September 2018


The Big Draw Festival 2018

September 1 @ 9:00 am - October 31 @ 6:00 pm
Various

The World's Biggest Drawing Festival is celebrating 2018 with the theme of 'PLAY' which is all about the role of playfulness in creativity, invention and discovery. The theme will raise awareness of how inventors, designers and artists use this approach when visualising their ideas, experimenting and playing - often with happy accidents - where something happens, or is discovered, or ends up being different…

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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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MA Sequential Design/Illustration Exhibition

September 15 @ 10:00 am - September 21 @ 5:00 pm
University of Brighton 58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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MA2018 showcases diverse new work by students graduating from the MA courses in Sequential Design/Illustration, and Arts and Design at the University of Brighton. Students come from a wide range of disciplines with backgrounds in illustration, graphic design, sculpture, games design, typography, textiles and filmmaking. These internationally recognised postgraduate courses support self-initiated individual projects and help students to develop an…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Business Masterclass + Meet Up Glasgow

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cass Art Glasgow 63-67 Queen St
Glasgow, G1 3BZ United Kingdom
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MA2018 showcases diverse new work by students graduating from the MA courses in Sequential Design/Illustration, and Arts and Design at the University of Brighton. Students come from a wide range of disciplines with backgrounds in illustration, graphic design, sculpture, games design, typography, textiles and filmmaking. These internationally recognised postgraduate courses support self-initiated individual projects and help students to develop an…

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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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81:18 Exhibition

September 19 @ 9:00 am - September 29 @ 6:00 pm
The Framers Gallery 36 Windmill Street
London, W1T 2JT United Kingdom
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Quentin Blake presents an exhibition of 7 alumni artists from the RCA Illustration department. The showcase will include figurative paintings, drawings and prints by Gill Bradley, Monica Cornforth, Carolyn Gowdy, Claire Harper, Rod Judkins, Pat Naylor and Christine Simpson.

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81:18 Exhibition

September 19 @ 10:00 am - September 29 @ 6:00 pm
The Framers Gallery 36 Windmill Street
London, W1T 2JT United Kingdom
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Quentin Blake presents 81:18, a group show of 7 alumni artists from the RCA Illustration Department. The showcase will include figurative paintings, drawings and prints from Gill Bradley, Monica Cornforth, Carolyn Gowdy, Claire Harper, Rod Judkins, Pat Naylor and Christine Simpson.

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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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Thought Bubble Eve Party

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travelling Man 32 Central Road
Leeds, LS1 6DE United Kingdom
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Are you in Leeds for Thought Bubble on the Friday evening? Join Avery Hill Publishing and the good folks of Travelling Man for the launch of 'Retrograde Orbit' by Kristyna Baczynski and 'Follow Me In' by Katriona Chapman. The perfect way to get in the Thought Bubble spirit! Signings, sketching, drinks and comics camaraderie!

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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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Cluster Illustration Exhibition

September 28 @ 11:00 am - October 2 @ 7:00 pm
The Old Truman Brewery Dray Walk
London, United Kingdom
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Get ready for one of the most exciting exhibitions in East London covering a vast selection of styles within the illustration filed! Artists from all around the world will be coming to celebrate creativity, community and the new chapter that Cluster House commences. This is an opportunity to discover the best artists from different backgrounds, different stages of their career…

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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

The Open Draw Night

October 1 @ 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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PIP: An AOI Meet Up (Bristol)

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Grain Barge Hotwell Road
Bristol, BS8 4RU
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Welcome to the first AOI Meet Up for Bristol! Open to all illustrators (not just AOI members) - let's get-together and share best experiences, meet others and share knowledge. That's why we've titled the Bristol meet up 'PIP' - meaning "Put Into Practice". For this first evening, we're loosely theming it on "BRISTOL" - discussing what the city has to…

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World Illustration Awards 2018 at The Art House, University of Worcester

October 5 @ 10:00 am - November 3 @ 4:00 pm
The Art House Castle Street
Worcester, WR1 3ZQ United Kingdom
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This exhibition features a selection from the 2018 shortlist of 200 works, plus spotlights on the 16 category and overall winners. At once global and personal, visitors can expect to be inspired by this diverse, engaging exhibition of the best illustration made this year from across the world. Exhibition open 5 October - 3 November 2018 Open to the public…

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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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Shake Bristol: Art Fair

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rough Trade Bristol Nelson Street
Bristol, BS1 2BA United Kingdom
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Bristol based art fair full of comics, posters, t-shirts, zines, patches etc. Sunday 7th October FREE ENTRY 12-5pm insta/twitter/fb: @shakebristol email: shakebristol1@gmail.com

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

October 9 @ 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 ongoing 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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Polly Nor Exhibition

October 12 @ 11:00 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm
Protein 31 New Inn Yard
London, EC2A 3EY
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'Airing My Dirty Laundry in Public' Polly Nor returns to Protein Studios for her third solo show, “Airing My Dirty Laundry In Public”. The London born artist - best known for her dark satirical images of women and their demons - will display a new collection of digital illustrations featuring a previously unseen 36 part series, plus new ceramic sculpture…

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Fashion Life Drawing Class with Francesco Lo Iacono

October 17 @ 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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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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AOI Masterclass at House of Illustration

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Join the AOI's Lou Bones for this comprehensive masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including pricing, licensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner's journey and working internationally. We will also be discussing the more difficult issues such as dealing with copyright infringement and the ins and outs of client negotiation, contracts, fees and industry standards. Lou…

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Margate Illustration + Print Fair

October 27

Organised by Design For Today a small press and publisher, launched in the summer of 2015, with the aim of working with designers and illustrators to create limited edition books, cards, and printed pleasures for the discerning collector and enthusiast. The fair is set to 80 tables, 120 exhibitors. Check their website for more info!

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... An AOP & AOI DEBATE “Perfect Commissioning: Let the Good Terms Roll”

October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cherry Duck Studios 8-10 Sampson Street
London, E1W 1NA
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The UK’s creative industries are a global success story, particularly in the arena of image-making, advertising and marketing. We lead the way in creating not only inspirational, but successful, global advertising campaigns for many of the best-known brands. In a global market, clients need change and as a result so do commissions. From the increasingly familiar request ‘to make it…

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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

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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FRAME Prague Comics Art Festival

November 3 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 6:00 pm
Karolinum Celetná 561/18
Prague, 110 00 Czech Republic
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No Ordinary Heroes and Centrala put their heads together and the idea for two-day festival full of comics, zines and illustrations was born! For the second time all comics lovers will meet right in the centre of Prague. Our goal is to connect local and international community of authors with local audience, with main focus on rich production of European…

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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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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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THE SOCIETY OF CHILDRENS BOOK WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS (SCBWI) BRITISH ISLES CONFERENCE 2018

November 16 - November 18
University of Winchester The Stripe Complex, King Alfred Campus
Winchester, SO22 4NR United Kingdom
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The SCBWI British Isles Conference is a superb opportunity to add focus to your creative craft and gain essential insight on children’s publishing from leading illustrators, agents, art directors, authors, publishers and editors. Whether you’re an illustrator, author or both, you’ll discover fresh perspectives for your practice and get opportunities to meet and show your portfolio to some of the…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... 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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London Illustration Fair 2018

November 30 @ 11:00 am - December 2 @ 8:00 pm
Bargehouse OXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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The London Illustration Fair sets out to showcase, support and champion the biggest and best, most creative and downright inspiring Illustrators, collectives, companies, galleries, and creative start-ups making an impact in the scene today. The artists are given creative freedom to engage, enrich and inspire their audience, sell you their goods and just generally have a good time! Here's where…

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December 2018

HiFest

December 1 @ 11:00 am - December 2 @ 6:00 pm
The Printworks 14 Claremont,America Ground
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1HA United Kingdom
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Hastings Illustration Festival (HiFest) returns for its fifth year on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018. It will take place, once again at The Printworks, and in the surrounding America Ground area, with top guests from the world of illustration, over fifty stalls offering unique gifts just in time for Christmas, (including books, zines, prints, ceramics and t shirts).…

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