September 2020


Startworks 2020 open call to all new 2020 Graduates

24th September 2020 - 9th October 2020
Virtual, 

The Artworks is incredibly excited to announce their open call for new graduates to apply for the Startworks mentoring programme. Since the agency was founded, Startworks has been helping new graduates bridge the gap between leaving university and kickstarting their career as an illustrator. They continue to successfully represent many artists who have joined the agency through Startworks; helping to…

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

24th September 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

The AOI & London 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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FREE online taster: Beginning with the Basics: Hand-Lettering the Letter A

27th September 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Want to learn hand-lettering but not quite sure where to start? Well, start with the basics: learning to hand-letter the letter A. Illustrator and lettering artist Jennifer Hines will walk you through how to get started drawing the letter A, a more complex letter than it seems. Learn about the shapes of the letter A, how to draw it to…

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FREE Online taster: Beginning Brush Lettering Calligraphy Starter Session

27th September 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual, 

Always wanted to learn calligraphy but felt too intimidated? Learn the basic first steps of brush pen lettering in this free taster session! Illustrator and lettering artist Jennifer Hines will walk you through how to get started in brush lettering. Set up for complete beginners, you'll walk through how to use a brush pen to create the basic strokes that…

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October 2020

Idyllic Arts and Crafts Gardens Talk: a haven for our troubled times: Leatherhead Community Association – Online

2nd October 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

A talk by Dr Anne Anderson vividly illustrated by the works of Jekyll and Lutyens and of artists Miles Birket Foster and Helen Allingham The recent pandemic encouraged many commuters to protect their well-being by tending their gardens. This echoed Victorian nostalgia for a pre-industrial countryside and rural way of life. Artists like Mile Birket Foster and Helen Allingham painted…

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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell in Conversation; How To Academy – Online

3rd October 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join two of the world’s most extraordinary creative minds as they explore the magic and wonder of storytelling with author and critic Erica Wagner. When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots…

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Somerset Illustration Meetup with Emma Block

7th October 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

We look forward to welcoming you to our next meet up where we will talk to Emma Block and explore different streams of income. Emma Block is an illustrator based in London. Her work varies from editorial illustration, publishing, packaging and branding. Emma's first book, The Joy of Watercolour, was released in 2018. Most recently she has been teaching wildly…

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In conversation with Chellie Carroll by Books On The Hill – Virtual Event

8th October 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join this Zoom talk with Books On The Hill who we will be talking to Chellie all about her career as an illustrator, how she got involved with illustrating books such as 'Fantastic Female Adventurers' by Lily Dyu, what it is like to work with publishers from an illustrators pointBoksBBB of view and much more. If you have any questions…

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Fowzia Karimi – An Online Talk with the Illustrator and Writer

8th October 2020 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Virtual, 

Fowzia Karimi is a writer, illustrator, and alumni of the Mills MFA in Creative Writing program. As Publishers Weekly describes, her illuminated debut novel Above Us the Milky Way “renders a family’s wartime emigration through a polyphonic mix of voices and genres along with evocative color illustrations and photographs.” Karimi also illustrated The Brick House by Micheline Aharonian Marcom and Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra…

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The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival Live

9th October 2020 - 11th October 2020
Everywhere, 

Responding to uncertain times, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival leaps into a virtual setting for 9th – 11th October 2020 The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has, after discussion with funders including Arts Council England, decided to switch its annual weekend from a physical gathering to a virtual get together of comic creators – maintaining its strong international flavour with its…

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AOI | London ILLO TALKS with Aurélia Durand

14th October 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

This Art is Anti-Racist For this talk, you're invited to enter the vivid world of Aurélia Durand, the French illustrator behind This Book is Anti-Racist, a New York Times-bestselling young adult book by Tiffany Jewell. Aurélia's work is dedicated to representing people of colour in society, using bold art as a demonstration. Her rhythmic, multicoloured images and lettering are powerful…

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DRAWSOME at YORK DESIGN WEEK

27th October 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1st November 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Spark York, 

Welcome to Drawsome! at York Design Week.  You’re invited to come and see an exhibition of artwork put together during lockdown by Skint Skateboards, a Leeds/York based company that has collaborated with 13 illustrators and artists to create a new skateboard range, and new opportunities, during this difficult time.Sadly, there will be no live music this time around, but there…

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YORK DESIGN WEEK 2020

27th October 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1st November 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Mainly virtual with two in person (covid-safe) events, 

Organised by Dogeatcog, Kaizen Arts Agency and United by Design, York Design Week explores a new collaborative, inter-perspective narrative for our city. We are a part of a landscape of creativity where we work to support, facilitate and encourage GOOD CHANGE across sectors, public, private and third sector to influence a positive shift towards Zero Carbon City status, with social…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards Celebration Programme

27th October 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 24th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

Awards Announcement 21 October from midday onwards We are delighted to announce the WIA2020 Award Winners on the AOI website and across our social channels. Tune in for the Awards Announcement, with contributions and insights from sponsors, judges and the winners! Be Ambitious: Commissioning Award-Winning Illustration 27 October, 6 – 7pm, £5 The Directory of Illustration’s Elizabeth Owen leads a…

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Say Something Exhibition BHM2020

28th October 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 28th November 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Virtual, 

University of Wolverhampton Illustration students celebrate Black Writers & Poets - Online University of Wolverhampton Illustration students are exploring printmaking as a method of mass communication of global issues. Students have been learning the role of printmaking in politics, power and protest and have been making risograph printed artworks in response to works by contemporary Black writers and poets in…

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November 2020

Neil Packer One of a Kind Exhibition The Coningsby Gallery

2nd November 2020 @ 9:00 am - 7th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm
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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Diversity in Illustrating Children’s Books

11th November 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A webinar for illustrators How can alternative, under-represented narratives, voices and images be introduced? What good examples can we share? And what can the various players in this field – authors, illustrators, publishers, libraries and readers – learn from each other? These are the questions this webinar in English will deal with. It includes three short presentations, a discussion between…

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LDComics Online – November

16th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for an enjoyable and mind-bending evening of inspiring comics talks. All Welcome! ONLINE ZOOM GUESTS: Catherine Anyango Graphic novelist, Illustrator, Animator. Author of 'Heart of Darkness' and 'Scandorama' (Forlaget)and Senior Lecturer in Illustration, Konstfack, Stockholm https://www.selfmadehero.com/books/heart-of-darkness Insta: @cathsinstagram Karrie Fransman Graphic Novelist, Illustrator, Animator. Author of 'The House That Groaned' (Square Peg), 'Death of An Artist' (Jonathan Cape), and 'Gender…

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magCulture Live 2020

18th November 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 19th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

magCulture Live is back! Join us this November for a double session of inspiration from some of the best magazine makers working today. This edition of our annual conference shifts online for a special two-day celebration of magazines. As we make this move online, we’ve split the event into two Zoom sessions. Each one has its own theme, and the…

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Makers (in Their Studios): Scott Nash

19th November 2020 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Virtual, 

Scott Nash: Thoughts about Divergent Thinking Join in for a virtual visit to Nash’s studio where he will share some of his work and thoughts about design, illustration, writing and the importance he places on cultivating a free, egalitarian and divergent approach to creativity. If we’re lucky, we’ll also get to peek into the studio of collage artist Nancy Gibson…

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Live Q&A with Illustrator Isabela Humphrey

19th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Virtual, 

Blush's Q&As are a series of live chats where you get to ask your questions directly to design experts! We’ll be talking stuff you can put into practice in your own project. This month, we're featuring illustrator and brand expert Isabela Humphrey. The best part? You can engage and interact with some of the top minds in the design industry…

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Fun & Games: online exhibition launch

19th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Free online exhibition preview of Fun & Games at The Portico Library. What makes a game a game? Is it any activity with rules or contestants? Does it always include an element of fun, play, skill or luck? After a year in which many have experienced the challenging effects of social isolation, The Portico Library invites the public to a…

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In Conversation: Marion Deuchars and Tom Gauld

24th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Virtual, 

An informal discussion between Royal Designers Marion Deuchars and Tom Gauld. Marion Deuchars and Tom Gauld are Royal Designers whose illustrations are changing the world. Sit in on a unique online conversation as they meet, exchange notes and discuss their respective practices. This talk will take place on Zoom, an access link will be sent to ticket holders 1 hour before it starts.…

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Nicer Tuesdays – November

24th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

On the last Tuesday of every month, It’s Nice That hosts an evening of creative talks via our online events platform. The events begin at 6 pm and, shortly after, four speakers from across the creative world take to the (virtual) podium to share insights from a recent landmark project, showing the ideas and processes behind its making. Fun, candid…

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Championing Black representation with Aimée Felone and Charlot Kristensen.

26th November 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Discussing the importance of Black representation in publishing and the dangers of appropriation. A Bristol AOI Zoom meet up. Aimée Felone is the co-founder of Knights of Publishing house specialising in inclusive commercial children’s publishing. Their children’s bookshop ‘Round Table Books’ stocks diverse children’s books only. They run the #BooksMadeBetter hashtag and blog and are actively involved in inclusive education through their work with…

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December 2020

Illustrators’ Fair

1st December 2020 @ 8:00 am - 14th December 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Virtual, 

Follow @illustratorsfair to browse examples of 100s of beautiful and unique prints, cards and products by over 150 contemporary illustrators. More posts are being added every day with the full lineup of participating illustrators in place from 1st December. This is one of the biggest online market places where you can buy beautiful work produced by contemporary illustrators. Follow #illustratorsfair to…

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Quentin Blake: 200 Drawings

2nd December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 16th December 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

House of Illustration is delighted to be working with Christie’s to offer a unique opportunity to bid for original artwork by the UK's most celebrated illustrator. 200 works from Quentin Blake’s studio will go under the virtual hammer from 2 to 16 December. Viewing of all 200 works will open online on 24 November. Selected by the artist himself, these recent…

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Isolation Inspiration: Marylou Faure by Jelly London – Virtual Event

3rd December 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Online, 

Join Marylou Faure as she sheds a light on developing a personal style, the importance of personal projects, how to make sure your client project still reflects your aesthetics, stirring your work in the right direction and trying out new things. Expect colourful works depicting the female form and all its glories and all-round empowering representations of women with a Q&A at…

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Devon & Cornwall Illustrators Meet Up

8th December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Exeter Illustration Meet-ups group has expanded into a wider group - Devon and Cornwall Illustrators. Join their first event on the 8th December.

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Deptford Does Art

10th December 2020 @ 10:00 am - 19th December 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Deptford Does Art Gallery, 28 Deptford High Street
London, SE8 4 AF
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An opportunity to view and buy prints from 40 emerging and established illustrators, designers and printmakers. An affordable way to gift a piece of art this Christmas and support your local creatives at the same time. There will be 2 open evenings, on friday 11th and 18th, from 7-10pm. More information on their instagram. 

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An online talk and Q&A with Children’s Book author/illustrator Daisy Hirst

10th December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Orange Beak Studio presents An Evening with Children's Book Author / Illustrator Daisy Hirst Daisy Hirst is from London and lives in Cambridge. She has wanted to write and illustrate picture books since before she could write. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, but never stopped reading picture books or doodling, and went on to…

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Christmas drink and draw: Somerset Illustration Meet-up

15th December 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Somerset Illustration's jolly virtual get together

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New Perspectives on the Rural: Landscape, Community and Creativity

16th December 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:15 pm
Virtual, 

In association with The Broads Authority, The Landscape Partnership and Heritage Lottery Fund, Norwich University of the Arts is pleased to present an online Symposium surrounding the contemporary image of rural lands.   The event will consist of conversation around creative practices that draw attention to environmental issues and debate. Presenters include:   Andrew Farrell, Programme Manager for 'Water, Mills…

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Small Fry Manchester – Christmas chat with 2B Illustration!

17th December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

‘Tis the Season 2B Jolly - interactive drawing event and talk by 2B in partnership with Small Fry and AOI Meet ups 2B or not 2B take us on a journey to where they are now, in an evening of Christmas drawing and chats. Like most events, we will be online this year - so bring your mulled wine and…

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January 2021

‘Going Big’ Glasgow AOI discuss upscaling artwork with Amy Whiten & KMG

January 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Come enjoy a night with some of the most encouraging mural artist/illustrators you’ll meet in Scotland or beyond.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Webinar – Tax for UK Illustrators

January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Make 2021 the year you finally master your books, starting with our invaluable 'Tax for UK Illustrators' webinar! 

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Confident Public Speaking for Illustrators

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual, 

This session is particularly aimed at illustrators who are underrepresented in public speaking contexts. As well as developing key skills the session will support confidence in proactively seeking opportunities and when speaking in public at schools, panels, festivals and beyond. Areas covered include; Develop a helpful mindset in pursuing speaking opportunities What makes a great speaker? Making the right first…

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The Lates: Book Launch of Illustration Research Methods – Ravensbourne University

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

Celebrate the book launch of Illustration Research Methods, by Rachel Gannon and Ravensbourne's own Course Leader for MA Illustration for Communication, Mireille Fauchon. For years illustration has lacked a strong critical history in which to frame it, with academics and media alike assessing it as part of design rather than a discipline in its own right. Illustration Research Methods addresses this void and adds to…

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February 2021

Drawing Architecture – An AOI London ILLO Meet-up with Elizabeth Lander

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Bring your pens & pencils and take part online in AOI London’s ILLO Meet-up! Join Elizabeth Lander for a live architecture drawing session. You may have seen Elizabeth Lander’s #idrawchicken series – an archive of illustrated chicken restaurants around London on Instagram. Elizabeth, a Caribbean illustrator, is known for documenting a community’s culture reflected in its architecture, as seen in…

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Education and Illustration: Models Methods Paradigms, 11th Illustration Research Symposium

February 11 @ 9:00 am - February 12 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual, 

Price: Standard 2 Days £30; Student 2 Days £5 Book now > Online: Attendees will be emailed links to join the Symposium Website: educationandillustration.info Instagram: illustration_research_methods Illustration Research www.illustrationresearch.org To celebrate the publishing of the landmark book Illustration Research Methods (Gannon and Fauchon, 2021) this year's symposium calls education into focus. As the traditional position of the illustrator ‘for hire' diminishes…

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Pep Talk with Dazed’s Head of Content Ahmad Swaid

February 17
Virtual, 

Creative Lives in Progress' Pep Talk, hosted on Instagram Live, will be back on 17th February at 1pm – and this time around, their guest is Ahmad Swaid, Dazed Media’s Head of Content. Join on to hear him talk about carving out a career in social media and online magazines, as well as building communities online. A graduate of King’s…

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Graphic Design & Branding Portfolio Review

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

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

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March 2021

Talk & Drawing workshop with Dan Woodger

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Diversity and Equality Roundtable: ‘Thinking Globally’

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

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

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Pep Talk with Illustrator Manjit Thapp

March 17
Virtual, 

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

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Bristol illustrators Drink & Draw

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Join in with drawing prompts set by Bristol illustrators: Molly Fairhurst, Harriet Lee-Merrion and Laurie Stansfield.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Disability Resource Roundtable

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

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

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

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

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

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April 2021

Drawing Album Covers by Royal Oak Community Centre Arts

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Brighton illustrators Drink & Draw

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

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

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When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright

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

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

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PEP Talk with Andrew Herzog

April 21
Virtual, 

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

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Expressive Arts and Doodling

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

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

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Finding Beauty In The Everyday – Drink Chat Draw

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

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

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Creating Comics and Graphic Novels Course

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

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

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BAPLA Webinar – Protecting your Content

April 28 @ 4:30 pm
Virtual, 

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

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In Conversation with Jon Klassen

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

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

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May 2021

Lewis Carroll and the Pre-Raphaelites with Mark Davies

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Drawing Inspiration – An evening with Pam Smy

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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A Queer Reading of Klinger

May 6 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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VIRTUAL Risograph Basics with Outlet!

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Happily Ever After – with Morag Hood and Helen Kellock

May 13 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Blend Drink & Draw

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

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

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

May 18 @ 11:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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PEP Talk with Mahaneela

May 19
Virtual, 

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

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

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

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

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One Million One Month – Call for Artists

May 21 - June 20
Virtual, 

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

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AOI AGM 2021

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

The AOI will hold the Annual General Meeting on Monday 24 May at 6pm. This will be held on Zoom and is open to all members to attend.  We’d love to see as many of you as possible and would like to spend some time listening to your experiences of the past year and  understanding how we can best emerge…

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Graphic Design & Branding Portfolio Review

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

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

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Brew Drink & Draw / Leeds illustrator meet-up

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

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

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Quarantine Art Club with Jess Moon Seo

May 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online, 

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

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Quarantine Art Club with Callum Sterling

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

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

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June 2021

London Book Fair – Online Edition

June 1 - June 30
Virtual, 

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

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Finding Healthy Creativity with Aki Schilz

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

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

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Anryhded: Swansea College of Art Illustration Degree Show

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

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

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Liverpool John Moores University Graphic Design and Illustration Degree Show

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

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

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Blended Practice: Design x Illustration

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

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

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Online Edition

June 14 - June 17
Virtual, 

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

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Westminster Online Degree Showcase – Illustration & Visual Communication Perspectives

June 14 - June 18
Virtual, 

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

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An introduction to NFT’s

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

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

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

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

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

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2021 Sheffield Hallam University Illustration Degree show

June 17 - June 30

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

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

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

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The accessibility of illustration as a career

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

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

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Rob Bidder in conversation with Natasha Natarajan, FML Comics

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

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Go Forth: The University of South Wales Illustration Degree Show

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

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

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Writing great alt text to improve your SEO

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

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

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Reconnecting: Kingston School of Art Degree Show

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

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Terminal – RCA – Visual Communication 2021 Degree Show

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

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July 2021

DRAWING ON 2020: TIM KING EXHIBITION

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

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Orange Beak Studio Picture Book Week

July 3 - July 9
Virtual, 

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

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Society of Graphic Fine Art Exhibition

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

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Drawing Diversity: Community based research

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

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

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MA Children’s Literature & Book Illustration 2021 Degree Show

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

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Drawing Diversity: Trans & Non-Binary Character Based Research

July 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

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

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Yukai Du on making illustrations move

July 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

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

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PEP Talk with Lindsay Arakawa

July 21
Virtual, 

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

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Sheffield AOI meet-up for Illustrators

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

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

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