February 2019


Nobody’s Baby

February 7 @ 8:00 am - February 27 @ 5:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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On the 7th of February 2019, illustrator Marylou Faure opens her solo exhibition ‘Nobody’s Baby’ - an intimate exploration of femininity which celebrates body-confident, independent women. By using bold colours and a graphic style, the artwork brings into focus the power and mental strength of Marylou's characters. Named after a song lyric which inspired the artist, ‘Nobody’s Baby’ portrays women…

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Taking the Plunge

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - March 6 @ 8:00 pm
Kensington Leisure CentreSilchester Rd
London, W10 6EX United Kingdom
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This collection of watercolour portraits are inspired by the Water Workout class member Gill Bradley regularly attends at Kensington Leisure Centre. This Sunday morning ritual is a buoyant and positive refresher to busy and often challenging lives. The portraits are a celebration of the strength and beauty of the diverse group of women from the North Kensington community who come…

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Ewen Farr: Think outside the inbox

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan UniversityOld Castle Street
London, E1 7NT United Kingdom
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Ewen Farr is an animator and illustrator whose hand-drawn aesthetic is colourful and humorous. An independent artist, Ewen also has worked for major labels such as Universal and Island Records, with his unique and lo-fi methods bringing originality to the music video industry. Ewen's talk is part of the series of the The Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talks, which feature leading industry creatives…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Illustration Corner at The Other Art Fair

March 14 @ 9:00 am - March 17 @ 5:00 pm
The Old Truman BreweryDray Walk
London, United Kingdom
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Ewen Farr is an animator and illustrator whose hand-drawn aesthetic is colourful and humorous. An independent artist, Ewen also has worked for major labels such as Universal and Island Records, with his unique and lo-fi methods bringing originality to the music video industry. Ewen's talk is part of the series of the The Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talks, which feature leading industry creatives…

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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – London Stories Friday Late Launch night

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – London Stories Friday Late London Transport Museum, Exterion Media Gallery, Covent Garden, London Open 8 February – 14 July 2019 Tickets: Adults £15; Concessions and LTM Friends £12 A new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations opens with a Friday Late on 8 February at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and celebrates one of the…

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AOI Member Meet Up: Exeter

February 12 @ 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 first meet-up in Exeter on Tuesday 12th February, at the Phoenix Arts Venue. The aim is for this to become a quarterly event, open to AOI members and non-members alike - an inclusive and positive forum of discussion, problem-solving, support and encouragement. To kick things off, we’re planning a laid-back ‘Drink and Draw’…

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Laura Carlin Talk

February 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Gunnersby Park MuseumPopes Lane
London, W5 4NH
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Internationally acclaimed illustrator Laura Carlin discusses her first major public exhibition in the UK, Laura Carlin: Ceramics. Using archetypal ceramic forms including the tile, plate and vessel Laura will explore how pottery, like paper, can be a powerful storytelling medium. Laura Carlin portrait (c) Paul Grover, House of Illustration. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Subversive Stitch Exhibition

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - March 23 @ 6:00 pm
TJ Boulting59 Riding House Street
London, W1W7EG United Kingdom
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Subversive Stitch is a group show of textile-based works, incorporating embroidery, weaving, carpet, tapestry, clothes and sculpture. The title is taken from the 1984 book by feminist art historian Rozsika Parker "The Subversive Stitch - Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine." For centuries embroidery had been a craft most closely aligned with women, and the book explored its use…

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Common Lands Exhibition

February 15 @ 11:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning198 Railton Road, Herne Hill
London, SE24 0JT United Kingdom
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  An exhibition of work by Frann Preston-Gannon and AOI Member Maggie Li   An exhibition of illustration, giclée, silk-screen prints and hand-painted wooden models bringing together a collection of work centered around the natural world and the changes and effects from our impact upon it.   Common Lands explores themes of biodiversity, habitat, destruction and migration, drawing parallels between…

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Kyro Art Gallery – Paintings and sculpture by Gallery’s artists Eleonora Rossi and Anila Rubiku

February 18 - March 18
Kyro Art GalleryStreet P.E. Barsanti, 29
Pietrasanta (Lucca), 55045 Italy
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Collective exhibition of paintings and sculpture by AOI member Eleonora Rossi Recent and unpublished works by the artist, the result of her “return” to painting as a rediscovery of the language and expressive values of sign and colour, combined with the vocabulary of other media, such as video or drawing in its pure state.

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Living with Buildings and Walking with Ghosts, with Iain Sinclair

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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London has inspired countless stories and perspectives over time. But as sweeping changes take place, what lies on the other side for the capital and those who inhabit her? Join Iain Sinclair, as he recounts his own perspective on the city he has written about for many years, changing beyond recognition, and what remains or begins for life after London.…

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Children’s Illustration Workshop: Laura Carlin

February 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Gunnersby Park MuseumPopes Lane
London, W5 4NH
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If you were creating a world of your own, what would it look like? Would you build your house out of brick – or out of jelly? Would it be on the ground or in a tree? Would your shops sell envelopes and sweets – or shoes for superheroes? Would you ride a train to town, or a dinosaur? Come…

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Knife and Packer: Kids Workshop

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Children aged 7 and over are invited to come along and meet authors and illustrators Knife and Packer. They have written and illustrated over 30 books for children, including "Badly Drawn Beth" and "Fleabag Monkeyface". This highly interactive and humorous drawing workshop should be a big hit! Ages 7 and over Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance…

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Life Drawing Class: Francesco Lo Iacono

February 22 @ 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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Perfect Commissioning: Checklists, Clarity & Communication – a recipe for success

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cherry Duck Studios8-10 Sampson Street
London, E1W 1NA
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Following on from the well-received AOP/AOI debate around commissioning, this session will take a practical look at what needs to be clear at the point of commissioning. From the technical details and artistic remit of the brief, the supply of treatments, to the legal issues involved and tone of the relationship, we will look at where problems can arise, and…

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Creating a Children’s Book with Vivian French

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edinburgh College of Art74 Lauriston Place, West Court lecture theatre
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9DF United Kingdom
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Come and join highly successful and respected children's author Vivian French in Edinburgh to find out about the process of creating a children's book in the next Glasgow (happening in Edinburgh!) AOI Illustrator Meet up. From the basics of what makes a good story book through to the development of your ideas, collaborations and working with publishers, the timelines you…

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Monthly Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Purchase your ticket here Join us for our ongoing 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…

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Creating Your Own Success: NEXT LEVEL

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Following on our string of sold out events in Bristol, we're back with an empowering industry panel on taking your career to the next level with illustrators Kelly Anna &Dan Woodger and Handsome Frank agent, Amy Veried.

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Mono No Aware – An Exhibition by Alice Tye

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - March 3 @ 6:00 pm
Mother London10 Redchurch Street
London, E2 7DD United Kingdom
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This 28th February, artist Alice Tye (represented by Jelly London) shall host a Private Viewing of her solo exhibition ‘Mono No Aware’ – an exploration into the Japanese tradition of welcoming Spring. Alice portrays the ethereal appearance of the cherry blossom and the transient beauty of flowers sprawling across the urban cityscapes of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto inspired by her visit to…

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March 2019

London Book Fair

March 12 - March 14

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. This year, the Fair will take place in March, at Olympia, London, covering all aspects of the publishing industry. There are a range of talks on illustration, the Illustrators Gallery - find out more about…

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Illustrators Business Masterclass – London Book Fair

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the AOI for a condensed version of their hugely popular business masterclass. 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 members and non-members at all levels…

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AOI In Conversation with David Mckee

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ren Renwick, CEO of the AOI, will be in conversation with David Mckee, creator of iconic characters and picture books including Elmer the patchwork Elephant and Mr Benn, amongst many others - and London Book Fairs' 2019 Illustrator of the Fair.  Looking at Mckee's astounding career the session will look at the creative decisions, business relationships and opportunities that have…

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An evening with Cartoonist Michael Heath

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Burgh House & Hampstead MuseumNew End Square
London, NW3 1LT
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Join cartoonist Michael Heath in conversation with Clare Lynch with live illustration. Michael is Cartoon Editor at The Spectator. His work has appeared in numerous British publications including Punch, Lilliput, the Evening Standard, The Evening News, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Mail on Sunday, and Private Eye; all his work is signed simply as "HEATH" Tickets £10

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Sketchbook and Poster Show

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
De Montford UniversityQueens Building,The Gateway
Leicester, LE1 9BH United Kingdom
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It's that time of year! The annual Sketchbook and Poster Show is fast approaching, celebrating the work of first and second year students from De Montford University. The theme of this years show is 'Family' based on the family community built on the course and in the studio. It is with great pleasure that the course invites you to meet…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... NORWICH AOI MEETUP: EPISODE I ‘BEING A VISIBLE ILLUSTRATOR’

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ideas Factory4-16 St Andrews St
Norwich, NR2 4AE United Kingdom
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Calling all Norwich & Norfolk illustrators, artists, and creators! Join us for the first AOI meet-up event in our Fine City. Norwich AOI is coming in with a bang, with incredible speakers, portfolio advice, and then off to the cosy St Andrews Brew House afterwards for chats and catch-ups. The focus for this first event is ‘Being a Visible Illustrator’,…

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Magma Zine – Launch

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magma Manchester24 Oldham St
Manchester, M1 1JN United Kingdom
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Illustrator Maisy Summer would like to invite you all to my publication launch on Thursday 21st March. It’s a publication celebrating the illustrators, writers, graphic designers, photographers, designers that make Magma what is is!   During the last two years her practice has focused on the illustrating, documenting and collating stories of independent venues: the people, places, histories, & their…

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Bus Fare: Stories of the London Bus

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Transport MuseumCovent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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Instantly recognizable, endlessly imitated: London's buses are iconic. Not merely a vital component of the city's infrastructure, they are equally embedded in its culture; written about, sung about, joked about, filmed, painted (and painted on), advertised, and celebrated in myriad ways. Join social historians Travis Elborough and Joe Kerr on a journey celebrating the unique relationship that Londoners have with…

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Monthly Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Purchase your ticket here Join us for our ongoing 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…

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Industry Portfolio Consultation: Punanimation + Jelly London

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jelly London9-10 Charlotte Mews
London, W1T 4EF United Kingdom
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AOI is delighted to present a new Portfolio Consultation geared to Illustrators / Animators! Join Punanimation community founders Bee Grandinetti, Hedvig Ahlbergand Linn Fritz, as well as Jelly London’s Head of Motion/Animator George Coffey, Senior Producer Laura Thomas and Illustration Agent Sarah Morris. The consultation will be hosted in Jelly's newly refurbished meeting space (in London). In a small group of 8 you will share your…

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artsdepot Open 2019

March 29 @ 8:00 am - June 10 @ 10:00 am

artsdepot is inviting submissions for the 15th artsdepot Open exhibition. Running from Thursday 18 July – Friday 30 August, artsdepot Open is a vibrant celebration of creativity.   Submissions are invited from UK artists aged 16+ in any medium. Successful artists will have their work displayed during the exhibition, with a chance of winning the £3,000 artsdepot Open prize. See…

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Rencontres de l’Illustration Festival

March 29 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm

The festival Rencontres de l'Illustration will be taking place in Strasbourg for a fourth year, combining its programming with events proposed by the city’s museums, mediathèques, HEAR art school and Shadok. This year Blutch will be making a much-anticipated appearance and going all out to make up time, drawing in dialogue with Anne-Margot Ramstein, sharing his carte blanche pick of…

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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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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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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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Purchase your ticket here. We are delighted to continue our portfolio consultations in Bristol with Senior Agent Lucie Luddington. The 1-1 sessions are hugely valued by those entering the profession (especially those interested in the Publishing sector) and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Lucie who will provide guidance on targeting,…

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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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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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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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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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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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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... 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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