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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One Million One Month – Call for Artists

May 21 - June 20
Virtual, 

On May 21, One Million One Month (1M1M) will commemorate the International Endangered Species Day by launching the second round of One Million One Month, running until June 20. All artistic expressions are welcome! This international initiative aims to highlight the one million species at risk of extinction through art. 1M1M is a non-profit art project started by Mexican illustrator…

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June 2021

London Book Fair – Online Edition

June 1 - June 30
Virtual, 

The London Book Fair 2021 will go ahead as a digital only event, creating opportunities for the publishing industry to meet online, following the impact of the global pandemic. The in-person format will return next year to its usual Spring dates of April 5-7 2022. You can read their full announcement here. The Online Book Fair will bookend the month…

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Anryhded: Swansea College of Art Illustration Degree Show

June 10 @ 12:00 am - July 10 @ 12:00 am

In difficult times Swansea College of Art students have undevoured as individuals and as a group. The welsh word Anryhdedd roughly translates as honour, or esteem. It reflects the honour their graduating students have shown in their work and the esteem they have gained in their achievements. Although illustration is a multi-faceted area, with many approaches and unique styles, each…

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Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and Illustration Degree Show

June 10 @ 5:00 pm - July 10 @ 5:00 pm
Online, 

The 2021 Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and Illustration Degree Show comprises 2 elements: a virtual Degree show, which will launch the Degree Show Website, and a physical End of Year Publication. Each element will showcase students' self-directed project work alongside discussion pieces concerned with the culture of education and learning. Limited copies of the print publication can be…

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Westminster Online Degree Showcase – Illustration & Visual Communication Perspectives

June 14 - June 18
Virtual, 

In this strange and challenging year, IVC students have shown great resourcefulness and invention, creating diverse work around cultural representation, mental health, music, the natural world, legend, personal journey and the physical and psychological landscapes of life in lockdown. Ideas are explored through figurative, graphic, abstract, decorative and surreal visual languages. The resulting work engages many audiences and takes a…

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Bloom: The Northern School of Art’s Illustration Degree Show

June 14 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm
The Northern School of Art Church Street Hartlepool TS24 7DJ, The Northern School of Art, Church Street
Hartlepool, TS24 7DJ
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Entitled Bloom, the Northern School of Art’s Illustration Degree Show exhibits the work of 26 Illustration students and covers a wide range of disciplines across the spectrum of the illustration industry, including picture book illustration, comics artwork, editorial illustration, advertising, products and branding.

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2021 Sheffield Hallam University Illustration Degree show

June 17 - June 30

The focus each year for students studying BA(Hons) Illustration at Sheffield Hallam University is the development of a personal visual language and the application of it to professional, speculative and authorial projects. Set against this venture this year, the contextual framework of the ongoing Global pandemic has created unprecedented challenges. It is therefore humbling to witness the resolve of our students who…

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It’s Been A Drag: CSVPA BA Graphics and Illustration degree show

June 17 @ 8:00 am - June 19 @ 5:00 pm
The Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road
London, E2 7DG United Kingdom
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Thursday 17 June and Saturday 19 June - come see the CSVPA BA Graphics and Illustration degree show at this east London venue near to Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green tube stations.

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First Class: COVENTRY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN Graphic Design BA Degree Show

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - June 30 @ 6:00 pm

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SHOW Instagram - @firstclassdegreeshow

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Present 2021. Anglia Ruskin University Digital Degree Showcase

June 18 - July 31
Virtual, 

An exhibition of student work you curate for yourself  The virtual showcase of work of degree students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty at Anglia Ruskin University. 'We won't tell you how to look around. That's up to you. Want to see all of the orange things we made this year? Or are you interested in work that's…

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2021 Arts University Bournemouth Illustration Summer Show

June 19 - August 31

This year, our incredible graduates show how despite everything that life sometimes throws at them, they remain resilient, robust, and full of creative ambition. This year’s show includes moments of pathos, loss, frustration, joy, and wonder, following journeys that have unfolded throughout the year.   In the work these graduates have produced, we are asked to re-experience, perhaps even reconsider…

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Rob Bidder in conversation with Natasha Natarajan, FML Comics

June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Join Natasha & Rob as they round up their day's collaboration with a live, online discussion. Live Collaborative Drawing: 11am-5pm, followed by Panel 6-7pm. Natasha and Rob's collaborative live drawing will take place from at The Cartoon Museum and will be viewable by visitors. About the Panel: Natasha Natarajan is currently exhibiting at The Cartoon Museum in our 'In Focus' space. She recently published…

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Go Forth: The University of South Wales Illustration Degree Show

June 21 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
Online, 

The University of South Wales and BA (HONS) Illustration invites you to ‘Go Forth’ a celebration of work by our 2021 graduates, showcasing yet another year of fantastic illustrators!

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The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration

June 22 - July 27
Virtual, 

The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration   Back by popular demand - we are excited to introduce the second edition of The AOI's Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration.  Harnessing our experience as the world’s leading professional body for illustrators, The AOI have a designed this 6 week interactive online course to help illustrators take proactive steps to progress in…

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Writing great alt text to improve your SEO

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£7.00 - £12.00
Online, 

Alt text helps search engines to locate your image, getting you in the right place for the right searches! Book below or via our Eventbrite. Alt text are the words that you enter to describe a digital image. By increasing your visibility online, great alt text can help you reach a wider audience, leading to new clients and paid commissions.…

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Reconnecting: Kingston School of Art Degree Show

June 25 @ 11:00 am - June 27 @ 6:00 pm
Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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We are Reconnecting. With the Covid switch to more digital learning, we have been dealing with dodgy internet and broken connections; we have been communicating with each other in virtual rooms and corridors. While we have been engaged with the digital, we have also been reconnecting to other things: nature, ourselves, our cultures and the rest of the world. And…

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Terminal – RCA – Visual Communication 2021 Degree Show

June 27 @ 10:00 am - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
Ugly Duck, 47 - 49 Tanner Street
London, SE1 3PL United Kingdom
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Dear Passenger, Departure boards have stopped. Time stretched. We are trapped in a waiting room, yet we shift across time zones. We live permanently, in transit. The Visual Communication 2021 MA graduates of the RCA, are pleased to invite you to their physical show, TERMINAL. The show opens for the public from the 27-30 June (10am-10pm), at Ugly Duck in Southwark, London. TERMINAL brings together the work of 55 students produced…

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July 2021

Orange Beak Studio Picture Book Week

July 3 - July 9
Virtual, 

This is a 7 day Children’s Picture Book Online Course which offers you the opportunity, time and guidance to work on your very own picture book project. Organised by Orange Beak Studio, the week is designed for anyone interested in children’s picture books, illustration, story, drawing or looking for a new creative experience. The fabulous Beaky programme for the week includes:…

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A summer of Illustration: Online Courses

July 3 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Announcing a Summer of Illustration: House of Illustration welcomes you to their selection of online summer school courses, virtual workshops and weekenders, alongside their in-person touring exhibitions, now open for booking. House of Illustration, will soon evolve into the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, and is the UK’s centre for this varied and vital art form. Courses include: Pleasures of…

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Drawing Diversity: Community based research

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£7.00 - £12.00
Online, 

Catalina Carvajal will share her experience of a recent commission building relationships with individuals within her community. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. In our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their practice. This session is the first of a short…

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Drawing Diversity: Trans & Non-Binary Character Based Research

July 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£7.00 - £12.00
Online, 

Julian Gray will share an ongoing personal project of case studies on media representations of Trans communities and personalities. Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. In our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their practice. This session is the second of…

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Yukai Du on making illustrations move

July 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£6.00 - £10.00
Online, 

Join us and host Dave Bain, as Yukai dives into her process of translating static illustrations into beautiful animations. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. Yukai Du is a Chinese-born illustrator and animation director based in the UK. She has created work for Adobe, Apple, WeTransfer, LUSH, the New Yorker, TED Talks, to name a few, and has…

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Sheffield AOI meet-up for Illustrators

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Welcome to the very first meet-up for Sheffield and South Yorkshire-based Illustrators in conjunction with the AOI. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. Open to everyone, this is your chance to get to know your working fellow illustration community better. During this introductory evening, we'll be chatting about what's happening in Sheffield, swapping advice learnt over the last (very unusual)…

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Fine Lines: An Illustrating Diversity Online Workshop

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Explore identity, visibility and representation at this online workshop on diversity in illustration. Join Jhinuk Sarkar and Amberlee Green for an engaging, interactive and safe workshop on diversity in illustration, suitable for both illustrators and commissioners. In the first half of the session you will explore what it means to illustrate diversity. Drawing on personal experience, case studies and references,…

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August 2021

Pictoplasma 2021 – Berlin Conference

August 26 - August 29
Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35
Berlin, 13347 Germany
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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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September 2021

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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November 2021

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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