February 5 - March 8
Le Centquatre-Paris5 rue Curial
Paris, 75019 France
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In collaboration with José-Manuel Gonçalvès and CENTQUATRE-PARIS comes the new exhibition from Serge Bloch 'Laughter boxes'. Opening evening - Wednesday February 5th from 4-6 p.m. For the designer, Serge Bloch, humor is vitally important to our daily lives. In this exhibition, technology is at the service of its inventiveness and humor. A succession of “laughing boxes”, cubes of varying size and design are distributed in…

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Drawing Europe Together Exhibition, Bristol

February 5 @ 8:00 am - March 8 @ 5:00 pm
Cube Gallery and Link SpaceRoyal West of England Academy, Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1PX United Kingdom
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Plus 'Where do we go from here?' Panel discussion 7th Feb A free exhibition at Bristol's oldest art gallery, featuring artwork by 45 leading children's book illustrators Drawing Europe Together is an exhibition of artworks created by 45 children’s book illustrators from across Europe who have shared their powerful visions of the European Union's shared past and its unsure future. This…

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February 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bowling HouseNorwich, NR2 4HX + Google Map

Give yourself - and your work - a new year's boost! Join us in the gorgeous top floor room of the Bowling House for a chilled evening of idea sharing and informal critiques with your fellow Norwich illustrators. Bring along sketchbooks, portfolios (digital or print), current work, old work, anything at all! The evening will be focused on having a…

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AOI Illo drawing meet-up: Circus Arts

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
National Centre for Circus ArtsCoronet Street
London, N1 6HD
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Our first meet-up for 2020 is an active live draw at the National Centre for Circus Arts. You’re invited to come and draw performers training in their class sessions. The mix of disciplines taught may include: rope, tissu, multi corde, cloudwing, teeterboard, Chinese pole and juggling. The classes are from 10am - 12pm on Thursday 6 February. Please arrive by…

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Harry Potter Book Night

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St James Church197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL
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Join Waterstones on Harry Potter Book Night to hear from illustrators who have lovingly and carefully imagined the world of Harry Potter, and the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palaca Theatre, London. Levi Pinfold and Jonny Duddle will come together to discuss Hogwarts and the Triwizard Tournament, their favourite challenge and if they would be brave…

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Workshop – Transform a Vinyl record Into Art, with Naomi Vona

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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Do you want to transform a vintage vinyl record into a colourful abstract collage to showcase in your walls? Come join the Italian artist Naomi Vona for a playful session, where we will repurpose old vinyls and switch them into art. Our original canvas will be decorated with a mixture of materials as acrylic pens, tape, stickers and vintage paper.…

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February Sketchmeet

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Join us for a night of quick-fire creative challenges in the gallery at London’s original and best live drawing event. The February edition of Sketchmeet will be guest-hosted by Anna Mill, an artist and designer whose graphic novel Square Eyes won Professional Overall Winner at the AOI's World Illustration Awards 2019. Reinvigorate or discover a love for drawing you didn't know you had through a…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Wonderbly Portfolio Breakfast

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wonderbly30-36 Pritchard's Road
London, E2 9AP United Kingdom
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Wonderbly is delighted to host a morning of portfolio consultations in their London office. Art Director Paul Coomey, Illustrators Adam Hancher and Marija Tiurina and other industry professionals will give expert advice in areas including children’s publishing, surface pattern design and editorial. Your portfolio will be shared in a supportive, intimate, and collaborative environment. Not only will you be able to…

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George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain

February 19 - May 10
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Spanning George Him’s long and versatile career as both an independent designer and as one half of the prolific Lewitt-Him partnership (1933-1954), the exhibition will include iconic wartime propaganda posters for the Ministries of Food and Information, corporate branding for El Al airlines and adverts for clients like Schweppes, Technicolor, the Post Office and The Times. Him’s distinctive blend of…

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Glasgow Meet Up

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Laurieston58 Bridge Street
Glasgow, G5 9HU
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For our next Drink and Draw with @theaoi we're back at The Laurieston, a bar that loves the colour red as much as @titaberredo, who also happens to be thinking up our next draw challenge for the night and has graced us with her lovely set of instrumentalists for this months post, thanks Tita! Open to members and non-members, everyone…

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Regional Somerset AOI Meet Up

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Archangle Hotel1 King Street
Frome, BA11 1BH
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Come join us in the very first Somerset Illustrators meetup! Supported by the AOI, but open to all. Sit down with two talented illustrators, Sam Pierpoint and Ben the Illustrator, who will be here to talk all about their work and practise. From how they keep their creative practise fresh and where they find inspiration, to how they manage their…

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How to make a graphic novel: Anna Mill + Luke Jones

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan UniversityRoom CCG-02, The Wash Houses, Old Castle Street
London, E1 7NT
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A Cass Visual Communication talk by Anna Mill and Luke Jones. Anna Mill studied architecture at The Bartlett UCL, where she became increasingly interested in the power of illustration in architecture, and architecture in illustration. She is interested in work that spans between old and new artistic practices, from traditional hand-constructed perspectives through to illustration in virtual reality. Together with Luke…

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AOI Webinar: Illustration Business Planning: Vision & Growth

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this webinar we will explore how to make a plan for your illustration business. We will look at clarifying markets, planning for growth and reasons why you might need to set-up or convert from being self-employed to a limited company. We will also explore how the nature of illustration is changing in terms of illustrators creating their own content,…

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Fresh Eyes – AOI Panel Discussion

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arnolfini16 Narrow Quay
Bristol, BS1 4QA United Kingdom
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AOI Advisor Georgia, brings together illustrators Ana Jaks, Thomas Patterson, and Aleesha Nandhra to discuss the thrills and challenges of what the first years look like in building a career as a freelance illustrator. Each speaker offers a fresh perspective and will share stories on the little and BIG moments they have celebrated in recent years - and also, those very natural tricky bits,…

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Comedy and Commentary at Mottisfont

February 28 @ 9:00 am - April 19 @ 5:00 pm
Mottisfont Housenear RomseyHampshire SO51 0LP + Google Map

The best cartoons are funny, thought-provoking and beautifully drawn. This exhibition showcases the many strengths of contemporary British cartooning in the context of its distinguished history. It demonstrates a wide range of social and political preoccupations, artistic styles, and – of course – humour, from the satirical to the side-splitting. Today’s most popular and significant practitioners will be well-represented, including…

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Froglump X PIP presents Doodlebury

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Island Gallery Space1st Floor, Bridewell Street
Bristol, S1 2LE United Kingdom
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Become a tourist in an afternoon of drawing games, collaborative creations and illustration challenges set in the imaginary town of Doodlebury, on its rare leap day appearance. Illustration trio, Froglump, join forces with PIP (an AOI meet up) to host an illustrative adventure around the world of Doodlebury. Imagine yourself as a tourist in this new town, as you're taken…

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March 2020

The Twentieth Century According to Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle

March 3 @ 9:00 am - March 21 @ 5:00 pm
Chris Beetles Gallery8 & 10 Ryder Street
London, SW1Y 6QB
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Launching on what would have been Ronald Searle's 100th birthday, 'The Twentieth Century According to Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle' pairs the works of these two inspired master draughtsmen. They complement each other well, as each had his own surreal take on the rapidly changing modern world. Together they covered the twentieth century, Heath Robinson dying just before the end…

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A Conversation with Matt Saunders and Jon Cockley

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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AOI | Yo Illo Talks 2020 welcomes celebrated visual storyteller Matt Saunders and his agent, Jon Cockley, co-founder of Handsome Frank, for an intimate conversation about their collaborative partnership. Matt has created art for some of the most famous licencing properties, including Star Wars, Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, and Harry Potter/Pottermore. Jon has represented many talented artists in the UK,…

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Escapism – Illustration Exhibition in Cardiff

March 6 @ 12:30 pm - March 14 @ 5:30 pm
Arcade Campfa3B Queens Arcade, Queen St
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Group exhibition of Cardiff School of Art and Design Illustrators exploring the theme ‘Escapism’ Runs through to March 14th - Wednesday to Saturdays from 12.30-5.30PM Located in the queens’s arcade, Arcade Campfa Entry is free

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Workshop – Create Colourful Abstract Collages With Naomi Vona

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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During this workshop we will mix paper cuts with geometric and organic forms created with pens and highlighters. The artist Naomi Vona will guide the attendants to the infinite possibilities in decorating watercolour paper with repetition elements as lines or dots, creating bright and detailed final compositions. Unusual materials as tape, stickers and pens will be provided, to experience a brand…

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Renfrewshire Libraries welcomes Hannah Berry

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Paisley Central Library15 Mill Street
Paisley, PA1 1ND
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Hannah will talk about her role as the current UK Comic Laureate and her thoughts and experiences within the comic industry to date. Hannah Berry is an award-winning graphic novelist, comics creator, writer, illustrator, editorial gun-for-hire and the UK Comics Laureate 2019-21. Her first graphic novel Britten & Brulightly begun while studying illustration at the University of Brighton was published…

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London Book Fair 2020

March 10 - March 12

**** Please note this event has been cancelled.  See the London Book Fair website for full details.*** 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. In 2020 LBF will celebrate its 49-year anniversary. Staged annually, LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in…

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Illustrators Masterclass at London Book Fair

March 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

**** Please note this event has been cancelled.  See the London Book Fair website for full details.*** Membership Manager Rachel Hill will be delivering the AOI's popular, comprehensive mini Business Masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including liscensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner's journey, working internationally as well as discussing the more difficult issues -…

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Risograph Workshop: Communal Care Zine

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
ORTUS Conferencing and Events Venue 82-96 Grove Lane Camberwell London SE5 8SN82-96 Grove Lane, Camberwell
London, CamberwelSE5 8SN United Kingdom
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Join illustrator Aleesha Nandhra for a workshop about communal-care exploring ways to support friends and family with mental health issues. Participants will create their own Risograph printed zine to take away as part of the workshop. By Bethlem Gallery This workshop is part of the exhibition Through Practice at the ORTUS Free via registration here

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Wonky Biology: Liv Bargman Cass Visual Communication talk

March 12 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan UniversityRoom CCG-02, The Wash Houses, Old Castle Street
London, E1 7NT
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Wonky Biology This talk in Cass Visual Communication series has an illustration and biology focus! Liv Bargman is an award-winning illustrator and artist. She has worked on a variety of projects with clients including We The Curious, Barclays, House Of Illustration, Radio Netherlands, Leo Burnett, Marie Curie, Tommy's Baby Charity, Parkinson's UK and Nuffield Primary Care Health Sciences. Liv also works…

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V&A Museum – Get to Grips with Digital Illustration

March 14 - March 15
V&AVictoria and Albert Musuem, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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Bringing your work into digital formats opens up a world of creative possibilities – impossible colours; rapid iterations; infinite new textures. This course will give you the skills you need to get started: get to know Adobe Illustrator, develop confidence drawing with a graphics tablet, and take inspiration for new digital illustration projects from the world’s leading museum of art…

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Portrait of a (S)hero Workshop

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
GreatArt London49 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8AG United Kingdom
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In celebration of International Women's Day come and create your very own portrait of your female hero In this Tombow Brush Pen and Collage workshop, you'll join illustrator Maria-Ines Gul for a fun session exploring different brush pen techniques, and playing with collage to create a portrait of your female hero - in celebration of International Women's Day. This workshop…

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Exeter Meet Up: Tile Illustration Workshop *CANCELLED*

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter PhoenixGandy Street
Exeter, EX4 3LS
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**PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED***   Have you ever thought about taking your illustration in a new direction? Perhaps you'd like to use your skills to make presents, or create beautiful things to sell. Whichever it is, come to our tile illustration workshop, also our first Exeter meet-up of 2020. Scotty Gillespie, illustrator and ceramicist will discuss his own process, and talk about crossing boundaries between…

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Queer Comics: LGBTQ Graphic Medicine Creative Workshop

March 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Teaching Room 2, Old College, The University of EdinburghSouth Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL United Kingdom
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Interested in how health and illness are portrayed in queer graphic novels, comics and popular media? Would you like to create your own? Run as part of LGBTQ History Month, this workshop will introduce you to the theory and practice of graphic medicine. In particular, it will focus on the intersections of health, illness and well-being in narratives among and…

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Publisher Portfolio Consultation: Faber and Faber

March 19 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
Faber & Faber74-77 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DA United Kingdom
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The AOI is pleased to run an exclusive event with Faber & Faber, award winning publishing house, and creators of the FAB Prize! In a small group of 10 you will share your physical or digital portfolio in a supportive, collaborative and inclusive environment. Faber Creative Director Donna Payne, and Children's Art Director Emma Eldridge will offer their advice during…

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents CANCELLED

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sheridans76 Wardour Street
London, W1F 0UR
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***Please note this event is cancelled due to Coronavirus*** Led by Sheridan's Associate Gabriella Playford, this session will look at the legalities of working in the states. It is aimed at AOI Agent Members.  In particular the session will look at; -Differences between US and UK contracts and the implications of this -Common pitfalls in US contracts and how to…

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Pop-up Shop

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Vintage GuruHazelwood house, St Giles St
Northampton, NN1 1JW United Kingdom
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A group of 4 illustration students are inviting you to their Pop-up Shop, which is taking place on the 21st of March at Vintage Guru in Northampton from 11am to 4pm. There they'll be selling nature themed prints, posters, stickers and tote bags.

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Buttercrumble & JoJo Maman Bébé Illustration Event – York

March 21 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
JoJo Maman Bébé81 Low Petergate
York, YO1 7HY
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Join the Buttercrumble illustration team & JoJo Maman Bébé for a uniquely personal illustration experience. Attendees will be presented with a bespoke, A5 fashion portrait for you and your little fashionista, to take home and enjoy. Free, registration recommended here

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

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will not stop at it. The idea is to give to the picture a new message and switching it into…

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April 2020

Offset Dublin 3-5 April 2020 *POSTPONED*

April 3 - April 5
The Bord Gáis Energy TheatreGrand Canal Square, Docklands
Dublin, Ireland
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**Please note that this event has now been postponed. Read the full statement here** OFFSET Dublin returns once again, bringing a stellar line up of creative talent from around the world to Dublin. Running from Friday the 3rd of April to Sunday the 5th2020, the OFFSET programme is packed with presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates, with interactive demos and…

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Spotlight on Montana Forbes

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

As part of our new Spotlight On series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented fashion illustrator and AOI board member Montana Forbes. Montana will be discussing her work and sharing her insights on the fashion illustration industry. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Montana, including her advice on illustrating through a…

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Spotlight on Dan Woodger

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new ‘Spotlight On’ series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with the awesomely talented illustrator, animator and AOI board member, Dan Woodger. Dan will be discussing his practice and his unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Dan, including his tips for staying motivated during…

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ArtHole Art Fair (Cardiff)

April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kongs Cardiff114-116 St Mary St
Cardiff, CF10 1DY
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Come one come all for another celebration of local and other UK artistic talent in Cardiff City Centre! Expect another fresh batch of illustrators and printmakers, live drawing, beer and good times. Time once again to share the love and support each other. Entry is free, organised by ArtHole [email protected]  

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Spotlight on Niki Groom

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented fashion and live event illustrator Niki Groom, a.k.a. Miss Magpie. Niki will be discussing her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date. She will also be sharing her valuable advice on selling work through your website. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would…

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Glasgow Zine Fest

April 18 - April 19
CCA350 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow, G2 3JD
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Glasgow Zine Fest (April 18 – April 19 2020, CCA Glasgow) is a two day festival that celebrates self-publishing and Do It Yourself (DIY) ethos. The festival is host to a zine fair of over 75 makers, in addition to workshops, talks, and readings. Glasgow Zine Fest (GZF) has been a yearly opportunity to come, see, make, share, and do…

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April 20 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm

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

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

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

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Spotlight on Genie Espinosa

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with awesome illustrator Genie Espinosa. Genie will be discussing her practice and how she made the jump into full-time illustration. She will also be touching on how she manages her anxiety through her work. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Genie, including…

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Virtual Glasgow Drink and Draw

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Heads Up! Virtual Drink and Draw with AOI Glasgow coming to an internet terminal near you 7pm on 23rd April 2020! We'll be checking in through Zoom, and as ever offer a friendly welcoming space to chat and draw at a time when meeting other illustrators could be even more invaluable than usual. It would be fantastic to see old…

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AOI Webinar: Demystifying Instagram: How to really build your community

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hannah Ray will share a 20 minute presentation of her top tips and advice for using Instagram more effectively, then take any questions in an open Q&A for 40 minutes.

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April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Isolation doesn’t have to mean feeling isolated. During this confusing and disorientating time it’s more important than ever to stay connected, grounded, and communicating with likeminded folks. We invite you to join us for a group video chat to discuss everything and nothing! From a general check-in to see how everybody is faring, how we and The AOI can help,…

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Spotlight on Dapo Adeola

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented children’s book illustrator, Dapo Adeola. Dapo will be discussing his practice and his unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Dapo, including his experience of illustrating during this strange period…

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May 2020

Bologna Children’s Book Fair *CANCELLED*

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

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Learn data visualization

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

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Spotlight on Vic Lee

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented illustrator, mural designer, mapmaker and wordsmith, Vic Lee. Vic will be discussing his decisive approach to his career, and exploring the idea of 'Staying Scared, Keeping Fearless'. We will then have a Q&A discussion, so you can ask Vic any burning questions !   "I will talk…

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AOI Webinar: Communicating With Skill & Confidence

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar will offer practical tips and techniques that will immediately enable the participants to communicate with skill and confidence.

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Spotlight on Claudine O’Sullivan

May 14 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with award winning illustrator Claudine O'Sullivan. Claudine will be discussing her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Claudine, including her tips for illustrating during lockdown. We are…

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Wimbledon Art Fair Online 14-17 May

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - May 17 @ 6:00 pm

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

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Procreate Art Prize 2020

May 20 - July 1

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

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

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

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

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Nicer Tuesdays Online

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

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Psychological Stress and Wellbeing Workshop (on Zoom)

May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr Sally Easton is an attachment psychologist and psychotherapist. She manages a wellbeing college for a mental health organisation, works with young people with multiple complex needs, and delivers training in mental health and wellbeing. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology, post graduate degrees in teaching and research, a doctorate in psychology and is a certified Third Wave CBT…

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June 2020

Spotlight on Neal Layton

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with award winning author and illustrator, Neal Layton. Neal has the ability to delve into the science and interpret it in such a way that young children can understand, and he'll be discussing his recent picture books A Climate in Chaos and A Planet Full…

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

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

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

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ABZ illo meet up!

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Calling all North East (Scotland) illustrators! Join us for the first ever ABZillo lockdown-friendly digital meet up for an informal evening of doodling and a good old fashioned chin wag from the comfort of your home. BYOB. The meet up will be streamed via ZOOM. Registration is FREE but tickets are limited!

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Using Illustrations in UI Design with Pablo Stanley – Online Event

June 11 @ 7:30 pm

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

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

A successful illustration career doesn’t happen from one day to another, and definitely not spontaneously. While creating a strong body of work is important, communication and consistency are also key. This webinar, especially designed for illustration students about to graduate, will cover the following: The importance of being proactive and investing in different avenues in order to grow. Key questions…

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Spotlight On: Stephen Collins

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist Stephen Collins. Stephen will be discussing his experience 'writing with pictures', a creative process that has encapsulated his career. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Stephen, including on his graphic novel…

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

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

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

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

June 20 @ 8:00 pm

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

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Spotlight On: Lucy Truman

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle illustrator Lucy Truman. Lucy will be discussing her career, personal work and recent mental health images. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Lucy, including on her children’s book work. We introduced our…

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June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

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

June 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Belgian-born and Antwerp-based illustrator Charlotte Dumortier joins us for our next AOI online Bristol meet-up. She'll be revealing her top tips for working in editorial illustration, how friendships can lead to work and her experience setting herself up as a business. Hosted by Dave Bain & David J McMillan, you'll be able to join in with your own questions for…

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Glasgow Print Fair

June 27 - July 31

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

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ELCAF 2020 Online Events

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - July 30 @ 6:00 pm

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

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July 2020

Spotlight On: Tristan Manco

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with art director and author Tristan Manco. Tristan will be discussing his new book Stencil Graffiti Handbook which is a a DIY guide to making stencil art and celebrating it as a creative and protest art form. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions…

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Get Involved with the Big Draw!

July 2 - August 1

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

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Diversity, Inclusion and Design with Bonnie Kate Wolf

July 2 @ 7:30 pm

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

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Somerset Illustration Virtual Meetup

July 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents

July 9 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Led by Sheridan's Associate Gabriella Playford, this session will look at the legalities of working in the states. It is aimed at AOI Agent Members.  In particular the session will look at; -Differences between US and UK contracts and the implications of this -Common pitfalls in US contracts and how to avoid them - IP considerations and the concept of…

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New Designers – AOI Mini Business Masterclass

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

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

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Letter Like a Pro: Beginning Hand Lettering Workshop

July 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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

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Glasgow Drink and Draw July

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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Site Collective and NorwichAOI collaborative drink & draw via Zoom

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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

July 23 @ 7:00 pm

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

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HUE Design Summit 2020 – Online

July 25 - July 26

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

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AOI AGM 2020

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

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July 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please note that this webinar is mainly for students, recent graduates and very new illustrators. Book now.   A successful illustration career doesn’t happen from one day to another, and definitely not spontaneously. While creating a strong body of work is important, communication and consistency are also key. This affordable webinar, especially designed for new illustrators entering the industry, will…

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Spotlight On Sam Taylor

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

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

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August 2020

Process to Progress: How to work creatively

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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ILLUSTRATION 2020 : Metamorphoses by Edinburgh College of Art

August 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

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

August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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Nicer Tuesdays (online) – August

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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Kate Leiper: How to Draw a Dragon – Online Workshop 

August 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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

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September 2020

Fashion Illustration: A Virtual Masterclass with Gladys Perint Palmer

September 10 @ 6:30 pm

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

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

September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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

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Creative Thinking Masterclass for Illustrators: Dr Karl K Jeffries

September 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

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Pictoplasma in Isolation

September 18 - September 19

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

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An Escape into Illustration by The Roses Theatre – Virtual Event

September 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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

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

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

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