May 2021


V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask Exhibition & In Conversation with David Lloyd Virtual Event

May 18 - October 31
Online, 

The Cartoon Museum re-opens with an exhibition examining the cultural impact of V for Vendetta, from seminal graphic novel to hit film and a virtual event with David Lloyd: On Tuesday 18 May, The Cartoon Museum in London’s Fitzrovia will re-open its doors and invite the public to explore the cultural impact of one of the most ground-breaking series of…

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Taking a Line for a Walk – John Vernon Lord and Friends

May 20 - October 31
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane
Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8SP
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Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft celebrates an icon of illustration, alongside work for children by his students and contemporaries. Taking a Line for a Walk marks 50 years of revered illustrator John Vernon Lord’s life and work in Ditchling. Lord is one of Britain’s most recognised and respected illustrators, owing both to his own practice, and his pioneering contribution…

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July 2021

Paddington: The Story of a Bear

July 9 - October 31
The British Library, PACCAR 2 The British Library 96 Euston R
London, NW1 2DB
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Join Paddington on a new adventure at the British Library this summer His heart-warming exploits and kind and caring nature have made Paddington one of the world’s most loved bears since his first appearance on the pages of A Bear Called Paddington. More than 60 years on his stories still delight people of all ages around the world. Fans, both…

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De La Warr Pavilion Mural

26th July 2021 - 1st January 2022
De La Warr Pavilion, Marina
Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 1DP
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AOI Member Helen Cann I'm pleased to announce the exhibition of a large scale mural commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion in Sussex. "The piece maps the seas - the sandbanks, rocks, buoys and pipelines of Pevensey Bay - and their relationship with the De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill. The Bay, part of the National Marine Conservation Area,…

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August 2021

Ralph Steadman: Hidden Treasures

August 18 - October 10
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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The Cartoon Museum is delighted to present the first ever public display of three never-before-seen artworks by British satirist, artist, cartoonist, illustrator and writer Ralph Steadman. The works will be on display in a small intimate space in our In Focus box, where one household at a time will be invited in for their own exclusive private encounter with three…

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September 2021

Peony Gent: Overlay

September 1 - September 27
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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A free outdoor art exhibition by the sixth Illustrator in Residence, about the King’s Cross that inspired her. Poet and illustrator Peony Gent makes comics like you’ve never seen before: delicately drawn meditations on memory and gentle examinations of things usually ignored. In the months leading up to the pandemic, Gent began to map the area around King’s Cross, noting…

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FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer – Exhibition

September 10 - October 31
Drawing Room, 1-27 Rodney Place
London, SE17 1PP
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The exhibition explores Hans Bellmer’s (1902-1975) lasting influence on artists and thinkers through work by twenty modern and contemporary artists from Japan, UK, Lebanon, Nigeria, Germany, France and US. ‘If the origin of my work is scandalous it is because, for me, the world is a scandal’ Hans Bellmer. Including carefully selected drawings made by Bellmer in the 1940s to 60s, by…

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Pictoplasma 2021 – Online Fest

September 17 - September 18
Online, 

For the first time, and for obvious reasons, 2020 forced the festival to go online – a smashing success, with 100,000 views. This year, Pictoplasma welcomes all character design pioneers, creatives and enthusiasts for a very special double-whopper hybrid edition – a 4-day summer conference in Berlin in August and a 2-day global online fest in September. Combined, this special…

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Birdwatching & Drawing with Matthew Cordell

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, 

Join Blend (London AOI Meet-up) for a virtual bird watching & drawing session with author and illustrator Matthew Cordell. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Caldecott award-winning author/illustrator Matthew Cordell will “take” us along one of his birding adventures, show us how he spots and draws owls, and incorporates this process into his practice. We’ll also get to draw along…

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NUJ LFB presents – Reporting the climate emergency

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

LFB IS proud to present an evening panel event on reporting climate change, on Thursday 23 September The event features experienced climate journalists and expert communicators to help you understand what you need to know about the climate emergency ahead of the United Nations climate change conference, COP26. This is happening in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. Confirmed…

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Getting Commissions: an Online Event

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£6.00 - £10.00
Online, 

Join Devon & Cornwall Illustrators online as we discuss editorial commissions - how to get them & how to keep clients coming back for more. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Sue Gent chats to expert illustration commissioners Jess Hibbert (Art Director, Saga Magazine), Joe Eden (Art Editor, BBC Focus Magazine) and Hilary Clothier (Picture Editor, BBC Countryfile Magazine) about…

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Identity as a brand in Illustration

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online, 

The AOI are happy to announce the 3rd set of Roundtable Talks for 2021, focussing on Diversity and Equality in Illustration. Book below or via our Eventbrite. This 3rd session will be themed ‘Identity as a Brand in Illustration’. Chaired by AOI Board member and Illustrator Montana Forbes, we will look at the implications of identifying as a diverse illustrator…

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Longevity – FLOCK (Brighton Illustrators Meet-up)

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£3.50 - £5.00
Online, 

Please join us for our second Brighton illustrators Meetup where we’ll be talking all things longevity! Book below or via our Eventbrite. This next Brighton meet-up will be an online discussion between Brighton-based illustrators Ulrika Jarl and Steven Lenton. Together we will discuss how to create longevity within your career. Sharing in the twists and turns and ups and downs…

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Tim Benson – Author Book Launch – ‘Britain’s Best Ever Political Cartoons’

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Be one of the first to get your hands on the newest book in the series: A rip-roaring collection of Britain's finest political satire, from Hogarth and Gillray to Martin Rowson, Steve Bell, Peter Brookes and Nicola Jennings.  A wild journey through the scandals that made a nation, this is the ultimate book of sketches which have stood the test of…

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October 2021

Online Talks: Finding Your USP as an Illustrator – Virtual Event

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Virtual, 

Turn your personal strengths and creative passions into a successful illustration career House of Illustration is back with another online professional development day, tailor-made for illustrators, this time showing you how to carve out a career in illustration that works for you. Expect a jam-packed schedule of useful information, practical advice and visual examples from a range of speakers working…

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Working with Disabled Illustrators

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Online, 

A friendly, honest conversation and important conversations for commissioners and illustrators alike. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. To celebrate the launch of a new resource ‘Working with Disabled Illustrators’ the AOI have invited illustrators Megan Rhiannon, Hayley Wall and agent James Catchpole to join in conversation with Jhinuk Sarkar. We will consider why disability in illustration has so little…

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Illo G’s Drink n’ Draw n’ A Bit of Sharing

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Join fellow illustrators of Glasgow (and nearby) for some social drinking, exciting drawing and a bit of sharing. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Illo G host, Tita Berredo, invites you to a fun evening of drinking, drawing, and a bit of sharing. Grab a cuppa or a glass and your favourite medium for timed prompts based on mixed image…

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AOI Webinar: Understanding Contracts for Publishing

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

AOI’s Membership Advisor, Sam Walker shares advice for illustrators on negotiating contracts with book publishers.   If you find contracts confusing and could do with a confidence-boosting session on negotiating with publishers, this session is for you.   AOI’s Sam Walker will break down the daunting business of contracts in to manageable chunks, clearly explaining the main clauses you’ll come…

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WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Alternative Routes into Illustration (Online)

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

How can illustrators from underrepresented backgrounds get a foot in the door? This panel discussion will cover portfolio development, online marketplaces, awards and other avenues for self-promotion and career development that are outside of traditional routes into an illustration career. Speakers include: Arabella Stein (Managing Director, Bright Agency), Leon Edler (Illustrator and founder Room 50) and Adriana Bellet (Illustrator and…

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Blend – London Illustrators Virtual Drink & Draw Catch Up 2021

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

An open invite to all London based illustrators to this FREE community catch up. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. It’s been an especially challenging year for many so Blend would like to invite all London based illustrators along to a FREE community catch up and a reminder of the support that is out there for you, whatever your experience.…

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WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Illustrating Covid-19 (Online)

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

A look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on illustrators – both from a creative and practical point of view. Many of the entries to the World Illustration Awards this year focussed on the pandemic. These included illustrations explaining the science of the virus, as well as work that captured the effect of restrictions on everyday life. Speakers include:…

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The Mixer – disabled illustrators meet-up

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Online, 

Welcome to the first AOI meet-up for disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition. Book below or via our Eventbrite. The Mixer is the disabled illustrators AOI meet-up. Our meet-up is open to all disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition, and anyone else who would like to help & support those with a disability and learn more. Our first…

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November 2021

WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Self-Promotion Masterclass (Online)

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

Many new talent and emerging illustrators enter the World Illustration Awards with a focus on promoting their best projects to wider audience. There are many ways to use an awards entry to promote yourself, and this masterclass will look at how to use participation in awards as a starting point to greater visibility and ultimately, more commissions. Lead by Rachel…

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Thought Bubble 2021

November 8 - November 14
Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate – HG1 2HR + Google Map

Thought Bubble Festival brings a week-long physical celebration of comics to Yorkshire, ending with a huge comic convention which will return to Harrogate Convention Centre in November for a weekend filled with over 350 comic-creating exhibitors, guests, panels and much more. Tickets for Thought Bubble Comic Convention are on sale now with tickets for under 12s, carers and over 65s…

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WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Improving Access, Increasing Diversity (Online)

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

How does increasing the diversity of the industry help commissioners, agents and illustrators produce great illustration? This year, WIA introduced a bursary scheme to increase access, and we encourage illustrators from across the world to apply. This year we had entries from every continent, with increasing numbers from emerging markets. Increasing access and diversity offers a greater range perspectives, different…

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December 2021

Baba Kamo – Illustrated Book Fair & Festival

December 17 - December 19
Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània, Valencia, Spain + Google Map

Baba Kamo is an annual initiative organized by the Associació de Professionals de la Il·lustració Valenciana (APIV) and the Fundació pel Llibre i la Lectura (FULL) to promote illustrated books in all their forms. A meeting place where the work of publishers, illustrators and storytellers can be shared, interdisciplinary creation can be encouraged and critical thinking and aesthetic sensitivity can…

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