and-coming illustrators, who stand out in our minds. From paper-cuts to placards, these illustrators have demonstrated incredible creativity in the face of adversity, and we know they will take the industry by storm.

Spotlight On Lucy Truman

Award winning illustrator Lucy Truman joined AOI members for our new ‘Spotlight On’ series of informal lunchtime talks. With a great use of line and a lightness of touch, Lucy..