September 2019



LONG RUNNING EXHIBITIONS



Shaketember 2019

September 1 - September 30

Shake's Some Kinda Drawing Challenge is back!  Each day in September will have a different prompt to illustratoe and then share on instagram.  Find out more and get involved here.

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Women in Print Study Day: Marie Neurath and Her Contemporaries

September 16 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Delve into the world of mid-century classroom picture books and the pioneering women who created them. This informal study day will shine a light on Marie Neurath and her contemporaries: pioneering women who used design to revolutionise education. Leading experts in the field will consider the ways in which Neurath, Marion Richardson, Gwen White and Barbara Jones utilised illustration in the classroom to…

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Tips for Survival in the World of Illustration

September 21
Art HouseCastle Street
Worcester, WR1 3ZQ
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Picture Hooks and Orange Beak have teamed up to bring you an exciting day full of tips and techniques on Saturday 21 September to demystify the world of children’s illustration and maximise your creative potential, at the Art House in Worcester. In the morning, leading experts from the world of publishing will talk about the working life of an illustrator, explain how…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Contracts Masterclass

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Howard Kennedy1 London Bridge
London, SE1
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Picture Hooks and Orange Beak have teamed up to bring you an exciting day full of tips and techniques on Saturday 21 September to demystify the world of children’s illustration and maximise your creative potential, at the Art House in Worcester. In the morning, leading experts from the world of publishing will talk about the working life of an illustrator, explain how…

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The Art of Keeping Sketchbooks – House of Illustration

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - October 27 @ 4:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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This is for everyone who loves the idea of keeping a sketchbook but doesn’t know where to start. In this six-week course Merlin Strangeway will guide you from that first daunting blank page to a sketchbook full of visual inspiration. Sketchbooks are useful for illustrators: to develop an idea, to record, to play, to capture, to reflect, and crucially, to…

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Glug: Doodle Social

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Short talks from Laurie Rowan, Chris Martin, Holly St Clair, and Cintia Bertaccini. Then the rest of the evening you’ll be given the chance to roam the Fourpure space, notwork, grab a few drinks and take part in plasticine workshops with Laurie Rowan, a zine bingo workshop with Holly St Clair & a papercraft workshop by Cintia Bertaccini! Tickets are just £7.50, and £5 for students, plus a…

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The Circus of Illustration: Succeeding as a freelance illustrator

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
BunyanBasement at Bunyan, John Bunyan Museum
Bedford, MK40 3EU
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Three professional talks for illustrators based in the Bedford/Cambridge, hosted by The Circus of Illustration - plus drinks and social!

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Open Studio at The Ropewalk, Barton-Upon-Humber

September 28 @ 10:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm
The RopewalkMaltkiln Road
Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire N18 5JT United Kingdom
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Visit the Open Studio at The Ropewalk, Barton-Upon-Humber 28-29th Sept 10am-5pm. Take a look behind the scenes with artists including Reginald Swinney Illustration, chat about their work or even possible commissions. Items will be on sale throughout. Email here for more details

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Brighton Illustration Fair 2019

October 5 - October 6
Sallis Benney Theatre58-66 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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Brighton Illustration Fair (BIF) is back for it's 5th year taking place in Brighton, 5th & 6th of October at the Sallis Benney Theatre. Two days of back-to-back guests, exhibitors, talks, workshops & more. Exhibitor applications will open soon alongside news of last year’s audience award winner as well as the release of early bird tickets! More to be announced.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Members exhibition at Hoxton Arches

October 10 - October 12
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Save the date for our brand new members exhibition, coming to Hoxton Arches this October!

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Zine of Dreams – Workshop with Aleesha Nandhra

October 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Create your very own mini 8-page zine of affirmations, or your goals for the future with illustrator and printmaker Aleesha Nandhra. All materials are provided (and tea and biscuits). Aleesha is an Illustrator and Printmaker from London, whose works manage to carefully tread the line between being whimsical and being highly emotionally evocative. A graduate of Cambridge School of Art,…

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In Conversation: Anna Mill, Luke Jones and Dan Franklin

October 10 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Award-winning illustrator Anna Mill will be in conversation with author and collaborator Luke Jones, and publisher Dan Franklin from Jonathan Cape, discussing their work together on Square Eyes, an epic dystopian graphic novel that took home the WIA 2019 Overall Winner Award. Anna Mill studied architecture at The Bartlett UCL, where she became increasingly interested in the power of illustration…

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Laurie Rowan Illustrator Talk

October 11 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Laurie Rowan will give an insight into his working methods, from inspiration to concept development to completion, using specific case studies. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions! Laurie Rowan is an award-winning animator, illustrator and director represented by Nexus Studios. His work, which combines rich pastels, curious characters, a fascination with dance, ritual, and bodily behavior, is…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Self-Promotion Masterclass

October 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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This Masterclass will look at how an illustrator can build a brand, establish an effective online presence, and importantly understand their audience. We will consider the commissioner’s journey and the ways you can use social media to work for you. The AOI’s Marianna Madriz will lead the talk, drawing on real world examples and focussing on innovative ways to drive…

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AOI Pop-up Helpdesk

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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If you’re not already a member of the AOI, but you maybe need some help with licensing, contracts or business practice, why not drop in and visit Derek Brazell at our pop-up help desk for some free advice, and to find out more about how AOI membership could help you! Image: Cachetejack

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Future City: Paper Engineering Workshop with Sam Pierpoint

October 12 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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With the help of paper artist, Sam Pierpoint, together, we will build our own ultimate future city. One that's sustainable, friendly to the earth and everything living on it. Perhaps more integrated with nature, clever architecture, reliant on renewable energy with much less waste. Stretch your imagination to create some fun and quirky ideas. Anything goes in this collaborative making workshop!…

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Character Collage Walk Cycle Workshop with Laurie Rowan

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Laurie will guide you through creating your own collage character and all participants will contribute to a walk cycle exquisite corpse. You'll receive an animation of your work as a gif. Laurie Rowan is an award-winning animator, illustrator and director represented by Nexus Studios. His work, which combines rich pastels, curious characters, a fascination with dance, ritual, and bodily behavior,…

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Shake’s Some Kinda Art Fair

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rough Trade BristolNelson Street
Bristol, BS1 2BA United Kingdom
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Check out Shake's October fair in Bristol.  Artists include Scott Neilson, Playtime Press, Meneer Heirman, Sam Ailey, Molly Fairhurst and loads more!  Find out more here.

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Fashion Life Drawing Class with Francesco Lo Iacono

October 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono, you have the opportunity to observe a live model wearing the creations of an exciting fashion designer each month. This class is suitable for all levels. It is open to beginners who have an interest in fashion and who want to try out their creative skills or just for the pleasure…

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Watershed1 Canons Road
Bristol, BS1 5TX
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Purchase your ticket here. We are delighted to continue our portfolio consultations in Bristol with Senior Agent Lucie Luddington. The 1-1 sessions are hugely valued by those entering the profession (especially those interested in the Publishing sector) and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Lucie who will provide guidance on targeting, methods…

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Yo Illo London Meet up – Life Drawing in Motion: The Scottish Dance Theatre

October 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Place17 Duke's Road
London, WC1H 9PY
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This unique opportunity will allow artists to observe, sketch and photograph the dance company's flowing ballet class, offering insight into how the dancers prepare for a show. It's perfect for artists wanting a peek behind the scenes (and those seeking an expressive drawing challenge!). Tickets £3 - Booking essential.

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Picture Hooks Conference 2019

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
V&A Dundee1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee, DD1 4EZ
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The annual Picture Hooks conference for illustrators will take place on Saturday 26 October at V&A Dundee. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of industry professionals, network with authors, publishers and fellow illustrators, and get valuable portfolio feedback during breakout sessions. Appearing at the conference in October will be award-winning illustrator Lesley Barnes, as well as…

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November 2019

SCBWI Confrence: Telling Tales

November 2 - November 3
University of WinchesterThe Stripe Complex, King Alfred Campus
Winchester, SO22 4NR United Kingdom
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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles Conference 2019 - "Telling Tales" This year’s conference is all about the modern, the mythical and the magical. With key notes From Mini Grey and Geraldine McCauhrean, a discussion about the magic of inclusivity from Knights Of and the opportunity to get your work infant of Art Directors and Agents in our First…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Thought Bubble 2019 4th-10th November – Yorkshire

November 4 @ 8:00 am - November 9 @ 5:00 pm
Harrogate Convention CentreHarrogate – HG1 2HR + Google Map

Thought Bubble comes to Yorkshire and is geared up to be the UK's largest comic art festival. The event filled week will feature over 100 special guests, 450+ exhibitors, book launches and convention events. The festival is set to champion and celebrate comics, illustration, animation and beyond so will be perfect for comic book art and graphic novel fans and aspiring…

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Call for entries! Collate Digital Exhibition

November 19

Enter to take part in Collate, a digital exhibition celebrating the best in contemporary illustration and typography from the UK and Hong Kong. Entries are open to all artists, designers and studios to submit work for the chance to take part in the exclusive exhibition being held in Hong Kong from the 2nd to the 7th December 2019. Chosen artists…

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AOI Masterclass: Understanding Contracts for Publishing

November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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AOI’s Derek Brazell shares advice for illustrators on negotiating contracts with book publishers. The Association of Illustrators is back at House of Illustration for a comprehensive overview of book publishing agreements. If you find contracts confusing and could do with a confidence-boosting session on negotiating with publishers, this session is for you. AOI’s Derek Brazell will break down the daunting…

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