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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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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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

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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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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March 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... Illustration Corner at The Other Art Fair

14th March 2019 @ 9:00 am - 17th March 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The Old Truman BreweryDray Walk
London, United Kingdom
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Over 140 artists will take over Truman Brewery for the 34th edition of The Other Art Fair. With a new programme of events including guest exhibitions, site-specific installations, engaging workshops and curated projects addressing the fair’s global 2019 Greener Future theme, the fair offers an immersive presentation of emerging artists from around the world. The Illustration Corner will see an…

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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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April 2019

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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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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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Make Your Own Illustrated Maps of London – for Beginners!

30th May 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
MYO82 Redcross Way
london, SE1 1HA
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It's a beginners class so all are welcome. Participants will learn how to bring up to three of London's famous landmarks to life using pencil and ink, guided by the wonderfully talented Polly Crossman. The class is also BYOB. Experience is NOT an essential, as long as you have some interest in drawing! Brought to you by M.Y.O ('Make Your Own')…

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June 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... ELCAF – East London Comics & Arts Festival

7th June 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 9th June 2019 @ 7:00 pm
The Round Chapel1d Glenarm Road
London, Greater London E5 0LY United Kingdom
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Visit ELCAF, the East London Comics & Arts Festival, London’s biggest annual festival dedicated to showcasing the best in comics, illustration, sequential art, and storytelling. Founded by independent publisher Nobrow in 2012, ELCAF’s aim is to introduce and celebrate both small press publications and the dynamic community of individual artists and collectives that are pushing the boundaries of comics and…

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July 2019

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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ONE FOR THE DIARY... House of Illustration Summer Fair 2019

13th July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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London's largest FREE illustration fair is back once again! The House of Illustration Summer Fair promises to bring you a range of beautifully illustrated products for one day only, in The Crossing, with 100 stallsfrom independent creators showcasing the diverse talent illustration has to offer. Browse and buy uniquely illustrated products from books, limited-edition prints, handmade cards and much, much…

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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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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 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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November 2019

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

4th November 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9th November 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Harrogate Convention CentreHarrogate – HG1 2HR + Google Map

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

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards 2019 at Swansea College of Art UWTSD

11th November 2019 - 13th December 2019

The renowned World Illustration Awards exhibition is on display at Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity St David, Wales. Featuring all the award-winning and highly commended projects from the WIA2019 competition.   Open from: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-4pm Saturday Closed Sunday   Monday 11th November – Friday 13th December, 2019   Swansea College of Art UWTSD…

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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

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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ONE FOR THE DIARY... ELCAF 2020 CALL FOR ENTRY

17th December 2019 - 31st January 2020

Apply now for ELCAF 2020!    Applications are open from Tuesday 17th December 2019 and close on Friday 31st January 2020. The next ELCAF is taking place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2020. ELCAF are now taking exhibitor applications from individuals, collectives and publishers, so apply now! ELCAF showcases the very best in contemporary comics and sequential illustration, and their…

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January 2020

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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February 2020

ONE FOR THE DIARY... Professional Development for Children’s Book Illustrators @ House of Illustration, London

February 3 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Children's book illustration specialists Orange Beak are back at House of Illustration for a one-day deep-dive into all aspects of working as a professional children's book illustrator. This specialist professional development day will cover everything from making contacts and understanding publishers to developing an effective portfolio and online presence. You will cover: Contract basics Publishers and imprints Who does what in a…

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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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