Cats on the Page: British Library

February 1 @ 8:00 am - April 16 @ 5:00 pm
British Library96 EUSTON ROAD
LONDON, NW1 2DB
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Free exhibition Cats and their capers are celebrated in rhymes and stories familiar to everyone from childhood. Whether raising a smile, solving a crime, wreaking magical havoc or even performing in theatre, cats take centre stage in this free exhibition. Exuberant and playful? Or more mysterious and threatening? Cats come to life in books, manuscripts and artwork to captivate and…

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Nobody’s Baby

February 7 @ 8:00 am - February 27 @ 5:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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On the 7th of February 2019, illustrator Marylou Faure opens her solo exhibition ‘Nobody’s Baby’ - an intimate exploration of femininity which celebrates body-confident, independent women. By using bold colours and a graphic style, the artwork brings into focus the power and mental strength of Marylou's characters. Named after a song lyric which inspired the artist, ‘Nobody’s Baby’ portrays women…

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Taking the Plunge

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - March 6 @ 8:00 pm
Kensington Leisure CentreSilchester Rd
London, W10 6EX United Kingdom
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This collection of watercolour portraits are inspired by the Water Workout class member Gill Bradley regularly attends at Kensington Leisure Centre. This Sunday morning ritual is a buoyant and positive refresher to busy and often challenging lives. The portraits are a celebration of the strength and beauty of the diverse group of women from the North Kensington community who come…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards 2018 at UWTSD

January 14 @ 9:00 am - February 21 @ 5:00 pm
Kensington Leisure CentreSilchester Rd

London, W10 6EX United Kingdom

This collection of watercolour portraits are inspired by the Water Workout class member Gill Bradley regularly attends at Kensington Leisure Centre. This Sunday morning ritual is a buoyant and positive refresher to busy and often challenging lives. The portraits are a celebration of the strength and beauty of the diverse group of women from the North Kensington community who come…

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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – London Stories exhibition at LTM

February 8 @ 10:00 am - July 14 @ 7:00 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – an exhibition of 100 artworks on "London Stories" London Transport Museum, Exterion Media Gallery, Covent Garden, London Open 8 February – 14 July 2019 Buy Tickets here on LTM website A new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations opens with a Friday Late on 8 February at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and celebrates…

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Subversive Stitch Exhibition

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - March 4 @ 6:00 pm
TJ Boulting59 Riding House Street
London, W1W7EG United Kingdom
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Subversive Stitch is a group show of textile-based works, incorporating embroidery, weaving, carpet, tapestry, clothes and sculpture. The title is taken from the 1984 book by feminist art historian Rozsika Parker "The Subversive Stitch - Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine." For centuries embroidery had been a craft most closely aligned with women, and the book explored its use…

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Common Lands Exhibition

February 15 @ 11:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning198 Railton Road, Herne Hill
London, SE24 0JT United Kingdom
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  An exhibition of work by Frann Preston-Gannon and AOI Member Maggie Li   An exhibition of illustration, giclée, silk-screen prints and hand-painted wooden models bringing together a collection of work centered around the natural world and the changes and effects from our impact upon it.   Common Lands explores themes of biodiversity, habitat, destruction and migration, drawing parallels between…

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Living with Buildings and Walking with Ghosts, with Iain Sinclair

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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London has inspired countless stories and perspectives over time. But as sweeping changes take place, what lies on the other side for the capital and those who inhabit her? Join Iain Sinclair, as he recounts his own perspective on the city he has written about for many years, changing beyond recognition, and what remains or begins for life after London.…

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Children’s Illustration Workshop: Laura Carlin

February 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Gunnersby Park MuseumPopes Lane
London, W5 4NH
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If you were creating a world of your own, what would it look like? Would you build your house out of brick – or out of jelly? Would it be on the ground or in a tree? Would your shops sell envelopes and sweets – or shoes for superheroes? Would you ride a train to town, or a dinosaur? Come…

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Knife and Packer: Kids Workshop

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Children aged 7 and over are invited to come along and meet authors and illustrators Knife and Packer. They have written and illustrated over 30 books for children, including "Badly Drawn Beth" and "Fleabag Monkeyface". This highly interactive and humorous drawing workshop should be a big hit! Ages 7 and over Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance…

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Life Drawing Class: Francesco Lo Iacono

February 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono, you have the opportunity to observe 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 pleasure…

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Perfect Commissioning: Checklists, Clarity & Communication – a recipe for success

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cherry Duck Studios8-10 Sampson Street
London, E1W 1NA
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Following on from the well-received AOP/AOI debate around commissioning, this session will take a practical look at what needs to be clear at the point of commissioning. From the technical details and artistic remit of the brief, the supply of treatments, to the legal issues involved and tone of the relationship, we will look at where problems can arise, and…

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Creating a Children’s Book with Vivian French

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edinburgh College of Art74 Lauriston Place, West Court lecture theatre
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9DF United Kingdom
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Come and join highly successful and respected children's author Vivian French in Edinburgh to find out about the process of creating a children's book in the next Glasgow (happening in Edinburgh!) AOI Illustrator Meet up. From the basics of what makes a good story book through to the development of your ideas, collaborations and working with publishers, the timelines you…

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Monthly Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 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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Creating Your Own Success: NEXT LEVEL

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Following on our string of sold out events in Bristol, we're back with an empowering industry panel on taking your career to the next level with illustrators Kelly Anna &Dan Woodger and Handsome Frank agent, Amy Veried.

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March 2019

London Book Fair

March 12 - March 14

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. This year, the Fair will take place in March, at Olympia, London, covering all aspects of the publishing industry. There are a range of talks on illustration, the Illustrators Gallery - find out more about…

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Illustrators Business Masterclass – London Book Fair

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the AOI for a condensed version of their hugely popular business masterclass. We'll cover self-promotion, understanding the commissioners journey and copyright as well as the focussing on client negotiating and an overview of contracts – essential for a successful career in publishing! With plenty of time for Q & A, it's suitable for members and non-members at all levels…

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AOI In Conversation with David Mckee

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ren Renwick, CEO of the AOI, will be in conversation with David Mckee, creator of iconic characters and picture books including Elmer the patchwork Elephant and Mr Benn, amongst many others - and London Book Fairs' 2019 Illustrator of the Fair.  Looking at Mckee's astounding career the session will look at the creative decisions, business relationships and opportunities that have…

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An evening with Cartoonist Michael Heath

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Burgh House & Hampstead MuseumNew End Square
London, NW3 1LT
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Join cartoonist Michael Heath in conversation with Clare Lynch with live illustration. Michael is Cartoon Editor at The Spectator. His work has appeared in numerous British publications including Punch, Lilliput, the Evening Standard, The Evening News, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Mail on Sunday, and Private Eye; all his work is signed simply as "HEATH" Tickets £10

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... NORWICH AOI MEETUP: EPISODE I ‘BEING A VISIBLE ILLUSTRATOR’

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ideas Factory4-16 St Andrews St
Norwich, NR2 4AE United Kingdom
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Calling all Norwich & Norfolk illustrators, artists, and creators! Join us for the first AOI meet-up event in our Fine City. Norwich AOI is coming in with a bang, with incredible speakers, portfolio advice, and then off to the cosy St Andrews Brew House afterwards for chats and catch-ups. The focus for this first event is ‘Being a Visible Illustrator’,…

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Bus Fare: Stories of the London Bus

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Instantly recognizable, endlessly imitated: London's buses are iconic. Not merely a vital component of the city's infrastructure, they are equally embedded in its culture; written about, sung about, joked about, filmed, painted (and painted on), advertised, and celebrated in myriad ways. Join social historians Travis Elborough and Joe Kerr on a journey celebrating the unique relationship that Londoners have with…

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Monthly Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 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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Rencontres de l’Illustration Festival

March 29 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm

The festival Rencontres de l'Illustration will be taking place in Strasbourg for a fourth year, combining its programming with events proposed by the city’s museums, mediathèques, HEAR art school and Shadok. This year Blutch will be making a much-anticipated appearance and going all out to make up time, drawing in dialogue with Anne-Margot Ramstein, sharing his carte blanche pick of…

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April 2019

London Made Us: A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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‘London is a giant kaleidoscope, which is forever turning. Take your eye off it for more than a moment and you're lost.' Robert Elms has seen London change beyond all imagining. He takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons; a place his great-great-grandfather made the Elms' home over a century ago and a city that has borne…

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OFFSET 2019

April 5 @ 10:00 am - April 7 @ 5:00 pm
The Point SquareEast Wall Road, Point Square
Dublin, D01 E0K6 Ireland
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OFFSET will be returning for a special 10th Dublin edition with another great lineup of the best creative talent from around the world. Promising a programme packed with presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates, with workshops, interactive demos and creative playzones all running from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th April 2019 and located in our their home at The Point Square. First wave of confirmed…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watershed1 Canons Road
Bristol, BS1 5TX
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Purchase your ticket here. We are delighted to continue our portfolio consultations in Bristol with Senior Agent Lucie Luddington. The 1-1 sessions are hugely valued by those entering the profession (especially those interested in the Publishing sector) and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Lucie who will provide guidance on targeting,…

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Isabel Greenberg: Beeing Freelance

April 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan UniversityOld Castle Street
London, E1 7NT United Kingdom
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Isabel Greenberg is a London based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth was published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape in the UK, Random House in Canada and Little Brown in the US. It has since been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, German and Chinese. It was nominated for two Eisner awards, won the Best Book category at…

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Intro to Watercolour: Emma Block

April 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
West ElmWestfield Shephards Bush, Ariel Way
London, W12 7GF
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This Introduction to Watercolours Workshop is taught by illustrator Emma Block. This workshop is appropriate for both total beginners and those with some watercolour experience. The workshop will focus on developing skills and applying techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own style. The workshop will start with a colour mixing demonstration allowing you to…

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May 2019

15TH Pictoplasma Conferences & Festival Berlin

May 8 @ 8:00 am - May 12 @ 5:00 pm
BabylonRosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30
Berlin, 10178 Germany
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Coming May 2019, the annual Pictoplasma Festival turns Berlin into the world’s epicenter of character design and art—and a vibrant meeting point for a diverse scene of international artists, illustrators, filmmakers, and game, graphic or product designers. Creators and producers meet for a central conference to exchange strategies for figurative aesthetics, while the wider festival invites the general public to discover…

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Finding The Essence of Ideas: 4-Day Illustration Workshop with James Yang

May 16 @ 10:00 am - May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Atelier OlschinskySiebenbrunnengasse 84/2
Wien, Austria
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Where do concepts come from? When illustrators start with a blank page, and by the end of the day there’s art – what happens in between? There is a lot of hard work, head and ass busting, and somewhere along the way a little bit of magic happens. In this workshop on conceptual illustration, we will try to find ways…

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June 2019

Immaculate Conception: 4-Day Illustration Workshop with Aad Goudappel

June 6 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
Atelier OlschinskySiebenbrunnengasse 84/2
Wien, Austria
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The importance of finding the root of an idea is the topic of this masterclass with illustrator James Yang. He will show you how to free your mind from the anxiety of creating ideas, and give you strategies on how to find unique solutions to illustrate even complex concepts. You will work on an assignment based on a real life…

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Vector Characters: 4-Day Illustration Workshop with Jonathan Ball

June 21 @ 10:00 am - June 23 @ 5:00 pm
Atelier OlschinskySiebenbrunnengasse 84/2
Wien, Austria
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The importance of finding the root of an idea is the topic of this masterclass with illustrator James Yang. He will show you how to free your mind from the anxiety of creating ideas, and give you strategies on how to find unique solutions to illustrate even complex concepts. You will work on an assignment based on a real life…

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