April 2019


Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 4 @ 3:00 pm
Bologna Exhibition CentrePiazza Costituzione 6
Bologna, 40128 Italy
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The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is one of the biggest events in the publishing year’s calendar built around children’s content. Publishers, illustrators, literary agents, authors, translators, licensors and licensees come to the event each spring to experience the business world of books and multimedia products! This year’s guest of honour country is Switzerland bringing new exhibitions and events to the…

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CLUBLAND CHRONICLES – An Exhibition by Mark Wigan

April 4 @ 5:00 pm - April 7 @ 6:00 pm
5th Base Gallery23 Heneage Street
London, E1 5LJ United Kingdom
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A panoramic exhibition of pen and ink drawings by prolific cultural commentator and AOI Member Mark Wigan. Wigan was a regular contributor to i-D Magazine in the 80s/90s writing articles, taking polaroids and illustrating the London club scene. He painted murals at Kensington Market, The Scala Cinema and Astoria Theatre in London, Nagoya City Expo and P.Picasso Club in Tokyo.…

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Exclusive Walk and Talk with Oliver Jeffers

April 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lazinc29 Sackville Street
London, W1S 3DX
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We are delighted to offer 15 members the opportunity to join award winning artist, illustrator, author and AOI Patron, Oliver Jeffers as he walks through his new exhibition at the Lazinc gallery in London. Oliver will talk about his illustration work, and his new show OBSERVATIONS ON MODERN LIFE which will be the first comprehensive showcase of the artist's work…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watershed1 Canons Road
Bristol, BS1 5TX
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We are delighted to offer 15 members the opportunity to join award winning artist, illustrator, author and AOI Patron, Oliver Jeffers as he walks through his new exhibition at the Lazinc gallery in London. Oliver will talk about his illustration work, and his new show OBSERVATIONS ON MODERN LIFE which will be the first comprehensive showcase of the artist's work…

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London Made Us: A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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‘London is a giant kaleidoscope, which is forever turning. Take your eye off it for more than a moment and you're lost.' Robert Elms has seen London change beyond all imagining. He takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons; a place his great-great-grandfather made the Elms' home over a century ago and a city that has borne…

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Drawing with Light – Exhibition of work by Brian Gallagher

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - April 28 @ 6:00 pm
The United Arts Club3 Upper Fitzwilliam St
Dublin, United Kingdom
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An exhibition featuring Scraperboard, Wood Engraving, Drypoint & Mixed Media painting from AOI Member Brian Gallagher. To be opened by Artist Comhghall Casey ARUA Thursday 4th April 2019 @ 8pmThe United Arts Club 3 Upper Fitzwilliam St Dublin 2 (01) 6611411 www.dublinarts.com www.bdgart.comExhibition continues until 28th April 2019 Tues to Fri- 11.00am to 11.00pm Sat- 6.00pm to 11.00pm Sun- 4.00pm…

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OFFSET 2019

April 5 @ 10:00 am - April 7 @ 5:00 pm
The Point SquareEast Wall Road, Point Square
Dublin, D01 E0K6 Ireland
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OFFSET will be returning for a special 10th Dublin edition with another great lineup of the best creative talent from around the world. Promising a programme packed with presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates, with workshops, interactive demos and creative playzones all running from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th April 2019 and located in our their home at The Point Square. First wave of confirmed…

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London Stories – free family illustration workshops 6 to 22 April 2019 at London Transport Museum

April 6 - April 22
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Come join the family illustration workshops, part of London Stories, a new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations that celebrate one of the world’s greatest cities and reveal some of the fascinating tales of London life past and present. Children will be able to create their own stories and fabulous works of art during family illustration workshops. Working with three of the artists…

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London Stories – free family illustration workshops 6 to 22 April 2019 at London Transport Museum

April 6 - April 22
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Come join the family illustration workshops, part of London Stories, a new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations that celebrate one of the world’s greatest cities and reveal some of the fascinating tales of London life past and present. Children will be able to create their own stories and fabulous works of art during family illustration workshops. Working with three of the…

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London Stories – a series of free family illustration workshops April 6 – 22 London Transport Museum

April 6 - April 22
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Come join the family illustration workshops, part of London Stories, a new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations that celebrate one of the world’s greatest cities and reveal some of the fascinating tales of London life past and present. Children will be able to create their own stories and fabulous works of art during family illustration workshops. Working with three of the…

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Isabel Greenberg: Beeing Freelance

April 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan UniversityOld Castle Street
London, E1 7NT United Kingdom
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Isabel Greenberg is a London based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth was published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape in the UK, Random House in Canada and Little Brown in the US. It has since been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, German and Chinese. It was nominated for two Eisner awards, won the Best Book category at…

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A Collection of Figures and Faces, an exhibition by Annie Ryan

April 15 @ 10:00 am - April 21 @ 6:00 pm
St. Martin’s SquareSt Martin's Square
Lincoln, Ln2 1hy United Kingdom
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An exhibition presenting a collection of quirky figures and faces at St. Martin's Gallery, Lincoln. Annie Ryan is a Manchester based illustrator who uses multiple collage techniques to create unusual figures, from a cow in overalls presenting a pint of milk to a startled farmer to a cello personified as a glamorous model. A fascination with candid vintage photography has…

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Life Drawing Class: Francesco Lo Iacono

April 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono, you have the opportunity to observe a live model wearing the creations of an exciting fashion designer each month. This class is suitable for all levels. It is open to beginners who have an interest in fashion and who want to try out their creative skills or just for the pleasure…

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All The Young Nudes with the AOI – Glasgow Meetup

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Toads Caravan745 Pollokshaws Rd
Glasgow, G41 2AA
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Join us in Glasgow for our next illustrator meet up. This time around we're asking you to join us with Glasgow life drawing club All The Young Nudes for a drawing session with a drink in hand! Bring your own bottle, there’ll be a selection of materials available on the evening. Numbers are limited, so please to secure your spot! Tickets…

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David Mckee in Conversation with Imogen Russell Williams

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camberwell College of Arts45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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Elmer, King Rollo, Not Now Bernard - these are just some of David McKee's iconic titles, renowned for shaping childhood experience and illustrators' careers. In conversation with children's literature critic Imogen Russell Williams, McKee will explore the motivations, challenges and joys of working on some of his most seminal titles. How has his work influenced children's illustration, and what lessons are…

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April AOI Member Meet Up: Exeter

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Exeter PhoenixGandy Street
Exeter, EX4 3LS
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Are you a Devon-based illustrator? We’re holding our second meet-up in Exeter on Wednesday 24th April, at the Phoenix Arts Venue. This quarterly event, open to AOI members and non-members alike, is an inclusive and positive forum of discussion, problem-solving, support and encouragement. It’s informal, but we aim to make good use of the time. With that in mind, for…

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Iris Worldwide Showcase – Submissions invited

April 26

AOI and AOP members are invited to an exclusive portfolio showcase at Iris Worldwide. In a friendly setting you will be able to show your portfolio, chat and get feedback from over thirty Iris Worldwide creatives including commissioners, designers as well as creative and art directors at this unparalleled opportunity. The session will run from 5pm - 8pm on 22…

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Great North Art Show 2019 – Call for Artists

April 26 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Ripon CathedralMinster Road
Ripon, HG4 1QS
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Exhibition Opportunity for Northern Artists The GREAT NORTH ART SHOW is a diverse open exhibition of contemporary art by professional northern artists, in the magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire. Painters, printmakers, illustrators, textile artists, photographers and sculptors are invited to submit six artworks to be shown as a body of work. Exhibiting artists will also have the…

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Intro to Watercolour: Emma Block

April 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
West ElmWestfield Shephards Bush, Ariel Way
London, W12 7GF
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This Introduction to Watercolours Workshop is taught by illustrator Emma Block. This workshop is appropriate for both total beginners and those with some watercolour experience. The workshop will focus on developing skills and applying techniques allowing you to grow in confidence and start to develop your own style. The workshop will start with a colour mixing demonstration allowing you to…

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AOI AGM and Self Promotion Mini Masterclass

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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All members are invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be followed by a special free 45 minute mini masterclass with Q&A. At the AGM the Annual Report and Accounts for Oct 17 - Sept 18 will be presented and rotating Directors will be reelected. This will be followed by a mini masterclass on self promotion. The events…

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May 2019

Illustrating the Animal Kingdom with Sion Ap Tomos

May 1 @ 6:30 pm - June 26 @ 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Eight week course, Wednesday evenings 6.30-9pm 1 May – 26 June plus two additional Saturday field days to City Farm and London Zoo (admission included in course price) Explore a fascinating subject matter through a variety of techniques, discovering how to capture animal form, movement and detail. You’ll have the opportunity to depict your favourite creatures as well as developing…

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CLUSTER ILLUSTRATION FAIR AT UGLY DUCK

May 2 @ 11:00 am - May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Ugly Duck47 - 49 Tanner Street
London, SE1 3PL United Kingdom
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AOI Member Livy Nelson will be exhibiting at the upcoming Cluster Illustration Fair, presenting a brand new body of work. Since its inception Cluster has grown roots. Like a network of mushrooms we’ve popped up across a series of exceptional London venues, showcasing the freshest of talents before anyone else knows who they are. To celebrate we’re beginning 2019 by…

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UsFolk 4 Exhibition

May 3 @ 12:00 am

Belfast illustration agency UsFolk marks fourth year with new talent and exhibition. UsFolk illustration agency is getting set to launch UsFolk 4 with a special exhibition. Now entering its fourth year in business, UsFolk has revamped its roster of artists, adding 5 new international illustrators to its books. To mark the occasion, the agency is launching a new exhibition showcasing…

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Greg McLeod Presents: Bermingham

May 3 @ 12:00 pm - May 12 @ 6:00 pm
CentralaUnit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St
Birmingham, B5 5RT United Kingdom
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If whilst undertaking research into a city you misspell its name, does that give you free reign to ride rough shot over its true history? AOI Member Greg McLeod thinks so. In his first solo exhibition he will create 1000 illustrations of Birmingham, the city in which I grew up. But all is not quite what it seems… each image…

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Friday Late at House of Illustration – 3 May

May 3 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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House of Illustration is now open late on the first Friday of the month - and entry is only a fiver. Perfect for those looking for an alternative Friday evening activity or those who can't make it during the day but are keen to see our exhibitions. This May, catch Corita Kent: Power Up and YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit for the reduced price…

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15TH Pictoplasma Conferences & Festival Berlin

May 8 @ 8:00 am - May 12 @ 5:00 pm
BabylonRosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30
Berlin, 10178 Germany
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Coming May 2019, the annual Pictoplasma Festival turns Berlin into the world’s epicenter of character design and art—and a vibrant meeting point for a diverse scene of international artists, illustrators, filmmakers, and game, graphic or product designers. Creators and producers meet for a central conference to exchange strategies for figurative aesthetics, while the wider festival invites the general public to discover…

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Corita Kent In Focus

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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As one of the most remarkable artists of the 20th century, the influence of Corita Kent’s experiments with typography, print and day-glo colours on generations of designers cannot be overstated.   In the last week of the Corita Kent: Power Up exhibition, House of Illustration explores her legacy through the lens of three contemporary practitioners, each with a personal connection to…

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ILLUSTRATED TALK AT SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL – LOOKING AT THE ‘SOUTHWARK HOURS’

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Southwark CathedralLondon Bridge
London, SE1 9DA
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Visit Southwark Cathedral for this illustrated talk by Eleanor Jackson, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. The talk will take an in depth look at the exquisite ‘Southwark Hours’, the illuminated medieval manuscript, exploring its making, meaning and use. Tickets

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The Wonderful World of Non-Fiction Illustration: A Masterclass for Illustrators

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Professional development masterclass Join author and illustrator Helen Ward and art director Nghiem Ta – behind the phenomenally successful ‘Ology’ series – and discover the opportunities afforded by non-fiction illustration. Delivered in partnership with Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. More information and tickets: https://houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/the-wonderful-world-of-non-fiction-illustration-a-masterclass-for-illustrators/event-type/education-event Image: Monsterology spread © Helen Ward

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Life Drawing Class: Francesco Lo Iacono

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono, you have the opportunity to observe a live model wearing the creations of an exciting fashion designer each month. This class is suitable for all levels. It is open to beginners who have an interest in fashion and who want to try out their creative skills or just for the pleasure…

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Life Drawing Class: Francesco Lo Iacono

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono, you have the opportunity to observe a live model wearing the creations of an exciting fashion designer each month. This class is suitable for all levels. It is open to beginners who have an interest in fashion and who want to try out their creative skills or just for the pleasure…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Not a Hobby: New AOI Business Strategy Masterclass

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Tackling areas that are often overwhelming (and a bit boring!) with a combination of case studies, industry insight and Q&As, this session will set you up with the tools you need to build your business plan, boost your career confidence and outline your next steps.

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Finding The Essence of Ideas: 4-Day Illustration Workshop with James Yang

May 16 @ 10:00 am - May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Atelier OlschinskySiebenbrunnengasse 84/2
Wien, Austria
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Where do concepts come from? When illustrators start with a blank page, and by the end of the day there’s art – what happens in between? There is a lot of hard work, head and ass busting, and somewhere along the way a little bit of magic happens. In this workshop on conceptual illustration, we will try to find ways…

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PIP – An AOI Meet Up #3 Longevity

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good Chemistry Brewing2 William Street
Bristol, BS2 0RG United Kingdom
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Welcome to the 3rd AOI Meet Up for Bristol. Open to all illustrators (not just members of The Association of Illustrators) - let's get-together and share best experiences, meet others and share knowledge. That's why we've titled the Bristol meet up 'PIP' - meaning "Put Into Practice". For this third evening, the theme is "LONGEVITY" We'll have an open discussion with…

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Meet at the Market Exhibition

May 17 @ 12:00 pm - May 30 @ 6:00 pm
Hello Love62-64 Southampton Row
London, WC1B 4AR United Kingdom
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Meet Me at The Market is a collaborative Pop-Up by AOI Members Francesca Tiley & Aleesha Nandhra intending to visually explore their dual cultural heritage.   Francesca with British-Mexican roots, and Aleesha with British-Indian heritage, both artists were struck by the many crossovers and similarities that both of their cultures share; A rich history of textiles, printmaking, iconography & motifs,…

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Wild Life Draw, an Illustrators’ Meet-Up in London

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mudchute Park & FarmPier St
Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3HP United Kingdom
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Purchase tickets here. Join AOI and YO ILLO for a drawing meet-up at Mudchute Park and Farm located at Isle of Dogs, London. Mudchute Park and Farm is home to ducks, goats, horses, pigs, sheep, and more. Set against a stunning backdrop of nearby Canary Wharf, it’s a perfect place for wild life drawing studies on a Sunday afternoon. Come…

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Illustrating Hansel & Gretel for the 21st Century

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Join House of Illustration curator and Varoom editor Olivia Ahmad  in conversation with painter and illustrator Clive Hicks-Jenkins and Design for Today’s Joe Pearson as they discuss Clive’s reinventions of Hansel & Gretel, including his most recent work illustrating Simon Armitage’s retelling of the classic tale.   Clive will talk about deconstructing and reimagining a classic tale across multiple formats…

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AOI’s Glasgow Illustrators Meet up

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Titwood Bar52-58 Nithsdale Road
Glasgow, G41 2AN
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It's time to get our next Glasgow Illustrator meet up in the diary! Following our fantastic Life Drawing we'll be meeting up for a drink and draw in May. Draw each other or doodle till your heart's content with a drink and some friendly conversation. Members + non members welcome. Free - but please RSVP so we know numbers! Please…

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Creatives in Conversation: Making a Living as an Artist

May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Skillshare Office35 East 21st Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010 United States
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Join us for an intimate and open conversation on what it truly takes to make a living as an artist. Learn insights and actionable strategies from creatives who have built thriving careers in illustration and design. We’ll tackle topics such as: Art Licensing Finding and Working with Clients Marketing Yourself The Role of Social Media, and More! Audience Q&A to follow…

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In Conversation with Marion Deuchars

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camberwell College of Arts45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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Marion Deuchars in conversation with Professor David Crow. Celebrated illustrator Marion Deuchars is best known for her eloquent hand lettering, the Bob series, and art books. Marion joins Professor David Crow for an insightful and inspiring conversation event.  Looking at key works from Marion's career the conversation will look at how her work has evolved- and what informs her practise.…

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Terra Incognita by Jacco Bunt

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - June 3 @ 6:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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On the 23rd of May, De Stijl and Bauhaus inspired illustrator Jacco Bunt will unveil his brand new project ‘Terra Incognita’, at theprintspace Gallery in London.   Legend has it that in ancient times, cartographers labelled regions where mythical creatures could be found as ‘Terra Incognita’, parts unknown. Jacco Bunt’s new body of work represents an unexplored field of themes…

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Lend Me Your Ear

May 24 - June 6
Stance3 Neal Street
London, WC2H 9PU
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Lend Me Your Ear is a collaboration between music photographer Andrew Cotterill and illustrator Ben Tallon, in association with Young Urban Arts Foundation and CALM. This series of images is a celebration of individuality, human energy and creativity. It is a love letter to self-expression, depicting music artists who never attempted to hide the true essence of their character, succeeding…

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Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective

May 24 @ 10:00 am - September 15 @ 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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The first major UK retrospective of the celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. This exhibition features her early-career pastiches, iconic cartoon strips for The Guardian and children’s books such as Fred, which became an Oscar-nominated film. It also includes the first ever British graphic novel, True Love,…

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Art Exhibition Night

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - May 30 @ 12:00 am
Brewdog Dalston33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London, N16 8BJ United Kingdom
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We're displaying awesome work from various artists from all over London at the end of the month. Be prepared to have your mind blown by some hardcore talent - check out our glorious line up of painters, illustrators, sculptors and photographers! Alecks Unter - Photographer + Digital Artist Instagram @themilktape Francisco Alexander - Painter Instagram: @franisco_alexander_art Nathan Baumber - Painter…

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

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

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June 2019

The Northern Festival of Illustration Symposium

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Northern School of ArtLecture Theatre, Church Square
Hartlepool, TS24 7EX United Kingdom
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Join in this 1st of June for the Northern Festival of Illustration's Symposium, offering a day of insight from Illustrators and Speakers including Rob Flowers, Sam Arthur from Nobrow Press, Jimmy Turrell, and more.

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The Northern Festival of Illustration

June 1 @ 10:00 am - September 15 @ 6:00 pm

The award-winning Northern Festival of Illustration is showcasing world-renowned illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists when it returns to Hartlepool in 2019 including the first showing outside of London of a series of legendary illustrations from the best-selling 1970s sex manual, The Joy of Sex.   The exhibition which runs from 1 June – 15 September will feature a range of…

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Greetings From – An Exhibition of Prints & Paintings

June 1 @ 10:00 am - June 7 @ 6:00 pm
Still Life263 Well St, Hackney
London, E9 6RG United Kingdom
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Greetings From is an exploration of the origins of female characters in ancient mythology by AOI Member HC Gordon.   HC's first solo show consists of original artwork, hand cut prints and risographs.   Please join us for the launch on June the 1st at Still Life, Hackney from 7pm.   All artworks from the exhibition will be made available…

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This is Manga – The Art of URASAWA NAOKI

June 5 @ 10:00 am - July 28 @ 5:00 pm
Japan House101-111 Kensington High Street
London, W8 5SA
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This summer Japan House London will present a two-month exhibition on the popular Japanese art form, manga, through the work of internationally acclaimed manga artist, URASAWA Naoki.   Hugely popular in Japan where they make up over 20% of all publications sold, manga refer to what are commonly known as comics in the UK. Not just for children, manga feature unique…

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Immaculate Conception: 4-Day Illustration Workshop with Aad Goudappel

June 6 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
Atelier OlschinskySiebenbrunnengasse 84/2
Wien, Austria
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The importance of finding the root of an idea is the topic of this masterclass with illustrator James Yang. He will show you how to free your mind from the anxiety of creating ideas, and give you strategies on how to find unique solutions to illustrate even complex concepts. You will work on an assignment based on a real life…

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Natural History Illustration with Katy Alston – Loudwater Studio, Ludlow

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Loudwater Studio16A Burway Trading Estate Bromfield Road
Ludlow, SY8 1EN
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A fun opportunity to learn about drawing and painting the natural world, with tuition and support from teacher & illustrator Katy Alston. Bring your own materials, pencils or paints, to work at your own pace, experiment with techniques and gain new skills. The session will explore drawing, mixing and using watercolour, composing an image from a number of drawings, stretching…

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

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

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EH2 019 – Edinburgh College HND Illustration Graduate Show

June 7 @ 12:00 pm - June 10 @ 6:00 pm
The Fruitmarket Gallery45 Market Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1DF United Kingdom
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Each year the illustration graduates from Edinburgh College take an exhibition on tour around leading Publishers and Advertising and Design companies in Edinburgh. We set up a pop up show in their offices which directly helps the students to connect with the people who may commission them. Students each year create a collective identity to promote the show and this…

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Workshop – From Fashion Ad To Protest, Doodle Art With Naomi Vona

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will…

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Open Hearts, Open Borders: Illustrators Respond to Migration

June 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Amnesty International UK25 New Inn Yard
London, EC2A 3EA United Kingdom
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To celebrate the publication of Migration, Amnesty UK and Otter-Barry Books present a discussion on the 13th of June with Tobias Hickey, Piet Grobler, Jane Ray, Mohammad Barrangi Fashtami, and Chris Riddell who will be drawing live. Migration is a book of 50 images created by illustrators from 28 countries on the theme of human migration. All highlight the positive…

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Tactical: Camberwell BA Illustration Degree Show 2019

June 15 @ 11:00 am - June 21 @ 4:30 pm
Camberwell College of Arts45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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Camberwell College of Arts BA Illustration presents: TACTICAL Saturday 15th June - Saturday 22nd June PRIVATE VIEW: Monday 17th June 6pm - 9pm Throughout the week we will be running workshops in the space, as well as selling prints, zines and other works in our shop. Workshop timetable is coming soon. Follow @camberwellillustrates on Instagram for other updates and previews…

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Exeter Meet up: AOI Mini Masterclass

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Maketank3-5 Paris Street
Exeter, EX1 2JB
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Join the AOI for a condensed version of their hugely popular business masterclass for the third Exeter Meet up. We'll cover self-promotion, understanding the commissioners journey and copyright as well as the focussing on client negotiating and an overview of contracts – essential for a successful career in publishing! With plenty of time for Q & A, it's suitable for…

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Vector Characters: 4-Day Illustration Workshop with Jonathan Ball

June 21 @ 10:00 am - June 23 @ 5:00 pm
Atelier OlschinskySiebenbrunnengasse 84/2
Wien, Austria
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The importance of finding the root of an idea is the topic of this masterclass with illustrator James Yang. He will show you how to free your mind from the anxiety of creating ideas, and give you strategies on how to find unique solutions to illustrate even complex concepts. You will work on an assignment based on a real life…

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“Everywhere and Anywhere” – Exhibition by Yang Sio Maan in Macao

June 26 @ 12:00 pm - August 4 @ 6:00 pm
OX Warehouse87, 97 Av. do Cel. Mesquita
Macao, China
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Macau illustrator Yang Sio Maan is having her works exhibited at Ox Warehouse until August 4, 2019. “Sketching is the most direct response to what I see through my eyes. In sketching, the lines jump, the picture flows, and everything become matter of factly evident. But afterwards, what can be taken away or left behind? In recent years, my life…

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New Designers 2019

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - July 6 @ 5:00 pm
Business Design Centre52 Upper Street
London, N1 0QH United Kingdom
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26-29 June & 3-6 July Full of disruptive thinking, ambitious ideas and fresh approaches, New Designers presents the workof 3,000hand-picked graduate design talents from around the country. Hosted at London’s Business Design Centre 26 June–29 June & 3-6 July, the show explores every discipline of modern making.Great design shapes the human experience, and new perspectives push us forward. Join us…

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Royal College of Art – Animation Screening 2019

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Westworks195 Wood Lane, White City
London, W12 7FQ United Kingdom
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Spend an evening with this year’s graduating animators of the Royal College of Art and their program of diverse short films. Grab a drink before the screening and stay after to meet the students and join us for a pint at the local bar. Doors open at 6:00pm and the screening begins at 6:15pm.  Check the show teaser here!

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Royal College of Art – MA Animation 2019 Graduate Exhibition

June 29 @ 12:00 pm - July 7 @ 6:00 pm
Royal College of Arts2nd floor, Stevens Building, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2EU United Kingdom
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29 June - 7 July 2019 (except 3rd of July) Opening times: 12 - 6 pm daily 2nd floor, Stevens Building Kensington Gore, SW7 2EU South Kensington, London Free Admission #showrca Follow us on Instagram for a preview of works: @rcaanimation

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Character Creation with Loretta Schauer

June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chichester LibraryTower Street
Chichester, PO19 1QJ United Kingdom
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Create your own character and tell their story with illustrator Loretta Schauer. Discover drawing expressions and costumes and find out what makes a character unique! Loretta is the illustrator of numerous children’s books including A Very Corgi Christmas, A Monster’s Moved In, and the hilarious Dougal Daley series. For children ages 7-11. Please books tickets to avoid disappointment. Parents and carers are asked to…

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July 2019

Norwich Meet Up: Drink and Draw @ Brewdog

July 2 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Brewdog1 Queen Street
Norwich, NR2 4SG
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Calling all Norwich & Norfolk illustrators, artists, and creatives! Join us for round two of Norwich AOI’s meet ups for the ideal summer’s evening; drinking, drawing, eating, chatting, and all in one of the nicest venues our fine city has to offer. We’ve hired out the top floor of the wonderful BrewDog for the entire evening! If you attended our…

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Pride Poster Collage Workshop with Naomi Vona – London

July 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Hoxton81 Great Eastern Street
London, EC2A 3HU United Kingdom
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Working in conjunction with TOAF and the annual Pride in London parade, Italian artist Naomi Vona is running a collage workshop using vintage pride print portraits, at The Hoxton, London. Participants will use washi tape, stickers and marker pens to customise the portraits and make your very own Pride poster. All materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring…

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Glasgow Print Fair – Call for Proposals

July 4 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 6:00 pm

We're bringing together people who are passionate about print for a one-day event in November. We'll be celebrating print in all its forms. We're looking for printmakers to join us, send in your application by 31st of July to be considered. More information here.

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Brum Zine Fest 2019

July 6 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Impact Hub Birmingham58 Oxford Street
Birmingham, B5 5NR United Kingdom
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Brum Zine Fest is back! Back, again!  Just call us The Real Slim Shady because, following on from last year's event, we're excited to invite you to our awkward second album (festival) where we'll once again be opening the doors of Impact Hub Birmingham to zine-lovers, makers and, most importantly, those who are curious (because that's how all great adventures…

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From Fashion Ad To Protest – Doodle Art Workshop with Naomi Vona – London

July 6 @ 12:00 pm - July 7 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00pm, repeating until 7th July 2019

The Other Art FairWest Handyside Canopy & The Crossing, King’s Cross
London, N1C 4BZ
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This event will explore the infinite possibilities of doodling, over a magazine page, using eye catchy decorations, to give the picture new meaning by switching it into a fun, humorous or more personal and powerful protest message. The artist Naomi Vona will offer guidance and knowledge of her processes and techniques for manipulating images. All materials provided, we encourage you…

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Professional Development Day @ House of Illustration

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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House of Illustration will be holding a professional development day, specially designed for recent graduates, MA students and early-career illustrators, which will be packed with quick-fire sessions, practical advice and information about making it as a professional illustrator. In addition, House of Illustration staff will also share their knowledge and experience and professional freelancers will share personal stories and advice…

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Join us for our monhtly regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball – The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of…

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Fresh Catch – Middlesex University Graduate Show 2019

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - July 13 @ 5:00 pm
Coningsby Gallery30 Tottenham Street
London, W1T 4RJ
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BA Illustration at Middlesex University is delighted to present ‘Fresh Catch’, a showcase of work by our graduating students. This exhibition offers an exciting look at our new talent working within a diverse range of disciplines for illustration today and into the future. Private View: Thursday 11th July 6pm - 8:30pm

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Healthy Minds for Creatives

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The International Anthony Burgess FoundationEngine House
Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY United Kingdom
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Join us to discuss how to keep on top of your mental health as a creative freelancer. #HealthyMinds4Creatives Purchase tickets here. It’s no secret that creative freelancers face huge pressures in their daily life: meeting and juggling deadlines, balancing financial or health constraints, submitting to agents, dealing with publishers and publication, chasing payments. Add to that the solitary nature of…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2019

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

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Fashion Art

July 12 @ 11:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm
Crazy Republic9 Rue d'Antrain
Rennes, 35700 France
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" Fashion Art " is an exhibition of Fashion Illustrations by Hassiba KESSACI, Fashion Illustrator. It is hosted by Crazy Republic, the trendy multibrand store in Rennes, France.

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

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

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Zine Workshop – SMALL PRESS DAY 2019

July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dark Side Comics47 Viaduct Road
Chelmsford, CM1 1TS United Kingdom
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Saturday 13th July, 2pm-4pm Dark Side Comics, Chelmsford Zines are self-published magazines that anyone can make! In this 2-hour workshop, illustrator, designer and self-confessed-zine-maker Hayley Wells will guide you through the process of making your own 8-page zine. - We'll start by looking at a range of inspiring zines and we'll discuss why zines are so important to DIY artists,…

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Introduction to copyright . . . in 100 minutes

July 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
BECSPlouviez House, 19-20 Hatton Place
London, EC1N 8RU
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The British Copyright Council (BCC) is offering the chance to brush up on the basics of UK copyright in 100 minutes. This event is ideal for all creators starting out on their careers or for anyone in the sector seeking a refresher on how copyright protects creative works and creator livelihoods. Presented by Florian Koempel, the BCC’s international copyright consultant…

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Representing Realness Exhibition

July 16 @ 10:00 am - July 21 @ 5:00 pm
No Formal GalleryDeptford Moulding Lane
London, SE14 6BN
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An exhibition exploring contemporary image making and illustration in an age of prozac, #metoo and selfies. We live in a time where we pick up our phones and are deluged with over-styled photography, or switch on the news and can’t decipher what’s really going on in the world. Perhaps in response, the language of illustration has re-emerged as the voice…

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Social Media for Illustrators Webinar

July 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us to learn how to use your social media profiles to drive traffic to your website. The webinar will run from 12.30 – 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday 17 July. We’ll take a look at the social media landscape and focus on the big three – Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and look at how you can build a loyal following…

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Yo Illo AOI Meet up at World Illustration Awards

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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A group visit to the AOI's World Illustration Awards (WIA) at Somerset House, followed by a drink and a chance to talk shop with your peers. FREE exhibition. Come along on 18th July to join our group expedition. All illustrators and illustration-lovers welcome. We're meeting at the front doors of Somerset House Embankment Galleries at 6-6.10pm. Afterwards we will head…

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Meet Sarah McIntyre at Waterstones Covent Garden

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Waterstones Covent Garden9-13 Garrick Street
London, WC2E 9BA United Kingdom
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CALLING ALL GRUMPYCORNS! Join writer-illustrator Sarah McIntyre and her picture book friends - Unicorn, Narwhal, Mermaid & Jellyfish - for storytime fun and drawing! Find out what happens when Unicorn tries to write the most fabulous story in the world ...and gets COMPLETELY STUCK. How do writers and illustrators get their ideas? Does it involve cake? It very well might,…

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CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL OF ART SUMMER SCHOOL 29th JULY – 3RD AUG

July 29 @ 10:00 am - August 3 @ 6:00 pm
Cambridge School of ArtAnglia Ruskin University, East Rd
Cambridge, CB1 1PT United Kingdom
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Whatever your level of drawing experience, our Summer School will allow you to explore characterisation, pacing, pagination, the interplay of text and image, composition and design. You’ll produce your own dummy picture book under the guidance of our tutors in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. Our studio sessions are run on a one-to-one tutorial basis by experienced tutors from…

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SO CURIOUS // Conscious Creativity

July 31 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
De Beauvoir Block92-96 De Beauvoir Road
London, N1 4EN
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'SO CURIOUS' is a monthly event curated by Arts Consultancy Soho Curious & Co. Kicking off the series is CONSCIOUS CREATIVITY. Hosted by SOHO CURIOUS & CO founder Sarah Williams, we will be inviting a selection of leaders from across the creative world to show how they use their innate curiosity to create art, build their business and help others. We will be joined…

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August 2019

TOOLS OF THE TRADE CONFERENCE SAT 3RD AUG 2019

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cambridge School of ArtAnglia Ruskin University, East Rd
Cambridge, CB1 1PT United Kingdom
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A one day illustration conference with amazing professionals discussing their creative vision and how they achieve it. Speakers: Rose Blake Calverts Design and Print Co-op Mel Castrillon Helen Mackenzie Smith Alice Pattullo David Roberts Maisie Paradise Shearring Pam Smy John Vernon Lord Conference prices: £65 GENERAL PUBLIC £40 STUDENTS/RECENT STUDENTS/CONCESSIONS Tickets can be purchased online here. Illustration by Alice Pattullo

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Introduction to illustration: A one-day workshop – London

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Guardian90 York Way
London, N1 9GU United Kingdom
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Learn the basics of illustration and complete a short drawing project in a day in this highly practical masterclass with illustrator Millie Nice. Learn what it means to draw for a living and gain an insight into different forms of illustration, including editorial and advertising content, book design and children’s stories, as well as the underground world of comics and…

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Illustrator’s Talk: Chris Haughton

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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A talk, Q&A and book signing with the award-winning illustrator and educator. Hear award-winning picture book illustrator Chris Haughton discuss his innovative multimedia work for children, then take the opportunity to ask any burning questions, get your book signed and see House of Illustration's Marie Neurath: Picturing Science exhibition at a special after-hours private view. Chris will talk about his recent non-fiction…

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Workshop – From Fashion Ad To Protest, Doodle Art With Naomi Vona

August 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin’s CourtyardThe Lawn, Mercer Walk
London, WC2H 9FB United Kingdom
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What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will not stop at it. The idea is to give to the picture a new message and switching it into…

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Yo Illo: Illustrators’ Picnic

August 10 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Saturday the 10th of August we're heading outside for a sketching picnic in the park. Open to all illustrators, friends and family, for good talk, good food, drink and a chance to sketch those amazing pelicans. We will gather at 1 PM in the north of the park, next to the bandstand at Marlborough Gate kiosk (for google map…

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

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

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Join us for our monhtly regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball – The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of…

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Illustration Club, Cardiff

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Castle EmporiumWomanby Street
Cardiff, CF10 1BS
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Illustration Club is One! Join the celebrations for another chance to meet up and chat with other fellow illustrators for some good ol' fashioned doodling and drawing. Pens and paper will be provided but if you want to bring along your own tools of the trade then go ahead! Finco coffee will be open on the evening for refreshments. Illustration…

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September 2019

Open call: Art of Activism

September 1

Friends of the Earth, in association with theprintspace, have launched an open call for submissions for their upcoming Art of Activism group exhibition. The curators are looking for artworks that embody how people feel about the climate crisis. The brief suits many alternative mediums from painting to graphic design & illustration to photography. The only criteria is the artworks should…

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Call for Entries: London Illustration Fair 2019

September 2

Calling all illustrators, graphic designers, collectives and makers! The London Illustration Fair is back at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf 29 Nov to 1 Dec and they are on the hunt for the freshest talent around. Would you like to exhibit and sell your work to an audience of art buyers, gallery owners, creative agencies, festive shoppers and everyone in-between?…

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In Conversation: Posy Simmonds and Kate Charlesworth

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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A double-bill featuring two of British comics most celebrated talents, in conversation with exhibition co-curator Paul Gravett. In the final weeks of Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective, comics expert Paul Gravett leads a conversation with Posy Simmonds and Kate Charlesworth, celebrating their parallel careers as illustrators and writers that occasionally coincided while cartooning for The Guardian. Arrive early for an exclusive after-hours…

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Yo Illo: Paul Shipper and Timba Smits

September 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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Paul Shipper and Timba Smits Yo Illo Talks is back!  This September, we have partnered with the AOI and The Printspace, to revive our hugely popular series of inspiring illustration talks. WHO’S SPEAKING? Every second month, we’re delighted to be hosting two speakers. We launch on September 3rd with two incredible talents, Paul Shipper and Timba Smits. Paul Shipper is…

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smART Summer Sundays – Illustration Workshop

September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
my GALLERY3 Waterloo Crescent
Dover, CT16 1LA United Kingdom
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This workshop is led by local artist, Jack Cant. He creates playful characters and lettering using bold, hand drawn lines and bright colours. Although his work regularly features within a melancholy setting, these particular themes are masked over using a selection of pop colours, often making them fun and inviting. Join us this Summer for a series of hands-on workshops…

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Conversations with Oliver Jeffers

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kings Place90 York Way
London, N1 9AG
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House of Illustration presents the world-renowned illustrator at Kings Place. Join renowned artist and picture book-maker Oliver Jeffers for a one-off London event at Kings Place with Creative Review editor Eliza Williams. Jeffers – who makes fine art for (mostly) adults, and picture books for (mostly) children – will discuss his new book The Fate of Fausto and the power of storytelling through art.…

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Join us for our monhtly regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball – The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of…

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September 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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This Masterclass will look at how an illustrator can build a brand, establish an effective online presence, and importantly understand their audience. We will consider the commissioner’s journey and the ways you can use social media to work for you. The AOI’s Marianna Madriz will lead the talk, drawing on real world examples and focussing on innovative ways to drive…

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Women in Print Study Day: Marie Neurath and Her Contemporaries

September 16 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Delve into the world of mid-century classroom picture books and the pioneering women who created them. This informal study day will shine a light on Marie Neurath and her contemporaries: pioneering women who used design to revolutionise education. Leading experts in the field will consider the ways in which Neurath, Marion Richardson, Gwen White and Barbara Jones utilised illustration in the classroom to…

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