May 2022


Exploring Lines – The Drawings of Sir James Thornhill

May 1 - September 21
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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Hayao Miyazaki – Retrospective Exhibition

1st May 2022 - 4th February 2023
Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition, marks the first North American museum retrospective dedicated to the work of its namesake: the internationally celebrated artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Curated by the museum’s Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán and organized in collaboration with Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded in 1985, Hayao Miyazaki features…

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Britta Marakatt-Labba: Under the Vast Sky

May 1 - May 29
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace,
Birmingham, B1 2HS
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Ikon presents the first UK exhibition by renowned Sámi (Swedish) artist Britta Marakatt-Labba. Under the Vast Sky features embroidered pieces by Marakatt-Labba for which she is best known, including panoramas chronicling the history, culture and cosmology of the Sámi, the Indigenous population of the northernmost parts of Scandinavia. These are combined with other art forms to demonstrate the wide range…

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Joy Yamusangie: ‘Feeling Good’

May 1 - July 5
NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavillions
London, SE10 0SQ
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NOW Gallery announces the 2022 Young Artist Commission Feeling Good by Joy Yamusangie. The Young Artist commission, now in its 4th year, is awarded to outstanding rising talents in the fields of visual arts and illustration. Free to view from 24 March – 5 June 2022, Yamusangie invites the viewer to interrogate constructs around identity and celebrate self-expression. The artist…

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FAB Prize 2022

May 1 - June 17
Virtual, 

Faber and Andlyn announce the opening of the FAB Prize for undiscovered writers and illustrators from underrepresented backgrounds. The first of its kind in the UK, and now in its sixth year, the FAB Prize aims to discover and showcase new talent, closing the gap between what is currently published and the reality for many families. Aspiring authors and illustrators…

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The Professional Training Course – Illustration

May 1 - June 10
The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Kasernevej 5 8800 Viborg
Denmark,
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'The Professional Training Course Illustration is a full time course consisting of workshops on various topics related to illustration. With this course, you will develop artistic techniques and digital skills, combined with the art of communicating through illustration applied on relevant platforms for illustration' COURSE CONTENT The course was designed to give students who already have a strong foundation in…

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Drawing attention – emerging British artists

May 1 - October 15
The British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG
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Discover some of the most compelling emerging talents in the field of contemporary drawing, displayed alongside highlights from The British Museum's collection dating back to the early 1500s. Emerging British artists are taking the medium of drawing in new directions – using innovative approaches, methods and media. This exhibition spans a wide range of techniques and practices, including drawings using…

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Chihoi: The Train

May 1 - July 19
Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom + Google Map

A slideshow of selected artworks from Hong Kong artist Chihoi’s graphic novel, based on a story written by Taiwanese poet Hung Hung, evokes a dreamlike train journey. The story is about a long-haul train that runs day and night around the island. It has many carriages which separate and reconnect. People lose family and loved ones during the journey, and…

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A Blink of Ink…The Creative World of Jill Calder

May 1 @ 10:00 am - September 12 @ 4:00 pm
Callendar House, Callendar Park
Falkirk, FK1 1YR United States
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Based in Fife, Jill Calder has been working as an illustrator since 1993. She is also a calligrapher and a digital artist with a love of drawing, and a passion for bright colour. This exhibition gives you a glimpse into Jill’s world from her beginnings at art college in Cumbria in the late 1980s to her current collaboration with English…

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David Hughes DRAWING BLOOD – BEFORE AND AFTERS

May 1 @ 2:30 pm - June 11 @ 5:00 pm
The Drawing Schools, Eton College, Common Lane
Windsor, SL4 6DU United Kingdom
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An exhibition of illustrations and sculptures by AOI Patron, David Hughes David has had a 30 year career as an illustrator and author. His work appearing in a number of leading international publications, commissions to design opera sets and several awards for his self-penned picture books. This exhibition features a selection of Hughes’ original published work with the main focus…

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Introduction to Creating Picture Books

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - July 10 @ 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Learn the essentials of creating successful picture books for 0-6 year olds over 10 weeks with picture book author and illustrator Claire Alexander.   Learn how to create picture books with contemporary market appeal on this intensive online evening course for adult beginners with award-winning picture book author and illustrator Claire Alexander. This unique course, delivered live on Zoom, covers…

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Creative Practice Course (Editorial Season)

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - June 12 @ 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

There are many facets to editorial illustration, and AOI members have the exclusive opportunity to explore these by taking part in one or more of four online sessions for the Inside Illustration Editorial Season Creative Practice Course. The Creative Practice course is hosted by illustrator, Dave Bain. Each session gives you the opportunity to respond to one of two briefs…

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Graphic Novel Your Life

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - July 12 @ 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Turn your life experiences into a graphic novel over 10 weeks with Rachael Ball. Learn how to create a page-turning graphic novel based on your own life experiences on this 10 week online evening course with graphic novelist Rachael Ball. You’ll learn how to create rounded characters with clear goals, natural dialogue and believable storylines. You’ll experiment with visual metaphor,…

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Art + Environment Event Series – DACS (Online)

May 5 - June 8
Virtual, 

How can artists explore and navigate the changing environment, climate instability and justice to create a more sustainable future?  Online series runs on 5th May, 25th May and 8th June 2022 This Spring, through a series of online events and content, Art + Environment will explore the impact of climate instability on the arts and artists, looking at how the…

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The Humour of William Heath Robinson

May 24 - September 4
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner Memorial Park
West End Lane, HA5 1AE
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A special exhibition highlighting the humour of William Heath Robinson launches on 21st May at his eponymous museum in Pinner as part of their celebrations of his 150th birthday. The Humour of William Heath Robinson features a chronological cross- section of his ironic observations, including the comically convoluted contraptions that made him a household name. It charts the development of…

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June 2022

The Northern School of Art – Degree Show 2022 (Online and at Venue)

June 6 - June 16
The Northern School of Art Church Street Hartlepool TS24 7DJ, The Northern School of Art, Church Street
Hartlepool, TS24 7DJ
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You are invited to join in celebrating the outstanding achievements of The Northern School of Art Graduates 2022.  Private View Invitation, 1st June, 6pm-9pm You are invited to The Degree Show opening night on the 1st June, to officially open the exhibition of graduate work. The official opening is expected to attract a large audience where visitors can look forward to live…

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UCA Farnham Graduation Show 2022

June 9 @ 10:00 am - July 7 @ 4:00 pm
UCA Farnham, Falkner Rd
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS United Kingdom
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Make sure to catch UCA Farnham's Illustration degree show in campus this June and July. Farnham is UCA's biggest campus with the widest range of courses – so there’s a lot to see! From games concepts, short films and stop-motion animations to crafts, photography and graphic design, there’s a melting pot of work to take in and appreciate. Final year…

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Middlesex University Degree Show Festival 2022

June 9 @ 11:00 am - June 16 @ 6:00 pm
Middlesex University, The Burroughs 
London, NW4 4BT  
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Under the banner of Radical Creativity, the festival brings together exhibitions, events, screenings and performances by graduating students of a range of Design, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Media programmes.  The festival opens up our campus to show creative work in the spaces where it was created. Graduating students from programmes will include: Design, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Media

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UCA Canterbury Graduation Show 2022

June 11 @ 10:00 am - July 9 @ 4:00 pm
University of the Creative Arts Canterbury, New Dover Rd
Canterbury, CT1 3AN United Kingdom
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Make sure to catch UCA Canterbury’s Illustration and Animation degree show in campus this June and July. At this year’s Canterbury Graduation Show takeover, art, design and architecture will combine with activism, freedom and innovation, as students present their ideas and work throughout our campus. There’s so much to see this year, and for the first time since 2019 the…

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Create a Picture Book Character (Online Course)

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Create a picture book character with contemporary publishing appeal. Organised by House of Illustration, join author and illustrator Claire Alexander online for an afternoon delving in to the joyful world of picture books. By the end of the day you’ll have created your very own character with contemporary publishing appeal. You’ll explore some successful characters from classic picture books and…

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AOI Webinar: Taking Charge and Starting Out as an Illustrator

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

A webinar for students, graduates and very new illustrators about to enter the illustration industry. Book via our Eventbrite. A successful illustration career doesn’t happen from one day to another, and definitely not spontaneously. While creating a strong body of work is important, communication and consistency are also key. Presented by AOI Communications Coordinator and Illustrator Marianna Madriz, we will…

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Illustrating People with Sara Ogilvie & Jane Buckley – Virtual and In Person

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street
London, E15 4QZ
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Learn how to create authentic and convincing characters from real life scenarios with well-known illustrator Sara Ogilvie (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) and Simon & Schuster’s Art Director Jane Buckley (winner of 2021’s British Book Awards Designer of the Year). Over two half-days you’ll learn how to capture detail from body language to develop your characters and evolve your illustration style.…

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Drawing Diversity: Representing Different Skin Tones

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£6.00 - £10.00

Practical insights into capturing shades of skin complexions as a route to depicting diverse characters. Book below or via our Eventbrite. We understood from our Diversity and Equality roundtable talks that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their illustration practice. This session is the fourth of a short series to explore…

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BREW – Leeds illustrator’s Drink and Draw

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Crowd of Favours, 4-12 Harper Street
Leeds, England LS2 7EA United Kingdom
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Join us for the first in-person meetup of BREW - the illustration meet-up for Leeds. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Illustration can be a lonely business at times, so we’re getting out of the studio and having a drawing session with our local creative community here in Leeds. Come along! What It’ll be a chatty, laid-back drink and draw…

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Degree Show 2022 – University of Northampton

June 24 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 4:00 pm
Various – Check website for more info, 

After an absence of two years from the events calendar, students and staff from the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology are delighted to invite you to a the UON 2022 Degree Show We do hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate the work and achievements of our final year students. FREE. For more details visit…

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AOI Webinar: Understanding Contracts Better

June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£7.00 - £12.00
Virtual, 

The next instalment of our webinar series investigates the most important contract points you need to be aware of. Open for all illustrators. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Want to be able to understand clients’ contracts and make sure they are fair to you, but not sure what they mean? Covering a variety of contract types, the aim of…

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July 2022

Farm Life Drawing – Blend: London illustrator meet-up

July 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
£3.50 - £5.00
Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe Street
London, England SE16 5ET United Kingdom
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Join us for our first (post-pandemic) in-person meet-up with some Farm Life Drawing. Book below or online via our Eventbrite. We'll be meeting at Surrey Docks Farm, a London community farm with livestock, crop plants, a blacksmith, and a cafe next to the River Thames. The farm is closed to the public on Sundays, so we will get exclusive access,…

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How to Create Compelling Characters with Wildseed Studios

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

A beneficial workshop for illustrators and/or animators interested in developing compelling pitches and narratives. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Want to learn how to create compelling characters? Join Wildseed Studios' Creative Director Jesse Cleverly as he dives into what engages audiences and gets them to root for your protagonist through thick and thin. You'll hear a fresh, illuminating perspective on…

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The Illustrators’ Fair 2022

July 16
Granary Building, Granary SquareN1C 4AA + Google Map

The Illustrators’ Fair 2022 returns to its usual venue, the giant entrance hall at the Granary Building on Granary Square King’s Cross. Over 100 illustration stalls featured work raging from prints, products, books and more. Taking part: They want to hear from you if you would like to take part. But be quick! Even though this is one of the…

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Urban Sketchers London: 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend

July 22 - July 24
Various – Check website for more info, 

The Urban Sketchers London 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend - a fitting way to mark a decade of drawing around the capital.  Urban Sketchers London began as a small group of like-minded people meeting from time time at a cafe or pub to draw together and discuss sketchbooks. Ten years on, Urban Sketchers London organise a lively programme of monthly…

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AOI Webinar: Negotiating with Confidence

July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£7.00 - £12.00
Virtual, 

A webinar giving you the tools you need to negotiate your illustration commissions with confidence! Book below or via our Eventbrite. Love the excitement of a new commission but feel awkward about the negotiations? The aim of this webinar is to give you the tools you need to negotiate with confidence!   Join us for the next instalment of our…

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September 2022

AOI Webinar: An insight into Illustration Agents

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£7.00 - £12.00

A behind the scenes into an illustration agent's role, with practical advice to decipher whether you need representation or not. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Ever wondered what exactly an Agent does? How do you know when you’re ready for an Agent or if you need one? Even then how do go about getting one?   The aim of…

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18th Pictoplasma Conference 2022

September 14 - September 18
Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35
Berlin, 13347 Germany
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This September, the Pictoplasma Conference returns to Berlin to present an all-new selection of trailblazing, trendsetting character design and art. The conference will provide a platform for artists to share ideation processes and working methodologies in focused presentations. International creators and producers from illustration and animation, design and interactive, and urban and graphic arts will exchange strategies for the future…

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Storyboard – Professional Training course

September 19 - December 9
The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Kasernevej 5 8800 Viborg
Denmark,
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'Are you a junior animation professional looking for a way to specialise in storyboarding? Then this course is what you need Build up your portfolio and a set of skills that will significantly improve your chances to get hired as a storyboard artist on TV series, animated feature films and VFX live-action films' Application deadline: July 2, 2022 COURSE OUTLINE…

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