February 2020


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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Glasgow Meet Up

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Laurieston58 Bridge Street
Glasgow, G5 9HU
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For our next Drink and Draw with @theaoi we're back at The Laurieston, a bar that loves the colour red as much as @titaberredo, who also happens to be thinking up our next draw challenge for the night and has graced us with her lovely set of instrumentalists for this months post, thanks Tita! Open to members and non-members, everyone…

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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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For our next Drink and Draw with @theaoi we're back at The Laurieston, a bar that loves the colour red as much as @titaberredo, who also happens to be thinking up our next draw challenge for the night and has graced us with her lovely set of instrumentalists for this months post, thanks Tita! Open to members and non-members, everyone…

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Regional Somerset AOI Meet Up

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Archangle Hotel1 King Street
Frome, BA11 1BH
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Come join us in the very first Somerset Illustrators meetup! Supported by the AOI, but open to all. Sit down with two talented illustrators, Sam Pierpoint and Ben the Illustrator, who will be here to talk all about their work and practise. From how they keep their creative practise fresh and where they find inspiration, to how they manage their…

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AOI Webinar: Illustration Business Planning: Vision & Growth

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this webinar we will explore how to make a plan for your illustration business. We will look at clarifying markets, planning for growth and reasons why you might need to set-up or convert from being self-employed to a limited company. We will also explore how the nature of illustration is changing in terms of illustrators creating their own content,…

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How to make a graphic novel: Anna Mill + Luke Jones

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan UniversityRoom CCG-02, The Wash Houses, Old Castle Street
London, E1 7NT
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A Cass Visual Communication talk by Anna Mill and Luke Jones. Anna Mill studied architecture at The Bartlett UCL, where she became increasingly interested in the power of illustration in architecture, and architecture in illustration. She is interested in work that spans between old and new artistic practices, from traditional hand-constructed perspectives through to illustration in virtual reality. Together with Luke…

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Fresh Eyes – AOI Panel Discussion

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arnolfini16 Narrow Quay
Bristol, BS1 4QA United Kingdom
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AOI Advisor Georgia, brings together illustrators Ana Jaks, Thomas Patterson, and Aleesha Nandhra to discuss the thrills and challenges of what the first years look like in building a career as a freelance illustrator. Each speaker offers a fresh perspective and will share stories on the little and BIG moments they have celebrated in recent years - and also, those very natural tricky bits,…

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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

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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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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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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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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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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Bologna Children’s Book Fair

March 30 - April 2
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 spring 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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