February 2021


Graphic Design & Branding Portfolio Review

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

Want to get into graphic design and branding? Need help with your portfolio? On 25th February, Creative Lives in Progress is hosting their next portfolio review session with some amazing creatives and companies. Reviewers will include Dropbox Design, Human After All, Zendesk, and many more. This session is open to those who are: within the first year of a creative career;…

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March 2021

Talk & Drawing workshop with Dan Woodger

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Our Manchester illustrator meet up, hosted by Small Fry, continues with a drawing workshop & talk from illustrator and animator Dan Woodger. Get your ticket. For our first Small Fry event of the year, we have the amazing Dan Woodger hosting a talk & drawing workshop. He’ll be taking us on a journey through his process and projects, including his…

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Diversity and Equality Roundtable: ‘Thinking Globally’

March 11 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

The AOI are happy to announce the next set of roundtable talks focussing on Diversity and Equality in Illustration. The first session of 2021 will be themed ‘Thinking Globally’. Chaired by AOI Board member and Illustrator Montana Forbes, we will look at the impact the extraordinary global changes have had on our work and what it means for our practice.…

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Pep Talk with Illustrator Manjit Thapp

March 17
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' Pep Talk, hosted on Instagram Live, will be back this 17th March at 1pm – and this time around, their guest is Illustrator Manji Thapp. Join in to hear Manjit talk about building an illustration career, the nature of promoting and selling your work online, as well as her latest book with Penguin Random House. Based…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Disability Resource Roundtable

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

Building on feedback from previous sessions we have developed a resource intended to support the commissioning of disabled illustrators and generally open up the conversation. We would like to invite feedback on the resource, so we can ensure it is practical, relevant and useful. Jhinuk Sakar will lead a friendly, informal discussion focussing on the draft resource and we welcome…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Devon and Cornwall Illustrators – Finding Your Creative Voice

March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Sue Gent chats with fellow illustrator Caroline Pedler about finding your creative voice & ways to make your work personal & distinctive. Book your ticket! As the world becomes a more fractured and challenging place, it’s more essential than ever that we, as illustrators, foster our individual creative voices so we can build trust, confidence and agency in being unique.…

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April 2021

Drawing Album Covers by Royal Oak Community Centre Arts

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Explore how to turn your drawings into a compelling album cover About this Event The concept of the album cover is to grab your attention and to express music visually. But how exactly can one even begin to create an image that can capture these elements in a memorable or even challenging way to the viewer? Using the works of…

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Small Fry Chats & Draws with Fran Meneses! by Small Fry Collective

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Talk and sketch with Illustrator Fran Meneses with Small Fry, Thursday 8th April 7-9pm UK on Zoom About this Event We can’t wait to welcome Fran Meneses to Small Fry Chats & Draws on Thursday 8th April 7-9pm UK on Zoom! Fran will be talking about what inspires her practice and keeps her motivated, working as an illustrator in New…

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Brighton illustrators Drink & Draw

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

Open to all illustrators – this is the very first Brighton illustrators Meetup! In association with the AOI. Get your ticket.     Join the Flock! Please join us for the the very first Brighton illustrators Meetup! In association with the AOI. This first event will be a FREE online Drink & Draw. An opportunity to meet new friends, catch…

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When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Virtual, 

When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright is the fourth in a series of short films about veteran sign painters organised by AOI Members Better Letters. After screening at last year’s Lockdown Letterheads, Better Letters is delighted to announce the online release of the award-winning film about Australian showcard and ticket writer Barbara Enright. This will be accompanied by a zoom…

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PEP Talk with Andrew Herzog

April 21
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' next Pep Talk is set for Wednesday 21st April at 1pm, when they'll be joined by New York-based artist and designe  Andrew Herzog to talk about building a portfolio that best represents you, passion projects, and his latest book, A Report: Circle Or Curve.  About Andrew Herzog Since graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design’s…

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Expressive Arts and Doodling

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - April 26 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

Alice Smith is bringing her Expressive Arts workshop back to Cwtsh About this Event This class promotes well being and relaxation by guiding you along on a creative doodling journey. We use music to encourage creative flow and mindfulness with an emphasis on creating enjoyable experiences. This exercise frees up our creativity and allows us to let go of the…

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Finding Beauty In The Everyday – Drink Chat Draw

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Virtual, 

Join Devon and Cornwall Illustrators for an evening of drawing based on themes of the every day. In conjunction with RAMM Lates and The AOI. RSVP now! For many of us, it’s been a year of repetition. The same rooms, the same people, the same routine. But did you find unexpected beauty in elements of the everyday? Did the process of…

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Creating Comics and Graphic Novels Course

April 24 @ 10:00 am - May 15 @ 3:00 pm
Virtual, 

Comics and graphic novels are a diverse and powerful form with a huge presence in popular culture. This four-week course explores what makes a compelling comic and graphic novel, and will help you take the first steps towards making an original story of your own creation. Comics and graphic novels are a diverse and powerful form with a huge presence…

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BAPLA Webinar – Protecting your Content

April 28 @ 4:30 pm
Virtual, 

In anticipation of the UK Government’s response to the consultation on the Enforcement Framework, BAPLA look at the infringement landscape from two different angles – the legal and the technical. Joining this session will be legal expert Elizabeth Morley from Howard Kennedy.  This will open up to a discussion by a technology services provider to talk about the challenges with…

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In Conversation with Jon Klassen

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT AND OUR WAITLIST IS FULL.  Internationally renowned Illustrator Jon Klassen is best known for his best-selling Hat Box trilogy (I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, We Found a Hat), among many other loved titles. In celebration of the release of his highly anticipated The Rock From The Sky…

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May 2021

Lewis Carroll and the Pre-Raphaelites with Mark Davies

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

Individual stories and key figures of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Talk There are many Oxford associations with the artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, notably John Millais, William Holman Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. A key figure was Thomas Combe, Superintendent of Oxford University Press, who was an early patron, and…

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Drawing Inspiration – An evening with Pam Smy

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for an evening with the inimitable Pam Smy as she talks us through her influences and working practice. Join us for our first AOI Children’s Picture books Meet-up event - an online quarterly meet up hosted by picture book illustrator Rachel Stubbs, and author-illustrator and educator Emily Haworth-Booth. Open to those at all stages of development – from…

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A Queer Reading of Klinger

May 6 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Virtual, 

Explore the flamboyant posters of Julius Klinger Vikings and centaurs and flamingos, oh my! This latest exhibition Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age is full of fun and flamboyant posters that are perfect for outlandish interpretations. Join Poster House for an entertaining evening of wild conjecture on the contemporary queer subtexts of these extravagant images. First, author and illustrator John…

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VIRTUAL Risograph Basics with Outlet!

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

Want to learn what risograph printing is? Want to meet others who do too? Come learn all the basics & make a print via this online workshop. About this Event Welcome to our Risograph Basics course: a printing, collage, experimentation, and mark making extravaganza! Get to know Outlet and our RISO sisters (Barbara, Janet, Corita, and Tina) and learn the…

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Happily Ever After – with Morag Hood and Helen Kellock

May 13 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

  Enter through a secret Zoom door to join a conversation with published children’s illustrators, Morag Hood and Helen Kellock. Book your ticket. Join host, Illo_G in exploring the professional and multifaceted world of children's publishing, from materials to the finished article. How does a children's illustrator create "happily ever after" in their artwork or career? Listen in as Morag…

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Blend Drink & Draw

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for our first drawing meet-up for Blend (a new name for the AOI London illustrators’ meet-up) : a Drink & Draw with special guests from The Good Ship Illustration : Katie Chappell, Helen Stephens, and Tania Willis. Get your tickets here. Bring your drawing materials — and a drink — and join us for a fun evening as…

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Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Picture Books & Self-love

May 18 @ 11:00 pm
Virtual, 

Picture book authors Shelly Anand + Joanna Ho discuss self-love in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month Laxmi's Mooch A joyful, body-positive picture book about a young Indian American girl’s journey to accept her body hair and celebrate her heritage after being teased about her moustache. Laxmi never paid much attention to the tiny hairs above her lip. But one…

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PEP Talk with Mahaneela

May 19
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' next Pep Talk is set for Wednesday 19th May at 1pm, when they'll be joined by New York-based Multidisciplinary practitioner Mahaneela as she talks about building a career as a creative. About Mahaneela Starting out, it can be easy to assume that you need to specialise in a particular area, find your niche, or style – and stick…

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Artist, Mother, Rebel: a conversation with Emily Claire Völker

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Emily Claire Völker, a Berlin-based illustrator and member of Extinction Rebellion. Emily Claire Völker shares: “I try to create work that makes people feel empowered to create change, protect our planet, and enjoy life in all its beauty. One of my core beliefs is that we are far more powerful than we think we…

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One Million One Month – Call for Artists

May 21 - June 20
Virtual, 

On May 21, One Million One Month (1M1M) will commemorate the International Endangered Species Day by launching the second round of One Million One Month, running until June 20. All artistic expressions are welcome! This international initiative aims to highlight the one million species at risk of extinction through art. 1M1M is a non-profit art project started by Mexican illustrator…

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AOI AGM 2021

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The AOI will hold the Annual General Meeting on Monday 24 May 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 and would like to spend some time listening to your experiences of the past year and  understanding how we can best emerge…

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Graphic Design & Branding Portfolio Review

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Want to get into graphic design and branding? Need help with your portfolio? On 27th May, Creative Lives in Progress is hosting their next portfolio review session with some amazing creatives and companies. Reviewers include Wix Playground, QM Tan, J ,Zag , Wolff Olins , Moving Brands, Lovers, Katee Hui, Bhav Mistry and Darren Whitney. This session is open to those who are: within the…

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Brew Drink & Draw / Leeds illustrator meet-up

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Join BREW - the first illustrators meet-up for Leeds. RSVP for free below or via Eventbrite. All illustrators are welcome and all you need to bring is a drink, yourself and drawing materials for various prompts and fun times. This event is run by The AOI and hosted by illustrator Hannah Lock. This event is FREE, simply RSVP. Follow Brew to…

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Quarantine Art Club with Jess Moon Seo

May 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online, 

Join 2B or Not 2B Collective for an online Life Drawing session with the amazing model and dancer Jess Moon Seo. A fun session of drawing, mental health maintenance and creativity. This untutored life drawing class is 2 hours long. You can join and leave whenever you want, however you will need to purchase a ticket before the session. *During the…

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Quarantine Art Club with Callum Sterling

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join 2B or Not 2B Collective for an online Life Drawing session with the amazing model and dancer Callum Sterling. A fun session of drawing, mental health maintenance and creativity. This untutored life drawing class is 2 hours long. You can join and leave whenever you want, however you will need to purchase a ticket before the session. *During the break…

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June 2021

London Book Fair – Online Edition

June 1 - June 30
Virtual, 

The London Book Fair 2021 will go ahead as a digital only event, creating opportunities for the publishing industry to meet online, following the impact of the global pandemic. The in-person format will return next year to its usual Spring dates of April 5-7 2022. You can read their full announcement here. The Online Book Fair will bookend the month…

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Finding Healthy Creativity with Aki Schilz

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join us for discussion and activities surrounding healthy creativity and the ways we can reshape and rethink our creative processes. Book below or via our Eventbrite. “Productivity” is a word which has taken on pretty toxic meanings over the last few years. It’s resulted in an increased pressure on creative folks, especially those who run their own businesses or are…

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Anryhded: Swansea College of Art Illustration Degree Show

June 10 @ 12:00 am - July 10 @ 12:00 am

In difficult times Swansea College of Art students have undevoured as individuals and as a group. The welsh word Anryhdedd roughly translates as honour, or esteem. It reflects the honour their graduating students have shown in their work and the esteem they have gained in their achievements. Although illustration is a multi-faceted area, with many approaches and unique styles, each…

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Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and Illustration Degree Show

June 10 @ 5:00 pm - July 10 @ 5:00 pm
Online, 

The 2021 Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and Illustration Degree Show comprises 2 elements: a virtual Degree show, which will launch the Degree Show Website, and a physical End of Year Publication. Each element will showcase students' self-directed project work alongside discussion pieces concerned with the culture of education and learning. Limited copies of the print publication can be…

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Blended Practice: Design x Illustration

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Small Fry bring together a panel of creatives to reveal their discoveries about the power of having a blend of practices. Small Fry bring together a panel of creatives to reveal their discoveries about the power of having a blend of practices. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. Having a background in both illustration and graphic design is such a strength…

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Online Edition

June 14 - June 17
Virtual, 

From Bolonga Children's Book Fair's website: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the in-person 2021 edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna Licensing Trade Fair and the new event BolognaBookPlus cannot take place. Although we were optimistic right to the last, the pandemic in the world, in Europe and particularly in Italy, obliges us once…

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Westminster Online Degree Showcase – Illustration & Visual Communication Perspectives

June 14 - June 18
Virtual, 

In this strange and challenging year, IVC students have shown great resourcefulness and invention, creating diverse work around cultural representation, mental health, music, the natural world, legend, personal journey and the physical and psychological landscapes of life in lockdown. Ideas are explored through figurative, graphic, abstract, decorative and surreal visual languages. The resulting work engages many audiences and takes a…

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Bloom: The Northern School of Art’s Illustration Degree Show

June 14 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
The Northern School of Art Church Street Hartlepool TS24 7DJ, The Northern School of Art, Church Street
Hartlepool, TS24 7DJ
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Entitled Bloom, the Northern School of Art’s Illustration Degree Show exhibits the work of 26 Illustration students and covers a wide range of disciplines across the spectrum of the illustration industry, including picture book illustration, comics artwork, editorial illustration, advertising, products and branding.

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An introduction to NFT’s

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. NFT’s (Non Fungible Tokens) have been increasingly in the news and offer potential new income streams to all artists, including illustrators – but many don’t know what they are. Alex Watt, Partner at Howard Kennedy LLP specialises in IP and has a growing expertise in NFT’s as this new commodity develops. This…

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Make your own print pals with Freymo – Virtual Drink & Print Workshop

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join Blend and Freya Moses (AKA Freymo) and learn how to make your own foam stamps for creating your own, personal hand printed characters. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Virtual Drink & Print Workshop Join Blend and Freya Moses (AKA Freymo) and learn how to make your own foam stamps for creating your own, personal hand printed characters! If you…

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First Class: COVENTRY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN Graphic Design BA Degree Show

June 17 - August 31
Online, 

Join Coventry University in the celebration of their students' success. In a time where we can’t gather together physically, it is all the more important to mark this occasion as special. Coventry University therefore invite you to treasure this online event, as well as visit and share widely this 'First Class' BA Graphic Design website and the Coventry University Degree…

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2021 Sheffield Hallam University Illustration Degree show

June 17 - June 30

The focus each year for students studying BA(Hons) Illustration at Sheffield Hallam University is the development of a personal visual language and the application of it to professional, speculative and authorial projects. Set against this venture this year, the contextual framework of the ongoing Global pandemic has created unprecedented challenges. It is therefore humbling to witness the resolve of our students who…

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It’s Been A Drag: CSVPA BA Graphics and Illustration degree show

June 17 @ 8:00 am - June 19 @ 5:00 pm
The Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road
London, E2 7DG United Kingdom
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Thursday 17 June and Saturday 19 June - come see the CSVPA BA Graphics and Illustration degree show at this east London venue near to Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green tube stations.

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The accessibility of illustration as a career

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free
Online, 

The AOI are happy to announce the 2nd set of Roundtable Talks for 2021, focussing on Diversity and Equality in Illustration. Book your free spot below or via our Eventbrite. This 2nd session will be themed ‘the accessibility of illustration’. Chaired by AOI Board member and Illustrator Montana Forbes, we will look at the misconceptions of entry points into the…

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Present 2021. Anglia Ruskin University Digital Degree Showcase

June 18 - July 31
Virtual, 

An exhibition of student work you curate for yourself  The virtual showcase of work of degree students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty at Anglia Ruskin University. 'We won't tell you how to look around. That's up to you. Want to see all of the orange things we made this year? Or are you interested in work that's…

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2021 Arts University Bournemouth Illustration Summer Show

June 19 - August 31

This year, our incredible graduates show how despite everything that life sometimes throws at them, they remain resilient, robust, and full of creative ambition. This year’s show includes moments of pathos, loss, frustration, joy, and wonder, following journeys that have unfolded throughout the year.   In the work these graduates have produced, we are asked to re-experience, perhaps even reconsider…

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Rob Bidder in conversation with Natasha Natarajan, FML Comics

June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Join Natasha & Rob as they round up their day's collaboration with a live, online discussion. Live Collaborative Drawing: 11am-5pm, followed by Panel 6-7pm. Natasha and Rob's collaborative live drawing will take place from at The Cartoon Museum and will be viewable by visitors. About the Panel: Natasha Natarajan is currently exhibiting at The Cartoon Museum in our 'In Focus' space. She recently published…

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Plymouth University: Virtual Graduate Show

June 21 - July 27
Virtual, 

Take a look at the online showcase celebrating the work of the BA Illustration graduates from Plymouth University, created in their own small spaces during the past 12 months. Click here to explore the work created.

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Go Forth: The University of South Wales Illustration Degree Show

June 21 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
Online, 

The University of South Wales and BA (HONS) Illustration invites you to ‘Go Forth’ a celebration of work by our 2021 graduates, showcasing yet another year of fantastic illustrators!

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The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration

June 22 - July 27
Virtual, 

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED AND UNDERWAY.   The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration   Back by popular demand - we are excited to introduce the second edition of The AOI's Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration.  Harnessing our experience as the world’s leading professional body for illustrators, The AOI have a designed this 6 week interactive online…

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Edinburgh College: Future Achievement Badges Graduate Website

June 23 - July 31
Virtual, 

HND Illustration graduates at Edinburgh College wanted to be forward thinking and positive yet acknowledge the difficulties that they've encountered this year due to Covid and virtual learning. They devised a set of 'Future Achievement Badges' that they hope everyone can achieve when lockdown finally ends. Can you collect them all? Each student has illustrated a badge for their website,…

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Writing great alt text to improve your SEO

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Alt text helps search engines to locate your image, getting you in the right place for the right searches! Book below or via our Eventbrite. Alt text are the words that you enter to describe a digital image. By increasing your visibility online, great alt text can help you reach a wider audience, leading to new clients and paid commissions.…

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Reconnecting: Kingston School of Art Degree Show

June 25 @ 11:00 am - June 27 @ 6:00 pm
Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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We are Reconnecting. With the Covid switch to more digital learning, we have been dealing with dodgy internet and broken connections; we have been communicating with each other in virtual rooms and corridors. While we have been engaged with the digital, we have also been reconnecting to other things: nature, ourselves, our cultures and the rest of the world. And…

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Terminal – RCA – Visual Communication 2021 Degree Show

June 27 @ 10:00 am - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
Ugly Duck, 47 - 49 Tanner Street
London, SE1 3PL United Kingdom
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Dear Passenger, Departure boards have stopped. Time stretched. We are trapped in a waiting room, yet we shift across time zones. We live permanently, in transit. The Visual Communication 2021 MA graduates of the RCA, are pleased to invite you to their physical show, TERMINAL. The show opens for the public from the 27-30 June (10am-10pm), at Ugly Duck in Southwark, London. TERMINAL brings together the work of 55 students produced…

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University of Central Lancashire Illustration Degree Show

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
Online, 

Welcome to the online showcase for BA (Hons) Illustration at UCLan. The illustrations and artwork on display, created by our graduating cohort of 2021, are testimony to their creativity, resilience and hard work. In an extraordinary year, their vitality and effort is reflected in the diverse range of portfolios on show, all created during a period of uncertainty, change and…

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July 2021

DRAWING ON 2020: TIM KING EXHIBITION

July 1 @ 10:00 am - July 11 @ 5:00 pm
Deptford Does Art Gallery, 28 Deptford High Street
London, SE8 4 AF
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Deptford does Art presents ‘DRAWING ON 2020’, an exhibition of reportage drawing by Tim King. The everyday story of a sketchy year, this new exhibition opens to remind you just how strange it has been. Show: 1-11 July Open Evening: Thursday 1 July 7-10pm (bar on site) Artist Talk (free): Sunday 11 July 2pm Throughout last year, Illustrator Tim King was…

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Orange Beak Studio Picture Book Week

July 3 - July 9
Virtual, 

This is a 7 day Children’s Picture Book Online Course which offers you the opportunity, time and guidance to work on your very own picture book project. Organised by Orange Beak Studio, the week is designed for anyone interested in children’s picture books, illustration, story, drawing or looking for a new creative experience. The fabulous Beaky programme for the week includes:…

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A summer of Illustration: Online Courses

July 3 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Announcing a Summer of Illustration: House of Illustration welcomes you to their selection of online summer school courses, virtual workshops and weekenders, alongside their in-person touring exhibitions, now open for booking. House of Illustration, will soon evolve into the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, and is the UK’s centre for this varied and vital art form. Courses include: Pleasures of…

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DE-BRIEF: University of Hertfordshire Virtual Degree Show

July 5 - August 31
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, AL10 9AB UK + Google Map

See work by the Graphic Design & Illustration Degree Students. 'Tapping into the rich local history of powered flight, we have drawn parallels between our class of 2021 and the pioneering efforts of those masters of the sky, uniting them under the same shapes that were emblazoned on the side of de Havilland aeroplanes or carved out of wood and metal…

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Society of Graphic Fine Art Exhibition

July 6 @ 10:00 am - July 11 @ 5:00 pm
Mall Galleries, The Mall, St. James's
London, SW1 United Kingdom
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Established in 1919 the Society of Graphic Fine Art continues to promote and exhibit artworks of high quality in colour or black and white with the emphasis on good drawing and draughtsmanship. The annual exhibition of the SGFA includes drawings in any medium, monochrome or colour, in a variety of media including, pencil, coloured pens and pencils, pen and ink,…

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Drawing Diversity: Community based research

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

Catalina Carvajal will share her experience of a recent commission building relationships with individuals within her community. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. In our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their practice. This session is the first of a short…

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SH!TSHOW Camberwell College of Arts Virtual Degree Show 2021

July 9 - August 31
Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF United Kingdom
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SH!TSHOW is the BA Illustration virtual show for the times, made (online) by BA Illustration graduates. '50% of our degree was taught online and poor wifi, time differences and makeshift webcams contributed to a real life SH!TSHOW. Despite this, we have made the best work possible, culminating in this online site which displays our various geniusnesses. Whack on our playlist…

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MA Children’s Literature & Book Illustration 2021 Degree Show

July 12 @ 10:00 am - July 15 @ 5:00 pm
Goldsmiths University, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way
London, SE14 6NW
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This July 12th-15th, 18 illustrators are pleased to present their stories at the MA Children’s Literature & Book Illustration 2021 degree show, held on-campus at Goldsmiths University of London, in the Professor Stuart Hall building. The show offers a glimpse into the study of children’s book illustration, exhibiting the 2020-21 cohort’s sketchbooks, drawings, and work from the past year, culminating…

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Drawing Diversity: Trans & Non-Binary Character Based Research

July 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

Julian Gray will share an ongoing personal project of case studies on media representations of Trans communities and personalities. Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. In our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their practice. This session is the second of…

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Sunderland Creatives Art & Design Class of 2021 Virtual Preview & Show

July 13 - August 31
University of Sunderland, Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road
Sunderland, SR1 3SD
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Virtual Preview Event 13 July @6pm Virtual Event from 14 July and throughout 2021 Welcome to Sunderland Creatives! See the work and creativity of students from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at University of Sunderland. From 14 July 2021 you can view a celebration of the work of BA Art and Design students from the class of 2021. You…

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Yukai Du on making illustrations move

July 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join us and host Dave Bain, as Yukai dives into her process of translating static illustrations into beautiful animations. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. Yukai Du is a Chinese-born illustrator and animation director based in the UK. She has created work for Adobe, Apple, WeTransfer, LUSH, the New Yorker, TED Talks, to name a few, and has…

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University of Brighton Online Show – MA Sequential Design & Illustration

July 16 - August 31
University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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The 2021 graduates have produced work in continuing difficult circumstances responding to the restrictions placed on them in inventive and positive ways. The work on display features an impressive range of outcomes proving that a subject can be explored and communicated through many different mediums, processes and platforms. (Image:Alice Cathcart) Many of the works in this online showcase began with…

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PEP Talk with Lindsay Arakawa

July 21
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' next Pep Talk is set for Wednesday 19th May at 1pm, when they'll be joined by Tokyo-based creative Lindsay Arakawa as she talks about making international connections, building community and growing your creative network. About Lindsay Originally born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii, Lindsay currently lives and works in Tokyo as a creative. After graduating from the University of…

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Sheffield AOI meet-up for Illustrators

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Welcome to the very first meet-up for Sheffield and South Yorkshire-based Illustrators in conjunction with the AOI. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. Open to everyone, this is your chance to get to know your working fellow illustration community better. During this introductory evening, we'll be chatting about what's happening in Sheffield, swapping advice learnt over the last (very unusual)…

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Fine Lines: An Illustrating Diversity Online Workshop

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Explore identity, visibility and representation at this online workshop on diversity in illustration. Join Jhinuk Sarkar and Amberlee Green for an engaging, interactive and safe workshop on diversity in illustration, suitable for both illustrators and commissioners. In the first half of the session you will explore what it means to illustrate diversity. Drawing on personal experience, case studies and references,…

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Multidisciplinary Portfolio Review

July 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

On Thursday 29th July Creative Lives in Progress will be hosting another online portfolio review, this time focusing on creatives working in a multidisciplinary way, across multiple formats. You might be a designer also working in illustration, or a photographer with video skills – whatever your outlet, this is a brilliant opportunity to meet and get feedback from the experts.…

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Flames of Amazonia Launch and Talks

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Can Comic Stories Help Defend Our Forests? 'The Amazon is burning like never before. Intense pressures such as industrial cattle ranching, logging, and mining are destroying Brazil's forests - the Lungs of the Earth, and the sacred home of indigenous peoples. But how can artists join the efforts to defend our burning rainforests ? Find out by joining us for…

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August 2021

Exhibition Impossible

August 18 - August 22
Arbour Studios, 159 Hotwell Road
Bristol, BS8 4RY
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Exhibition Impossible is a student-organised degree show, showcasing the work of recent illustration graduates from the University of the West of England (UWE). The work on display has impressive variety and demonstrates the strong resilience and adaptability of these graduates emerging from the pandemic. Visit the exhibition at Arbour Studios, and explore the work online on their Instagram.

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Ralph Steadman: Hidden Treasures

August 18 - October 10
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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The Cartoon Museum is delighted to present the first ever public display of three never-before-seen artworks by British satirist, artist, cartoonist, illustrator and writer Ralph Steadman. The works will be on display in a small intimate space in our In Focus box, where one household at a time will be invited in for their own exclusive private encounter with three…

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August Portfolio Reviews

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

On Wednesday 25th August Creative Lives in Progress will be hosting another popular session of portfolio reviews, dedicated to those starting out in graphic design. You can be a student, a grad or simply be within the first year of your career journey. There'll be a varied line-up of reviewers to reflect the wide-ranging discipline, to include Myles Palmer, Mike Lamont,  Amplify , Mara Xenou, Sarah-Grace Mankarious, +…

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Pictoplasma 2021 – Berlin Conference

August 26 - August 29
Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35
Berlin, 13347 Germany
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For the first time, and for obvious reasons, 2020 forced the festival to go online – a smashing success, with 100,000 views. This year, Pictoplasma welcomes all character design pioneers, creatives and enthusiasts for a very special double-whopper hybrid edition – a 4-day summer conference in Berlin in August and a 2-day global online fest in September. Combined, this special…

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September 2021

Peony Gent: Overlay

September 1 - September 27
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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A free outdoor art exhibition by the sixth Illustrator in Residence, about the King’s Cross that inspired her. Poet and illustrator Peony Gent makes comics like you’ve never seen before: delicately drawn meditations on memory and gentle examinations of things usually ignored. In the months leading up to the pandemic, Gent began to map the area around King’s Cross, noting…

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In Conversation with Chris Haughton

September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online, 

The process of creating and publishing masterful picture books. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Chris Haughton is an internationally renowned Designer and Illustrator, best known for authoring award-winning children’s picture books such as A Bit Lost, Oh No George!, SHH! We have a plan, among other loved titles. In celebration of his new book, Maybe… (published by Walker Books),…

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LightBox Expo 2021 – Online

September 7 - September 12
Virtual, 

The online LightBox Expo (LBX) connects fans with the artists and creators behind their favorite films, animation, games, TV shows and illustrations. It’s a place for aspiring artists to come, learn and be inspired. It’s also an artwork marketplace like no other - the ultimate celebration of art. Tickets $2-45 (USD) For more details and tickets visit the website

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Increase your confidence: a session for illustrators

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

Being confident can make all the difference – from how you feel, to the jobs you get. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Confidence coach Sarah Cartwright will lead this friendly, practical session.  She will look at the building blocks of being confident – from emotional resilience and our mind set and self limiting beliefs.  She will explore how to confidently…

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Hot House Residency 2021

September 11 - September 25
Cardiff Made, 41 Lochaber Street
Cardiff, CF24 3LS
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Following an intense month of conversation and exploration, our Hot House residency of recent arts graduates from South Wales has come to an end. With artists selected from degree courses across South Wales, this month of curatorial support and funded practice provides graduates with a bridge into professional practice. Hot House consists of three weeks of mentoring from the Curatorial Team…

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What’s your RE_ ? Change to thrive as an Illustrator

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

As we come out of an extremely challenging period for all of humanity, now may well be the perfect time to make some changes. Book below or via our Eventbrite. From tiny tweaks to major transformations, there may be a re_ or two that are perfect for you. So what is a re? reflect - reconnect - rekindle - realign…

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Improvisation and Performance in Drawing with Matthew Hodson

September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join BREW Leeds for a talk with illustrator Matthew Hodson on improvisation and performance in drawing, his new book & some drawing. Get your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. Matthew Hodson is an illustrator, graphic artist, poet, writer and senior lecturer at Leeds Arts University. He has previously created work for clients such as the New York Times, the…

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Graffiti Workshop with Street Artist Roo (Over 18+)

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Workshop for adults Join Street Artist Roo for an introductory workshop in the art of Graffiti. Find out about its significance in V for Vendetta and learn how to create your own Graffiti style typography. Each participant will also get a pre-cut V for Vendetta themed stencil that they can take away with them. Please note: Whilst we will not be using spray paints, participants will…

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Pictoplasma 2021 – Online Fest

September 17 - September 18
Online, 

For the first time, and for obvious reasons, 2020 forced the festival to go online – a smashing success, with 100,000 views. This year, Pictoplasma welcomes all character design pioneers, creatives and enthusiasts for a very special double-whopper hybrid edition – a 4-day summer conference in Berlin in August and a 2-day global online fest in September. Combined, this special…

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Birdwatching & Drawing with Matthew Cordell

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, 

Join Blend (London AOI Meet-up) for a virtual bird watching & drawing session with author and illustrator Matthew Cordell. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Caldecott award-winning author/illustrator Matthew Cordell will “take” us along one of his birding adventures, show us how he spots and draws owls, and incorporates this process into his practice. We’ll also get to draw along…

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NUJ LFB presents – Reporting the climate emergency

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

LFB IS proud to present an evening panel event on reporting climate change, on Thursday 23 September The event features experienced climate journalists and expert communicators to help you understand what you need to know about the climate emergency ahead of the United Nations climate change conference, COP26. This is happening in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. Confirmed…

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Getting Commissions: an Online Event

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join Devon & Cornwall Illustrators online as we discuss editorial commissions - how to get them & how to keep clients coming back for more. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Sue Gent chats to expert illustration commissioners Jess Hibbert (Art Director, Saga Magazine), Joe Eden (Art Editor, BBC Focus Magazine) and Hilary Clothier (Picture Editor, BBC Countryfile Magazine) about…

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Identity as a brand in Illustration

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online, 

The AOI are happy to announce the 3rd set of Roundtable Talks for 2021, focussing on Diversity and Equality in Illustration. Book below or via our Eventbrite. This 3rd session will be themed ‘Identity as a Brand in Illustration’. Chaired by AOI Board member and Illustrator Montana Forbes, we will look at the implications of identifying as a diverse illustrator…

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Longevity – FLOCK (Brighton Illustrators Meet-up)

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, 

Please join us for our second Brighton illustrators Meetup where we’ll be talking all things longevity! Book below or via our Eventbrite. This next Brighton meet-up will be an online discussion between Brighton-based illustrators Ulrika Jarl and Steven Lenton. Together we will discuss how to create longevity within your career. Sharing in the twists and turns and ups and downs…

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Tim Benson – Author Book Launch – ‘Britain’s Best Ever Political Cartoons’

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Be one of the first to get your hands on the newest book in the series: A rip-roaring collection of Britain's finest political satire, from Hogarth and Gillray to Martin Rowson, Steve Bell, Peter Brookes and Nicola Jennings.  A wild journey through the scandals that made a nation, this is the ultimate book of sketches which have stood the test of…

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October 2021

Online Talks: Finding Your USP as an Illustrator – Virtual Event

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Virtual, 

Turn your personal strengths and creative passions into a successful illustration career House of Illustration is back with another online professional development day, tailor-made for illustrators, this time showing you how to carve out a career in illustration that works for you. Expect a jam-packed schedule of useful information, practical advice and visual examples from a range of speakers working…

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Working with Disabled Illustrators

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Online, 

A friendly, honest conversation and important conversations for commissioners and illustrators alike. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. To celebrate the launch of a new resource ‘Working with Disabled Illustrators’ the AOI have invited illustrators Megan Rhiannon, Hayley Wall and agent James Catchpole to join in conversation with Jhinuk Sarkar. We will consider why disability in illustration has so little…

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Illo G’s Drink n’ Draw n’ A Bit of Sharing

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Join fellow illustrators of Glasgow (and nearby) for some social drinking, exciting drawing and a bit of sharing. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Illo G host, Tita Berredo, invites you to a fun evening of drinking, drawing, and a bit of sharing. Grab a cuppa or a glass and your favourite medium for timed prompts based on mixed image…

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AOI Webinar: Understanding Contracts for Publishing

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

AOI’s Membership Advisor, Sam Walker shares advice for illustrators on negotiating contracts with book publishers.   If you find contracts confusing and could do with a confidence-boosting session on negotiating with publishers, this session is for you.   AOI’s Sam Walker will break down the daunting business of contracts in to manageable chunks, clearly explaining the main clauses you’ll come…

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WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Alternative Routes into Illustration (Online)

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

How can illustrators from underrepresented backgrounds get a foot in the door? This panel discussion will cover portfolio development, online marketplaces, awards and other avenues for self-promotion and career development that are outside of traditional routes into an illustration career. Speakers include: Arabella Stein (Managing Director, Bright Agency), Leon Edler (Illustrator and founder Room 50) and Adriana Bellet (Illustrator and…

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Blend – London Illustrators Virtual Drink & Draw Catch Up 2021

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

An open invite to all London based illustrators to this FREE community catch up. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. It’s been an especially challenging year for many so Blend would like to invite all London based illustrators along to a FREE community catch up and a reminder of the support that is out there for you, whatever your experience.…

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BLACK – Graphic Novel – Online Panel Discussion

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

As part of Black History Month, and coinciding with their exhibition from the graphic novel BLACK (Soaring Penguin Press), The Cartoon Museum welcomes an esteemed panel to discuss the novel BLACK and the issues around the story which are very relevant, today. This is a FREE online (Zoom) event but booking is essential. Panel: Tobias Taitt - author of BLACK…

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