May 2017


Prize for Illustration

19th May 2017 - 3rd September 2017
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Lyrics and languages, hubbub and stillness, heritage and science have all inspired 100 illustrators to produce a collection of striking artwork that reflect their relationship with sound in our diverse and multi-layered cities. Themes include wildlife, nightlife, music, markets, transport and sport.  Visitors will enjoy illustrations that visually interpret the sounds we hear about us day and night – from…

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July 2017

Doodle Jam

5th July 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Free
Doodle Bar60 Druid Street
London, SE1 2EZ United Kingdom
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Our Doodle Jam parties just keep getting better and better, make sure you join us for the awesome third instalment! An evening of music, friends, doodling and cocktails. Come and draw on the walls at the brilliant new Doodle Bar in London bridge. We're super excited to be joined this time by Mcbaise (side-project of illustrator McBess) providing us with…

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AOI Discusses: Self Promotion

11th July 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Awards – whether you win or not - are a vital part of everyone's careers; from Hollywood to Holborn. As more and more creatives graduate each year, how can you set yourself apart and stay at the top of the commissioners lists? The Association of Illustrators talks to award winning illustrator Kristyna Litten, Aardman Director Steve Harding-Hill, and Caroline Thomson…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Business Masterclass + Meet Up Glasgow

25th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cass Art Glasgow63-67 Queen St
Glasgow, G1 3BZ United Kingdom
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Awards – whether you win or not - are a vital part of everyone's careers; from Hollywood to Holborn. As more and more creatives graduate each year, how can you set yourself apart and stay at the top of the commissioners lists? The Association of Illustrators talks to award winning illustrator Kristyna Litten, Aardman Director Steve Harding-Hill, and Caroline Thomson…

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World Illustration Awards 2017

31st July 2017 - 28th August 2017
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Returning to Somerset House for a sixth year, the World Illustration Awards Exhibition, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition. With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries, this year’s World Illustration Awards exhibition will showcase 50 shortlisted projects across…

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August 2017

No, Nancy, No! A workshop with Alice Tait

4th August 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Meet Alice Tait - creator of the successful of the London Map range and now debut Picture Book Author with Walker Books. She’ll teach you, and your young ones, how to create red buses with spinning wheels and Big Ben’s with twirling hands, all interwoven with a reading of her book No, Nancy, No. The story of a mischievous little…

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The Little Adventurers: A workshop with Elissa Elwick

11th August 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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A friendly beast? A hungry, child- chomping beast? A fairy beast with a princess crown? Join illustrator Elissa Elwick, co-creator of the Little Adventurers picture book series, for an interactive illustration workshop. Help her create a fantastical beast and then learn how to conjure up your own. Suitable for children aged 6+ and their families Friday 11th August 11am –…

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I Am Bear: A workshop with Sav Akyuz

19th August 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Meet Bear, you may notice, he is bare. He’s not wearing anything! See this brand new, hilarious picture book brought to life by the illustrator Sav Akyüz. Learn facts about bears from all over the world, sing along to the very special I Am Bear song, and learn how to draw Bear from Sav himself. An event that keeps young…

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Julius Zebra: A workshop with Gary Northfield

26th August 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Full of Roman facts and drawing tips for budding young cartoonists this event will have you laughing out loud as master cartoonist Gary Northfield (The Beano, The Dandy) introduces the hilarious world of Julius Zebra. Julius is no ordinary Zebra – he’s a Roman Gladiator! He was captured by slavers from the desert plains and has become the favourite gladiator…

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September 2017

Brian Grimwood Live in Conversation with Arrest all Mimics

28th September 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UsTwo62 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JJ
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Brian Grimwood is one of the most influential figures in British Illustration today. He infamously ‘changed the look of British illustration’ in the 60s, founded the hugely successfully CIA agency and continues to create iconic images with his trademark energy and style.

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October 2017

AOI Discusses: Creating Your Own Success – Brighton

19th October 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
North GalleryUniversity of Brighton, 58-67 Grade Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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Join AOI Membership Manager Lou Bones with illustrators Donough O’Malley , Eleanor Taylor and John Bond discussing the challenges around pursuing your personal work and expanding your career through diverse routes.

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November 2017

Doodle Jam NOVEMBER! with Pete Fowler + Serge Seidlitz

29th November 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Doodle Bar60 Druid Street
London, SE1 2EZ United Kingdom
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Come and draw, dance and drink with illustrators and friends.

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December 2017

Group Port Con at London Illustration Fair

1st December 2017
BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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We will be back at the London Illustration Fair with our group portfolio consultations!

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Publisher Portfolio Consultations: Children’s Books

4th December 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nobrow Press27 Westgate Street
London, E8 3RL
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Exclusive portfolio consultation at Nobrow!

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January 2018

An Introduction to Tax Returns and Accounts

10th January 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Coningsby Gallery30 Tottenham Street
London, W1T 4RJ
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Confused about tax returns? Uncertain how to keep your freelance accounts? Fear not!

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Commissioner Portfolio Consultation: Hearst Magazines

15th January 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hearst MagazinesBroadwick Street
London, W1F
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Join Roger Browning, Art Editor at Hearst Magazines and AOI consultant Fig Taylor in an exclusive group portfolio consultation at Hearst Magazines offices. In a small group of 8 you will share your portfolio in a supportive, collaborative environment.

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World Illustration Awards 2017 at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

20th January 2018 - 24th February 2018
Chapel GallerySt Helens Road
Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR United Kingdom
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Chapel Gallery hosts the World Illustration Awards 2017 Touring Exhibition

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February 2018

AOI Discusses: Creating Your Own Success BRISTOL

9th February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bush HouseBristol, BS1 4QA + Google Map

AOI's Lou Bones with illustrators Tommy Parker, Phil Wrigglesworth and Anna Higgie discussing the challenges around personal work and creating your own success.

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Publisher Portfolio Consultation: Walker Books

12th February 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Walker Books87 Vauxhall Walk
London, SE11 5HJ United Kingdom
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AOI consultant Fig Taylor will be joined by Deidre McDermott, Picture Books Publisher and Creative Director at award winning Walker Books, in an exclusive group portfolio consultation at Walker Books’ offices. In a small group of 8 you will share your portfolio in a supportive, collaborative environment.

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March 2018

AOI Discusses: Business – DUBLIN

21st March 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
united arts club3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper
Dublin, Dublin 2 Ireland
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Join AOI's Lou Bones for this comprehensive masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including pricing, licensing, self promotion, understanding the commissioner’s journey and as well as discussing the more difficult issues like dealing with copyright infringement and the ins and outs of client negotiation, contracts and industry standards.

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DUBLIN DOODLE JAM!

24th March 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Come drink, draw and dance at our very first DOODLE JAM in Dublin on Sat 24th!

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April 2018

Commissioner Portfolio Consultation: The Guardian

16th April 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

AOI consultant Nicola Manuel will be joined by Sarah Habershon, Art Director at the renowned Guardian newspaper, in an exclusive group portfolio consultation at the Guardian's offices. In a small group of 8 you will share your portfolio in a supportive, intimate, and collaborative environment. We recommend this session to Illustrators who wish to showcase and developer their work in…

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June 2018

World Illustration Awards 2018 Exhibition

7th June 2018 - 20th June 2018
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Visit the largest World Illustration Awards exhibition ever at Somerset House this June!

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Pink Lion – An Illustration workshop for families

9th June 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Supported by Walker Books and is part of the World Illustration Awards 2018

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That Fruit is Mine! An Illustration workshop for families

9th June 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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This session is supported by Walker Books and is part of the World Illustration Awards 2018

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July 2018

AOI in Seoul: Jack Sachs’ Animation Screening

19th July 2018 - 30th July 2018
art book loung372-7 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu,
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
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Don't miss this unique chance to see the surreal animations of Jack Sachs hosted by our friends B-platform in Mapo-gu, Seoul. 이 특별한 기회를 놓치지 마세요. 서울 특별시 마포구의 B-Plaform에서 주최하는 Jack Sacks의 초현실적 인 애니메이션을 감상하십시오.

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Jack Sachs Illustrator Talk @ the Seoul Illustration Fair

27th July 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Seoul Illustration fairCOEX
Soeul, Korea, Republic of
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AOI talk to animator / illustrator Jack Sachs

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AOI Business Masterclass @ The Seoul Illustration Fair

29th July 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Seoul Illustration fairCOEX
Soeul, Korea, Republic of
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Comprehensive mini masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration.

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AOI in Seoul – Jack Sachs talk + Mini Business Masterclass

30th July 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join AOI in Seoul with an Illustrator talk from Jack Sachs followed by our awesome Mini Business Masterclass at Art Book Lounge B-Platform in partnership and with thanks to Off to Alone. 잭 삭스 (Jack Sachs)의 일러스트 레이터 토크와 함께 아트 오피스 라운지 B- 플랫폼 (Art Book Lounge B-Platform)에서 미니 홈피 마스터 클래스 (Mini Business Masterclass)를 시작으로 오프 오어 (Off to Alone) 덕분에 서울에 AOI에 가입하십시오.

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AOI in Seoul: Jack Sachs talk + 100,000 workshop

31st July 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art ForceDosan-daero 8gil 12, Gangam-gu
Seoul, 06038 Korea, Republic of
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Continuing our adventures in South Korea this summer, we are proud to present this unique and fun experience with Illustrator / Animator extraordinaire, Jack Sachs. In partnership and with thanks to Off to Alone. 올 여름 한국에서의 모험을 계속하면서, 우리는 Illustrator / Animator의 극한 인 Jack Sachs와의 독특하고 재미있는 경험을 자랑스럽게 생각합니다.

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

31st July 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Join us for our (first!) regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball - The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of…

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August 2018

AOI in Seoul: Mini Business Masterclass @ Art Force

1st August 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Closing out our AOI in Seoul programme of events in partnership with Off to Alone, the wonderful people at Art Force, a comic and illustration academy situation in Gangnam have given us their space to host the last of our business masterclasses specifically aimed at Korean Illustrators.

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~ Soft Life ~

3rd August 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 16th August 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Gallery StanGallery STAN Dosandaero 30 Gil 24, #B-1 48
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
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A collection of new and never before seen works by Animator / Illustrator Jack Sachs.  The exhibition covers moving image, sculpture, drawing, painting and digitally rendered images. Jack's work is an exploration around the outer limits of character design, asking what makes us read a collection of shapes as a living character. ~ Soft Life ~ reveals Jack’s practice from initial…

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September 2018

AOI Member exhibition opportunity

18th September 2018 - 26th October 2018

The AOI is delighted to be working with creativehub to present a pre Christmas exhibition of AOI members work at theprintspace Gallery, 74 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DL. Pre existing or new work is invited in response to the title Come Together. Submissions close on Friday 26 October 2018. The exhibition will run from 28 November- 10 December, with a…

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October 2018

ONE FOR THE DIARY... PIP: An AOI Meet Up (Bristol)

4th October 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Grain BargeHotwell Road
Bristol, BS8 4RU
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Welcome to the first AOI Meet Up for Bristol! Open to all illustrators (not just AOI members) - let's get-together and share best experiences, meet others and share knowledge. That's why we've titled the Bristol meet up 'PIP' - meaning "Put Into Practice". For this first evening, we're loosely theming it on "BRISTOL" - discussing what the city has to…

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World Illustration Awards 2018 at The Art House, University of Worcester

5th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3rd November 2018 @ 4:00 pm
The Art HouseCastle Street
Worcester, WR1 3ZQ United Kingdom
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This exhibition features a selection from the 2018 shortlist of 200 works, plus spotlights on the 16 category and overall winners. At once global and personal, visitors can expect to be inspired by this diverse, engaging exhibition of the best illustration made this year from across the world. Exhibition open 5 October - 3 November 2018 Open to the public…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... An Evening Masterclass with the AOI – DUBLIN

10th October 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
RothcoHaymarket, Smithfield Market Square
Dublin, Ireland
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Kick starting an awesome few days of illustration events in Dublin, Ireland and following on from our previous business masterclass: Join the AOI's Lou Bones for this comprehensive evening event covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including pricing, licensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner's journey and working internationally. We will also be focussing the more difficult…

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AOI Discusses: Creating Your Own Success – DUBLIN

11th October 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
RothcoHaymarket, Smithfield Market Square
Dublin, Ireland
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Day 2 of our awesome illo events in Dublin this October! Join AOI’s Lou Bones with illustrators Steve McCarthy, The Project Twins and Rothco AD Peter Farry discussing the challenges of sustaining a successful career in illustration, pursuing your personal work and expanding your career through diverse routes. Not just pens for hire, the speakers draw on real examples of working with great clients…

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Dublin Doodle Jam

12th October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Lucky’s78 Meath Street
Dublin, D08 A318 Ireland
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Day 3 of our Dublin illustration events and why not throw a party! Buzz down to the awesome Lucky's on Meath Street to meet your peers, catch up and have a drink together. Be sure to bring your sketchbook as this time we'll be doin a big round of ultimate swapsies. 15/20min full page illo in each book and pass it on.…

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AOI Masterclass at House of Illustration

24th October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Join the AOI's Lou Bones for this comprehensive masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including pricing, licensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner's journey and working internationally. We will also be discussing the more difficult issues such as dealing with copyright infringement and the ins and outs of client negotiation, contracts, fees and industry standards. Lou…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... An AOP & AOI DEBATE “Perfect Commissioning: Let the Good Terms Roll”

29th October 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cherry Duck Studios8-10 Sampson Street
London, E1W 1NA
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The UK’s creative industries are a global success story, particularly in the arena of image-making, advertising and marketing. We lead the way in creating not only inspirational, but successful, global advertising campaigns for many of the best-known brands. In a global market, clients need change and as a result so do commissions. From the increasingly familiar request ‘to make it…

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November 2018

Member Meet Up – Glasgow

15th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tabac10 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow, G1 3NU
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It's time to get our next Glasgow Illustrator meet up in the diary! It was great to meet lots of you at our first meet up and Mini Business Masterclass, and this time around we're looking to spend more time chatting and getting to know everyone. We'll be meeting for a few drinks and a bit of illo chat on…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards 2018 at Falmouth Art Gallery

17th November 2018 - 5th January 2019
Falmouth Art GalleryMunicipal Buildings, The Moor
Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2RT United Kingdom
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The highly popular World Illustration Awards 2018 exhibition tours to Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall.

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

21st November 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Watershed1 Canons Road
Bristol, BS1 5TX
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Purchase your ticket here We are delighted to introduce portfolio consultations in Bristol with Senior Agent Lucie Luddington. The 1-1 sessions are hugely valued by those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Lucie who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on…

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Come Together: Private View and exhibition

29th November 2018 - 10th December 2018
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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The Association Of Illustrators celebrates the festive season with an exhibition at ThePrintspace Gallery in Shoreditch! Parties, friendship, relaxation, protest, whether it’s two individuals in an intimate embrace, or crowds joining in the celebration, “Come Together” celebrates what it means to be together in our world. Perfectly suited to the festive period, the exhibition includes 30+ works, all of which…

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AOI Group Portfolio Consultation at London Illustration Fair

30th November 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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  Get advice on how to edit, promote and present your portfolio in the AOI’s group portfolio consultation.  Group consultations let you get advice, but also share insights with your peers.  The session will be led by Fig Taylor and Stephanie Alexander-Jinks from boutique illustration agency The Artworks.  This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity! Sessions are strictly limited to 8 people.…

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December 2018

AOI Mini Business Masterclass at London Illustration Fair

2nd December 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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Join AOI's Lou Bones for this comprehensive mini Business Masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including licensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner's journey, working internationally as well as discussing the more difficult issues like dealing with copyright infringement and the ins and outs of client negotiation, fees and contracts. Drawing on real examples as well…

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Illustration Makes Great Advertising

6th December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
D&AD64 Cheshire Street
London, E2 6EH
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Join D&AD and the AOI in discussion with award-winning illustrator Stevie Gee, Blink’s Head of Illustration Helen Parker and Daniel Moorey, Head of Photography and Illustration at adam&eveDDB. Chaired by Jelly’s Head of Illustration Nicki Field, the panel will discuss why illustration makes great advertising and how to overcome challenges in the commissioning process. Free but RSVP essential!

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

11th December 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 11th December 2018

An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until 11th December 2018

Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Purchase your ticket here Join us for our ongoing regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball - The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the…

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January 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards 2018 at UWTSD

January 14 @ 9:00 am - February 21 @ 5:00 pm

Visit the WIA2018 Touring Exhibition in Wales!

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Monthly Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Purchase your ticket here Join us for our ongoing regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball - The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the…

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PIP: An AOI Meet Up in Bristol

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Square Club15 Berkeley Square
Bristol, BS8 1HB
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Welcome to the 2nd AOI Meet Up for Bristol! For this second evening, the theme is "HEALTH" - A really important, but tricky and sensitive subject - we will focus on the daily challenges that face illustrators when it comes to their mental and physical health while examining possible solutions. We'll also look at how illustration itself can tackle tough…

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February 2019

Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – London Stories exhibition at LTM

February 8 @ 10:00 am - July 14 @ 7:00 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – an exhibition of 100 artworks on "London Stories" London Transport Museum, Exterion Media Gallery, Covent Garden, London Open 8 February – 14 July 2019 Buy Tickets here on LTM website A new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations opens with a Friday Late on 8 February at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and celebrates…

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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – London Stories Friday Late Launch night

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – London Stories Friday Late London Transport Museum, Exterion Media Gallery, Covent Garden, London Open 8 February – 14 July 2019 Tickets: Adults £15; Concessions and LTM Friends £12 A new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations opens with a Friday Late on 8 February at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and celebrates one of the…

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AOI Member Meet Up: Exeter

February 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Exeter PhoenixGandy Street
Exeter, EX4 3LS
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Are you a Devon-based illustrator? We’re holding our first meet-up in Exeter on Tuesday 12th February, at the Phoenix Arts Venue. The aim is for this to become a quarterly event, open to AOI members and non-members alike - an inclusive and positive forum of discussion, problem-solving, support and encouragement. To kick things off, we’re planning a laid-back ‘Drink and Draw’…

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Perfect Commissioning: Checklists, Clarity & Communication – a recipe for success

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cherry Duck Studios8-10 Sampson Street
London, E1W 1NA
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Following on from the well-received AOP/AOI debate around commissioning, this session will take a practical look at what needs to be clear at the point of commissioning. From the technical details and artistic remit of the brief, the supply of treatments, to the legal issues involved and tone of the relationship, we will look at where problems can arise, and…

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Creating a Children’s Book with Vivian French

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edinburgh College of Art74 Lauriston Place, West Court lecture theatre
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9DF United Kingdom
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Come and join highly successful and respected children's author Vivian French in Edinburgh to find out about the process of creating a children's book in the next Glasgow (happening in Edinburgh!) AOI Illustrator Meet up. From the basics of what makes a good story book through to the development of your ideas, collaborations and working with publishers, the timelines you…

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Monthly Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Purchase your ticket here Join us for our ongoing regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball - The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the…

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Creating Your Own Success: NEXT LEVEL

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bush HouseBristol, BS1 4QA + Google Map

Following on our string of sold out events in Bristol, we're back with an empowering industry panel on taking your career to the next level with illustrators Kelly Anna &Dan Woodger and Handsome Frank agent, Amy Veried.

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March 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... NORWICH AOI MEETUP: EPISODE I ‘BEING A VISIBLE ILLUSTRATOR’

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ideas Factory4-16 St Andrews St
Norwich, NR2 4AE United Kingdom
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Calling all Norwich & Norfolk illustrators, artists, and creators! Join us for the first AOI meet-up event in our Fine City. Norwich AOI is coming in with a bang, with incredible speakers, portfolio advice, and then off to the cosy St Andrews Brew House afterwards for chats and catch-ups. The focus for this first event is ‘Being a Visible Illustrator’,…

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Monthly Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Purchase your ticket here Join us for our ongoing regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball - The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the…

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Industry Portfolio Consultation: Punanimation + Jelly London

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jelly London9-10 Charlotte Mews
London, W1T 4EF United Kingdom
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AOI is delighted to present a new Portfolio Consultation geared to Illustrators / Animators! Join Punanimation community founders Bee Grandinetti, Hedvig Ahlbergand Linn Fritz, as well as Jelly London’s Head of Motion/Animator George Coffey, Senior Producer Laura Thomas and Illustration Agent Sarah Morris. The consultation will be hosted in Jelly's newly refurbished meeting space (in London). In a small group of 8 you will share your…

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April 2019

Exclusive Walk and Talk with Oliver Jeffers

April 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lazinc29 Sackville Street
London, W1S 3DX
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We are delighted to offer 15 members the opportunity to join award winning artist, illustrator, author and AOI Patron, Oliver Jeffers as he walks through his new exhibition at the Lazinc gallery in London. Oliver will talk about his illustration work, and his new show OBSERVATIONS ON MODERN LIFE which will be the first comprehensive showcase of the artist's work…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 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,…

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All The Young Nudes with the AOI – Glasgow Meetup

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Toads Caravan745 Pollokshaws Rd
Glasgow, G41 2AA
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Join us in Glasgow for our next illustrator meet up. This time around we're asking you to join us with Glasgow life drawing club All The Young Nudes for a drawing session with a drink in hand! Bring your own bottle, there’ll be a selection of materials available on the evening. Numbers are limited, so please to secure your spot! Tickets…

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David Mckee in Conversation with Imogen Russell Williams

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camberwell College of Arts45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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Elmer, King Rollo, Not Now Bernard - these are just some of David McKee's iconic titles, renowned for shaping childhood experience and illustrators' careers. In conversation with children's literature critic Imogen Russell Williams, McKee will explore the motivations, challenges and joys of working on some of his most seminal titles. How has his work influenced children's illustration, and what lessons are…

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Iris Worldwide Showcase – Submissions invited

April 26

AOI and AOP members are invited to an exclusive portfolio showcase at Iris Worldwide. In a friendly setting you will be able to show your portfolio, chat and get feedback from over thirty Iris Worldwide creatives including commissioners, designers as well as creative and art directors at this unparalleled opportunity. The session will run from 5pm - 8pm on 22…

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May 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... Not a Hobby: New AOI Business Strategy Masterclass

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Tackling areas that are often overwhelming (and a bit boring!) with a combination of case studies, industry insight and Q&As, this session will set you up with the tools you need to build your business plan, boost your career confidence and outline your next steps.

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PIP – An AOI Meet Up #3 Longevity

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good Chemistry Brewing2 William Street
Bristol, BS2 0RG United Kingdom
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Welcome to the 3rd AOI Meet Up for Bristol. Open to all illustrators (not just members of The Association of Illustrators) - let's get-together and share best experiences, meet others and share knowledge. That's why we've titled the Bristol meet up 'PIP' - meaning "Put Into Practice". For this third evening, the theme is "LONGEVITY" We'll have an open discussion with…

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Wild Life Draw, an Illustrators’ Meet-Up in London

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mudchute Park & FarmPier St
Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3HP United Kingdom
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Purchase tickets here. Join AOI and YO ILLO for a drawing meet-up at Mudchute Park and Farm located at Isle of Dogs, London. Mudchute Park and Farm is home to ducks, goats, horses, pigs, sheep, and more. Set against a stunning backdrop of nearby Canary Wharf, it’s a perfect place for wild life drawing studies on a Sunday afternoon. Come…

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AOI’s Glasgow Illustrators Meet up

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Titwood Bar52-58 Nithsdale Road
Glasgow, G41 2AN
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It's time to get our next Glasgow Illustrator meet up in the diary! Following our fantastic Life Drawing we'll be meeting up for a drink and draw in May. Draw each other or doodle till your heart's content with a drink and some friendly conversation. Members + non members welcome. Free - but please RSVP so we know numbers! Please…

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In Conversation with Marion Deuchars

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camberwell College of Arts45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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Marion Deuchars in conversation with Professor David Crow. Celebrated illustrator Marion Deuchars is best known for her eloquent hand lettering, the Bob series, and art books. Marion joins Professor David Crow for an insightful and inspiring conversation event.  Looking at key works from Marion's career the conversation will look at how her work has evolved- and what informs her practise.…

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July 2019

Norwich Meet Up: Drink and Draw @ Brewdog

July 2 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Brewdog1 Queen Street
Norwich, NR2 4SG
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Calling all Norwich & Norfolk illustrators, artists, and creatives! Join us for round two of Norwich AOI’s meet ups for the ideal summer’s evening; drinking, drawing, eating, chatting, and all in one of the nicest venues our fine city has to offer. We’ve hired out the top floor of the wonderful BrewDog for the entire evening! If you attended our…

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Join us for our monhtly regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball – The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of…

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Healthy Minds for Creatives

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The International Anthony Burgess FoundationEngine House
Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY United Kingdom
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Join us to discuss how to keep on top of your mental health as a creative freelancer. #HealthyMinds4Creatives Purchase tickets here. It’s no secret that creative freelancers face huge pressures in their daily life: meeting and juggling deadlines, balancing financial or health constraints, submitting to agents, dealing with publishers and publication, chasing payments. Add to that the solitary nature of…

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Social Media for Illustrators Webinar

July 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us to learn how to use your social media profiles to drive traffic to your website. The webinar will run from 12.30 – 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday 17 July. We’ll take a look at the social media landscape and focus on the big three – Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and look at how you can build a loyal following…

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