February 2020



LONG RUNNING EXHIBITIONS



Serge Bloch – ‘LAUGHTER BOXES’ EXHIBITION, PARIS

February 5 - March 8
Le Centquatre-Paris5 rue Curial
Paris, 75019 France
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In collaboration with José-Manuel Gonçalvès and CENTQUATRE-PARIS comes the new exhibition from Serge Bloch 'Laughter boxes'. Opening evening - Wednesday February 5th from 4-6 p.m. For the designer, Serge Bloch, humor is vitally important to our daily lives. In this exhibition, technology is at the service of its inventiveness and humor. A succession of “laughing boxes”, cubes of varying size and design are distributed in…

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Drawing Europe Together Exhibition, Bristol

February 5 @ 8:00 am - March 8 @ 5:00 pm
Cube Gallery and Link SpaceRoyal West of England Academy, Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1PX United Kingdom
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Plus 'Where do we go from here?' Panel discussion 7th Feb A free exhibition at Bristol's oldest art gallery, featuring artwork by 45 leading children's book illustrators Drawing Europe Together is an exhibition of artworks created by 45 children’s book illustrators from across Europe who have shared their powerful visions of the European Union's shared past and its unsure future. This…

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George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain

February 19 - May 10
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Spanning George Him’s long and versatile career as both an independent designer and as one half of the prolific Lewitt-Him partnership (1933-1954), the exhibition will include iconic wartime propaganda posters for the Ministries of Food and Information, corporate branding for El Al airlines and adverts for clients like Schweppes, Technicolor, the Post Office and The Times. Him’s distinctive blend of…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... 16TH Pictoplasma Conference & Festival Berlin

May 13 @ 11:00 am - May 17 @ 11:30 pm
BabylonRosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30
Berlin, 10178 Germany
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Spanning George Him’s long and versatile career as both an independent designer and as one half of the prolific Lewitt-Him partnership (1933-1954), the exhibition will include iconic wartime propaganda posters for the Ministries of Food and Information, corporate branding for El Al airlines and adverts for clients like Schweppes, Technicolor, the Post Office and The Times. Him’s distinctive blend of…

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Comedy and Commentary at Mottisfont

February 28 @ 9:00 am - April 19 @ 5:00 pm
Mottisfont Housenear RomseyHampshire SO51 0LP + Google Map

The best cartoons are funny, thought-provoking and beautifully drawn. This exhibition showcases the many strengths of contemporary British cartooning in the context of its distinguished history. It demonstrates a wide range of social and political preoccupations, artistic styles, and – of course – humour, from the satirical to the side-splitting. Today’s most popular and significant practitioners will be well-represented, including…

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Froglump X PIP presents Doodlebury

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Island Gallery Space1st Floor, Bridewell Street
Bristol, S1 2LE United Kingdom
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Become a tourist in an afternoon of drawing games, collaborative creations and illustration challenges set in the imaginary town of Doodlebury, on its rare leap day appearance. Illustration trio, Froglump, join forces with PIP (an AOI meet up) to host an illustrative adventure around the world of Doodlebury. Imagine yourself as a tourist in this new town, as you're taken…

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March 2020

The Twentieth Century According to Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle

March 3 @ 9:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm
Chris Beetles Gallery8 & 10 Ryder Street
London, SW1Y 6QB
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Launching on what would have been Ronald Searle's 100th birthday, 'The Twentieth Century According to Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle' pairs the works of these two inspired master draughtsmen. They complement each other well, as each had his own surreal take on the rapidly changing modern world. Together they covered the twentieth century, Heath Robinson dying just before the end…

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A Conversation with Matt Saunders and Jon Cockley

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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AOI | Yo Illo Talks 2020 welcomes celebrated visual storyteller Matt Saunders and his agent, Jon Cockley, co-founder of Handsome Frank, for an intimate conversation about their collaborative partnership. Matt has created art for some of the most famous licencing properties, including Star Wars, Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, and Harry Potter/Pottermore. Jon has represented many talented artists in the UK,…

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Workshop – Create Colourful Abstract Collages With Naomi Vona

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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During this workshop we will mix paper cuts with geometric and organic forms created with pens and highlighters. The artist Naomi Vona will guide the attendants to the infinite possibilities in decorating watercolour paper with repetition elements as lines or dots, creating bright and detailed final compositions. Unusual materials as tape, stickers and pens will be provided, to experience a brand…

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Renfrewshire Libraries welcomes Hannah Berry

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Paisley Central Library15 Mill Street
Paisley, PA1 1ND
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Hannah will talk about her role as the current UK Comic Laureate and her thoughts and experiences within the comic industry to date. Hannah Berry is an award-winning graphic novelist, comics creator, writer, illustrator, editorial gun-for-hire and the UK Comics Laureate 2019-21. Her first graphic novel Britten & Brulightly begun while studying illustration at the University of Brighton was published…

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London Book Fair 2020

March 10 - March 12

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. In 2020 LBF will celebrate its 49-year anniversary. Staged annually, LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the week of the Fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.…

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Illustrators Masterclass at London Book Fair

March 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Membership Manager Rachel Hill will be delivering the AOI's popular, comprehensive mini Business Masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including liscensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner's journey, working internationally as well as discussing the more difficult issues - like dealing with copyright infringement and the ins and outs of client negotiation, fees, contracts and industry…

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Risograph Workshop: Communal Care Zine

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
ORTUS Conferencing and Events Venue 82-96 Grove Lane Camberwell London SE5 8SN82-96 Grove Lane, Camberwell
London, CamberwelSE5 8SN United Kingdom
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Join illustrator Aleesha Nandhra for a workshop about communal-care exploring ways to support friends and family with mental health issues. Participants will create their own Risograph printed zine to take away as part of the workshop. By Bethlem Gallery This workshop is part of the exhibition Through Practice at the ORTUS Free via registration here

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Wonky Biology: Liv Bargman Cass Visual Communication talk

March 12 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan UniversityRoom CCG-02, The Wash Houses, Old Castle Street
London, E1 7NT
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Wonky Biology This talk in Cass Visual Communication series has an illustration and biology focus! Liv Bargman is an award-winning illustrator and artist. She has worked on a variety of projects with clients including We The Curious, Barclays, House Of Illustration, Radio Netherlands, Leo Burnett, Marie Curie, Tommy's Baby Charity, Parkinson's UK and Nuffield Primary Care Health Sciences. Liv also works…

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V&A Museum – Get to Grips with Digital Illustration

March 14 - March 15
V&AVictoria and Albert Musuem, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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Bringing your work into digital formats opens up a world of creative possibilities – impossible colours; rapid iterations; infinite new textures. This course will give you the skills you need to get started: get to know Adobe Illustrator, develop confidence drawing with a graphics tablet, and take inspiration for new digital illustration projects from the world’s leading museum of art…

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Portrait of a (S)hero Workshop

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
GreatArt London49 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8AG United Kingdom
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In celebration of International Women's Day come and create your very own portrait of your female hero In this Tombow Brush Pen and Collage workshop, you'll join illustrator Maria-Ines Gul for a fun session exploring different brush pen techniques, and playing with collage to create a portrait of your female hero - in celebration of International Women's Day. This workshop…

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Workshop – Transform a Vinyl record Into Art, with Naomi Vona

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
London Graphic Centre16-18 Shelton Street
London, WC2H 9JL United Kingdom
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Do you want to transform a vintage vinyl record into a colourful abstract collage to showcase in your walls? Come join the Italian artist Naomi Vona for a playful session, where we will repurpose old vinyls and switch them into art. Our original canvas will be decorated with a mixture of materials as acrylic pens, tape, stickers and vintage paper.…

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Exeter Meet Up: Tile Illustration Workshop

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter PhoenixGandy Street
Exeter, EX4 3LS
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Have you ever thought about taking your illustration in a new direction? Perhaps you'd like to use your skills to make presents, or create beautiful things to sell. Whichever it is, come to our tile illustration workshop, also our first Exeter meet-up of 2020. Scotty Gillespie, illustrator and ceramicist will discuss his own process, and talk about crossing boundaries between illustration and ceramics. We'll decorate two tiles each…

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Queer Comics: LGBTQ Graphic Medicine Creative Workshop

March 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Teaching Room 2, Old College, The University of EdinburghSouth Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL United Kingdom
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Interested in how health and illness are portrayed in queer graphic novels, comics and popular media? Would you like to create your own? Run as part of LGBTQ History Month, this workshop will introduce you to the theory and practice of graphic medicine. In particular, it will focus on the intersections of health, illness and well-being in narratives among and…

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Publisher Portfolio Consultation: Faber and Faber

March 19 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
Faber & Faber74-77 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DA United Kingdom
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The AOI is pleased to run an exclusive event with Faber & Faber, award winning publishing house, and creators of the FAB Prize! In a small group of 10 you will share your physical or digital portfolio in a supportive, collaborative and inclusive environment. Faber Creative Director Donna Payne, and Children's Art Director Emma Eldridge will offer their advice during…

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sheridans76 Wardour Street
London, W1F 0UR
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Led by Sheridan's Associate Gabriella Playford, this session will look at the legalities of working in the states. It is aimed at AOI Agent Members.  In particular the session will look at; -Differences between US and UK contracts and the implications of this -Common pitfalls in US contracts and how to avoid them - IP considerations and the concept of…

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Workshop – From Fashion Ad To Protest, Doodle Art With Naomi Vona

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will not stop at it. The idea is to give to the picture a new message and switching it into…

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April 2020

Offset Dublin 3-5 April 2020

April 3 - April 5
The Bord Gáis Energy TheatreGrand Canal Square, Docklands
Dublin, Ireland
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OFFSET Dublin returns this April for its 11thyear, once again bringing a stellar line up of creative talent from around the world to Dublin. Running from Friday the 3rd of April to Sunday the 5th2020, the OFFSET programme is packed with presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates, with interactive demos and creative, marketplace and industry networking areas. Representing the creative…

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ArtHole Art Fair (Cardiff)

April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kongs Cardiff114-116 St Mary St
Cardiff, CF10 1DY
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Come one come all for another celebration of local and other UK artistic talent in Cardiff City Centre! Expect another fresh batch of illustrators and printmakers, live drawing, beer and good times. Time once again to share the love and support each other. Entry is free, organised by ArtHole https://artholecardiff.bigcartel.com/ [email protected]  

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Glasgow Zine Fest

April 18 - April 19
Glasgow Zine Library636 Cathcart Road
Glasgow, G42 8AA
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Glasgow Zine Fest (April 18 – April 19 2020, CCA Glasgow) is a two day festival that celebrates self-publishing and Do It Yourself (DIY) ethos. The festival is host to a zine fair of over 75 makers, in addition to workshops, talks, and readings. Glasgow Zine Fest (GZF) has been a yearly opportunity to come, see, make, share, and do…

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May 2020

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

May 4 - May 7
Bologna Exhibition CentrePiazza Costituzione 6
Bologna, 40128 Italy
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For 57 years BCBF has been THE event in the children’s publishing industry. Over 1,400 exhibitors and around 30,000 professional visitors flock to the event each year to experience the world of children’s books, illustration and multimedia content. BCBF is much more than just a trade fair, both a vibrant business hub and a creative workshop space, where past and…

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D&AD Festival

May 19 - May 21
The Old Truman BreweryDray Walk
London, United Kingdom
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D&AD Festival is a three-day immersion in the world’s best craft, creativity and culture for the global creative industries. Creativity is present in every detail of our lives. Be it the products we buy or the environments that shape us. Creativity is the difference between conflict and working together; old thinking and new stories; pause and progress. Imagine a world…

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Forensic Art: Illustrating Justice

May 22 - September 20
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Featuring everything from 19th century courtroom sketches of the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst and Dr Crippen to contemporary digital ‘trial graphics’ used to explain forensic evidence to a jury, this landmark exhibition will show the crucial yet overlooked role illustration plays in the UK’s criminal justice system. It will include facial composites, images from forensic notebooks and drawings from notorious trials…

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October 2020

Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective

2nd October 2020 - 24th January 2021
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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The first ever retrospective of one of the most important author-illustrators of all time. Raymond Briggs’ influence on children’s literature cannot be overstated. He invented scatological humour for children, centred stories around working-class families for the first time and confronted massive, ‘grown-up’ issues including dementia, death and nuclear war. This long-awaited exhibition will show never-before-seen material from Briggs’ personal archive…

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The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival

October 9 - October 11

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Kendal at various venues across the town 9th - 11th October 2020 The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, taking place in the  beautiful Lake District, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, LICAF takes over the whole town for a weekend…

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