August 2021


Pictoplasma 2021 – Berlin Conference

26th August 2021 - 29th August 2021
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

1st September 2021 - 27th September 2021
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

2nd September 2021 @ 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

7th September 2021 - 12th September 2021
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

8th September 2021 @ 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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FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer – Exhibition

10th September 2021 - 31st October 2021
Drawing Room, 1-27 Rodney Place
London, SE17 1PP
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The exhibition explores Hans Bellmer’s (1902-1975) lasting influence on artists and thinkers through work by twenty modern and contemporary artists from Japan, UK, Lebanon, Nigeria, Germany, France and US. ‘If the origin of my work is scandalous it is because, for me, the world is a scandal’ Hans Bellmer. Including carefully selected drawings made by Bellmer in the 1940s to 60s, by…

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Hot House Residency 2021

11th September 2021 - 25th September 2021
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

15th September 2021 @ 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

15th September 2021 @ 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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ANimation Portfolio Review

16th September 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

On Thursday 16th December Creative Lives in Progress be hosting their last portfolio review of 2021, all about finding your feet in the world of animation. So if you’re hoping to work in this area, this is a brilliant opportunity to meet and get feedback from the experts. Reviewers include Animade, Art & Graft, Ere Santos (Sony Pictures Imageworks) and…

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Graffiti Workshop with Street Artist Roo (Over 18+)

16th September 2021 @ 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

17th September 2021 - 18th September 2021
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

22nd September 2021 @ 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

23rd September 2021 @ 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

28th September 2021 @ 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

30th September 2021 @ 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)

30th September 2021 @ 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’

30th September 2021 @ 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

6th October 2021 @ 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

6th October 2021 @ 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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Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

7th October 2021 - 1st November 2021
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens
London, W2 3XA
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Since the late 1950s, Hervé Télémaque has created an expansive body of work with a unique and playful visual vocabulary, featuring abstract gestures, cartoon-like imagery, and mixed media compositions. Through paintings, drawings, collages, objects and assemblages, he brings together striking combinations of historical and literary references with those of consumer and popular culture. Incorporating images and experiences from his daily…

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

7th October 2021 @ 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

13th October 2021 @ 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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Neil Packer / One of a Kind – Exhibition

18th October 2021 - 23rd October 2021
Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street
London, W1T 4RJ
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Neil Packer has had a long and successful career as an illustrator and designer. And now the time has come for a major exhibition. Much of his more recent work has been for Walker Books and the spur for this show is his most recent book for them which is the culmination of an idea he’s been nursing for many…

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WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Alternative Routes into Illustration (Online)

19th October 2021 @ 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

20th October 2021 @ 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

20th October 2021 @ 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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Illo Grad Network 20/21 : Session 1 / Being a business

27th October 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Discover how to lay down the basic building blocks of your illustration business and set achievable goals for the future. Exclusively for graduates! Book below or via our Eventbrite.  Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is…

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The Mixer – disabled illustrators meet-up

28th October 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Online, 

Welcome to the first AOI meet-up for disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition. Book below or via our Eventbrite. The Mixer is the disabled illustrators AOI meet-up. Our meet-up is open to all disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition, and anyone else who would like to help & support those with a disability and learn more. Our first…

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Connect with your feelings: How To Translate Emotion Into Illustration

28th October 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join Simona De Leo via zoom to connect with your feelings and translate your emotions into illustration. Everyone is welcome. Have you ever struggled with expressing yourself through your illustrations? Sometimes, if we feel anxious, stressed, or simply restless, we cannot find the words to describe the weight of what we are holding inside. We all know art can be…

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Golden Thread Project – Punkie Night Workshops

30th October 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cecil Sharp House, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road,
London, NW1 7AY,
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The Golden Thread Project returns to Cecil Sharp House with an exhibition, new book and roster of folk music acts to celebrate a weird and wonderful precursor to  contemporary commercialised Halloween:- Punkie Night! To this day the villagers of Hinton St George carve lanterns out of Mangel Wurzels and parade the village singing the punky song, ending at the village…

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November 2021

Illustration and Wellbeing: Online Course

1st November 2021 - 6th December 2021
Virtual, 

Connect and reflect through illustration “Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity.” Dorothea Tanning Join illustrator and educator Merlin Evans for this 6 week course inspired by Gestalt art therapy and its practices of connecting, exploring and integration as tools for self-reflection and creativity. Class times Live online classes take place 6.30-8.30pm GMT…

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WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Self-Promotion Masterclass (Online)

2nd November 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

Many new talent and emerging illustrators enter the World Illustration Awards with a focus on promoting their best projects to wider audience. There are many ways to use an awards entry to promote yourself, and this masterclass will look at how to use participation in awards as a starting point to greater visibility and ultimately, more commissions. Lead by Rachel…

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magCulture Live 2021

4th November 2021 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
magCulture, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL
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After a year online, the London edition of the magCulture Live conference returns to its familiar Conway Hall home. About this event magCulture Live returns! The annual conference championing the creativity at the heart of magazine culture is back in real life. As ever, they’ll be highlighting great magazine work across art direction, editing, photography, illustration and typography, but it's also…

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What is your Brand Story?

4th November 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join hosts Small Fry, as they explore with Nicola Mullen about what branding means and why it matters to you as an illustrator. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Event Info In this workshop, we’ll explore what branding means and why it matters. We’ll get under the skin of what you have to offer as an illustrator, so you can…

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Thought Bubble 2021

8th November 2021 - 14th November 2021
Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate – HG1 2HR + Google Map

Thought Bubble Festival brings a week-long physical celebration of comics to Yorkshire, ending with a huge comic convention which will return to Harrogate Convention Centre in November for a weekend filled with over 350 comic-creating exhibitors, guests, panels and much more. Tickets for Thought Bubble Comic Convention are on sale now with tickets for under 12s, carers and over 65s…

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WIA2021 Celebration Programme – Improving Access, Increasing Diversity (Online)

9th November 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

This event has been cancelled How does increasing the diversity of the industry help commissioners, agents and illustrators produce great illustration? This year, WIA introduced a bursary scheme to increase access, and we encourage illustrators from across the world to apply. This year we had entries from every continent, with increasing numbers from emerging markets. Increasing access and diversity offers…

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Recycled Illustrations w/ Tom J Newell

11th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Picture House Social, 383 Abbeydale Road
Nether Edge, England S7 1FS United Kingdom
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Ay Up is delighted to be hosting a live workshop with Sheffield Artist and Illustrator Tom J Newell. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Ay Up - an AOI meet-up for Sheffield illustrators - hosts an in-person workshop with Sheffield artist and illustrator Tom J Newell. Tom J Newell is renowned for his intricate hand-drawn illustrations and recognisable bold monochromatic line-work.…

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AOI Webinar: How to Find New Clients

17th November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

AOI’s Publications and Membership Manager, Derek Brazell shares advice for illustrators on finding new clients Consistently sourcing clients is an essential ongoing area of illustration business, requiring an investment in research and the creation of artwork that will appeal to your commissioning audience. Derek will cover the important areas that will ensure you are sourcing and targeting the right clients…

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PIP – Bristol illustrators meet up

24th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free
Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street
Bristol, England BS1 5AR United Kingdom
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We're back (finally!) with our first in-person meet-up for Bristol illustrators in quite some time... Come and meet fellow Bristol-based illustrators in the lovely surroundings of LOAF, downstairs at Bristol Beacon. We're delighted to return with an in-person Pip meet-up, after our online series of talks throughout the various lockdowns. To welcome you back we're keeping it simple with a…

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The 125th Exhibition of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers

25th November 2021 - 5th December 2021
Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, Mall Galleries, The Mall
London, SW1
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This year the RMS is holding their 125th Anniversary Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.   There will be hundreds of miniature art works on show, by some of the leading miniature artists of our time.  All the information about this year's exhibition, including awards available, ticket information, dates and times, can be found over on the website. For tickets…

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Getting Illustration Commissions Post Pandemic

25th November 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online, 

Has the pandemic changed the illustration landscape? What is different for represented and unrepresented illustrators, and what can illustrators think about to get work as we exit the pandemic? Swedish based Illustrator Adrianna Bellet will join with UK based agent Jon Cockley (Handsome Frank) to share their experiences as well as giving practical tips and advice on getting work. Ren…

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BIFmas Fair 2021

27th November 2021 - 28th November 2021
Wagner Hall, Brighton, BN1 2RU + Google Map

10am-6pm Brighton Illustration Fair brings opens up their Christmas Fair with 70 exhibitors selling everything from zines, books clothing and more, just in time for the festive season. Visit their IG for more details. Entry £2

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Pathways – Courses for Emerging & Aspiring Illustrators (Online and In Person)

27th November 2021 - 12th February 2022
Multiple Venues/Online, 

Pathways Plus is a series of Masterclasses and Short Courses for aspiring and emerging illustrators looking to improve their practice and learn about making successful children’s books. The courses are all delivered by award-winning illustrators and highly-experienced publishers, and provide an amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the industry, giving participants a real insight into the world of children’s…

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Words and Pictures – Children’s Picture Books Meet-up

29th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Come and join us for an informal chat about the highs and lows of working within the picture book format. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Hosted by Emily Haworth-Booth and Rachel Stubbs This event welcomes illustrators at all stages of development – from those just starting out, graduates early in their career, more established illustrators and authors or anyone…

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December 2021

Negotiating With Confidence

1st December 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

A comprehensive look at how illustrators can negotiate with clients more effectively, boosting your confidence and potential earnings. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Love the excitement of a new commission but feel awkward about the negotiations? The aim of this webinar is to give you the tools you need to negotiate with confidence! Join us for the next instalment…

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Illustrating for People and Planet

1st December 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online, 

Sam Pierpoint, illustrator and AOI member will share her journey towards being a sustainable (ish) illustrator. Sam brings a practical approach – recognising that we can only do what is possible in our own situations to keep things green. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Sam will pass on some resources that have really helped her and afterwards we’ll open up…

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How to Make Mistakes on Purpose: Workshop and Q&A with Laurie Rosenwald

2nd December 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online, 

A creative workshop celebrating the launch of Laurie Rosenwald's new book 'How to Make Mistakes on Purpose'. Join us for an interactive evening with Illustrator Laurie Rosenwald, as we celebrate her new title How to Make Mistakes on Purpose, a practical guide to being creative, productive, and innovative. This event will include an interactive workshop, to help illustrators experiment in…

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DIY Christmas Art Market

5th December 2021 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Trumans Social Club, 1 Priestley Way
London, E17 6AL
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DIY Art Market returns to Truman's Social Club Sunday 5th December, offering visitors the chance to engage directly with artists / independent publishers, and purchase a broad selection of artwork at affordable prices. Expect - ceramics, zines, independent publications, originals, patches, comics, custom t shirts & tote bags, art prints, risograph & screen prints, jewellery, and artist books. With over…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21: Session 2 / Looking after yourself and your career

7th December 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Receive guidance on how to take control of your career while taking care of your own health. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and challenging time.…

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PEP Talk with Aminah Ali & Sadia Mir

8th December 2021
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' next Pep Talk is set for Wednesday 8th December at 1pm. Founders of creative agency Redefining Concepts, Aminah Ali and Sadia Mir will talk about being Muslim creatives, diversity within industry and setting up your own business. Redefining Concepts is a full-service creative and talent agency, specialising in connecting young talent to the creative industry, while amplifying diversity in…

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Baba Kamo – Illustrated Book Fair & Festival

17th December 2021 - 19th December 2021
Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània, Valencia, Spain + Google Map

Baba Kamo is an annual initiative organized by the Associació de Professionals de la Il·lustració Valenciana (APIV) and the Fundació pel Llibre i la Lectura (FULL) to promote illustrated books in all their forms. A meeting place where the work of publishers, illustrators and storytellers can be shared, interdisciplinary creation can be encouraged and critical thinking and aesthetic sensitivity can…

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Illustrators’ Fair LIVE!

18th December 2021 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Crossing, Granary Square, King's Cross
London, N1C
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With up to 100 illustrators taking part in this prestigious one day market this is a  unique opportunity to celebrate contemporary illustration by buying direct from the artist. Products will include prints, cards, gift wrap, zines, homeware, badges, drawings and independent publishing. Free entry!

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January 2022

Tax for UK Illustrators

January 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

It’s that time of year again! Learn and re-learn the basics to get your tax return ready. Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. Self Assessment tax returns are due in the UK on 31st January. Claire Bullen and Laura Branch from accountancy firm Alexandra Anthony will be going over the basics so you feel confident submitting your return –…

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Light Through the Window – Virtual Art Workshop

January 23 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

For this two-part live stream workshop, artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb will explore of the light effects and interior views found in the work of John Henry Lorimer. In the first video Tessa will talk about the work, and in a follow -up video we will inspire you to create a paper shadow box scene with a tall window which can be…

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INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF DRAWING AT THE V&A – PART 2

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
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One day drawing class at the V&A with artist Joe Simpson. Due to ongoing Covid restrictions - these classes will be small groups, with very limited spaces. This course expands and reinforces the fundamental principles of drawing, introducing more advanced techniques and exercises.  It is designed as a follow on from 'An Introduction to The Art of Drawing' Part 1,…

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Play as Process w/ Al Rodin (AOI Children’s Picture books Meet-up)

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE   Join us for an evening with illustrator and writer Al Rodin as he talks to us about his process, working intuitively and the making of his first picture book, Little Echo, (Puffin 2021). After the talk there will be plenty of time for Q&A.   Al is a writer and illustrator from London. He studied…

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February 2022

Expectations of the Past Exhibition – Louise Weir

February 1 - February 27
St George’s Art Centre, Unit 18-20, St George's Shopping Centre
Gravesend, DA11 0TA
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An investigatory journey of memory, identity and loss - this exhibition is inspired and informed by one of Dickens' best loved books Great Expectations. The exhibition features some of the large digital works and sketchbooks works that were showcased at the earlier exhibition at the Dickens House Museum in 2018 and several new large scale mixed media drawings and sketchbook…

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John Vernon Lord and The Folio Society – The Centenary of Ulysses – Virtual Event

February 2 @ 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join The Folio Society and Illustrator John Vernon Lord for a live Instagram event to commemorate the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Lord's limited edition version of the title. Folio Publishing Director Tom Walker will discuss Ulysses and Lord's incredible artwork for this unique edition. To view Lord's most recently illustrated limited edition book visit the…

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Cartoon Conference 2022: Survival Guide

February 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street
London, W1T 3PT
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Are you a cartoonist or comic creator? Do you want to meet other cartoonists and comic creators? Do you want to learn from the best while doing it? Join us at Cartoon Conference 2022: Survival Guide for ideas and inspiration for how you can use your skills to survive and thrive as an artist. Learn from industry experts and specialists. How can…

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Emotive Collective Exhibition

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - February 13 @ 6:00 pm
The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square
Hove, BN3 1EH
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13 artists = 13 stories The Emotive exhibition spans two floors of the grade 1 listed Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, Hove. It shows the work of thirteen artists: eight graduates and five second year students from the University of Brighton. Studying towards an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration they reached an understanding that although their individual project…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21 : Session 3 / Portfolio guidance

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn how to maximise value from your portfolio projects and how to present them to clients in an online world. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Keep Your Copyright: Licensing and Negotiation 101

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online Event, 

Calling all illustrators! Join us for a FREE event to learn how to licence your work, protect your copyright and negotiate with confidence.

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MA CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION GRADUATE SHOW 2022 – ARU

February 15 @ 10:00 am - February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Candid Arts Trust Gallery, 3-5 Torrens Street
London, EC1V 1NQ United Kingdom
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Cambridge School of Art Anglia Ruskin University Graduate Exhibition Read more about Cambridge School of Art’s world-renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration. 'We have created a full-colour catalogue that features each of our artists and their work. These catalogues will be sent out to interested parties at the end of January 2022'. FREE. For more details, click here (Image: Jessica Ciccolone) ©…

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PEP Talk with It’s Nice That’s Creative Lead John Muleba

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' next Pep Talk is set for Wednesday 16th February at 1pm.Tune in on Instagram Live as John talks about his journey and career through working in luxury fashion and transitioning to creative lead in editorial; as well as his advice on coming up with creative ideas and responding to briefs. Redefining Concepts is a full-service creative…

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Illo-G Drink ‘n’ Draw / Glasgow illustrators meet-up

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

While we're almost ready to return to in-person meet-ups for Glasgow illustrators, let's get together online, for an amazing drawing time. Book below or via our Eventbrite.   Grab a cuppa or a glass and your favourite medium for timed prompts, illustration challenges, and technique tips.   Let your imagination flow in your drawings while we have a fun chat…

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Getting into digital product design: Portfolio review with Zendesk

February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Are you interested in working in product design? Want to find out more about this world, and have your portfolio reviewed by product design specialists? This 17th February, Creative Lives in Progress are hosting their next portfolio review session with Zendesk. The evening will be your opportunity to: chat to the Zendesk team in a relaxed setting get insight on…

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Interior Collage Virtual – Virtual Art Workshop (Family)

February 19 @ 10:00 am
Virtual, 

Inspired by shapes found in the paintings of Henry John Lorimer in our exhibition Reflections: The light and life of John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936), we will create collages of interiors using papers, magazines and newspaper. FREE. For more details and to book, click here or list the website

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Fashion Illustration Workshop – Giles Deacon at the Sarabande Foundation

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sarabande Foundation: Established by Lee Alexander McQueen, 22 Hertford Road
London, N1 5SH
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Fashion Illustration with Giles Deacon at the Sarabande Foundation Digital and physical workshop Doors open at 18:30 for refreshments, kindly provided by Will Sark beers. Workshop starts promptly at 19:00, so do ensure to arrive on the dot. Last year we indulged you with a glut of drawing workshops and we are back with more! And who better to lead…

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Creative Lives in Progress: Illustration Portfolio Review

February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

On Thursday 24th February Creative Lives in Progress will be hosting a new online portfolio review session, all about starting out in the world of illustration. If you’re a UK-based creative within the first year of your career, this is a great opportunity to meet and get feedback from experts. Reviewers include AOI Board Member and Agent Ciara Phelan, Artist Murugiah, Senior…

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Online Masterclass: Making Notebooks & Sketchbooks

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Make your very own notebooks and sketchbooks on this afternoon masterclass with award-winning artist and illustrator Merlin Evans. You will learn the principles of bookbinding to make a 3-hole pamphlet chapbook, mixed paper notebooks and a professional hardback accordion sketchbook. You will explore paper types, stitching, binding and ways to adapt your bookbinding skills to your projects and customise your…

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March 2022

Home Front, Kaleidoscope of the Mundane

March 1 @ 11:00 am - April 3 @ 6:00 pm
Camden Image Gallery, 174 Royal College Street
London, Greater London NW1 0SP United Kingdom
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AOI Member Andrew Foster (Foz Foster)’s artworks are concerned with seeing the beauty in the everyday. Beit through the agencies of domestic objects, experiences, conversations, family photograph or discarded toys, Foz uses his personal ephemera to produce complex drawn narratives of lived experience, mental anxiety, depression, love and joy.   The exhibition, ‘Home Front: Kaleidoscope of the Mundane’ brings together…

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The Mixer – disabled illustrators meet-up – Self Love workshop

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

Join our second meet-up for disabled illustrators, to unpick the importance of SELF LOVE and the big impact it has on creatives. Book below or via our Eventbrite. The Mixer is the disabled illustrators AOI meet-up. Our meet-up is open to all disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition.In this meet-up, we will share our best recipes for staying full of…

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CRISSCROSS Illustrator Meet-up – Doodlin’ & Chattin’ in Norwich

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Free
St Andrews Brew House, 41 Saint Andrews Street
Norwich, England NR2 4TP United Kingdom
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An evening perfect for students, aspiring creators, professionals and anybody else with a love for illustration & visual creativity. Book below or via our Eventbrite. We’ve missed you, Norwich! We want to carry on building the wonderful creative community we started gathering in 2019 and see all your glorious faces, and we think it’s time to try doing that in-person…

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Online Event – Industry Insight: Dapo Adeola on Children’s Books

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Spend a day with the award-winning illustrator and designer as he shares his journey to success, along with his agent and team at Puffin Join Dapo Adeola online for a day of inspiring discussion, the first in our Industry Insightseries of professional development events for illustrators. In conversation with his agent, editor, designer and publicist, Dapo will talk you through…

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An insight into Children’s Publishing with Wonderbly

March 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Art Director Paul Coomey and Illustrator Adam Hancher from Wonderbly will provide a personal and comprehensive look into the behind-the-scenes of children’s books. Limited spaces! Book your ticket here.   They will share their journeys to work and publication, the process and people within Wonderbly, their experiences working with traditional publishers as author-illustrators, and the things they didn’t expect before…

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2022

March 21 - March 24
Bologna Fair District, Bologna Fair District, Halls 25 - 26 - 29 Costituzione Entrance
Bologna,
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'The Bologna Children's Book Fair is the world’s leading professional event dedicated to the children's publishing industry attracting over 1,400 exhibitors and around 30,000 visitors from around 80 countries'.  The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is an industry leading event that has succeeded in bringing together a unique and diverse global audience thanks to 58 years experience. The result is the world’s premium copyright exchange hub when it comes to publishing  which also extends to…

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Blend ‘TYPE TALK’ w/ Kristle Marshall & Zuzanna Rogatty

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Graphic designers Kristle Marshall and Zuzanna Rogatty discuss how their work influences us with their expressive and dynamic typography. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Blend is pleased to present : Type Talk, featuring the powerful work of graphic designers Kristle Marshall and Zuzanna Rogatty. You will not want to miss our virtual presentation as they share their work and…

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BCBF IX Illustrators Only Dinner Party

March 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
At Spazio DumBO, Via Camillo Casarini, 19
Bologna, 40131 Italy
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Bring your markers, brushes, pens for the unmissable after-dinner creative activity at the 9th IllUSTRATORS DINNER PARTY, with live drawing We know that AOI members will be attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and although we won’t be attending this year, we really recommend going along to this illustrators’ dinner, which is held each time the Fair is held. It’s a very…

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Drawing Diversity: Gender Representation

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Practical insights into gender-based observations as a route to depicting diverse characters. Book below or via our Eventbrite.   From our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable talks we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their illustration practice. This session is the third of a short series to explore that.…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21: Session 4: Keeping Connected Through Collaboration

March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Find out about the benefits of building a network and how to form collaborative connections with a wider community. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and challenging…

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

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

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

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April 2022

Hockney to Himid: 60 Years of British Printmaking

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

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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

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Under the Vapour Trails – Exhibition by Simon Bartram

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

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Sketchbook Circle: Drawing Group

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

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‘Springing’ Forward with A Studio Called Jane

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

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Brighton illustrators Meetup

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

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BEST OF THE DRAWING YEAR 2021 at Royal Drawing School

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

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Shapeshifting as a Storyteller w/ Charlotte Ager

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

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

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Rhododendrons: Riddle, Obsession, Threat. Botanical Illustration Workshop

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

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AYUP Meet-up: Calligraphy & Illustration w/ Enso

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

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Urban Sketching at New River Head

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

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May 2022

Heath Robinson’s Children’s Stories

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

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V&A Illustration Awards 2022 – Call for Entries

May 1 - May 16
Virtual, 

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

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PIP – Bristol illustrators meet up

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

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Cambridge Illustration and Print Fair

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

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Creativity and Wellbeing Week – Get Creative Get Outdoors

May 16 - May 22
Various and Online, 

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

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Klaus Flugge Prize 2022 – Shortlist Announcement Evening

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

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Still Here Still Life – Workshop

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

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