March 2022


PEP Talk with The French Dispatch’s lead graphic designer, Erica Dorn

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' next Pep Talk is set for Wednesday 30h March at 1pm.Tune in on Instagram Live as Erica Dorn, the lead graphic designer for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, talks about her journey so far, and specialising in graphic design for film. About Erica Dorn Erica Dorn is a London-based graphic designer with over ten years in the…

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April 2022

Hockney to Himid: 60 Years of British Printmaking

April 1 - April 24
Pallant House, 8-9 North Pallant
Chicheste, West Sussex PO19 1TJ
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See six decades of British art through one versatile medium. Including works by Edward Bawden, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Chris Ofili, Grayson Perry and Rachel Whiteread, amongst others, this extraordinary exhibition features over 100 prints by 90 different artists. From wood engravings and etchings to lithographs and screenprints, printmaking enabled artists to expand their practice to…

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

April 1 - April 30
Charnwood Gallery, Granby St
Loughborough, LE11 3DU
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This exhibition, originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, features a number of Judith Kerr's original illustrations from the Seven Stories collection and promises to bring this delightful book to life for a new generation of family audiences. There will also be a reproduction of Sophie's kitchen, where young visitors can sit down to tea with a…

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Under the Vapour Trails – Exhibition by Simon Bartram

April 1 @ 10:00 am - April 24 @ 5:00 pm
Hartlepoool Art Gallery, Art Gallery and Information Centre,Church Square
Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
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North East artist and award-winning children’s author Simon Bartram brings his provocative exhibition Under the Vapour Trails to Hartlepool Art Gallery this new year. Under the Vapour Trails features paintings and drawings of post industrial men who, somewhat stereotypically, find their identities in the clothes they wear, the haircuts they sport and the football team they follow. They live in…

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Sketchbook Circle: Drawing Group

April 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
York, YO1 7EW
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Develop skills and fill your sketchbooks at this regular informal drawing group for Adults, 16+. Fill your sketchbooks at this regular informal drawing group for Adults (16+ only). Take inspiration from our collection at York Art Gallery and enhance your drawing skills with the help and support of a community artist. If you’re more than 15 minutes late for your…

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‘Springing’ Forward with A Studio Called Jane

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SEESAW, 86 Princess Street
Manchester, England M1 6NG United Kingdom
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Small Fry host the Manchester AOI meet-up and invite A Studio Called Jane to talk about getting involved (again) in a post-pandemic world. Join Jane and Small Fry Collective for an evening of conversation and creativity followed by a studio tour with A Studio Called Jane around her shared space at SEESAW. Have lockdowns left you in low power mode?…

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Brighton illustrators Meetup

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
The West Hill Tavern, 67 Buckingham Place
Brighton, England BN1 3PQ United Kingdom
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Please join us for our very first in person, in real life, Brighton illustrators Meetup! Book below or via our Eventbrite. Come and join the Flock! Please join us for our very first in person, in real life, Brighton illustrators Meetup! In association with the AOI This first ‘in person’ event will be a FREE Drink & Draw at the…

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BEST OF THE DRAWING YEAR 2021 at Royal Drawing School

April 8 @ 9:30 am - April 14 @ 4:30 pm
Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch Gallery, 19-22 Charlotte Road
London, EC2A 3SG United Kingdom
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The Royal Drawing School presents drawings, prints and works on paper by postgraduate students of The Drawing Year in a series of exhibitions in central and east London and online. The exhibition showcases the next generation of creatives, who have spent the last 18 months developing their artistic practice through drawing from observation. The graduating artists come from a range…

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Shapeshifting as a Storyteller w/ Charlotte Ager

April 11 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for an evening online with illustrator and writer Charlotte Ager as she talks to us about her approach to making books. Book your ticket via Eventbrite here. This Children's Picture Book meet-up welcomes illustrators at all stages of development – from those just starting out, graduates early in their career, more established illustrators and authors or anyone with…

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Rhododendrons: Riddle, Obsession, Threat. Botanical Illustration Workshop

April 13 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Place
Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ
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An outdoor botanical illustration workshop, capturing the beauty of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s rhododendrons in bloom. Inspired by the spectacular Rhododendron illustrations in our exhibition Rhododendrons: Riddle, Obsession, Threat? Take a close look at the rhododendrons flowering in the Garden and create your own studies of these stunning plants, guided by Jacqui Pestell, RBGE Head of Botanical Illustration, and…

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AYUP Meet-up: Calligraphy & Illustration w/ Enso

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£3.50 - £5.00
Picture House Social, 383 Abbeydale Road
Nether Edge, England S7 1FS United Kingdom
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Expand your understanding of calligraphy and its place in the world of illustration while learning lettering skills from local artist Enso. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. Whether you are interested in expanding your understanding of calligraphy and its place in the world of illustration, developing line control for drawing and painting or would like to put your…

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Urban Sketching at New River Head

April 23 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
New River Head, 173 Rosebery Ave
London, EC1R 4TY United Kingdom
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Sketch on-site at at this one-off workshop. Get an exclusive look at House of Illustration's new home at New River Head at this on-site drawing workshop with illustrator Siôn Ap Tomos. Siôn has been sharing his knowledge and experience of drawing the London landscape for over 20 years, and now he’ll be your guide to our own little patch of…

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May 2022

Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories

May 1 - May 15
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner Memorial Park
West End Lane, HA5 1AE
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Meet a cast of strange and mysterious characters at the Heath Robinson Museum’s first exhibition of 2022, featuring artwork from the children’s stories that the artist both wrote and illustrated. In 1902 Heath Robinson was commissioned by Grant Richards to write and illustrate a new children’s book and he took the episodic structure of Don Quixote as his model, with…

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Britta Marakatt-Labba: Under the Vast Sky

May 1 - May 29
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace,
Birmingham, B1 2HS
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Ikon presents the first UK exhibition by renowned Sámi (Swedish) artist Britta Marakatt-Labba. Under the Vast Sky features embroidered pieces by Marakatt-Labba for which she is best known, including panoramas chronicling the history, culture and cosmology of the Sámi, the Indigenous population of the northernmost parts of Scandinavia. These are combined with other art forms to demonstrate the wide range…

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Joy Yamusangie: ‘Feeling Good’

May 1 - June 5
NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavillions
London, SE10 0SQ
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NOW Gallery announces the 2022 Young Artist Commission Feeling Good by Joy Yamusangie. The Young Artist commission, now in its 4th year, is awarded to outstanding rising talents in the fields of visual arts and illustration. Free to view from 24 March – 5 June 2022, Yamusangie invites the viewer to interrogate constructs around identity and celebrate self-expression. The artist…

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V&A Illustration Awards 2022 – Call for Entries

May 1 - May 16
Virtual, 

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the V&A Illustration Awards. Free to enter, the Awards celebrate excellence in student illustration and three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism. Award winners and the student shortlist will feature in a display of digital prints in the V&A South Kensington galleries. Each category winner receives £3,000 and…

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Introduction to Creating Picture Books

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - May 31 @ 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Learn the essentials of creating successful picture books for 0-6 year olds over 10 weeks with picture book author and illustrator Claire Alexander.   Learn how to create picture books with contemporary market appeal on this intensive online evening course for adult beginners with award-winning picture book author and illustrator Claire Alexander. This unique course, delivered live on Zoom, covers…

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PIP – Bristol illustrators meet up

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free
Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street
Bristol, England BS1 5AR United Kingdom
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Meet other Bristol illustrators to chat all things illustration, share sketchbooks, ongoing projects and join in with some drawing. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Come and meet fellow Bristol-based illustrators in the lovely surroundings of LOAF, downstairs at Bristol Beacon. We're keeping it relaxed with different areas you pick and choose from throughout the evening. Editorial illustration chat -…

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Cambridge Illustration and Print Fair

May 13 @ 2:00 pm - May 14 @ 5:30 pm
St Barnabas Church, Mill Road
Cambridge, CB1 2BD United Kingdom
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Ink Paper + Print is back for their annual fair showcasing a wonderful array of work by local and national artists, print makers, and publishers. Admission is FREE through Eventbrite (or £2 on the door) and there are over 50 exhibitors selling unique handmade objects. There are also some fascinating talks taking place given by well-known writers, illustrators and artists.…

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Creativity and Wellbeing Week – Get Creative Get Outdoors

May 16 - May 22
Various and Online, 

Creativity and Wellbeing Week is back for 2022! From 16th - 22nd May you can join a host online and offline events happening across the UK and useful resources as part of Creativity Week 2022. Creativity and Wellbeing week is a partnership between London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. It is an open festival encouraging…

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Klaus Flugge Prize 2022 – Shortlist Announcement Evening

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Waterstones Picadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9HD
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Join the the shortlist announcement evening for the Klaus Flugge Prize at a very special event at Waterstones Piccadilly, London. Emily Gravett, as a 2022 judge, will be in conversation with Julia Eccleshare at 6.30pm and this will be followed by the announcement of the shortlist shortly after 7.15pm. Doors open at 6.00pm. and there will be a chance to…

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Still Here Still Life – Workshop

May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Locke at Broken Wharf, Millennium Bridge 2 Broken Wharf
London, EC4V 3DT
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Still Here Still Life in real life drawing workshop! We will work with Locke to create an incredible Still Life from which you can draw. About this event With a glass of wine in hand, Still Here Still Life began. Still Here Still Life was founded during March 2020; a time of fear and uncertainty as we hunkered down into…

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June 2022

Hayao Miyazaki – Retrospective Exhibition

June 1 - June 5
Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition, marks the first North American museum retrospective dedicated to the work of its namesake: the internationally celebrated artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Curated by the museum’s Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán and organized in collaboration with Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded in 1985, Hayao Miyazaki features…

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The Professional Training Course – Illustration

June 1 - June 10
The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Kasernevej 5 8800 Viborg
Denmark,
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'The Professional Training Course Illustration is a full time course consisting of workshops on various topics related to illustration. With this course, you will develop artistic techniques and digital skills, combined with the art of communicating through illustration applied on relevant platforms for illustration' COURSE CONTENT The course was designed to give students who already have a strong foundation in…

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Chihoi: The Train

June 1 - June 19
Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom + Google Map

A slideshow of selected artworks from Hong Kong artist Chihoi’s graphic novel, based on a story written by Taiwanese poet Hung Hung, evokes a dreamlike train journey. The story is about a long-haul train that runs day and night around the island. It has many carriages which separate and reconnect. People lose family and loved ones during the journey, and…

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Art + Environment Event Series – DACS (Online)

June 1 - June 8
Virtual, 

How can artists explore and navigate the changing environment, climate instability and justice to create a more sustainable future?  Online series runs on 5th May, 25th May and 8th June 2022 This Spring, through a series of online events and content, Art + Environment will explore the impact of climate instability on the arts and artists, looking at how the…

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The Northern School of Art – Degree Show 2022 (Online and at Venue)

June 6 - June 16
The Northern School of Art Church Street Hartlepool TS24 7DJ, The Northern School of Art, Church Street
Hartlepool, TS24 7DJ
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You are invited to join in celebrating the outstanding achievements of The Northern School of Art Graduates 2022.  Private View Invitation, 1st June, 6pm-9pm You are invited to The Degree Show opening night on the 1st June, to officially open the exhibition of graduate work. The official opening is expected to attract a large audience where visitors can look forward to live…

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NEXT WAVE – South Essex University Graduate Show 2022

June 7 @ 10:00 am - June 12 @ 7:00 pm
3 Chichester Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2JP + Google Map

Year 2 Graphics design and Illustration students from South Essex University would love to invite you to 🧷NEXT WAVE 🧷 End of Year Show ‘22 (Sun closes 3pm)

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UCA Farnham Graduation Show 2022

June 9 @ 10:00 am - July 7 @ 4:00 pm
UCA Farnham, Falkner Rd
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS United Kingdom
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Make sure to catch UCA Farnham's Illustration degree show in campus this June and July. Farnham is UCA's biggest campus with the widest range of courses – so there’s a lot to see! From games concepts, short films and stop-motion animations to crafts, photography and graphic design, there’s a melting pot of work to take in and appreciate. Final year…

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Middlesex University Degree Show Festival 2022

June 9 @ 11:00 am - June 16 @ 6:00 pm
Middlesex University, The Burroughs 
London, NW4 4BT  
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Under the banner of Radical Creativity, the festival brings together exhibitions, events, screenings and performances by graduating students of a range of Design, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Media programmes.  The festival opens up our campus to show creative work in the spaces where it was created. Graduating students from programmes will include: Design, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Media

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University of Plymouth Degree Show

June 10 @ 11:00 am - June 17 @ 5:00 pm
107 Cornwall Street, PL1 1PA + Google Map

'Coming off campus for the first time, in the West End of Plymouth the Year 3 students have set up a terrific show of projects which range from personal perspectives of abortion laws under Ceaușescu’s Romania to character designs for Welsh narratives. Moving image, 3D, digital and printmaking, there are various techniques to be seen and admired'. For more details click…

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Create a Picture Book Character (Online Course)

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Create a picture book character with contemporary publishing appeal. Organised by House of Illustration, join author and illustrator Claire Alexander online for an afternoon delving in to the joyful world of picture books. By the end of the day you’ll have created your very own character with contemporary publishing appeal. You’ll explore some successful characters from classic picture books and…

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Central Saint Martins Shows: IRL and URL

June 16 - June 22
Central Saint Martins, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross
London, N1C 4AA
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In 2022, we open our doors to celebrate the people and place that make up our community after two years without end-of-year shows at the College. Reflecting the creative energy and joy of being back together, this is the first time all disciplines will be showing at the same time and in the same place. Join us to meet the…

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AOI Webinar: Taking Charge and Starting Out as an Illustrator

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

A webinar for students, graduates and very new illustrators about to enter the illustration industry. Book via our Eventbrite. 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. Presented by AOI Communications Coordinator and Illustrator Marianna Madriz, we will…

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Camberwell Graduate Show 2022

June 18 - June 25
Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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Come and visit the Camberwell BA Hons Illustration Graduate Show  The Class of 2022 Graduate Show will feature work from the BA Illustration course. Private view: Monday 20 June 6-9pm Click here to register to join the private view "...after a number of commas, it seems crazy to us that we're about to reach a full stop. With the next paragraph…

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Show22 Exhibition – University of Lincoln

June 18 - July 1
Lincoln School of Design, 3rd Floor
Peter De Wint Building, Lincoln LN6
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Show 2022 will be showcasing the year’s work from the students of the Lincoln School of Design, including Graphic Design, Creative Advertising, Product Design and Fashion. To find out more about Show 2022, click here or visit the website

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

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street
London, E15 4QZ
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Learn how to create authentic and convincing characters from real life scenarios with well-known illustrator Sara Ogilvie (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) and Simon & Schuster’s Art Director Jane Buckley (winner of 2021’s British Book Awards Designer of the Year). Over two half-days you’ll learn how to capture detail from body language to develop your characters and evolve your illustration style.…

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Drawing Diversity: Representing Different Skin Tones

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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BREW – Leeds illustrator’s Drink and Draw

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Crowd of Favours, 4-12 Harper Street
Leeds, England LS2 7EA United Kingdom
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Join us for the first in-person meetup of BREW - the illustration meet-up for Leeds. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Illustration can be a lonely business at times, so we’re getting out of the studio and having a drawing session with our local creative community here in Leeds. Come along! What It’ll be a chatty, laid-back drink and draw…

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University of Suffolk Arts Degree Show

June 23 @ 10:00 am - June 30 @ 4:00 pm
University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay
Ipswich, IP4 1QJ
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The School of EAST is proud to announce the return of the Arts Degree Show in 2022 after two years absence. You are invited to share in the celebration of their students' achievements. They look forward to presenting work from the following courses: BA (Hons) Architecture BA (Hons) Digital Film Production BA (Hons) Fine Art BA (Hons) Graphic Design BA…

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Arts University Bournemouth Summer Shows

June 24 - July 1
Arts University Bournemouth, Arts University Bournemouth
Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH
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The AUB campus will be transforming into the biggest gallery space in the South West of England to celebrate the achievements of the 2022 graduating students. The Summer Shows provide an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their final project work to the public. You'll also be able to view the shows online from 25 July 2022.  

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Degree Show 2022 – University of Northampton

June 24 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 4:00 pm
Various – Check website for more info, 

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

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Mayfair Art Weekend 2022

June 25 - June 26
MAW, Various + Google Map

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

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In Person / In Situ: Kingston Illustration Animation graduate show

June 25 @ 10:00 am - June 26 @ 6:00 pm
Candid Arts Trust Gallery, 3-5 Torrens Street
London, EC1V 1NQ United Kingdom
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Showcasing the future of Illustration Animation as a creative discipline, encompassing an eclectic mix of practices which both push the boundaries of and reveal the potential of Illustration Animation. Spanning ceramics, AI design, stop-motion animation, metalwork, 3D design, book arts and publishing, educational workshopping, knitwear, woodwork, model-making, sculptural installation, printmaking, reportage, textiles, VR experiences, and much, much more.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Janbowprints: Open Studio and Garden

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - June 26 @ 6:00 pm
241 Glenville Grove, 241 Glenville Grove
London, SE8 4BT
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AOI Member Jan Bowman invites you to her Open Studio and Garden in Deptford, southeast London (just a few minutes away from Deptford Market, which is also on Saturday). Drop round for new prints, cards, sketchbooks to peruse, iPad sketching demos and flowers in a chaotic, tiny but wonderful garden. See more of Jan's work here.

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Illo G – Glasgow illustrator meet-up / creative drawing

June 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street
Glasgow, Glasgow G3 8AG United Kingdom
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Illo G - the Glasgow AOI meet-up for illustrators invites you to a creative drawing day in the West End of Glasgow. Book below or online via our Eventbrite. Join Illo G – the Glasgow AOI meet-up – on a creative drawing journey around Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The museum is home to fantastic displays detailing Scotland’s relationship with…

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Nicer Tuesdays: June

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval
London, E2 9DT
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Nicer Tuesdays is a monthly talks event, bringing together speakers from across the creative world. The June edition welcomes Hato & Simon Beckerman, the design practice and minds behind the new app Delli, creative agency A Vibe Called Tech, advertising company Droga 5, and illustrator Anu Ambasana. Throughout their talks, you’ll discover what it’s like to work with The New…

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AOI Webinar: Understanding Contracts Better

June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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July 2022

Exploring Lines – The Drawings of Sir James Thornhill

July 1 - July 22
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
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A display illustrating the work of Sir James Thornhill, and his process of developing and drawing intricate designs for his mural paintings. Runs from 22nd July 2021 Sir James Thornhill was one of the most renowned artists of early 18th-century Britain whose mural paintings adorned the walls and ceilings of prestigious buildings throughout the country. Focusing on the role that…

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Arts University Plymouth Graduate Show

July 1 - July 15
Arts University Plymouth, 

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

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New Designers 2022

July 1 - July 9
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street
London, N1 0QH United Kingdom
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Full of disruptive thinking, ambitious ideas and fresh approaches, New Designers presents the work of 2,500 hand-picked graduate design talents from around the UK. New Designers is the longest running and leading design showcase in the country and we remain determined to champion and support the UK grassroots design sector. This year is its 37th anniversary and will bring together 200…

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UCA Canterbury Graduation Show 2022

July 1 @ 10:00 am - July 11 @ 4:00 pm
University of the Creative Arts Canterbury, New Dover Rd
Canterbury, CT1 3AN United Kingdom
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Make sure to catch UCA Canterbury’s Illustration and Animation degree show in campus this June and July. At this year’s Canterbury Graduation Show takeover, art, design and architecture will combine with activism, freedom and innovation, as students present their ideas and work throughout our campus. There’s so much to see this year, and for the first time since 2019 the…

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Joanna Robson’s immersive installation at the National Building Museum

July 1 @ 11:00 am - August 28 @ 4:00 pm
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW
Washington D.C., United States
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Artwork from Joanna Robson's artists book 'A Knavish Lad' (2016) will be featured at the National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington D.C. as part of a collaboration the NBM are doing this summer with the Folger Shakespeare Library. The artwork from the book will form part of an immersive installation for visitors to walk through within the Great Hall at the…

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Farm Life Drawing – Blend: London illustrator meet-up

July 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe Street
London, England SE16 5ET United Kingdom
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Join us for our first (post-pandemic) in-person meet-up with some Farm Life Drawing. Book below or online via our Eventbrite. We'll be meeting at Surrey Docks Farm, a London community farm with livestock, crop plants, a blacksmith, and a cafe next to the River Thames. The farm is closed to the public on Sundays, so we will get exclusive access,…

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Go Slow: Lauren Marina – Exhibition

July 4 - August 6
Pen Gallery, 28 Kingland Crescent
Poole, BH15 1TB
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Go Slow is Lauren’s first solo exhibition. The overall mood for the exhibition is one of joy and curiosity with ‘go slow’ as a motto for slowing down and viewing the natural world with curiosity for all it’s intricacies. The exhibition is led by a new series of large scale prints and accompanied by Lauren’s exploration of pattern design for…

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Brighton Illustrators Meet-Up / Drink & Draw

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The West Hill Tavern, 67 Buckingham Place
Brighton, England BN1 3PQ United Kingdom
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Please join us for a Brighton illustrators Meetup - Drink & Draw session. Book via our Eventbrite.   This will be a FREE Drink & Draw at the lovely West Hill Tavern in central Brighton. It will be a great opportunity to meet new friends, catch up with some old ones and have fun drinking and drawing for a couple…

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New Designers: Industry Insight Panel Discussion – Illustration First Moves

July 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street
London, N1 0QH United Kingdom
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Join the in-person Panel discussion for tips on how to start working as an illustrator. This friendly panel of illustration professionals will share their insights and advice for getting your personal and professional practice up-and-running. From finding the right opportunities and people to work with, to nurturing an online presence and nailing application forms, we’ve got you covered. Bring your…

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The MA Sequential Design / Illustration Graduate Show 2022

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - July 16 @ 5:00 pm
University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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The MA Sequential Design / Illustration Graduate Show 2022 takes place at the University of Brighton from 9th to 16th July, open daily from 12 noon to 5pm.  The Show is open to the public, free to attend and tickets are not required. The Sequential Design/Illustration MA attracts new and established illustrators, artists and designers from around the globe who are keen to explore the…

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Brighton MA Sequential Design/Illustration Graduate Show 2022

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - July 16 @ 5:00 pm
University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY
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Visit the 2022 Show to see exciting and diverse work from 42 graduating illustrators, designers, artists, animators, photographers and artists from all over the world.  The Sequential Design/Illustration MA attracts new and established illustrators, artists and designers from around the globe who are keen to explore the principles of sequence within their chosen field and make them visible through a variety of…

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The Rainbow Library – Illustration Picturebook Course

July 11 @ 11:00 am - July 16 @ 4:00 pm
Glasgow Zine Library, 636 Cathcart Road
Glasgow, G42 8AA
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Pop Up Projects CIC are running a series of free literature and publishing courses for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, as part of their Rainbow Library Project. Participants will develop their creative skills while also providing support to the publication of books for children and young people that include LGBTQ+ identities and experiences.   “In a world where LGBTQ+…

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Small World – Big Circus: Lucky Azad

July 13 - July 24
BSMT Space, 529 Kingsland Road
London, E8 4AR
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Small World - Big Circus is the third solo exhibition of emerging artist Lucky Azad.  The exhibition will consist of a series of 20 prints portraying the pandemonium of the world’s affairs in a glorious array of ecstatic colour. Lucky has illustrated busy digital images in a style which he describes as ‘Hieronymus Bosch for the Simpsons generation’. Small World-…

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How to Create Compelling Characters with Wildseed Studios

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Goldsmiths MA Children’s Literature: Children’s Book Illustration 2022

July 15 @ 10:00 am - July 17 @ 5:00 pm
Goldsmiths University, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way
London, SE14 6NW
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The annual Goldsmiths summer Degree Show season, celebrating the best creative work from Goldsmiths students, spanning music, theatre, fine art, design, computing and more. Visit the website for more details.

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The Illustrators’ Fair 2022

July 16
Granary Building, Granary SquareN1C 4AA + Google Map

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

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Urban Sketchers London: 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend

July 22 - July 24
Various – Check website for more info, 

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

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

July 22 @ 12:00 pm - July 24 @ 10:30 pm
Copeland Park & Bussey Building, 133 Copeland Road
London, SE15 3SN
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Following the success of their Brighton show, the University of Brighton’s BA Graphics and Illustration classes of 2022 welcomes visitors to their upcoming exhibition: ‘Despite it All’. The two courses have teamed up to create an exhibition that encompasses and celebrates the resilience and creative spirit of the new graduates. Pushing the boundaries of visual communication, the show aims to…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI AGM 2022

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Online Event, 

The AOI will hold the Annual General Meeting on Monday 25 July at 6pm. This will be held on Zoom and is open to all members to attend.  We’d love to see as many of you as possible.   At the meeting we will present the accounts and a summary of what the AOI delivered through the financial year 2020-2021.…

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Summer School: Illustrating Faces

July 27 @ 10:00 am - July 29 @ 4:00 pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton RoadLondon EC1R 0HB + Google Map

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

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AOI Webinar: Negotiating with Confidence

July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

A webinar giving you the tools you need to negotiate your illustration commissions with confidence! Book below or via our Eventbrite. Love the excitement of a new commission but feel awkward about the negotiations? The aim of this webinar is to give you the tools you need to negotiate with confidence!   Join us for the next instalment of our…

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Illustration Club / Cardiff illustrator meet-up

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
The Corp Market (previously The Corporation Pub), 188 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff, Wales CF5 1GW United Kingdom
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We’re back! Illustration Club returns in July with an in-person meet up. Book below or via Eventbrite. We’re back! Illustration Club returns in July with an in-person meet up. This will be a Drink & Draw at the ace Corp Market in Canton, Cardiff. It will be a relaxed social with drawing and chats, so bring your sketch book and favourite…

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August 2022

The Humour of William Heath Robinson

August 1 - September 4
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner Memorial Park
West End Lane, HA5 1AE
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A special exhibition highlighting the humour of William Heath Robinson launches on 21st May at his eponymous museum in Pinner as part of their celebrations of his 150th birthday. The Humour of William Heath Robinson features a chronological cross- section of his ironic observations, including the comically convoluted contraptions that made him a household name. It charts the development of…

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Drawing Attention – Emerging British Artists

August 1 - August 28
The British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG
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Discover some of the most compelling emerging talents in the field of contemporary drawing, displayed alongside highlights from The British Museum's collection dating back to the early 1500s. Emerging British artists are taking the medium of drawing in new directions – using innovative approaches, methods and media. This exhibition spans a wide range of techniques and practices, including drawings using…

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Free Street Art Walking Tour

August 2 - August 7
Shoreditch High Street Station, Braithwaite Street
London, E1 6GJ
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Enter a world of possibility where the walls are blank canvases and the flick of a spray can inspire rebellion and revolution. About this event Street Art has been described as the most important artistic movement of the 21st Century, but it actually dates back to thousands of years ago. If you're a lover of art and culture then, yes,…

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Big Cat Graffiti Workshop

August 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cass Art Kingston, 103 Clarence Street
Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1QY
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Gee Jay Arts is collaborating with the amazing Zentistic Gallery to deliver a fun Graffiti crossover with Kawaii illustrations and Fai Chun which is Cantonese for fun. Come along and join us for an East meets West art experience. You will explore Chinese and Japanese graffiti by creating your own personal response. Tickets £25 see website or click here for…

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Making an Impression: Printmaking Exhibition

August 10 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Broadway Gallery, The Arcade
Letchword Garden City, SG6 3DD
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This is the first opportunity to see original linocut illustrations by St Albans-based illustrator-printmaker Jonathan Emmerson from a brand new natural history picture book 'Above, Below and Long Ago' (publication date: 13th October), as part of a group exhibition called 'Making an Impression'. The artists' inspirations, techniques and outcomes are diverse, with their common link being meeting through Digswell Arts…

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Storytelling Masterclass

August 15 @ 10:00 am - August 16 @ 5:00 pm
Art House in Sheffield, 8 Backfields
Sheffield, S1 4HJ United Kingdom
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The School of Illustration have partnered with The Art House in Sheffield to deliver a live 2 day masterclass in illustration for storytelling. You’ll explore the fundamentals of illustrating for a range of narrative commercial outcomes, from children’s picture books to graphic novels. You’ll learn about story structure, character design, composition and everything else you could possibly need to create fantastic final illustrations. You’ll…

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BREW – Leeds illustrators Summer meet-up

August 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Crowd of Favours, 4-12 Harper Street
Leeds, England LS2 7EA United Kingdom
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Join us for our summer get together of BREW - the illustration meetup for Leeds. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Join us for our summer get together of BREW - the illustration meetup for Leeds. This time we’re meeting for a catchup but feel free to bring along a sketchbook or any work you’d like to chat about. All…

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Portfolio Review: Getting into Illustration

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Illustration Hub / Newcastle illustrator meet-up

August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Seven Stories, 30 Lime Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 2PQ United Kingdom
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Join hosts Nick & Frances Moffatt for the very first Illustration Hub/AOI Meet Up in Newcastle. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Wrap up your Summer on a creative high! Join hosts Nick and Frances Moffatt, freelance illustrators and founders of The School of Illustration, for the very first Illustration Hub/AOI Meet Up in Newcastle at the wonderful Seven Stories…

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September 2022

A Blink of Ink…The Creative World of Jill Calder

September 1 - September 11
Callendar House, Callendar Park
Falkirk, FK1 1YR United States
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Based in Fife, Jill Calder has been working as an illustrator since 1993. She is also a calligrapher and a digital artist with a love of drawing, and a passion for bright colour. This exhibition gives you a glimpse into Jill’s world from her beginnings at art college in Cumbria in the late 1980s to her current collaboration with English…

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Quentin Blake: Birthday Biro and Bic!

September 1 - September 25
Hastings Contemporary, Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road
Hastings, TN34 3DW United Kingdom
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AOI Patron Sir Quentin Blake is exhibiting a series of new works at Hastings Contemporary. “Since discovering the rewarding possibilities of drawing with the humble biro, I have spent the past few months creating a series of imaginary portraits using a range of techniques from academic shading to cross hatching. As the first Artist Patron of Hastings Contemporary, I thought…

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I Go to School by Bus – Exhibition: Don Mak

September 1 - September 11
Saan1 5 Kelvin Street, 5 Kelvin Street
Manchester, M4 1ET United Kingdom
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This is the first art exhibition of the work of Don Mak to be held in the UK. Mak is an illustrator from Hong Kong who relocated to the UK in 2021. This exhibition showcases two sets of Mak's paintings: the first set is called "Once Upon a Hong Kong", an illustration series for the same-named picture book published in…

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Adam Shield: Amp Envelope – Exhibition

September 1 - September 17
The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street
London, NW8 8PQ
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The Showroom presents Amp Envelope, the first solo exhibition in London by artist Adam Shield. Shield's new body of work opens up drawing and collage as a means of exploring interior worlds; with imagery encompassing references distilled from post-apocalyptic science fiction writing, dystopian dream projectors, seventeenth century alchemy and everyday encounters with political, societal and economic structures. For the third…

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SCOPE 2022 Creative Showcase

September 1 - September 15
Above Food Forty Six, 46 High Street
Paisley,
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Illustrations by new AOI member Hannah Moshtael feature in the SCOPE 2022 Creative Showcase, Paisley. SCOPE is a contemporary, experimental and collaborative collective with a focus on improving the creative ecology of Renfrewshire. Scope Collective are hosting a public showcase of various creative outputs by creatives who live in, work in or for those who are in some way associated…

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Small Fry Illustration Portfolio Reviews

September 1 - September 30
Virtual, 

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

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Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists

September 1 - September 29
Granary Art Gallery, Weston-under-Lizard
Nr Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8LE
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Celebrating Nature An exhibition celebrating all things botanical, shown through images of plant portraits, in various mediums, that aim to reflect the variety and wonder of our natural world. This celebration draws attention to the many ways nature evokes our senses – visually, through the beauty of flowers and leaves. Through the spectacular colours that can be seen every day…

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MoCDA Digital Summer Show 2022

September 1 - September 25
Virtual, 

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

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Chatting picture books w/ Ian Morris + Drawing prompts

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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

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Centre in Progress: Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration Site Tours

September 8 - September 18
Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, Rear of 28 Amwell Street
London, EC1R 1XU
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Get in while you can! Visits for timed entry: 8 to 11 and 15 to 18 September 2022. Visit the derelict industrial site that will become the national centre for illustration, with installations by Laura Copsey & Philip Crewe and Sharpay Chenyuè Yuán. Restoring the 300-year-old former waterworks will create the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. The official opening will be…

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AOI Webinar: An insight into Illustration Agents

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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Illustradays 2022

September 9 - September 18
Sefario City of Athens, 

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

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

September 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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18th Pictoplasma Conference 2022

September 14 - September 18
Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35
Berlin, 13347 Germany
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This September, the Pictoplasma Conference returns to Berlin to present an all-new selection of trailblazing, trendsetting character design and art. The conference will provide a platform for artists to share ideation processes and working methodologies in focused presentations. International creators and producers from illustration and animation, design and interactive, and urban and graphic arts will exchange strategies for the future…

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Gibraltar, Our Sacred Earth,

September 14 - September 24
Bermondsey Project Space, 183, 185 Bermondsey St
London, SE1 3UW
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Gibraltar, Our Sacred earth, Our Sense of Place Is an exhibition featuring the work of Shane Dalmedo, along with eight other artists from Gibraltar. Curated by Philippa Beale with an introduction by Matthew Collings.Dalmedo is exhibiting two works in mixed media, one which is a large child-size sculpture accompanied by her ‘house’, which she pulls along with her to her…

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Small Fry x Brand Warrior: What are you about?

September 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Storyboard – Professional Training course

September 19 - October 5
The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, Kasernevej 5 8800 Viborg
Denmark,
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'Are you a junior animation professional looking for a way to specialise in storyboarding? Then this course is what you need Build up your portfolio and a set of skills that will significantly improve your chances to get hired as a storyboard artist on TV series, animated feature films and VFX live-action films' Application deadline: July 2, 2022 COURSE OUTLINE…

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Designing an illustration career w/ Monika Forsberg

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane
London, England SE15 4ST United Kingdom
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An AOI | Blend talk hosted by Peckham Levels as part of London Design Festival. Book below or via our Eventbrite here. Monika Forsberg’s bright blooms and whimsical creations adorn everything from fabrics to puzzles to wallpaper. Originally from Sweden’s Lapland coast, Monika came to London to study animation, and ended up pursuing a freelance illustration career, with clients from…

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

September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Virtual, 

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

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Industry Insight: Fashion Illustration

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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