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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June 2021

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

June 14 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 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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First Class: COVENTRY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN Graphic Design BA Degree Show

June 17 - August 31
Online, 

Join Coventry University in the celebration of their students' success. In a time where we can’t gather together physically, it is all the more important to mark this occasion as special. Coventry University therefore invite you to treasure this online event, as well as visit and share widely this 'First Class' BA Graphic Design website and the Coventry University Degree…

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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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Plymouth University: Virtual Graduate Show

June 21 - July 27
Virtual, 

Take a look at the online showcase celebrating the work of the BA Illustration graduates from Plymouth University, created in their own small spaces during the past 12 months. Click here to explore the work created.

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The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration

June 22 - July 27
Virtual, 

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED AND UNDERWAY.   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…

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Edinburgh College: Future Achievement Badges Graduate Website

June 23 - July 31
Virtual, 

HND Illustration graduates at Edinburgh College wanted to be forward thinking and positive yet acknowledge the difficulties that they've encountered this year due to Covid and virtual learning. They devised a set of 'Future Achievement Badges' that they hope everyone can achieve when lockdown finally ends. Can you collect them all? Each student has illustrated a badge for their website,…

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University of Central Lancashire Illustration Degree Show

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
Online, 

Welcome to the online showcase for BA (Hons) Illustration at UCLan. The illustrations and artwork on display, created by our graduating cohort of 2021, are testimony to their creativity, resilience and hard work. In an extraordinary year, their vitality and effort is reflected in the diverse range of portfolios on show, all created during a period of uncertainty, change and…

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July 2021

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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DE-BRIEF: University of Hertfordshire Virtual Degree Show

July 5 - August 31
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, AL10 9AB UK + Google Map

See work by the Graphic Design & Illustration Degree Students. 'Tapping into the rich local history of powered flight, we have drawn parallels between our class of 2021 and the pioneering efforts of those masters of the sky, uniting them under the same shapes that were emblazoned on the side of de Havilland aeroplanes or carved out of wood and metal…

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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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SH!TSHOW Camberwell College of Arts Virtual Degree Show 2021

July 9 - August 31
Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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SH!TSHOW is the BA Illustration virtual show for the times, made (online) by BA Illustration graduates. '50% of our degree was taught online and poor wifi, time differences and makeshift webcams contributed to a real life SH!TSHOW. Despite this, we have made the best work possible, culminating in this online site which displays our various geniusnesses. Whack on our playlist…

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Sunderland Creatives Art & Design Class of 2021 Virtual Preview & Show

July 13 - August 31
University of Sunderland, Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road
Sunderland, SR1 3SD
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Virtual Preview Event 13 July @6pm Virtual Event from 14 July and throughout 2021 Welcome to Sunderland Creatives! See the work and creativity of students from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at University of Sunderland. From 14 July 2021 you can view a celebration of the work of BA Art and Design students from the class of 2021. You…

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University of Brighton Online Show – MA Sequential Design & Illustration

July 16 - August 31
University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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The 2021 graduates have produced work in continuing difficult circumstances responding to the restrictions placed on them in inventive and positive ways. The work on display features an impressive range of outcomes proving that a subject can be explored and communicated through many different mediums, processes and platforms. (Image:Alice Cathcart) Many of the works in this online showcase began with…

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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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Multidisciplinary Portfolio Review

July 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

On Thursday 29th July Creative Lives in Progress will be hosting another online portfolio review, this time focusing on creatives working in a multidisciplinary way, across multiple formats. You might be a designer also working in illustration, or a photographer with video skills – whatever your outlet, this is a brilliant opportunity to meet and get feedback from the experts.…

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Flames of Amazonia Launch and Talks

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Can Comic Stories Help Defend Our Forests? 'The Amazon is burning like never before. Intense pressures such as industrial cattle ranching, logging, and mining are destroying Brazil's forests - the Lungs of the Earth, and the sacred home of indigenous peoples. But how can artists join the efforts to defend our burning rainforests ? Find out by joining us for…

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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

In Conversation with Chris Haughton

September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
£7.00 - £10.00
Online, 

The process of creating and publishing masterful picture books. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Chris Haughton is an internationally renowned Designer and Illustrator, best known for authoring award-winning children’s picture books such as A Bit Lost, Oh No George!, SHH! We have a plan, among other loved titles. In celebration of his new book, Maybe… (published by Walker Books),…

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Increase your confidence: a session for illustrators

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
£7.00 - £15.00
Virtual, 

Being confident can make all the difference – from how you feel, to the jobs you get. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Confidence coach Sarah Cartwright will lead this friendly, practical session.  She will look at the building blocks of being confident – from emotional resilience and our mind set and self limiting beliefs.  She will explore how to confidently…

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What’s your RE_ ?

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
£7.00 - £12.00
Virtual, 

As we come out of an extremely challenging period for all of humanity, now may well be the perfect time to make some changes. Book below or via our Eventbrite. From tiny tweaks to major transformations, there may be a re_ or two that are perfect for you. So what is a re? reflect - reconnect - rekindle - realign…

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Improvisation and Performance in Drawing with Matthew Hodson

September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£3.50 - £5.00
Online, 

Join BREW Leeds for a talk with illustrator Matthew Hodson on improvisation and performance in drawing, his new book & some drawing. Get your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. Matthew Hodson is an illustrator, graphic artist, poet, writer and senior lecturer at Leeds Arts University. He has previously created work for clients such as the New York Times, the…

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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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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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