Show22 Exhibition – University of Lincoln

Lincoln School of Design 3rd Floor, Peter De Wint Building, Lincoln

Show 2022 will be showcasing the year’s work from the students of the Lincoln School of Design, including Graphic Design, Creative Advertising, Product Design and Fashion. To find out more about Show 2022, click here or visit the website


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Illustrating People with Sara Ogilvie & Jane Buckley – Virtual and In Person

Discover Children's Story Centre 383-387 High Street, London

Learn how to create authentic and convincing characters from real life scenarios with well-known illustrator Sara Ogilvie (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) and Simon & Schuster’s Art Director Jane Buckley (winner of 2021’s British Book Awards Designer of the Year). Over two half-days you’ll learn how to capture detail from body language to develop your characters and evolve your illustration style...


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Drawing Diversity: Representing Different Skin Tones

Practical insights into capturing shades of skin complexions as a route to depicting diverse characters. Book below or via our Eventbrite. We understood from our Diversity and Equality roundtable talks that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their illustration practice. This session is the fourth of a short series to explore..


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BREW – Leeds illustrator’s Drink and Draw

Crowd of Favours 4-12 Harper Street, Leeds, England

Join us for the first in-person meetup of BREW - the illustration meet-up for Leeds. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Illustration can be a lonely business at times, so we’re getting out of the studio and having a drawing session with our local creative community here in Leeds. Come along! What It’ll be a chatty, laid-back drink and draw..


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University of Suffolk Arts Degree Show

University of Suffolk Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich

The School of EAST is proud to announce the return of the Arts Degree Show in 2022 after two years absence. You are invited to share in the celebration of their students' achievements. They look forward to presenting work from the following courses: BA (Hons) Architecture BA (Hons) Digital Film Production BA (Hons) Fine Art BA (Hons) Graphic Design BA..


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Arts University Bournemouth Summer Shows

Arts University Bournemouth Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset

The AUB campus will be transforming into the biggest gallery space in the South West of England to celebrate the achievements of the 2022 graduating students. The Summer Shows provide an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their final project work to the public. You'll also be able to view the shows online from 25 July 2022.  


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Degree Show 2022 – University of Northampton

Various - Check website for more info

After an absence of two years from the events calendar, students and staff from the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology are delighted to invite you to a the UON 2022 Degree Show We do hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate the work and achievements of our final year students. FREE. For more details visit..


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Mayfair Art Weekend 2022

MAW Various

Mayfair Art Weekend + MAW Presents Mayfair Art Weekend is the annual celebration of the world’s internationally renowned gallery district. The ninth edition will take place 24–26 June 2022, with the extended programme of free events including the Mayfair Sculpture Trail in collaboration with Art in Mayfair; a curated artists’ moving image screening, the May Fair Showreel; family activities and more!..


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In Person / In Situ: Kingston Illustration Animation graduate show

Candid Arts Trust Gallery 3-5 Torrens Street, London

Showcasing the future of Illustration Animation as a creative discipline, encompassing an eclectic mix of practices which both push the boundaries of and reveal the potential of Illustration Animation. Spanning ceramics, AI design, stop-motion animation, metalwork, 3D design, book arts and publishing, educational workshopping, knitwear, woodwork, model-making, sculptural installation, printmaking, reportage, textiles, VR experiences, and much, much more.


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Janbowprints: Open Studio and Garden

241 Glenville Grove 241 Glenville Grove, London

AOI Member Jan Bowman invites you to her Open Studio and Garden in Deptford, southeast London (just a few minutes away from Deptford Market, which is also on Saturday). Drop round for new prints, cards, sketchbooks to peruse, iPad sketching demos and flowers in a chaotic, tiny but wonderful garden. See more of Jan's work here.


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Illo G – Glasgow illustrator meet-up / creative drawing

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, Glasgow, Glasgow

Illo G - the Glasgow AOI meet-up for illustrators invites you to a creative drawing day in the West End of Glasgow. Book below or online via our Eventbrite. Join Illo G – the Glasgow AOI meet-up – on a creative drawing journey around Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The museum is home to fantastic displays detailing Scotland’s relationship with..


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Nicer Tuesdays: June

Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, London

Nicer Tuesdays is a monthly talks event, bringing together speakers from across the creative world. The June edition welcomes Hato & Simon Beckerman, the design practice and minds behind the new app Delli, creative agency A Vibe Called Tech, advertising company Droga 5, and illustrator Anu Ambasana. Throughout their talks, you’ll discover what it’s like to work with The New..


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AOI Webinar: Understanding Contracts Better

Virtual

The next instalment of our webinar series investigates the most important contract points you need to be aware of. Open for all illustrators. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Want to be able to understand clients’ contracts and make sure they are fair to you, but not sure what they mean? Covering a variety of contract types, the aim of..


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Exploring Lines – The Drawings of Sir James Thornhill

Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Road, London

A display illustrating the work of Sir James Thornhill, and his process of developing and drawing intricate designs for his mural paintings. Runs from 22nd July 2021 Sir James Thornhill was one of the most renowned artists of early 18th-century Britain whose mural paintings adorned the walls and ceilings of prestigious buildings throughout the country. Focusing on the role that..


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Arts University Plymouth Graduate Show

Arts University Plymouth

From immersive animations and cutting-edge fashion design to contemporary illustration and timeless glass and ceramics, creative graduates are preparing to take over sites across the city with a host of exhibitions and showcases, taking place as part of Arts University Plymouth’s season of 2022 Summer Shows and events and as part of the IGNITE Festival of Creativity. Including: 25 June - 2 July,..


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New Designers 2022

Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street, London

Full of disruptive thinking, ambitious ideas and fresh approaches, New Designers presents the work of 2,500 hand-picked graduate design talents from around the UK. New Designers is the longest running and leading design showcase in the country and we remain determined to champion and support the UK grassroots design sector. This year is its 37th anniversary and will bring together 200..


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UCA Canterbury Graduation Show 2022

University of the Creative Arts Canterbury New Dover Rd, Canterbury

Make sure to catch UCA Canterbury’s Illustration and Animation degree show in campus this June and July. At this year’s Canterbury Graduation Show takeover, art, design and architecture will combine with activism, freedom and innovation, as students present their ideas and work throughout our campus. There’s so much to see this year, and for the first time since 2019 the..


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Joanna Robson’s immersive installation at the National Building Museum

National Building Museum 401 F Street NW, Washington D.C.

Artwork from Joanna Robson's artists book 'A Knavish Lad' (2016) will be featured at the National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington D.C. as part of a collaboration the NBM are doing this summer with the Folger Shakespeare Library. The artwork from the book will form part of an immersive installation for visitors to walk through within the Great Hall at the..


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Farm Life Drawing – Blend: London illustrator meet-up

Surrey Docks Farm Rotherhithe Street, London, England

Join us for our first (post-pandemic) in-person meet-up with some Farm Life Drawing. Book below or online via our Eventbrite. We'll be meeting at Surrey Docks Farm, a London community farm with livestock, crop plants, a blacksmith, and a cafe next to the River Thames. The farm is closed to the public on Sundays, so we will get exclusive access,..


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Go Slow: Lauren Marina – Exhibition

Pen Gallery 28 Kingland Crescent, Poole

Go Slow is Lauren’s first solo exhibition. The overall mood for the exhibition is one of joy and curiosity with ‘go slow’ as a motto for slowing down and viewing the natural world with curiosity for all it’s intricacies. The exhibition is led by a new series of large scale prints and accompanied by Lauren’s exploration of pattern design for..


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Brighton Illustrators Meet-Up / Drink & Draw

The West Hill Tavern 67 Buckingham Place, Brighton, England

Please join us for a Brighton illustrators Meetup - Drink & Draw session. Book via our Eventbrite.   This will be a FREE Drink & Draw at the lovely West Hill Tavern in central Brighton. It will be a great opportunity to meet new friends, catch up with some old ones and have fun drinking and drawing for a couple..


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New Designers: Industry Insight Panel Discussion – Illustration First Moves

Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street, London

Join the in-person Panel discussion for tips on how to start working as an illustrator. This friendly panel of illustration professionals will share their insights and advice for getting your personal and professional practice up-and-running. From finding the right opportunities and people to work with, to nurturing an online presence and nailing application forms, we’ve got you covered. Bring your..


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The MA Sequential Design / Illustration Graduate Show 2022

University of Brighton 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton

The MA Sequential Design / Illustration Graduate Show 2022 takes place at the University of Brighton from 9th to 16th July, open daily from 12 noon to 5pm.  The Show is open to the public, free to attend and tickets are not required. The Sequential Design/Illustration MA attracts new and established illustrators, artists and designers from around the globe who are keen to explore the..


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Brighton MA Sequential Design/Illustration Graduate Show 2022

University of Brighton 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton

Visit the 2022 Show to see exciting and diverse work from 42 graduating illustrators, designers, artists, animators, photographers and artists from all over the world.  The Sequential Design/Illustration MA attracts new and established illustrators, artists and designers from around the globe who are keen to explore the principles of sequence within their chosen field and make them visible through a variety of..


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The Rainbow Library – Illustration Picturebook Course

Glasgow Zine Library 636 Cathcart Road, Glasgow

Pop Up Projects CIC are running a series of free literature and publishing courses for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, as part of their Rainbow Library Project. Participants will develop their creative skills while also providing support to the publication of books for children and young people that include LGBTQ+ identities and experiences.   “In a world where LGBTQ+..


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Small World – Big Circus: Lucky Azad

BSMT Space 529 Kingsland Road, London

Small World - Big Circus is the third solo exhibition of emerging artist Lucky Azad.  The exhibition will consist of a series of 20 prints portraying the pandemonium of the world’s affairs in a glorious array of ecstatic colour. Lucky has illustrated busy digital images in a style which he describes as ‘Hieronymus Bosch for the Simpsons generation’. Small World-..


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How to Create Compelling Characters with Wildseed Studios

Virtual

A beneficial workshop for illustrators and/or animators interested in developing compelling pitches and narratives. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Want to learn how to create compelling characters? Join Wildseed Studios' Creative Director Jesse Cleverly as he dives into what engages audiences and gets them to root for your protagonist through thick and thin. You'll hear a fresh, illuminating perspective on..


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The Illustrators’ Fair 2022

Granary Building Granary Square

The Illustrators’ Fair 2022 returns to its usual venue, the giant entrance hall at the Granary Building on Granary Square King’s Cross. Over 100 illustration stalls featured work raging from prints, products, books and more. Taking part: They want to hear from you if you would like to take part. But be quick! Even though this is one of the..


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Urban Sketchers London: 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend

Various - Check website for more info

The Urban Sketchers London 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend - a fitting way to mark a decade of drawing around the capital.  Urban Sketchers London began as a small group of like-minded people meeting from time time at a cafe or pub to draw together and discuss sketchbooks. Ten years on, Urban Sketchers London organise a lively programme of monthly..


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Despite it All – Brighton Illustration and Graphic Design London Graduate Show

Copeland Park & Bussey Building 133 Copeland Road, London

Following the success of their Brighton show, the University of Brighton’s BA Graphics and Illustration classes of 2022 welcomes visitors to their upcoming exhibition: ‘Despite it All’. The two courses have teamed up to create an exhibition that encompasses and celebrates the resilience and creative spirit of the new graduates. Pushing the boundaries of visual communication, the show aims to..


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Summer School: Illustrating Faces

London Metropolitan Archives 40 Northampton Road, London

Get to grips with drawing real and imagined faces in this three day course for adults hosted at London Metropolitan Archives. Whether you're drawing someone from life or creating a new character, getting their face 'just right' is essential. This in-person course combines demonstrations, life drawing, practical activities and illustrated lectures to give you the skills you need to create..


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AOI Webinar: Negotiating with Confidence

Virtual

A webinar giving you the tools you need to negotiate your illustration commissions with confidence! Book below or via our Eventbrite. 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..


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Illustration Club / Cardiff illustrator meet-up

The Corp Market (previously The Corporation Pub) 188 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales

We’re back! Illustration Club returns in July with an in-person meet up. Book below or via Eventbrite. We’re back! Illustration Club returns in July with an in-person meet up. This will be a Drink & Draw at the ace Corp Market in Canton, Cardiff. It will be a relaxed social with drawing and chats, so bring your sketch book and favourite..


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The Humour of William Heath Robinson

Heath Robinson Museum Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane

A special exhibition highlighting the humour of William Heath Robinson launches on 21st May at his eponymous museum in Pinner as part of their celebrations of his 150th birthday. The Humour of William Heath Robinson features a chronological cross- section of his ironic observations, including the comically convoluted contraptions that made him a household name. It charts the development of..


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Drawing Attention – Emerging British Artists

The British Museum Great Russell Street, London

Discover some of the most compelling emerging talents in the field of contemporary drawing, displayed alongside highlights from The British Museum's collection dating back to the early 1500s. Emerging British artists are taking the medium of drawing in new directions – using innovative approaches, methods and media. This exhibition spans a wide range of techniques and practices, including drawings using..


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Free Street Art Walking Tour

Shoreditch High Street Station Braithwaite Street, London

Enter a world of possibility where the walls are blank canvases and the flick of a spray can inspire rebellion and revolution. About this event Street Art has been described as the most important artistic movement of the 21st Century, but it actually dates back to thousands of years ago. If you're a lover of art and culture then, yes,..


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Big Cat Graffiti Workshop

Cass Art Kingston 103 Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames

Gee Jay Arts is collaborating with the amazing Zentistic Gallery to deliver a fun Graffiti crossover with Kawaii illustrations and Fai Chun which is Cantonese for fun. Come along and join us for an East meets West art experience. You will explore Chinese and Japanese graffiti by creating your own personal response. Tickets £25 see website or click here for..


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Making an Impression: Printmaking Exhibition

The Broadway Gallery The Arcade, Letchword Garden City

This is the first opportunity to see original linocut illustrations by St Albans-based illustrator-printmaker Jonathan Emmerson from a brand new natural history picture book 'Above, Below and Long Ago' (publication date: 13th October), as part of a group exhibition called 'Making an Impression'. The artists' inspirations, techniques and outcomes are diverse, with their common link being meeting through Digswell Arts..


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Storytelling Masterclass

Art House in Sheffield 8 Backfields, Sheffield

The School of Illustration have partnered with The Art House in Sheffield to deliver a live 2 day masterclass in illustration for storytelling. You’ll explore the fundamentals of illustrating for a range of narrative commercial outcomes, from children’s picture books to graphic novels. You’ll learn about story structure, character design, composition and everything else you could possibly need to create fantastic final illustrations. You’ll..


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BREW – Leeds illustrators Summer meet-up

Crowd of Favours 4-12 Harper Street, Leeds, England

Join us for our summer get together of BREW - the illustration meetup for Leeds. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Join us for our summer get together of BREW - the illustration meetup for Leeds. This time we’re meeting for a catchup but feel free to bring along a sketchbook or any work you’d like to chat about. All..


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Portfolio Review: Getting into Illustration

Virtual

On Thursday 25th August Creative Lives in Progress will be hosting a new online portfolio review session, all about starting out in the world of illustration. If you’re a UK-based creative within the first year of your career, this is a great opportunity to meet and get feedback from experts. Reviewers include illustrators Erin Aniker and Doaly, and agencies Pocko, JKR, Notepad, OMSE,..


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Illustration Hub / Newcastle illustrator meet-up

Seven Stories 30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Join hosts Nick & Frances Moffatt for the very first Illustration Hub/AOI Meet Up in Newcastle. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Wrap up your Summer on a creative high! Join hosts Nick and Frances Moffatt, freelance illustrators and founders of The School of Illustration, for the very first Illustration Hub/AOI Meet Up in Newcastle at the wonderful Seven Stories..


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Quentin Blake: Birthday Biro and Bic!

Hastings Contemporary Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings

AOI Patron Sir Quentin Blake is exhibiting a series of new works at Hastings Contemporary. “Since discovering the rewarding possibilities of drawing with the humble biro, I have spent the past few months creating a series of imaginary portraits using a range of techniques from academic shading to cross hatching. As the first Artist Patron of Hastings Contemporary, I thought..


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I Go to School by Bus – Exhibition: Don Mak

Saan1 5 Kelvin Street 5 Kelvin Street, Manchester

This is the first art exhibition of the work of Don Mak to be held in the UK. Mak is an illustrator from Hong Kong who relocated to the UK in 2021. This exhibition showcases two sets of Mak's paintings: the first set is called "Once Upon a Hong Kong", an illustration series for the same-named picture book published in..


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Adam Shield: Amp Envelope – Exhibition

The Showroom 63 Penfold Street, London

The Showroom presents Amp Envelope, the first solo exhibition in London by artist Adam Shield. Shield's new body of work opens up drawing and collage as a means of exploring interior worlds; with imagery encompassing references distilled from post-apocalyptic science fiction writing, dystopian dream projectors, seventeenth century alchemy and everyday encounters with political, societal and economic structures. For the third..


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V&A Illustration Awards 2022

V&A Victoria and Albert Musuem, Cromwell Road, London

The 2022 V&A Illustration Awards winners, runners up and highly commended entries will feature in a display at the V&A from 20 July, alongside previous winners, to celebrate the awards’ 50th anniversary. Gallery 88a & 90, South Kensington Illustration by Gérard DuBois, winner of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize and Book Illustration Winner. For more details click..


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SCOPE 2022 Creative Showcase

Above Food Forty Six 46 High Street, Paisley

Illustrations by new AOI member Hannah Moshtael feature in the SCOPE 2022 Creative Showcase, Paisley. SCOPE is a contemporary, experimental and collaborative collective with a focus on improving the creative ecology of Renfrewshire. Scope Collective are hosting a public showcase of various creative outputs by creatives who live in, work in or for those who are in some way associated..


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Small Fry Illustration Portfolio Reviews

Virtual

Small Fry's Maisy Summer and Sarah Wilson are offering a limited amount of portfolio reviews in September. They deliver personalised feedback via Loom which they'll pre-record and send to you to watch in your own time + action steps you can implement going forward. They will send this recording to you in early September. Please note: this is not a live call portfolio..


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Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists

Granary Art Gallery Weston-under-Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire

Celebrating Nature An exhibition celebrating all things botanical, shown through images of plant portraits, in various mediums, that aim to reflect the variety and wonder of our natural world. This celebration draws attention to the many ways nature evokes our senses – visually, through the beauty of flowers and leaves. Through the spectacular colours that can be seen every day..


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MoCDA Digital Summer Show 2022

Virtual

MoCDA Digital Summer Show 2022 is a group show featuring 30 works by emerging creatives. Organised in collaboration with international art schools and universities, the exhibition celebrates the diversity and energy of talented artists from all over the world while promoting new perspectives on digital creativity. AOI Member Ly Leova is exhibiting as part of this group show, showcasing her final..


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A Blink of Ink…The Creative World of Jill Calder

Callendar House Callendar Park, Falkirk

Based in Fife, Jill Calder has been working as an illustrator since 1993. She is also a calligrapher and a digital artist with a love of drawing, and a passion for bright colour. This exhibition gives you a glimpse into Jill’s world from her beginnings at art college in Cumbria in the late 1980s to her current collaboration with English..


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Chatting picture books w/ Ian Morris + Drawing prompts

Children’s book illustrator Ian Morris delves into his career, along with practical advice on how to get into the world of publishing. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Small Fry x AOI meet up Maisy Summer and Sarah Wilson from Small Fry Collective will be sitting down and chatting with children’s book illustrator Ian Morris to delve into his career..


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Centre in Progress: Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration Site Tours

Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration Rear of 28 Amwell Street, London

Get in while you can! Visits for timed entry: 8 to 11 and 15 to 18 September 2022. Visit the derelict industrial site that will become the national centre for illustration, with installations by Laura Copsey & Philip Crewe and Sharpay Chenyuè Yuán. Restoring the 300-year-old former waterworks will create the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. The official opening will be..


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AOI Webinar: An insight into Illustration Agents

A behind the scenes into an illustration agent's role, with practical advice to decipher whether you need representation or not. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Ever wondered what exactly an Agent does? How do you know when you’re ready for an Agent or if you need one? Even then how do go about getting one?   The aim of..


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Illustradays 2022

Sefario City of Athens

illustradays, the first illustration festival in Greece, returns for its second edition bigger, more colorful and more creative, under the theme Beam of light. By choosing this theme, the team shares their intention to shed light onto the art community and their work, making this unique form of art even brighter. illustradays 2022: Beam of light will be held on the 9-18 of..


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Illustration for Children’s magazines w/ Robbie Cathro and AQUILA

Join illustrator Robbie Cathro and the AQUILA team as we hear about their insights into working together, children's magazines and more. Book below or via our Eventbrite here. We shine the light on illustrating for Children's magazines in a special, online Pip meet-up. Bristol-based Robbie Cathro will be joined by some of the wonderful team from AQUILA magazine to hear..


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18th Pictoplasma Conference 2022

Silent Green Gerichtstraße 35, Berlin

This September, the Pictoplasma Conference returns to Berlin to present an all-new selection of trailblazing, trendsetting character design and art. The conference will provide a platform for artists to share ideation processes and working methodologies in focused presentations. International creators and producers from illustration and animation, design and interactive, and urban and graphic arts will exchange strategies for the future..


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Gibraltar, Our Sacred Earth,

Bermondsey Project Space 183, 185 Bermondsey St, London

Gibraltar, Our Sacred earth, Our Sense of Place Is an exhibition featuring the work of Shane Dalmedo, along with eight other artists from Gibraltar. Curated by Philippa Beale with an introduction by Matthew Collings.Dalmedo is exhibiting two works in mixed media, one which is a large child-size sculpture accompanied by her ‘house’, which she pulls along with her to her..


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Small Fry x Brand Warrior: What are you about?

Virtual

A workshop for creatives to nail down the dreaded About page with Small Fry Collective and Brand Warrior. When it comes to writing your About page, as creatives, it’s easy to shy away from it. Or fall asleep doing it! It’s time to change that in this productive and fun workshop. After all, your About page has the most amazing..


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Storyboard – Professional Training course

The Animation Workshop/VIA University College Kasernevej 5 8800 Viborg, Denmark

'Are you a junior animation professional looking for a way to specialise in storyboarding? Then this course is what you need Build up your portfolio and a set of skills that will significantly improve your chances to get hired as a storyboard artist on TV series, animated feature films and VFX live-action films' Application deadline: July 2, 2022 COURSE OUTLINE..


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Designing an illustration career w/ Monika Forsberg

Peckham Levels 95A Rye Lane, London, England

An AOI | Blend talk hosted by Peckham Levels as part of London Design Festival. Book below or via our Eventbrite here. Monika Forsberg’s bright blooms and whimsical creations adorn everything from fabrics to puzzles to wallpaper. Originally from Sweden’s Lapland coast, Monika came to London to study animation, and ended up pursuing a freelance illustration career, with clients from..


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The Mixer – disabled illustrators meet-up w/ Ananya Rao-Middleton

Virtual

Welcome to the third AOI meet-up for disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition. Book below or via our Eventbrite. The Mixer is the disabled illustrators AOI meet-up. Our meet-up is open to all disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition. For our third meet-up we will have a special guest - Ananya Rao-Middleton - a feminist illustrator & chronic..


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Industry Insight: Fashion Illustration

Virtual

Join the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration's panel of illustrators and creative directors for an interactive deep dive into fashion illustration now. From this year’s London Fashion Week runway highlights to influential independent publishing and street style, you’ll hear how drawing is making an impact on the industry. In one evening, you’ll hear from award-winning illustrators Bil Donovan, Montana Forbes, Joanna..


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Janine Burrows: Table to Tide: A Yorkshire Conversation

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield

Designer, painter and illustrator Janine Burrows applies her background in surface pattern and printed textiles to create expressive, textural depictions of British countryside and coast, using subtle colour and delicate detailing. The exhibition is a celebration of the vibrant county, Yorkshire, including works across different forms of media and a new limited edition screen print. With this new body of..


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Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective

Kirkcudbright Galleries St. Mary Stree, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway

With never-before-seen artwork, this touring exhibition from the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration delves into the work of the author-illustrator behind some of the UK’s most influential children’s books and graphic novels. “ you have to be a mini actor. If the figure is to walk jauntily with its nose in the air, you have to imagine what that feels..


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Oliver Jeffers – The Art of Picture Books

University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts 45-65 Peckham Road, London, England

In person event hosted by Camberwell College of Art, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators and HarperCollins Children’s Books. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Join us for an evening with Oliver Jeffers, discussing the art and importance of creating meaningful picture books. Oliver Jeffer's talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and an opportunity to..


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Zinezilla

Strange Brew 10-12 Fairfax Street, Bris, Bristol

Watch out Bristol! Zinezilla returns to Strange Brew for ZINEZILLA 2: Zine Vs Kong, the second instalment of the illustration + zine fair run by students celebrating all things ziney and zillary. Originally launched during the pandemic to celebrate the work of UWE students, this year sees the fair open its arms to the wider illustration community, while continuing to..


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PIP X SHAKE X ZINEZILLA : Bristol Creative Weekend

Hamilton House 80 Stokes Croft, Saint Paul's, England

Pip (Bristol's AOI illustrator meet up) joins forces with Shake & Zinezilla for a MEGA creative get-together brimming full of creative fun! Book below or via our Eventbrite. You're invited to be part of BRISTOL CREATIVE WEEKEND! Pip teams up with Shake & Zinezilla to put on an evening social packed full of fun, creative action, insights and a chance..


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Shake Bristol – Art Fair

The Mount Without Upper Church Lane, Bristol

Shake is back and it's a super-sized XL Art Fair. After a prolonged gap, due to lockdown restrictions, the bi-annual Bristol-based illustration fair returns and it's bigger than ever before. Launching in 2014, Shake encourages artists to get together, build community, share and sell their art. Join in the fun at their exciting new venue The Mount Without for a..


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Talk and draw with mindfulness – Mental Wealth Festival 2022

The National Gallery Room 35, Trafalgar Square, London

Explore Gainsborough’s ‘Portrait of Margaret Gainsborough holding a Theorbo’ with Karly Allen Combining mindfulness practice and guided drawing exercises, this session explores emergence and flux as aspects of the creative process. Gainsborough's portrait of his daughter is unfinished – as if perpetually in the state of becoming, just like the music she is playing. How can we harness this quality..


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Digging Deep: Brand Purpose Workshop for Illustrators

Explore and find your brand purpose with Nicola at Brand Warrior. Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. In this workshop, you’ll explore and define your brand purpose. Then learn how to use it as a tool to help you: • Develop and grow • Keep you on track • Build trust with your audience • Stand out in..


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Rubber Stamping with Stephen Fowler & GF Smith

SEESAW 86 Princess Street, Manchester, England

Join us for a cosy creative evening of chatting and rubber stamping with Stephen Fowler + GF Smith. A Small Fry X AOI Illustration meet-up. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Join us for a cosy creative evening of chatting and rubber stamping with Stephen Fowler + GF Smith. This illustration meet-up is hosted by Small Fry Collective x AOI..


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BREW (Leeds illustrator meet-up) X Light Night

Various, Leeds

About this event Let's explore the Light Night events together, then head to the pub for a drink and a catch up! Please meet us at Leeds Station South Entrance (granary wharf exit) at 6.15pm to leave at 6.30pm. And, join us from 8.30pm at the Tetley bar and kitchen for drinks. Feel free to bring cameras, sketchbooks, or anything..


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The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Bowness-on-Windermere Lake Windermere

LICAF 2022 offers a re-energised format for the Festival this October and are on a mission to use comic art to change the world. The events include live draws, interviews, presentations, workshops, exhibitions, book launches and a chance to get up close to the best comic creators in the world. There will also be lots of free family fun with the..


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Dublin Comic Arts Festival 2022 Winter Market

The Dublin Comic Arts Festival is an ongoing series of small press comic book events in Dublin. After a successful return events in May and September, DCAF is bringing back a 2-day winter market to wrap up the year at the lovely Richmond Barracks in Inchicore. More details on their website.   Poster illustration by Conor Nolan


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Illustration Club / Cardiff illustrator meet-up / Spooky Drink & Draw

The Corp Market (previously The Corporation Pub) 188 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales

Illustration Club is an informal meet up in Cardiff, supported by The AOI. The meet-up is open to all illustrators at any stage in their career. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Ready for another an in-person meet up? Course you are! Come along to the ace Corp Market in Canton this month for a spooOOooky Drink & Draw. It..


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Industry Insight: Children’s Book Illustration

Virtual

Learn all the essentials for kick-starting your children’s book illustration career in this packed one-day event, organised by the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. Join Orange Beak studio and guests, designer-illustrator Sharon King-Chai and Helen Weir, senior editor at Two Hoots. In a series of talks, they will share top-tips on how to develop your portfolio, approach publishers and boost..


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Illo Grad Network: Session 1 / Being a business

Virtual

Discover how to lay down the basic building blocks of your illustration business and set achievable goals for the future. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, or in your final year of university? The AOI have a community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and challenging..


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Glasgow Print Fair 2022

The Lighthouse Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

  Join in for one day of print-based fun! Glasgow Print Fair is a one-day market celebrating all things print. Bringing together printmakers, designers, illustrators and artists, you’ll have the opportunity to browse and buy the works of exciting printmakers from around the UK and beyond. This is a friendly, fun and inclusive event. See full listing of 52 makers..


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Break the Blank Page Course

Virtual

Interested in illustration but don’t know where to start? Get a fun and gentle introduction in this four-week course, organised by the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. You’ll be guided through a series of mini creative projects by award-winning illustrator Merlin Evans. Each session will explore a different technique, including drawing, character design, typography, printmaking and pop-up paper construction. By..


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Portfolio Breakfast with Wonderbly

Wonderbly 21 Brownlow Mews, London, Greater London

An exclusive Portfolio Consultation for Illustrators with children's publisher Wonderbly. Wonderbly is delighted to host a morning of portfolio consultations in their London office. Art Director Paul Coomey, Illustrator Adam Hancher, and Book Designers Michelle Mac and Lucy Ufton will give expert advice in areas including children’s publishing, surface pattern design and editorial. Your portfolio will be shared in a..


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Poppy Field – Michael Foreman

Chris Beetles Gallery 8 & 10 Ryder Street, London

An exhibition of the original artwork by Michael Foreman for Michael Morpurgo’s delightful and moving World War One tale of memories of Flanders Fields. Fittingly, this show is launched in Armistice week and will be used as a fundraising event for the favoured charity, Farms for City Children. It is a charity that offers life changing experiences to disadvantaged inner..


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Drawing Diversity: Representation in Children’s Publishing

Virtual

Practical insights into capturing personality as a route to portraying diverse characters. Book below or via our Eventbrite.   We understood from our Diversity and Equality roundtable talks that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their illustration practice. This online session is the fifth of a short series to explore that...


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Picture books for Everyone – An Evening with Lizzy Stewart

Virtual

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. If you've missed out on buying a ticket, you can purchase access to the audio and visual recording of Lizzy's talk and Q&A here. An evening with illustrator, author & educator Lizzy Stewart as she shares about making illustrated books for children and adults.  Join us for an evening (online) with award..


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Glasgow illustrator meet-up / Drink ‘n’ Draw

Granary Glasgow 10 Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, Glasgow

Join fellow Glasgow illustrators for a fun evening of drinking, drawing and sharing your illustration experiences! Book below or via our Eventbrite.   The Glasgow illustrator meet-up, Illo-G, supported by The AOI, brings you a fun evening of drinking, drawing and sharing your illustration experiences in the relaxed environment of The Granary. Your host, Tita Berredo, will run timed illustration..


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AGM Week: Industry Insider – How to Create a Sustainable Book

Virtual

An event presented by the Society of Authors. SoA Sustainability Chair and writer Piers Torday will chair this special #SoAatHome industry insider panel discussion as part of Sustainability Week, with sustainable publisher and farmer Daphne Astor (Hazel Press), and sustainable paper maker Mark Cropper (James Cropper Paper) . They will discuss the ethics and economics of producing a truly sustainable book and explore whether recent..


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World Illustration Awards/AOI Self-Promotion Masterclass

This is an online event, hosted by Demio

Many new talent and emerging illustrators enter WIA with a focus on promoting their best projects to wider audience. There are many ways to use an awards entry to promote yourself, and this masterclass will look at self-promotion, including how to use participation in awards as a starting point to greater visibility and, ultimately, more commissions. Led by Sarah Morris,..


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Talk – St Pancreas Defendat Me: The Boris Letters by Michael Rosen

The Cartoon Museum 63 Wells Street, London

A talk presented by The Cartoon Museum. Michael Rosen didn’t really expect his tweets,  signed off with ill-constructed Latin phrases such as:                                Ego Lamborghini,                                Boris to become so popular. The twitter thread got longer and longer and the ‘likes’ increased from tens to hundreds and even thousands, especially when the unfortunate Gavin Williamson was subject of a letter..


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Small Fry Chats – Live Scribing with Scribble Inc.

SEESAW 86 Princess Street, Manchester, England

Join us for an interactive, chatty evening with Hannah Williams from Scribble Inc. A Small Fry X AOI Illustration meet-up. Book below or via our Eventbrite.   Small Fry Chats - Live Scribing with Scribble Inc. Join us for an interactive, chatty evening with Hannah Williams from Scribble Inc who will be sharing insights into the world of live scribing..


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AGM Week: Feel Good Friday – Draw along with Ken Wilson-Max

Virtual

An event presented by the Society of Authors. Join in for a live art class with Children’s author and illustrator, Ken Wilson-Max, as he takes you through timed exercises and discusses working practice and techniques as you draw. You will be able to share your illustrations as you go and comment in the chat box. You’re welcome to have your..


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The First Casualty: Art at the Margins of War – George Butler

Chris Beetles Gallery 8 & 10 Ryder Street, London

This exhibition features recent work by Butler including drawings from the war in Ukraine, from early 2022. "The first casualty when war comes is truth" Senator Hiram W Johnson. 1917 Over 100 years since Senator Hiram Johnson's statement about war and truth, and despite advances in technology, interconnectivity and accountability, society is still battling with the nature of truth - particularly when it..


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Talk – James Gillray: A Revolution in Satire

The Cartoon Museum 63 Wells Street, London

A talk presented by The Cartoon Museum. Join historian and writer, Tim Clayton as he discusses James Gillray (1756-1815) - late Georgian Britain’s funniest, most inventive and most celebrated graphic satirist to celebrate the launch of the book: James Gillray: A Revolution in Satire. Gillray borrowed and wittily redeployed celebrated passages from William Shakespeare and John Milton to send up..


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Visual Storytelling – Hand lettering and illustration with Kate Forrester

St. Augustine's Arts & Events Centre Stanford Avenue, Brighton, England

Join Brighton's illustrator meet-up for an in-depth view on Kate's career as an illustrator working with hand lettering and illustration. Book below our via our Eventbrite. For the past 15 years Kate Forrester has specialised in creating hand lettering and illustration for book covers, packaging, advertising and many other applications, telling stories through the combination of intricate decorative detail and..


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Colouring In: The Past – A Symposium

Chelsea College of Arts 16 John Islip Street, London

A symposium hosted by Camberwell and Chelsea Colleges of Arts (UAL, London), concerned with illustrative strategies that unearth, activate and reposition our relationships to the past. In-person and online tickets available. Do note that in-person tickets are strictly limited. About ‘Colouring In’: 'Colouring In is a collaborative research project by Dr Stephanie Black (Kingston School of Art) and Luise Vormittag (Camberwell College of Arts, UAL),..


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Brighton Illustration Fair Winter Market

Wagner Hall Brighton

Brighton Illustration Fair (BIF) is coming back to Wagner Hall in Brighton for their next market, featuring over 60+ exhibitors selling prints, books, zines, clothing, ceramics and more. Poster illustration by Tommy Brentnall More information and daily features can be found on their instagram page.


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Winchester Comics Fair

Nutshell Arts Centre 15 Kings Walk, Winchester

The Winchester Comics Fair brings together comics readers and creators for its first edition this 26th November 2022 at the Nutshell Theatre, Winchester. Free entry! More information on their Instagram.


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The First Casualty Exhibition – George Butler

Chris Beetles Gallery 8 & 10 Ryder Street, London

'The subjects in the exhibition are the ones that get squeezed out of our relentless news cycle. These are stories found through deliberately slower reporting and I hope will stand the test of time.  Over 100 years since Senator Hiram Johnson’s statement about war and truth, and despite advances in technology, interconnectivity and accountability, society is still battling with the..


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Talk – Simon Postgate: “Noggin the Nog” Animation, Ideas and Magic

The Cartoon Museum 63 Wells Street, London

A talk presented by The Cartoon Museum. Simon Postgate was growing up at the time of the making of many of his father Oliver Postgate's films for children's television. One of the best known was about a viking king called Noggin the Nog, first shown in black and white (1959) and later in colour (1982). Simon gives a talk with..


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