August 2018


~ 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

Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

11th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm 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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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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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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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 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on 21st November 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on 21st November 2018 at 8:00pm

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 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on 30th November 2018 at 2:00pm

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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January 2019

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

14th January 2019 @ 9:00 am - 21st February 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Visit the WIA2018 Touring Exhibition in Wales!

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

29th January 2019 @ 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

31st January 2019 @ 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

8th February 2019 @ 10:00 am - 14th July 2019 @ 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

8th February 2019 @ 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

12th February 2019 @ 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

25th February 2019 @ 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

25th February 2019 @ 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

26th February 2019 @ 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

28th February 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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’

21st March 2019 @ 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

26th March 2019 @ 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

27th March 2019 @ 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

4th April 2019 @ 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

10th April 2019 @ 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

24th April 2019 @ 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

24th April 2019 @ 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

26th April 2019

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

15th May 2019 @ 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

16th May 2019 @ 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

19th May 2019 @ 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

21st May 2019 @ 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

22nd May 2019 @ 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

2nd July 2019 @ 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

8th July 2019 @ 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

10th July 2019 @ 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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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2019

11th July 2019 - 28th July 2019
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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The popular World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this summer.

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Social Media for Illustrators Webinar

17th July 2019 @ 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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August 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... The Illustrated Stamp Collectors Assembly

10th August 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Greenbank57 Belle Vue Road
Bristol, Bristol BS5 6DP United Kingdom
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The Illustrated Stamp Collectors Assembly Assembly Press x Pip Illustration (this event is supported by The Association of Illustrators) Create stamp designs for a collaborative riso-graph printed zine > Tickets: from £5 (price includes a limited edition set of illustrated stamps) > Sat 10 August, 7-10pm > Venue: Upstairs at The Greenbank Pub Easton, BS5 6DP > Talk: Introduction to…

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

12th August 2019 @ 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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September 2019

Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

10th September 2019 @ 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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13th September 2019 @ 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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October 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Contracts Masterclass

2nd October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Howard Kennedy1 London Bridge
London, SE1
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Providing an accessible insight into contracts, this masterclass will offer a general overview of contracts before focusing on rights more specifically. AOI advisor and partner at law firm Howard Kennedy, Robert Lands, will take a look at illustration contracts in depth. Areas covered will include the clauses that most often trip people up, the essential clauses that should be included…

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

10th October 2019 - 12th October 2019
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

10th October 2019 @ 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

10th October 2019 @ 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

11th October 2019 @ 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

12th October 2019 @ 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

12th October 2019 @ 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

12th October 2019 @ 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

12th October 2019 @ 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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Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

16th October 2019 @ 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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November 2019

Norwich AOI Drink & Draw

12th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jurnet’s BarJurnet's Bar, 169 King St
Norwich, NR1 1QW United Kingdom
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Book your ticket here. Want to spend an evening in the coolest underground dungeon bar in Norwich all whilst doodling, drinking, and hanging out with the best folks? Join us in Jurnet's Bar on 12th November for our final event of the year! We will have some super fun activities planned as well as plenty of time to do your…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Portfolio Consultations at London Illustration Fair

29th November 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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Tickets here. The AOI is back again with this hugely popular session! Get advice on how to edit, promote and present your portfolio in the AOI's group portfolio consultation. Group consultations let you get feedback, but also share insights with your peers. The sessions will be led by Marianna Madriz and Central Illustration Agency's  Art Agent Emilie Tardivel. Sessions will…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Mini Business Masterclass at London Illustration Fair

29th November 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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Tickets here. Join the AOI for their popular, 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, contracts and industry standards. Drawing on…

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December 2019

WEBINAR! Self Promotion for Illustrators

4th December 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Join us for a comprehensive look at self promotion for illustrators. The webinar will run from 1.00pm – 1.45pm GMT on Wednesday 04 December. We’ll take a look at finding and connecting with clients to increase your opportunities of being commissioned, the value of social media use and opportunities offline. You’ll find out the benefits of aiming to attract a…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... PIP – An AOI Xmas Meet Up

16th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Left Handed Giant BrewpubHawkins Lane, Finzels Reach
Bristol, BS1 6EU United Kingdom
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We're squeezing in a fun, FREE, festive (knees up) meet up for all you Bristol illustrators (not just AOI members). We appreciate there's a lot going on at this time of year, but if you can make it along on Monday 16 December, then we'd love to have a tipple with you! And, we couldn't have an event without a…

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January 2020

ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards 2019 exhibition at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre

January 11 - February 23
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural CentreIonad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró, 24 Main Street
Limavady, Northern Ireland BT49 0FJ United Kingdom
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Visit the World Illustration Awards 2019 exhibition as it tours the UK.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Webinar- Tax for Illustrators

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

This webinar is suitable for illustrators at the start of their career, and for those who’d like a refresher on all things tax. Some consideration will be given to the benefits of being a registered company, but this is targeted at sole traders. It will be delivered by Russell Smith, founder of RS Accountancy. The session will cover: Completing your…

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Glasgow Illustrators Meet Up

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Laurieston58 Bridge Street
Glasgow, G5 9HU
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Hi there Glasgow Illustrators! Come and join our Illustrator Meet Up for a social at the Laurieston on the 20th of January 7pm. If you've not had the pleasure of the Laurieston before (one of the best pubs in town), then know its easy to find. Just go to the street outside Bridge Street underground station and you'll see it…

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WEBINAR! Negotiating with Confidence

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

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 webinar series, this time exploring the do’s and don’ts of client negotiations. The webinar will run from 4.00pm – 4.45pm GMT on…

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February 2020

NORWICH AOI: ‘GO CRIT YOURSELF’ CRITIQUE AND IDEA SHARING

February 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bowling HouseNorwich, NR2 4HX + Google Map

Give yourself - and your work - a new year's boost! Join us in the gorgeous top floor room of the Bowling House for a chilled evening of idea sharing and informal critiques with your fellow Norwich illustrators. Bring along sketchbooks, portfolios (digital or print), current work, old work, anything at all! The evening will be focused on having a…

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AOI Illo drawing meet-up: Circus Arts

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
National Centre for Circus ArtsCoronet Street
London, N1 6HD
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Our first meet-up for 2020 is an active live draw at the National Centre for Circus Arts. You’re invited to come and draw performers training in their class sessions. The mix of disciplines taught may include: rope, tissu, multi corde, cloudwing, teeterboard, Chinese pole and juggling. The classes are from 10am - 12pm on Thursday 6 February. Please arrive by…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Wonderbly Portfolio Breakfast

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wonderbly30-36 Pritchard's Road
London, E2 9AP United Kingdom
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Wonderbly is delighted to host a morning of portfolio consultations in their London office. Art Director Paul Coomey, Illustrators Adam Hancher and Marija Tiurina and other industry professionals will give expert advice in areas including children’s publishing, surface pattern design and editorial. Your portfolio will be shared in a supportive, intimate, and collaborative environment. Not only will you be able to…

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Glasgow Meet Up

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Laurieston58 Bridge Street
Glasgow, G5 9HU
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For our next Drink and Draw with @theaoi we're back at The Laurieston, a bar that loves the colour red as much as @titaberredo, who also happens to be thinking up our next draw challenge for the night and has graced us with her lovely set of instrumentalists for this months post, thanks Tita! Open to members and non-members, everyone…

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Regional Somerset AOI Meet Up

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Archangle Hotel1 King Street
Frome, BA11 1BH
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Come join us in the very first Somerset Illustrators meetup! Supported by the AOI, but open to all. Sit down with two talented illustrators, Sam Pierpoint and Ben the Illustrator, who will be here to talk all about their work and practise. From how they keep their creative practise fresh and where they find inspiration, to how they manage their…

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AOI Webinar: Illustration Business Planning: Vision & Growth

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this webinar we will explore how to make a plan for your illustration business. We will look at clarifying markets, planning for growth and reasons why you might need to set-up or convert from being self-employed to a limited company. We will also explore how the nature of illustration is changing in terms of illustrators creating their own content,…

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Fresh Eyes – AOI Panel Discussion

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arnolfini16 Narrow Quay
Bristol, BS1 4QA United Kingdom
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AOI Advisor Georgia, brings together illustrators Ana Jaks, Thomas Patterson, and Aleesha Nandhra to discuss the thrills and challenges of what the first years look like in building a career as a freelance illustrator. Each speaker offers a fresh perspective and will share stories on the little and BIG moments they have celebrated in recent years - and also, those very natural tricky bits,…

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Froglump X PIP presents Doodlebury

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Island Gallery Space1st Floor, Bridewell Street
Bristol, S1 2LE United Kingdom
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Become a tourist in an afternoon of drawing games, collaborative creations and illustration challenges set in the imaginary town of Doodlebury, on its rare leap day appearance. Illustration trio, Froglump, join forces with PIP (an AOI meet up) to host an illustrative adventure around the world of Doodlebury. Imagine yourself as a tourist in this new town, as you're taken…

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March 2020

A Conversation with Matt Saunders and Jon Cockley

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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AOI | Yo Illo Talks 2020 welcomes celebrated visual storyteller Matt Saunders and his agent, Jon Cockley, co-founder of Handsome Frank, for an intimate conversation about their collaborative partnership. Matt has created art for some of the most famous licencing properties, including Star Wars, Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, and Harry Potter/Pottermore. Jon has represented many talented artists in the UK,…

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Exeter Meet Up: Tile Illustration Workshop *CANCELLED*

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter PhoenixGandy Street
Exeter, EX4 3LS
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**PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED***   Have you ever thought about taking your illustration in a new direction? Perhaps you'd like to use your skills to make presents, or create beautiful things to sell. Whichever it is, come to our tile illustration workshop, also our first Exeter meet-up of 2020. Scotty Gillespie, illustrator and ceramicist will discuss his own process, and talk about crossing boundaries between…

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Publisher Portfolio Consultation: Faber and Faber

March 19 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
Faber & Faber74-77 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DA United Kingdom
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The AOI is pleased to run an exclusive event with Faber & Faber, award winning publishing house, and creators of the FAB Prize! In a small group of 10 you will share your physical or digital portfolio in a supportive, collaborative and inclusive environment. Faber Creative Director Donna Payne, and Children's Art Director Emma Eldridge will offer their advice during…

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents CANCELLED

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sheridans76 Wardour Street
London, W1F 0UR
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***Please note this event is cancelled due to Coronavirus*** Led by Sheridan's Associate Gabriella Playford, this session will look at the legalities of working in the states. It is aimed at AOI Agent Members.  In particular the session will look at; -Differences between US and UK contracts and the implications of this -Common pitfalls in US contracts and how to…

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April 2020

Spotlight on Montana Forbes

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

As part of our new Spotlight On series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented fashion illustrator and AOI board member Montana Forbes. Montana will be discussing her work and sharing her insights on the fashion illustration industry. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Montana, including her advice on illustrating through a…

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Spotlight on Dan Woodger

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new ‘Spotlight On’ series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with the awesomely talented illustrator, animator and AOI board member, Dan Woodger. Dan will be discussing his practice and his unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Dan, including his tips for staying motivated during…

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Spotlight on Niki Groom

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented fashion and live event illustrator Niki Groom, a.k.a. Miss Magpie. Niki will be discussing her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date. She will also be sharing her valuable advice on selling work through your website. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would…

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Spotlight on Genie Espinosa

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with awesome illustrator Genie Espinosa. Genie will be discussing her practice and how she made the jump into full-time illustration. She will also be touching on how she manages her anxiety through her work. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Genie, including…

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Virtual Glasgow Drink and Draw

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Heads Up! Virtual Drink and Draw with AOI Glasgow coming to an internet terminal near you 7pm on 23rd April 2020! We'll be checking in through Zoom, and as ever offer a friendly welcoming space to chat and draw at a time when meeting other illustrators could be even more invaluable than usual. It would be fantastic to see old…

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AOI Webinar: Demystifying Instagram: How to really build your community

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hannah Ray will share a 20 minute presentation of her top tips and advice for using Instagram more effectively, then take any questions in an open Q&A for 40 minutes.

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NORWICH AOI: EPISODE 6 ONLINE HANGOUT

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Isolation doesn’t have to mean feeling isolated. During this confusing and disorientating time it’s more important than ever to stay connected, grounded, and communicating with likeminded folks. We invite you to join us for a group video chat to discuss everything and nothing! From a general check-in to see how everybody is faring, how we and The AOI can help,…

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Spotlight on Dapo Adeola

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented children’s book illustrator, Dapo Adeola. Dapo will be discussing his practice and his unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Dapo, including his experience of illustrating during this strange period…

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May 2020

Spotlight on Vic Lee

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented illustrator, mural designer, mapmaker and wordsmith, Vic Lee. Vic will be discussing his decisive approach to his career, and exploring the idea of 'Staying Scared, Keeping Fearless'. We will then have a Q&A discussion, so you can ask Vic any burning questions !   "I will talk…

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AOI Webinar: Communicating With Skill & Confidence

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar will offer practical tips and techniques that will immediately enable the participants to communicate with skill and confidence.

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Spotlight on Claudine O’Sullivan

May 14 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with award winning illustrator Claudine O'Sullivan. Claudine will be discussing her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Claudine, including her tips for illustrating during lockdown. We are…

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Psychological Stress and Wellbeing Workshop (on Zoom)

May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr Sally Easton is an attachment psychologist and psychotherapist. She manages a wellbeing college for a mental health organisation, works with young people with multiple complex needs, and delivers training in mental health and wellbeing. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology, post graduate degrees in teaching and research, a doctorate in psychology and is a certified Third Wave CBT…

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June 2020

Spotlight on Neal Layton

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with award winning author and illustrator, Neal Layton. Neal has the ability to delve into the science and interpret it in such a way that young children can understand, and he'll be discussing his recent picture books A Climate in Chaos and A Planet Full…

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ABZ illo meet up!

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Calling all North East (Scotland) illustrators! Join us for the first ever ABZillo lockdown-friendly digital meet up for an informal evening of doodling and a good old fashioned chin wag from the comfort of your home. BYOB. The meet up will be streamed via ZOOM. Registration is FREE but tickets are limited!

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AOI WEBINAR: TAKING CHARGE AND STARTING OUT AS AN ILLUSTRATOR

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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. This webinar, especially designed for illustration students about to graduate, will cover the following: The importance of being proactive and investing in different avenues in order to grow. Key questions…

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Spotlight On: Stephen Collins

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist Stephen Collins. Stephen will be discussing his experience 'writing with pictures', a creative process that has encapsulated his career. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Stephen, including on his graphic novel…

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Spotlight On: Lucy Truman

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle illustrator Lucy Truman. Lucy will be discussing her career, personal work and recent mental health images. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Lucy, including on her children’s book work. We introduced our…

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Pro tips for editorial illustration from Charlotte Dumortier / PIP: a Bristol AOI meet-up

June 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Belgian-born and Antwerp-based illustrator Charlotte Dumortier joins us for our next AOI online Bristol meet-up. She'll be revealing her top tips for working in editorial illustration, how friendships can lead to work and her experience setting herself up as a business. Hosted by Dave Bain & David J McMillan, you'll be able to join in with your own questions for…

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July 2020

Spotlight On: Tristan Manco

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with art director and author Tristan Manco. Tristan will be discussing his new book Stencil Graffiti Handbook which is a a DIY guide to making stencil art and celebrating it as a creative and protest art form. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions…

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