April 2020


Spotlight on Dan Woodger

9th April 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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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ArtHole Art Fair (Cardiff)

12th April 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kongs Cardiff, 114-116 St Mary St
Cardiff, CF10 1DY
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Come one come all for another celebration of local and other UK artistic talent in Cardiff City Centre! Expect another fresh batch of illustrators and printmakers, live drawing, beer and good times. Time once again to share the love and support each other. Entry is free, organised by ArtHole https://artholecardiff.bigcartel.com/ [email protected]  

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Spotlight on Niki Groom

17th April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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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Glasgow Zine Fest

18th April 2020 - 19th April 2020
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow, G2 3JD
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Glasgow Zine Fest (April 18 – April 19 2020, CCA Glasgow) is a two day festival that celebrates self-publishing and Do It Yourself (DIY) ethos. The festival is host to a zine fair of over 75 makers, in addition to workshops, talks, and readings. Glasgow Zine Fest (GZF) has been a yearly opportunity to come, see, make, share, and do…

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Pictoplasma CALL FOR ENTRIES: FACE VALUE

20th April 2020 @ 8:00 am - 31st May 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Everywhere, 

PICTOPLASMA'S NEW CALL FOR ENTRIES INVITES ALL INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, AND DESIGNERS TO JOIN THE #FACEVALUE CHALLENGE AND CREATE THE PERFECT ANTHROPOMORPHIC GEAR TO FACE OUR PANDEMIC TIMES. Here's what we're hoping for: - Stay home(!), grab whatever tools and material you can find, get creative and craft a facial mask that expresses your inner character. The result should at least cover…

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Illustrator Meet Up! PIP online #1 / Support & Focus session

21st April 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Welcome to our Bristol Illustrator meet up - online! For our first virtual meet-up, we're limiting numbers to 20 and the time to one hour (maybe a little more, if we get into it). This will be a FREE session, where we're encouraging you to share how you've been, if you want to, and gather your thoughts on illustration at…

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Spotlight on Genie Espinosa

22nd April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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

23rd April 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

24th April 2020 @ 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

28th April 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

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

29th April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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

Bologna Children’s Book Fair *CANCELLED*

4th May 2020 - 7th May 2020
Bologna Exhibition Centre, Piazza Costituzione 6
Bologna, 40128 Italy
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*** Please note that Bologna has been cancelled. They are planning an online presence in due course. Full details are here.*** The exhibition will be now held from 12 to 15 April 2021. For 57 years BCBF has been THE event in the children’s publishing industry. Over 1,400 exhibitors and around 30,000 professional visitors flock to the event each year…

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Learn data visualization

5th May 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Virtual, 

In the age of info overload, visualization of data, information and knowledge has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate & find meaning.

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Spotlight on Vic Lee

6th May 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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

13th May 2020 @ 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

14th May 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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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Wimbledon Art Fair Online 14-17 May

14th May 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 17th May 2020 @ 6:00 pm
wimbledonartfair.com, 

Wimbledon Art Fair ONLINE will take place from 14-17 May 2020 on wimbledonartfair.com This is your chance to browse, discover and buy affordable art from some of London's leading contemporary artists, in the comfort of your own home. PRE-BOOK Pre-book through Eventbrite to be entered into a competition to win £200 to spend at Wimbledon Art Fair Online and for exclusive…

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Procreate Art Prize 2020

20th May 2020 - 1st July 2020

Depict the concept of Illusion, in an original artwork, made only in Procreate® or Procreate® Pocket. Entries will be judged on creative interpretation of the brief, skill of execution and creative use of media. See Terms and Conditions for more details.

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Live-stream illustrator event: Great Books Festival – Marc McBride May 26

26th May 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In celebration of the Great Books Festival join renowned illustrator Marc McBride for a live-stream presentation for students Marc McBride is the illustrator of Emily Rodda's best-selling Deltora Quest series, which has sold over eighteen million copies around the world and is also an Anime TV show. Marc will be live-streaming his talk via Youtube. A link will be sent…

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Nicer Tuesdays Online

26th May 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Everywhere, 

We’re back for May’s event with another incredible line-up that’s sure to keep you feeling inspired and connected to the wider creative world during this period of lockdown.   We’ll be running things in the same way, over Zoom and with a tiered payment system. We took this decision last month to ensure the event was accessible to all but…

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Psychological Stress and Wellbeing Workshop (on Zoom)

29th May 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

3rd June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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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Webinar for Illustration Graduates by 3×3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration

10th June 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Advice and ideas on entering the wonderful and challenging arena of illustration. Free To register for a place, click here

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ABZ illo meet up!

11th June 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

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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Using Illustrations in UI Design with Pablo Stanley – Online Event

11th June 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Join the first Artsy Fartsy Talk with Pablo Stanley, Co-founder of Blush, for a 45-minute webinar. He will be guiding you through how to use illustrations in UI Design and sharing some Figma tricks he employs for his own projects. Whether you're a newbie or a design pro looking to improve your design process, Pablo's tips will help you master illustrations…

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AOI WEBINAR: TAKING CHARGE AND STARTING OUT AS AN ILLUSTRATOR

16th June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Everywhere, 

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

17th June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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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‘My name is not refugee’ with Kate Milner – ONLINE EVENT- by Anglia Ruskin University – Community Engagement

17th June 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kate Milner talks about the inspiration and background to her picture book ‘My Name is Not Refugee’.   *The organisers of this event will contact you nearer the time with details on how to access the event, once you have registered. Kate Milner (Anglia Ruskin University graduate) talks about the inspiration and background to her picture book ‘My Name is…

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Dr Nicola 2020 #2 Feminism & Comics UK: The 1970s. Illustrated live talk – Online Event

20th June 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Based on Dr Nicola's book and research in a UK context, this second talk in the series will focus on the 1970s. How did the emergence of second wave feminist activity and theory inform women's comics? How and why were comics being produced by women and how did the humour reflect the lives and experiences of women at the time?…

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Spotlight On: Lucy Truman

24th June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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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EXETER ONLINE ILLO MEET-UP #1 – Checking in

24th June 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

EXETER ONLINE ILLO MEET-UP #1 - Checking in For our first virtual meetup, we're limiting numbers to 20 and the time to roughly one hour. This will be a FREE session and plan is to just see how we're all getting on - share your thoughts on your work and situation if you want to, or just listen if you'd…

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

25th June 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

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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Glasgow Print Fair

27th June 2020 - 31st July 2020
Virtual, 

Glasgow Print Fair is bringing all the fun of the print fair to a sofa near you. This year they've invited 30 different artists to create a print based on the theme of nature. From the 27th June until the 31st of July you'll be able to pick up an exclusive print from each printmaker via glasgowprintfair.co.uk. This year's artists include…

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ELCAF 2020 Online Events

30th June 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 30th July 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Online, 

ELCAF have announced a free programme of online events for 2020 - starting June 30th and spanning an entire month to July 30th! Visit ELCAF's website each week for updates about online events throughout the month. Inspired by a ‘need for change’, they will be delivering a selection of tunes to keep you inspired on Mondays; free downloadable workshops on Tuesdays;…

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July 2020

Spotlight On: Tristan Manco

1st July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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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Get Involved with the Big Draw!

2nd July 2020 - 1st August 2020
Virtual, 

In 2020 The Big Green Draw Festival #ClimateOfChange focuses on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature. The Big Green Draw is eager to help showcase mindsets and actions that proactively support positive symbiosis between people and the Earth. Just after the official…

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Diversity, Inclusion and Design with Bonnie Kate Wolf

2nd July 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Join this month's Artsy Fartsy Talk with Bonnie Kate Wolf, for a 45-minute webinar. She will guide you through the importance of inclusion and diversity in Design. You'll also learn Bonnie's technique while she draws a cartoon live. Whether you're a newbie or a design pro looking to improve your design process, Bonnie's tips will help you master design for…

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Somerset Illustration Virtual Meetup

8th July 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join Somerset Illustration Meetups for our first virtual meetup. There will just be 20 spaces up for grabs for this FREE (but ticketed) virtual session, just bring a sketchbook and some pens. This will just be an informal chat about how we're getting on whilst we have a drawing session. We want to know what you'd like from our meetups going forward…

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents

9th July 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Virtual, 

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 avoid them - IP considerations and the concept of…

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New Designers – AOI Mini Business Masterclass

9th July 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year New Designers have been working hard behind the scenes to move their ND CONNECTS and ND EDUCATES programmes online. From portfolio feedback to live chats with experts, all events will be available on the New Designers website and Instagram channel between 1 – 11 July 2020. As part of this awesome programme of talks and workshops, the AOI will be running their…

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Letter Like a Pro: Beginning Hand Lettering Workshop

12th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual, 

AOI Member Jennifer Hines has been an illustrator and designer for over 20 years, with a specialty in lettering for the last 5, and she's teaching a class for beginning hand-letterers to learn more and add lettering to their professional skill-set. The class will cover: -How to model your letters after real fonts so your letterforms look consistent and readable,…

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Glasgow Drink and Draw July

16th July 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Feeling low or feeling high, feel welcome along to our next Drink and Draw 7-9pm on the 16th of July. As ever, it will be a friendly connection for new faces and familiar ones.  Join us for some mutual support connecting through the mist 💫 We will be reaching out over Zoom - reserve your place here.

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Site Collective and NorwichAOI collaborative drink & draw via Zoom

17th July 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join Site Collective and NorwichAOI meet-ups as they collaborate on an evening of casual creative activities and chats; from character illustrating, to portraiture, to pictionary. Admission is free with no ticket required, just visit the Facebook events page for the Zoom link (to be posted soon!) and more info. See you there!

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Spotlight On: Viktorija Semjonova

22nd July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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Who you Zoomin’? Small Fry Chats.. Goes Online!

23rd July 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

Who you Zoomin'? Small Fry Chats.. Goes Online! Line up: Illustrator Wendy Wong Colourful Creative Duo Yuk Fun Illustrator, Educator & Song Man Nicholas Stevenson Director, Designer, Animator & Illustrator Bee Grandinetti The tickets are free, though we ask for you to please donate what you can to Manchester Mind, who do incredible work providing advice and support to empower…

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HUE Design Summit 2020 – Online

25th July 2020 - 26th July 2020

HUE Design Summit is organised by a collective of creative individuals who believe that in order for a community to flourish, there must first be a community. The summit returns this summer as a 2-day virtual experience created for Black designers and developers, bringing curated conversations and workshops in an environment where we are given the space and tools necessary…

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AOI AGM 2020

27th July 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

The AOI's AGM will run from 6pm on Monday 27 July. It is expected to last for 30 minutes. The financial year 2018 - 2019 (October 2018 - September 2019) will be considered, with the Annual Report and Accounts presented. The meeting will be chaired by David Gilbert, and there will be a chance to ask questions. All Members are…

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AOI WEBINAR: TAKING CHARGE AND STARTING OUT AS AN ILLUSTRATOR

28th July 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Everywhere, 

Please note that this webinar is mainly for students, recent graduates and very new illustrators. Book now.   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 affordable webinar, especially designed for new illustrators entering the industry, will…

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Spotlight On Sam Taylor

29th July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with animator Sam Taylor. Sam Taylor is a director, producer, and co-founder of The Line Animation Studio. He was nominated for a BAFTA for 'Everything I Can See From Here', a short film he wrote and directed with Bjorn-Erik Aschim, and for an ADC Young Guns…

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August 2020

Process to Progress: How to work creatively

1st August 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

A One Day Online conference with amazing speakers connected to the world of illustration Saturday 1st Aug 2020 10.00-17.00 Illustration by Emma Lewis Organised by Ness Wood   Tickets available here.

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[email protected]: Meditative Drawing, USC Pacific Asia Museum and Yeu Q Nguyen – ONLINE EVENT

1st August 2020 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Join the USC Pacific Asia Museum and artist Yeu Q Nguyen for a mindful illustration workshop on zoom! Unwind and discover your inner self in this mindful illustration workshop led by artist Yeu Q Nguyen. Grab your paper, pen, and meditation cushion for this one-hour workshop where you will learn techniques of visualisation meditation and how to draw beautiful zen…

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ILLUSTRATION 2020 : Metamorphoses by Edinburgh College of Art

20th August 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual, 

The end of summer; the end of a project; the end of an academic year: all represent periods of change. These moments act as waiting areas between one point of time and the next, on the verge of the unknown. The talks and events of ‘Illustration 2020: Metamorphoses’ explore what change, transition and metamorphosis can mean for the emerging creative…

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Get a Pep Talk from Google Creative Lab’s Saori Masuda

25th August 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

In need of a creative pick-me-up? Our upcoming online event, Pep Talk, is set to bring some energy, ideas and practical pointers to your day. Lecture in Progress will be joined by the amazing Saori Masuda from Google Creative Lab to share some inspiration and advice on Tuesday 25th August. Read on for all the details.

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Nicer Tuesdays (online) – August

25th August 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Providing you with a much-needed break from the blazing August weather, this month’s Nicer Tuesdays is here to offer you some creative relief. Taking place on 25 August at 6 pm BST on our online events platform, we’re pleased to announce that Grilli Type’s Noël Leu, illustrator Marylou Faure, designer Jerome Harris and photographer Denisse Ariana Pérez will be taking to…

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Floral Illustration with Chloe Turner by London Graphic Centre – Online Workshop

25th August 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Known for her vibrant designing, Chloë will share tips on colour palette selection, stroke technique and show you how to draw lush florals around motivational typography using Tombow ABT Brush Pens. Ticket cost covers the workshop and materials being shipped to you so you can participate from home. Link will be made available to you once you have purchased your tickets. UK only workshop…

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Haute Couture in Occupied Paris and Beyond in WWII’ : A Lewes Lecture – ONLINE

26th August 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The little known story of Nazi domination of the Paris fashion industry during WW2 and its world wide ramifications. This illustrated talk is based on her book co-edited with Marie McLoughlin: ‘Paris Fashion and World War Two – global diffusion and Nazi control’ Lou Taylor is a dress historian and Professor Emerita of the University of Brighton where she lectured for…

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Kate Leiper: How to Draw a Dragon – Online Workshop 

29th August 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual, 

Kate Leiper will be teaching an online workshop on how to become an expert dragon drawer in this engaging illustration workshop! Recommended for children aged 7–11, but all are welcome. Dragons are not included. Kate Leiper Kate is an artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh. She was brought up on the north-east coast of Scotland and studied printmaking at Gray’s School…

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September 2020

Fashion Illustration: A Virtual Masterclass with Gladys Perint Palmer

10th September 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Virtual, 

An intimate Virtual Masterclass with acclaimed artist and illustrator Gladys Perint Palmer & Connie Gray of Gray M.C.A Join artist and illustrator Gladys Perint Palmer and Connie Gray of Gray M.C.A for an intimate virtual masterclass that will unravel the coveted world of fashion illustration. GPP (as she is known) will share her expert tips and secrets as she works on couture fashion illustrations…

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Learning on the job with Kingsley Nebechi/A Bristol AOI Zoom meet up

10th September 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Learn how Kingsley Nebechi approaches his illustration practice. Kingsley Nebechi is a graphic designer, illustrator and Nigerian artist based in London. Crazy for comics, fanatic about films and absolutely inspired by African art, Kingsley is recognised for both his commercial and gallery work. Notable clients include Nike, GSMA, Bank Of America, The Guardian, Island Records, Hema, The Washington Post and Freuds,…

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Creative Thinking Masterclass for Illustrators: Dr Karl K Jeffries

12th September 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual, 

Take your creative potential to the next level. Avoid losing your creative edge. Build and maintain creative confidence. This workshop builds on the speech at Process and Progress: How to Work Creatively (held on the 1st August, 2020), with three questions: First: Is creativity important to your career? Second: How creative are you? Third: Are you getting enough support to…

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THE AOI’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION

15th September 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 20th October 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Virtual, 

THE AOI’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION Harnessing our experience as the world’s leading professional body for illustrators, The AOI have a designed this 6 week interactive online course to help illustrators take proactive steps to progress in their careers. Each week you will explore an essential aspect of freelance illustration, covering self-promotion, licensing, contracts, finances, agency representation and more…

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Pictoplasma in Isolation

18th September 2020 - 19th September 2020
Everywhere, 

*** Please note that this year's 16th Pictoplasma Festival has been postponed until 2021. You can read more here.*** If this year won’t allow you to come to Pictoplasma, Pictoplasma will simply have to come to you: Our first ever, fully digital ‘Pictoplasma in Isolation’ awaits all character pioneers, creatives and enthusiasts for a special celebration of contemporary character design…

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An Escape into Illustration by The Roses Theatre – Virtual Event

22nd September 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual, 

Escape lockdown and enter into the unique and playful world of illustration with Tiny Grey's Creative Director, Sophie Scott-Lewis. Over the past decade, Sophie has developed a multitude of colourful worlds as a means to escape the daily grind, including landscapes adorned with ice-cream mountains, lollipop trees, friendly dinosaurs and soaring rockets. In collaboration with Sophie and the rest of the group, each participant will begin…

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Startworks 2020 open call to all new 2020 Graduates

24th September 2020 - 9th October 2020
Virtual, 

The Artworks is incredibly excited to announce their open call for new graduates to apply for the Startworks mentoring programme. Since the agency was founded, Startworks has been helping new graduates bridge the gap between leaving university and kickstarting their career as an illustrator. They continue to successfully represent many artists who have joined the agency through Startworks; helping to…

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AOI London Illo Talks: Activism & Art with Yellowzine & Olivia Twist – Virtual Event

24th September 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

The AOI & London Illo Talks 2020 welcomes Aisha Ayoade, one of the co-founders of the art platform Yellowzine and illustrator and Lecturer Olivia Twist for an essential, online talk on creativity and activism in a challenging climate. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain some insight into the behind the scenes work which Aisha and her co-founder Oreoluwa do,…

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FREE online taster: Beginning with the Basics: Hand-Lettering the Letter A

27th September 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Want to learn hand-lettering but not quite sure where to start? Well, start with the basics: learning to hand-letter the letter A. Illustrator and lettering artist Jennifer Hines will walk you through how to get started drawing the letter A, a more complex letter than it seems. Learn about the shapes of the letter A, how to draw it to…

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FREE Online taster: Beginning Brush Lettering Calligraphy Starter Session

27th September 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual, 

Always wanted to learn calligraphy but felt too intimidated? Learn the basic first steps of brush pen lettering in this free taster session! Illustrator and lettering artist Jennifer Hines will walk you through how to get started in brush lettering. Set up for complete beginners, you'll walk through how to use a brush pen to create the basic strokes that…

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October 2020

Idyllic Arts and Crafts Gardens Talk: a haven for our troubled times: Leatherhead Community Association – Online

2nd October 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

A talk by Dr Anne Anderson vividly illustrated by the works of Jekyll and Lutyens and of artists Miles Birket Foster and Helen Allingham The recent pandemic encouraged many commuters to protect their well-being by tending their gardens. This echoed Victorian nostalgia for a pre-industrial countryside and rural way of life. Artists like Mile Birket Foster and Helen Allingham painted…

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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell in Conversation; How To Academy – Online

3rd October 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join two of the world’s most extraordinary creative minds as they explore the magic and wonder of storytelling with author and critic Erica Wagner. When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots…

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Somerset Illustration Meetup with Emma Block

7th October 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

We look forward to welcoming you to our next meet up where we will talk to Emma Block and explore different streams of income. Emma Block is an illustrator based in London. Her work varies from editorial illustration, publishing, packaging and branding. Emma's first book, The Joy of Watercolour, was released in 2018. Most recently she has been teaching wildly…

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In conversation with Chellie Carroll by Books On The Hill – Virtual Event

8th October 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join this Zoom talk with Books On The Hill who we will be talking to Chellie all about her career as an illustrator, how she got involved with illustrating books such as 'Fantastic Female Adventurers' by Lily Dyu, what it is like to work with publishers from an illustrators pointBoksBBB of view and much more. If you have any questions…

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Fowzia Karimi – An Online Talk with the Illustrator and Writer

8th October 2020 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Virtual, 

Fowzia Karimi is a writer, illustrator, and alumni of the Mills MFA in Creative Writing program. As Publishers Weekly describes, her illuminated debut novel Above Us the Milky Way “renders a family’s wartime emigration through a polyphonic mix of voices and genres along with evocative color illustrations and photographs.” Karimi also illustrated The Brick House by Micheline Aharonian Marcom and Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra…

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The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival Live

9th October 2020 - 11th October 2020
Everywhere, 

Responding to uncertain times, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival leaps into a virtual setting for 9th – 11th October 2020 The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has, after discussion with funders including Arts Council England, decided to switch its annual weekend from a physical gathering to a virtual get together of comic creators – maintaining its strong international flavour with its…

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AOI | London ILLO TALKS with Aurélia Durand

14th October 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

This Art is Anti-Racist For this talk, you're invited to enter the vivid world of Aurélia Durand, the French illustrator behind This Book is Anti-Racist, a New York Times-bestselling young adult book by Tiffany Jewell. Aurélia's work is dedicated to representing people of colour in society, using bold art as a demonstration. Her rhythmic, multicoloured images and lettering are powerful…

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DRAWSOME at YORK DESIGN WEEK

27th October 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1st November 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Spark York, 

Welcome to Drawsome! at York Design Week.  You’re invited to come and see an exhibition of artwork put together during lockdown by Skint Skateboards, a Leeds/York based company that has collaborated with 13 illustrators and artists to create a new skateboard range, and new opportunities, during this difficult time.Sadly, there will be no live music this time around, but there…

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YORK DESIGN WEEK 2020

27th October 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1st November 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Mainly virtual with two in person (covid-safe) events, 

Organised by Dogeatcog, Kaizen Arts Agency and United by Design, York Design Week explores a new collaborative, inter-perspective narrative for our city. We are a part of a landscape of creativity where we work to support, facilitate and encourage GOOD CHANGE across sectors, public, private and third sector to influence a positive shift towards Zero Carbon City status, with social…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards Celebration Programme

27th October 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 24th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

Awards Announcement 21 October from midday onwards We are delighted to announce the WIA2020 Award Winners on the AOI website and across our social channels. Tune in for the Awards Announcement, with contributions and insights from sponsors, judges and the winners! Be Ambitious: Commissioning Award-Winning Illustration 27 October, 6 – 7pm, £5 The Directory of Illustration’s Elizabeth Owen leads a…

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Say Something Exhibition BHM2020

28th October 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 28th November 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Virtual, 

University of Wolverhampton Illustration students celebrate Black Writers & Poets - Online University of Wolverhampton Illustration students are exploring printmaking as a method of mass communication of global issues. Students have been learning the role of printmaking in politics, power and protest and have been making risograph printed artworks in response to works by contemporary Black writers and poets in…

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November 2020

Neil Packer One of a Kind Exhibition The Coningsby Gallery

2nd November 2020 @ 9:00 am - 7th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street
London, W1T 4RJ
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Neil Packer has had a long and successful career as an illustrator and designer. And now the time has come for a major exhibition. Much of his more recent work has been for Walker Books and the spur for this show is his most recent book for them which is the culmination of an idea he’s been nursing for many…

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Diversity in Illustrating Children’s Books

11th November 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A webinar for illustrators How can alternative, under-represented narratives, voices and images be introduced? What good examples can we share? And what can the various players in this field – authors, illustrators, publishers, libraries and readers – learn from each other? These are the questions this webinar in English will deal with. It includes three short presentations, a discussion between…

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LDComics Online – November

16th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for an enjoyable and mind-bending evening of inspiring comics talks. All Welcome! ONLINE ZOOM GUESTS: Catherine Anyango Graphic novelist, Illustrator, Animator. Author of 'Heart of Darkness' and 'Scandorama' (Forlaget)and Senior Lecturer in Illustration, Konstfack, Stockholm https://www.selfmadehero.com/books/heart-of-darkness Insta: @cathsinstagram Karrie Fransman Graphic Novelist, Illustrator, Animator. Author of 'The House That Groaned' (Square Peg), 'Death of An Artist' (Jonathan Cape), and 'Gender…

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magCulture Live 2020

18th November 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 19th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

magCulture Live is back! Join us this November for a double session of inspiration from some of the best magazine makers working today. This edition of our annual conference shifts online for a special two-day celebration of magazines. As we make this move online, we’ve split the event into two Zoom sessions. Each one has its own theme, and the…

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Makers (in Their Studios): Scott Nash

19th November 2020 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Virtual, 

Scott Nash: Thoughts about Divergent Thinking Join in for a virtual visit to Nash’s studio where he will share some of his work and thoughts about design, illustration, writing and the importance he places on cultivating a free, egalitarian and divergent approach to creativity. If we’re lucky, we’ll also get to peek into the studio of collage artist Nancy Gibson…

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Live Q&A with Illustrator Isabela Humphrey

19th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Virtual, 

Blush's Q&As are a series of live chats where you get to ask your questions directly to design experts! We’ll be talking stuff you can put into practice in your own project. This month, we're featuring illustrator and brand expert Isabela Humphrey. The best part? You can engage and interact with some of the top minds in the design industry…

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Fun & Games: online exhibition launch

19th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Free online exhibition preview of Fun & Games at The Portico Library. What makes a game a game? Is it any activity with rules or contestants? Does it always include an element of fun, play, skill or luck? After a year in which many have experienced the challenging effects of social isolation, The Portico Library invites the public to a…

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In Conversation: Marion Deuchars and Tom Gauld

24th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Virtual, 

An informal discussion between Royal Designers Marion Deuchars and Tom Gauld. Marion Deuchars and Tom Gauld are Royal Designers whose illustrations are changing the world. Sit in on a unique online conversation as they meet, exchange notes and discuss their respective practices. This talk will take place on Zoom, an access link will be sent to ticket holders 1 hour before it starts.…

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Nicer Tuesdays – November

24th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

On the last Tuesday of every month, It’s Nice That hosts an evening of creative talks via our online events platform. The events begin at 6 pm and, shortly after, four speakers from across the creative world take to the (virtual) podium to share insights from a recent landmark project, showing the ideas and processes behind its making. Fun, candid…

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Championing Black representation with Aimée Felone and Charlot Kristensen.

26th November 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Discussing the importance of Black representation in publishing and the dangers of appropriation. A Bristol AOI Zoom meet up. Aimée Felone is the co-founder of Knights of Publishing house specialising in inclusive commercial children’s publishing. Their children’s bookshop ‘Round Table Books’ stocks diverse children’s books only. They run the #BooksMadeBetter hashtag and blog and are actively involved in inclusive education through their work with…

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December 2020

Illustrators’ Fair

1st December 2020 @ 8:00 am - 14th December 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Virtual, 

Follow @illustratorsfair to browse examples of 100s of beautiful and unique prints, cards and products by over 150 contemporary illustrators. More posts are being added every day with the full lineup of participating illustrators in place from 1st December. This is one of the biggest online market places where you can buy beautiful work produced by contemporary illustrators. Follow #illustratorsfair to…

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Quentin Blake: 200 Drawings

2nd December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 16th December 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

House of Illustration is delighted to be working with Christie’s to offer a unique opportunity to bid for original artwork by the UK's most celebrated illustrator. 200 works from Quentin Blake’s studio will go under the virtual hammer from 2 to 16 December. Viewing of all 200 works will open online on 24 November. Selected by the artist himself, these recent…

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Isolation Inspiration: Marylou Faure by Jelly London – Virtual Event

3rd December 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Online, 

Join Marylou Faure as she sheds a light on developing a personal style, the importance of personal projects, how to make sure your client project still reflects your aesthetics, stirring your work in the right direction and trying out new things. Expect colourful works depicting the female form and all its glories and all-round empowering representations of women with a Q&A at…

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Devon & Cornwall Illustrators Meet Up

8th December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Exeter Illustration Meet-ups group has expanded into a wider group - Devon and Cornwall Illustrators. Join their first event on the 8th December.

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Deptford Does Art

10th December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 19th December 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Deptford Does Art Gallery, 28 Deptford High Street
London, SE8 4 AF
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An opportunity to view and buy prints from 40 emerging and established illustrators, designers and printmakers. An affordable way to gift a piece of art this Christmas and support your local creatives at the same time. There will be 2 open evenings, on friday 11th and 18th, from 7-10pm. More information on their instagram. 

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An online talk and Q&A with Children’s Book author/illustrator Daisy Hirst

10th December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Orange Beak Studio presents An Evening with Children's Book Author / Illustrator Daisy Hirst Daisy Hirst is from London and lives in Cambridge. She has wanted to write and illustrate picture books since before she could write. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, but never stopped reading picture books or doodling, and went on to…

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Christmas drink and draw: Somerset Illustration Meet-up

15th December 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Somerset Illustration's jolly virtual get together

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New Perspectives on the Rural: Landscape, Community and Creativity

16th December 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:15 pm
Virtual, 

In association with The Broads Authority, The Landscape Partnership and Heritage Lottery Fund, Norwich University of the Arts is pleased to present an online Symposium surrounding the contemporary image of rural lands.   The event will consist of conversation around creative practices that draw attention to environmental issues and debate. Presenters include:   Andrew Farrell, Programme Manager for 'Water, Mills…

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Small Fry Manchester – Christmas chat with 2B Illustration!

17th December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

‘Tis the Season 2B Jolly - interactive drawing event and talk by 2B in partnership with Small Fry and AOI Meet ups 2B or not 2B take us on a journey to where they are now, in an evening of Christmas drawing and chats. Like most events, we will be online this year - so bring your mulled wine and…

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January 2021

‘Going Big’ Glasgow AOI discuss upscaling artwork with Amy Whiten & KMG

January 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Come enjoy a night with some of the most encouraging mural artist/illustrators you’ll meet in Scotland or beyond.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Webinar – Tax for UK Illustrators

January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Make 2021 the year you finally master your books, starting with our invaluable 'Tax for UK Illustrators' webinar! 

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