May 2017

Prize for Illustration

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

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July 2017

Doodle Jam

July 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Free
Doodle Bar, 60 Druid Street
London,SE1 2EZUnited Kingdom
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Our Doodle Jam parties just keep getting better and better, make sure you join us for the awesome third instalment! An evening of music, friends, doodling and cocktails. Come and draw on the walls at the brilliant new Doodle Bar in London bridge. We're super excited to be joined this time by Mcbaise (side-project of illustrator McBess) providing us with…

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AOI Discusses: Self Promotion

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

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World Illustration Awards 2017

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

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August 2017

Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan

August 4 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 6:00 pm
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square
King's Cross,LondonN1C 4BHUnited Kingdom
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The first UK exhibition of architectural backdrops from classic anime films, including Production I.G’s phenomenally influential artwork for Ghost in the Shell. Featuring over 100 technical drawings and watercolour illustration from influential productions from the genre's 1990s heyday.

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Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds

August 4 @ 10:00 am - October 1 @ 6:00 pm
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square
King's Cross,LondonN1C 4BHUnited Kingdom
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The first exhibition uncovering Quentin Blake’s personal drawings of birds.

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No, Nancy, No! A workshop with Alice Tait

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

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The Little Adventurers: A workshop with Elissa Elwick

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

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Safari Festival

August 12
Protein, 31 New Inn Yard
London,EC2A 3EY
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New waves in contemporary comics and art

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I Am Bear: A workshop with Sav Akyuz

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

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Julius Zebra: A workshop with Gary Northfield

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

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September 2017

A celebration of the Klaus Flugge Prize

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, 19 - 20 Tottenham Court Road
London,W1T 1BJUnited Kingdom
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A celebration of the Klaus Flugge Prize with illustrators Emma Lewis, Francesca Sanna

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Better Letters: Intensive Hand Lettering Workshops for London Design Festival

September 16 - September 17

Join Mike Meyer's Hand Lettering Workshop; an intensive day of paint, brushes, lettering and laughs. You will hone your Gothic (Block), Casual and Script letter forms through a hands-on process of practice, personal critique and expert guidance from Sign Painters‘ very own Mike Meyer. It all starts with a pencil, drawing and developing an understanding of the basic letter forms.…

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50 Years of Mr Benn with David McKee

September 16 @ 9:30 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until 16th September 2017

The Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury St, St. James's
London,SW1Y 6ALUnited Kingdom
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Thought Bubble

September 18 - September 24

The Leeds Comic Arts Festival

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Jane Ray – The Art of Two New Books: The Elephant’s Garden and The Glass Maker’s Daughter

September 20 - October 14
The Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury St, St. James's
London,SW1Y 6ALUnited Kingdom
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Jane Ray is one of the finest graphic and decorative illustration artists working today – having studied design and textiles Jane has gone on to write and illustrate books with leading publishers the world over. Her distinctive style and compassionate approach to storytelling has firmly established her as a successful picture book artist with over 70 picture books to her…

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Claudine O’Sullivan: Leaves – London Design Festival 2017 Icon Design Trail Exhibition

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - September 24 @ 5:00 pm

    As part of London Design Festival 2017's Icon Design Trail, illustrator Claudine O'Sullivan will launch a new plant based collection alongside a greenery display by Sprout London. The launch event is on Thursday 21st from 6pm. The exhibition will be open on 22nd-24th September. http://www.claudineosullivan.com

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Better Letters: Create Your Own Lettering with Martina Flor

September 23 - September 24
The Art Academy, Mermaid Court, 165A Borough High Street
London,SE1 1HR
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In this hands-on intensive workshop you will engage with the process of drawing and refining a piece of your own custom lettering. Across the day you will be introduced to a variety of effective techniques to create lettering from scratch, under the guidance of Berlin-based letterer and author,Martina Flor. This will provide the basis for the continuation of your own…

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Better Letters: Gold & Glass Workshop with Mike Meyer and Ashley Bishop

September 23 - September 24
The Art Academy, Mermaid Court, 165A Borough High Street
London,SE1 1HR
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Mike Meyer and Ashley Bishop (Brilliant Signs) will be leading this introductory workshop, covering the basic techniques required to work with gold leaf for lettering and sign work. Working on both flat panels, and in reverse on glass, you’ll be guided through the steps required to achieve a variety of different finishes, and techniques that can compliment your gilding. Input…

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Brian Grimwood Live in Conversation with Arrest all Mimics

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UsTwo, 62 Shoreditch High Street
London,E1 6JJ
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Brian Grimwood is one of the most influential figures in British Illustration today. He infamously ‘changed the look of British illustration’ in the 60s, founded the hugely successfully CIA agency and continues to create iconic images with his trademark energy and style.

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October 2017

Bristol Comic and Zine Fair

October 7
The Station, Silver Street
Bristol,BS1 2AG
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The Bristol Comic and Zine Fair celebrates the world of DIY and independent publishing.

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Post-Brexit Britishness private view

October 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Camberwell Space, Wilson Road
London,SE5 8LU
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Exhibition of reportage illustration by six young artists, as part of the Topolski Chronicle Residency 2016.

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Poster Girls: A century of art and design at the London Transport Museum

October 13
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza
London,WC2E 7BBUnited Kingdom
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A major new exhibition at the London Transport Museum to celebrate female poster artists and reveal the hidden stories behind their work. With over 150 stunning posters and original artworks on display, visitors can be amongst the first to enjoy the exhibition at the Friday Late launch evening on 13 October with the Early Bird online booking discount. Kids go…

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AOI Discusses: Creating Your Own Success – Brighton

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

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