November 2021


Hockney to Himid: 60 Years of British Printmaking

13th November 2021 - 24th April 2022
Pallant House, 8-9 North Pallant
Chicheste, West Sussex PO19 1TJ
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See six decades of British art through one versatile medium. Including works by Edward Bawden, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Chris Ofili, Grayson Perry and Rachel Whiteread, amongst others, this extraordinary exhibition features over 100 prints by 90 different artists. From wood engravings and etchings to lithographs and screenprints, printmaking enabled artists to expand their practice to…

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Pathways – Courses for Emerging & Aspiring Illustrators (Online and In Person)

27th November 2021 - 12th February 2022
Multiple Venues/Online, 

Pathways Plus is a series of Masterclasses and Short Courses for aspiring and emerging illustrators looking to improve their practice and learn about making successful children’s books. The courses are all delivered by award-winning illustrators and highly-experienced publishers, and provide an amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the industry, giving participants a real insight into the world of children’s…

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January 2022

Exploring Lines – The Drawings of Sir James Thornhill

January 2 - July 22
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
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A display illustrating the work of Sir James Thornhill, and his process of developing and drawing intricate designs for his mural paintings. Runs from 22nd July 2021 Sir James Thornhill was one of the most renowned artists of early 18th-century Britain whose mural paintings adorned the walls and ceilings of prestigious buildings throughout the country. Focusing on the role that…

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

January 8 - March 5
Charnwood Gallery, Granby St
Loughborough, LE11 3DU
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This exhibition, originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, features a number of Judith Kerr's original illustrations from the Seven Stories collection and promises to bring this delightful book to life for a new generation of family audiences. There will also be a reproduction of Sophie's kitchen, where young visitors can sit down to tea with a…

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Online Course: Introduction to Creating Picture Books (Evening Version)

January 12 @ 7:00 pm - March 23 @ 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Learn the essentials of creating successful picture books for 0-6 year olds. Learn how to create picture books with contemporary market appeal on this intensive online lunchtime course for adult beginners with Claire Alexander. As both a professional author and illustrator, Claire is uniquely placed to teach both writing and illustration in this highly specialised area. This course will run…

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INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF DRAWING AT THE V&A – PART 2

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
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One day drawing class at the V&A with artist Joe Simpson. Due to ongoing Covid restrictions - these classes will be small groups, with very limited spaces. This course expands and reinforces the fundamental principles of drawing, introducing more advanced techniques and exercises.  It is designed as a follow on from 'An Introduction to The Art of Drawing' Part 1,…

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Play as Process w/ Al Rodin (AOI Children’s Picture books Meet-up)

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE   Join us for an evening with illustrator and writer Al Rodin as he talks to us about his process, working intuitively and the making of his first picture book, Little Echo, (Puffin 2021). After the talk there will be plenty of time for Q&A.   Al is a writer and illustrator from London. He studied…

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February 2022

Cartoon Conference 2022: Survival Guide

February 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Are you a cartoonist or comic creator? Do you want to meet other cartoonists and comic creators? Do you want to learn from the best while doing it? Join us at Cartoon Conference 2022: Survival Guide for ideas and inspiration for how you can use your skills to survive and thrive as an artist. Learn from industry experts and specialists. How can…

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Cartoon Conference 2022: Survival Guide

February 7 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Are you a cartoonist or comic creator? Do you want to meet other cartoonists and comic creators? Do you want to learn from the best while doing it? Join the Cartoon Conference 2022: Survival Guide for ideas and inspiration for how you can use your skills to survive and thrive as an artist. Learn from industry experts and specialists. How can you…

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Emotive Collective Exhibition

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - February 13 @ 6:00 pm
The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square
Hove, BN3 1EH
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13 artists = 13 stories The Emotive exhibition spans two floors of the grade 1 listed Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, Hove. It shows the work of thirteen artists: eight graduates and five second year students from the University of Brighton. Studying towards an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration they reached an understanding that although their individual project…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21 : Session 3 / Portfolio guidance

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£3.50 - £5.00

Learn how to maximise value from your portfolio projects and how to present them to clients in an online world. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Keep Your Copyright: Licensing and Negotiation 101

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online Event, 

Calling all illustrators! Join us for a FREE event to learn how to licence your work, protect your copyright and negotiate with confidence.

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MA CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION GRADUATE SHOW 2022 – ARU

February 15 @ 10:00 am - February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Candid Arts Trust Gallery, 3-5 Torrens Street
London, EC1V 1NQ United Kingdom
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Cambridge School of Art Anglia Ruskin University Graduate Exhibition Read more about Cambridge School of Art’s world-renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration. 'We have created a full-colour catalogue that features each of our artists and their work. These catalogues will be sent out to interested parties at the end of January 2022'. FREE. For more details, click here (Image: Jessica Ciccolone) ©…

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Illo-G Drink ‘n’ Draw / Glasgow illustrators meet-up

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

While we're almost ready to return to in-person meet-ups for Glasgow illustrators, let's get together online, for an amazing drawing time. Book below or via our Eventbrite.   Grab a cuppa or a glass and your favourite medium for timed prompts, illustration challenges, and technique tips.   Let your imagination flow in your drawings while we have a fun chat…

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Getting into digital product design: Portfolio review with Zendesk

February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Are you interested in working in product design? Want to find out more about this world, and have your portfolio reviewed by product design specialists? This 17th February, Creative Lives in Progress are hosting their next portfolio review session with Zendesk. The evening will be your opportunity to: chat to the Zendesk team in a relaxed setting get insight on…

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Interior Collage Virtual – Virtual Art Workshop (Family)

February 19 @ 10:00 am
Virtual, 

Inspired by shapes found in the paintings of Henry John Lorimer in our exhibition Reflections: The light and life of John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936), we will create collages of interiors using papers, magazines and newspaper. FREE. For more details and to book, click here or list the website

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Online Masterclass: Making Notebooks & Sketchbooks

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Make your very own notebooks and sketchbooks on this afternoon masterclass with award-winning artist and illustrator Merlin Evans. You will learn the principles of bookbinding to make a 3-hole pamphlet chapbook, mixed paper notebooks and a professional hardback accordion sketchbook. You will explore paper types, stitching, binding and ways to adapt your bookbinding skills to your projects and customise your…

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March 2022

Online Masterclass: How to Draw Trans and Non-Binary Characters

March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Learn how to draw trans and non-binary characters in a respectful way at this masterclass with trans artist Julian Gray. For illustrators who want to portray a diverse range of people, the ability to draw trans and non-binary characters in a non-stereotypical way is essential. This masterclass is aimed at artists of any gender and no prior knowledge required. With…

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Online Event – Industry Insight: Dapo Adeola on Children’s Books

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Spend a day with the award-winning illustrator and designer as he shares his journey to success, along with his agent and team at Puffin Join Dapo Adeola online for a day of inspiring discussion, the first in our Industry Insightseries of professional development events for illustrators. In conversation with his agent, editor, designer and publicist, Dapo will talk you through…

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Online Course: Pleasures of Illustration (4 Week Version)

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - April 11 @ 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Discover the joys of illustration through a series of mini creative projects over 4 weeks with Merlin Evans Join award-winning illustrator and educator Merlin Evans for a fun and gentle introduction to illustration over 4 weeks on Zoom. You’ll work through a series of mini creative projects, exploring a different technique in each session, from drawing to typography, printmaking to…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21: Session 4: Keeping Connected Through Collaboration

March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£3.50 - £5.00
Online, 

Find out about the benefits of building a network and how to form collaborative connections with a wider community. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and challenging…

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