July 2019


Introduction to copyright . . . in 100 minutes

15th July 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
BECSPlouviez House, 19-20 Hatton Place
London, EC1N 8RU
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The British Copyright Council (BCC) is offering the chance to brush up on the basics of UK copyright in 100 minutes. This event is ideal for all creators starting out on their careers or for anyone in the sector seeking a refresher on how copyright protects creative works and creator livelihoods. Presented by Florian Koempel, the BCC’s international copyright consultant…

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Representing Realness Exhibition

16th July 2019 @ 10:00 am - 21st July 2019 @ 5:00 pm
No Formal GalleryDeptford Moulding Lane
London, SE14 6BN
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An exhibition exploring contemporary image making and illustration in an age of prozac, #metoo and selfies. We live in a time where we pick up our phones and are deluged with over-styled photography, or switch on the news and can’t decipher what’s really going on in the world. Perhaps in response, the language of illustration has re-emerged as the voice…

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Social Media for Illustrators Webinar

17th July 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us to learn how to use your social media profiles to drive traffic to your website. The webinar will run from 12.30 – 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday 17 July. We’ll take a look at the social media landscape and focus on the big three – Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and look at how you can build a loyal following…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... The Illustrated Stamp Collectors Assembly

10th August 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Greenbank57 Belle Vue Road
Bristol, Bristol BS5 6DP United Kingdom
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Join us to learn how to use your social media profiles to drive traffic to your website. The webinar will run from 12.30 – 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday 17 July. We’ll take a look at the social media landscape and focus on the big three – Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and look at how you can build a loyal following…

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Yo Illo AOI Meet up at World Illustration Awards

18th July 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Somerset HouseStrand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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A group visit to the AOI's World Illustration Awards (WIA) at Somerset House, followed by a drink and a chance to talk shop with your peers. FREE exhibition. Come along on 18th July to join our group expedition. All illustrators and illustration-lovers welcome. We're meeting at the front doors of Somerset House Embankment Galleries at 6-6.10pm. Afterwards we will head…

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Meet Sarah McIntyre at Waterstones Covent Garden

27th July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Waterstones Covent Garden9-13 Garrick Street
London, WC2E 9BA United Kingdom
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CALLING ALL GRUMPYCORNS! Join writer-illustrator Sarah McIntyre and her picture book friends - Unicorn, Narwhal, Mermaid & Jellyfish - for storytime fun and drawing! Find out what happens when Unicorn tries to write the most fabulous story in the world ...and gets COMPLETELY STUCK. How do writers and illustrators get their ideas? Does it involve cake? It very well might,…

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CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL OF ART SUMMER SCHOOL 29th JULY – 3RD AUG

29th July 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3rd August 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Cambridge School of ArtAnglia Ruskin University, East Rd
Cambridge, CB1 1PT United Kingdom
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Whatever your level of drawing experience, our Summer School will allow you to explore characterisation, pacing, pagination, the interplay of text and image, composition and design. You’ll produce your own dummy picture book under the guidance of our tutors in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. Our studio sessions are run on a one-to-one tutorial basis by experienced tutors from…

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SO CURIOUS // Conscious Creativity

31st July 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
De Beauvoir Block92-96 De Beauvoir Road
London, N1 4EN
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'SO CURIOUS' is a monthly event curated by Arts Consultancy Soho Curious & Co. Kicking off the series is CONSCIOUS CREATIVITY. Hosted by SOHO CURIOUS & CO founder Sarah Williams, we will be inviting a selection of leaders from across the creative world to show how they use their innate curiosity to create art, build their business and help others. We will be joined…

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August 2019

TOOLS OF THE TRADE CONFERENCE SAT 3RD AUG 2019

3rd August 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cambridge School of ArtAnglia Ruskin University, East Rd
Cambridge, CB1 1PT United Kingdom
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A one day illustration conference with amazing professionals discussing their creative vision and how they achieve it. Speakers: Rose Blake Calverts Design and Print Co-op Mel Castrillon Helen Mackenzie Smith Alice Pattullo David Roberts Maisie Paradise Shearring Pam Smy John Vernon Lord Conference prices: £65 GENERAL PUBLIC £40 STUDENTS/RECENT STUDENTS/CONCESSIONS Tickets can be purchased online here. Illustration by Alice Pattullo

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Introduction to illustration: A one-day workshop – London

4th August 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Guardian90 York Way
London, N1 9GU United Kingdom
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Learn the basics of illustration and complete a short drawing project in a day in this highly practical masterclass with illustrator Millie Nice. Learn what it means to draw for a living and gain an insight into different forms of illustration, including editorial and advertising content, book design and children’s stories, as well as the underground world of comics and…

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Illustrator’s Talk: Chris Haughton

9th August 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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A talk, Q&A and book signing with the award-winning illustrator and educator. Hear award-winning picture book illustrator Chris Haughton discuss his innovative multimedia work for children, then take the opportunity to ask any burning questions, get your book signed and see House of Illustration's Marie Neurath: Picturing Science exhibition at a special after-hours private view. Chris will talk about his recent non-fiction…

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

10th August 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin’s CourtyardThe Lawn, Mercer Walk
London, WC2H 9FB United Kingdom
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What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will not stop at it. The idea is to give to the picture a new message and switching it into…

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Yo Illo: Illustrators’ Picnic

10th August 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Saturday the 10th of August we're heading outside for a sketching picnic in the park. Open to all illustrators, friends and family, for good talk, good food, drink and a chance to sketch those amazing pelicans. We will gather at 1 PM in the north of the park, next to the bandstand at Marlborough Gate kiosk (for google map…

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

12th August 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Join us for our monhtly regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball – The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of…

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Illustration Club, Cardiff

15th August 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Castle EmporiumWomanby Street
Cardiff, CF10 1BS
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Illustration Club is One! Join the celebrations for another chance to meet up and chat with other fellow illustrators for some good ol' fashioned doodling and drawing. Pens and paper will be provided but if you want to bring along your own tools of the trade then go ahead! Finco coffee will be open on the evening for refreshments. Illustration…

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Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

27th August 2019 @ 9:00 am - 27th October 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Japan House101-111 Kensington High Street
London, W8 5SA
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Admission FREE Open Monday to Saturday 10:00-20:00; Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00-18:00 The Exiling of the Ministers of State from 'Tale of the Heike Picture Book', 1996, © Anno Mitsumasa. Courtesy of Anno Art Museum This family-friendly exhibition showcases the life’s work of prolific storyteller and award-winning illustrator, Anno Mitsumasa, who has been producing picture books and imaginative paintings for…

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September 2019

Shaketember 2019

1st September 2019 - 30th September 2019

Shake's Some Kinda Drawing Challenge is back!  Each day in September will have a different prompt to illustratoe and then share on instagram.  Find out more and get involved here.

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Open call: Art of Activism

1st September 2019

Friends of the Earth, in association with theprintspace, have launched an open call for submissions for their upcoming Art of Activism group exhibition. The curators are looking for artworks that embody how people feel about the climate crisis. The brief suits many alternative mediums from painting to graphic design & illustration to photography. The only criteria is the artworks should…

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Call for Entries: London Illustration Fair 2019

2nd September 2019

Calling all illustrators, graphic designers, collectives and makers! The London Illustration Fair is back at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf 29 Nov to 1 Dec and they are on the hunt for the freshest talent around. Would you like to exhibit and sell your work to an audience of art buyers, gallery owners, creative agencies, festive shoppers and everyone in-between?…

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In Conversation: Posy Simmonds and Kate Charlesworth

3rd September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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A double-bill featuring two of British comics most celebrated talents, in conversation with exhibition co-curator Paul Gravett. In the final weeks of Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective, comics expert Paul Gravett leads a conversation with Posy Simmonds and Kate Charlesworth, celebrating their parallel careers as illustrators and writers that occasionally coincided while cartooning for The Guardian. Arrive early for an exclusive after-hours…

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Yo Illo: Paul Shipper and Timba Smits

3rd September 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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Paul Shipper and Timba Smits Yo Illo Talks is back!  This September, we have partnered with the AOI and The Printspace, to revive our hugely popular series of inspiring illustration talks. WHO’S SPEAKING? Every second month, we’re delighted to be hosting two speakers. We launch on September 3rd with two incredible talents, Paul Shipper and Timba Smits. Paul Shipper is…

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smART Summer Sundays – Illustration Workshop

8th September 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
my GALLERY3 Waterloo Crescent
Dover, CT16 1LA United Kingdom
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This workshop is led by local artist, Jack Cant. He creates playful characters and lettering using bold, hand drawn lines and bright colours. Although his work regularly features within a melancholy setting, these particular themes are masked over using a selection of pop colours, often making them fun and inviting. Join us this Summer for a series of hands-on workshops…

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Conversations with Oliver Jeffers

9th September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kings Place90 York Way
London, N1 9AG
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House of Illustration presents the world-renowned illustrator at Kings Place. Join renowned artist and picture book-maker Oliver Jeffers for a one-off London event at Kings Place with Creative Review editor Eliza Williams. Jeffers – who makes fine art for (mostly) adults, and picture books for (mostly) children – will discuss his new book The Fate of Fausto and the power of storytelling through art.…

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – East Sussex

10th September 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Star Brewery WorkshopsStudio 17, Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Ln
Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YJ United Kingdom
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Join us for our monhtly regional Portfolio Consultations with Alice Ball – The essential service for those entering the profession and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Alice who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of…

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13th September 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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This Masterclass will look at how an illustrator can build a brand, establish an effective online presence, and importantly understand their audience. We will consider the commissioner’s journey and the ways you can use social media to work for you. The AOI’s Marianna Madriz will lead the talk, drawing on real world examples and focussing on innovative ways to drive…

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Women in Print Study Day: Marie Neurath and Her Contemporaries

16th September 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Delve into the world of mid-century classroom picture books and the pioneering women who created them. This informal study day will shine a light on Marie Neurath and her contemporaries: pioneering women who used design to revolutionise education. Leading experts in the field will consider the ways in which Neurath, Marion Richardson, Gwen White and Barbara Jones utilised illustration in the classroom to…

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Gui Martins’ Exhibition

18th September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 15th October 2019 @ 11:00 pm
Crate BreweryUnit 7 Queen's Yard, Hackney Wick
London, E9 5EN United Kingdom
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My first exhibition in London is in one of my favourite places. I created 11 black and white pieces using patterns, geometrical forms and textures. The pieces are going to be available for sale and are going to be displayed at Crate Brewery, in Hackney Wick, for a duration of 4 weeks. Come celebrate with me - We'll have good…

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Tips for Survival in the World of Illustration

21st September 2019
Art HouseCastle Street
Worcester, WR1 3ZQ
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Picture Hooks and Orange Beak have teamed up to bring you an exciting day full of tips and techniques on Saturday 21 September to demystify the world of children’s illustration and maximise your creative potential, at the Art House in Worcester. In the morning, leading experts from the world of publishing will talk about the working life of an illustrator, explain how…

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The Art of Keeping Sketchbooks – House of Illustration

22nd September 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 27th October 2019 @ 4:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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This is for everyone who loves the idea of keeping a sketchbook but doesn’t know where to start. In this six-week course Merlin Strangeway will guide you from that first daunting blank page to a sketchbook full of visual inspiration. Sketchbooks are useful for illustrators: to develop an idea, to record, to play, to capture, to reflect, and crucially, to…

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NORWICH AOI: EPISODE 3 ‘IDEA GENERATION’ TALKS & ACTIVITIES

26th September 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ideas Factory4-16 St Andrews St
Norwich, NR2 4AE United Kingdom
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Break down those art blocks and creativity dry spells with us during an evening if inspirational talks and activities in The Fine City! We have three incredible speakers joining us in The Ideas Factory who will talk you through the ways they have generated ideas for their work, the problems they faced along the way, and how they overcame them.…

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Glug: Doodle Social

26th September 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Short talks from Laurie Rowan, Chris Martin, Holly St Clair, and Cintia Bertaccini. Then the rest of the evening you’ll be given the chance to roam the Fourpure space, notwork, grab a few drinks and take part in plasticine workshops with Laurie Rowan, a zine bingo workshop with Holly St Clair & a papercraft workshop by Cintia Bertaccini! Tickets are just £7.50, and £5 for students, plus a…

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The Circus of Illustration: Succeeding as a freelance illustrator

27th September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
BunyanBasement at Bunyan, John Bunyan Museum
Bedford, MK40 3EU
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Three professional talks for illustrators based in the Bedford/Cambridge, hosted by The Circus of Illustration - plus drinks and social!

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Open Studio at The Ropewalk, Barton-Upon-Humber

28th September 2019 @ 10:00 am - 29th September 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The RopewalkMaltkiln Road
Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire N18 5JT United Kingdom
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Visit the Open Studio at The Ropewalk, Barton-Upon-Humber 28-29th Sept 10am-5pm. Take a look behind the scenes with artists including Reginald Swinney Illustration, chat about their work or even possible commissions. Items will be on sale throughout. Email here for more details

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October 2019

ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Contracts Masterclass

2nd October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Howard Kennedy1 London Bridge
London, SE1
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Providing an accessible insight into contracts, this masterclass will offer a general overview of contracts before focusing on rights more specifically. AOI advisor and partner at law firm Howard Kennedy, Robert Lands, will take a look at illustration contracts in depth. Areas covered will include the clauses that most often trip people up, the essential clauses that should be included…

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The Great Irish Science Book Book Launch

2nd October 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hodges FiggisDawson Street
Dublin, Ireland
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Gill Books is delighted to invite you and a guest to the launch of The Great Irish Science Book by Professor Luke O’Neill and illustrated by Linda Fährlin. ***** The Great Irish Science Book contains everything children need to know to get them excited about science – with a special Irish twist! Join us on Wednesday, 2 October in Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street…

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Brighton Illustration Fair 2019

5th October 2019 - 6th October 2019
Sallis Benney Theatre58-66 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY United Kingdom
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Brighton Illustration Fair (BIF) is back for it's 5th year taking place in Brighton, 5th & 6th of October at the Sallis Benney Theatre. Two days of back-to-back guests, exhibitors, talks, workshops & more. Exhibitor applications will open soon alongside news of last year’s audience award winner as well as the release of early bird tickets! More to be announced.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Members exhibition at Hoxton Arches

10th October 2019 - 12th October 2019
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Save the date for our brand new members exhibition, coming to Hoxton Arches this October!

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Zine of Dreams – Workshop with Aleesha Nandhra

10th October 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Create your very own mini 8-page zine of affirmations, or your goals for the future with illustrator and printmaker Aleesha Nandhra. All materials are provided (and tea and biscuits). Aleesha is an Illustrator and Printmaker from London, whose works manage to carefully tread the line between being whimsical and being highly emotionally evocative. A graduate of Cambridge School of Art,…

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20 Years in Illustration: In Conversation with Lauren Child

10th October 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Seven Stories30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
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Lauren Child is an award-winning author and illustrator, best known for the incredibly popular Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books. She has won numerous awards since her first books were published in 1999, including the Greenaway Medal, and she was the tenth Children's Laureate from 2017 - 2019. To mark 20 incredible years of writing and illustrating, Lauren will be sharing experiences and…

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In Conversation: Anna Mill, Luke Jones and Dan Franklin

10th October 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Award-winning illustrator Anna Mill will be in conversation with author and collaborator Luke Jones, and publisher Dan Franklin from Jonathan Cape, discussing their work together on Square Eyes, an epic dystopian graphic novel that took home the WIA 2019 Overall Winner Award. Anna Mill studied architecture at The Bartlett UCL, where she became increasingly interested in the power of illustration…

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Illustration Heroes: Standing on the shoulders of Giants

11th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 8th November 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Sheffield Hallam UniversityHead Post Office Building, Fitzalan Square
Sheffield, S1 2AY United Kingdom
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'An exhibition celebrating the professional work of illustration staff, alumni and friends of the Illustration course at Sheffield Hallam University. The exhibition highlights the key ‘hero’ figure for each exhibitor and the role each played in their education and future career’.   Exhibiting Illustrators include: Suzi Kemp, Stephanie Parr, Mike Doney aka Tado, Lee Ford, Jo Breese aka Vector that…

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Laurie Rowan Illustrator Talk

11th October 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Laurie Rowan will give an insight into his working methods, from inspiration to concept development to completion, using specific case studies. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions! Laurie Rowan is an award-winning animator, illustrator and director represented by Nexus Studios. His work, which combines rich pastels, curious characters, a fascination with dance, ritual, and bodily behavior, is…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Self-Promotion Masterclass

12th October 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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This Masterclass will look at how an illustrator can build a brand, establish an effective online presence, and importantly understand their audience. We will consider the commissioner’s journey and the ways you can use social media to work for you. The AOI’s Marianna Madriz will lead the talk, drawing on real world examples and focussing on innovative ways to drive…

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AOI Pop-up Helpdesk

12th October 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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If you’re not already a member of the AOI, but you maybe need some help with licensing, contracts or business practice, why not drop in and visit Derek Brazell at our pop-up help desk for some free advice, and to find out more about how AOI membership could help you! Image: Cachetejack

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Future City: Paper Engineering Workshop with Sam Pierpoint

12th October 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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With the help of paper artist, Sam Pierpoint, together, we will build our own ultimate future city. One that's sustainable, friendly to the earth and everything living on it. Perhaps more integrated with nature, clever architecture, reliant on renewable energy with much less waste. Stretch your imagination to create some fun and quirky ideas. Anything goes in this collaborative making workshop!…

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Character Collage Walk Cycle Workshop with Laurie Rowan

12th October 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hoxton ArchesArch 402 Cremer Street
London, E2 8HD United Kingdom
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Laurie will guide you through creating your own collage character and all participants will contribute to a walk cycle exquisite corpse. You'll receive an animation of your work as a gif. Laurie Rowan is an award-winning animator, illustrator and director represented by Nexus Studios. His work, which combines rich pastels, curious characters, a fascination with dance, ritual, and bodily behavior,…

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Shake’s Some Kinda Art Fair

13th October 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rough Trade BristolNelson Street
Bristol, BS1 2BA United Kingdom
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Check out Shake's October fair in Bristol.  Artists include Scott Neilson, Playtime Press, Meneer Heirman, Sam Ailey, Molly Fairhurst and loads more!  Find out more here.

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Fashion Life Drawing Class with Francesco Lo Iacono

15th October 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono, you have the opportunity to observe a live model wearing the creations of an exciting fashion designer each month. This class is suitable for all levels. It is open to beginners who have an interest in fashion and who want to try out their creative skills or just for the pleasure…

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Drink ‘n’ Game ‘n’ Draw

15th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Good Measure2b Chandos Road
Bristol, BS6 6PE
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The Bristol PIP AOI Meet up continues with an evening of 'drink-n-draw' style games led by Dave Bain, Dave McMillan and Ed Cheverton. BYOM (Bring Your Own Materials)! Drawing commences 7pm More info here.

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Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

16th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Watershed1 Canons Road
Bristol, BS1 5TX
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Purchase your ticket here. We are delighted to continue our portfolio consultations in Bristol with Senior Agent Lucie Luddington. The 1-1 sessions are hugely valued by those entering the profession (especially those interested in the Publishing sector) and established illustrators seeking advice on new potential markets. AOI members can book a consultation with Lucie who will provide guidance on targeting, methods…

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Touch Wood Exhibtion

17th October 2019 - 20th October 2019
Dray Walk Gallery91 Brick Lane
London, E1 6QL
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TOUCH WOOD is an exhibition featuring unique and hand-made art pieces by more than 50 internationally celebrated artists. The show is aiming to raise money to protect threatened habitats, restore tropical forests and reduce our carbon footprint. All proceeds will be donated to the World Land Trust, patroned by Sir David Attenborough. Full details, including list of artists, here.

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Yo Illo London Meet up – Life Drawing in Motion: The Scottish Dance Theatre

22nd October 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Place17 Duke's Road
London, WC1H 9PY
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This unique opportunity will allow artists to observe, sketch and photograph the dance company's flowing ballet class, offering insight into how the dancers prepare for a show. It's perfect for artists wanting a peek behind the scenes (and those seeking an expressive drawing challenge!). Tickets £3 - Booking essential.

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Picture Hooks Conference 2019

26th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
V&A Dundee1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee, DD1 4EZ
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The annual Picture Hooks conference for illustrators will take place on Saturday 26 October at V&A Dundee. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of industry professionals, network with authors, publishers and fellow illustrators, and get valuable portfolio feedback during breakout sessions. Appearing at the conference in October will be award-winning illustrator Lesley Barnes, as well as…

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

26th October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stour Place7 Roach Rd, Old Ford
London, E3 2PA United Kingdom
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What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will not stop at it. The idea is to give to the picture a new message and switching it into…

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The Re-Fry Call Out for Illustrators!

28th October 2019
Foundation Coffee HouseLever Street
Manchester,
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After the success of our first event at Goodstock Manchester, we are extremely excited to announce our next Small Fry event, The Re-Fry! The Re-Fry, will be a meet-up comprising prints, talks, music and an interactive workshop with Manchester's Easy Peel. We will be starting with an illustration print fair, followed by ticketed talks from renowned artists (TBA). We will…

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How to design a picture book with Sean Julian

28th October 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tobacco FactoryRaleigh Road
Bristol, BS3 1TF United Kingdom
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As part of Storytale Festival, PIP (AOI Meet Up, Bristol) are hosting this event with Bristol illustrator Sean Julian. Picture books can take months to create and there can be many hoops an illustrator will need to jump through before it’s complete. In this short presentation illustrator Sean Julian will detail the different stages of the picture book design process.…

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Glasgow Meet Up Drink and Draw: Feedback Night!

29th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McNeills Bar106 Torrisdale St
Glasgow, G42 8YD
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AOI Glasgow is back! We know that it can be great to get some friendly feedback on our work - so we're inviting you to bring your work and gather - and give - some thoughts from friendly peers. Those keen can bring work and get some feedback either in person or through a comments pad. From doodles on scraps…

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So curious: Creative Entrepreneurs

30th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Design Studio at The Curtain45 Curtain Road
London, EC2A 3PT
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Thinking of quitting the nine-to-five to be your own boss? Got a creative side-hustle that you’re longing to make into a viable business? For our next So Curious event we meet the creative entrepreneurs who are changing the start-up game and revolutionising creative business. From single-person start-ups to fully fledged businesses, we’ll be talking to leading professionals who have found…

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November 2019

SCBWI Confrence: Telling Tales

2nd November 2019 - 3rd November 2019
University of WinchesterThe Stripe Complex, King Alfred Campus
Winchester, SO22 4NR United Kingdom
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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles Conference 2019 - "Telling Tales" This year’s conference is all about the modern, the mythical and the magical. With key notes From Mini Grey and Geraldine McCauhrean, a discussion about the magic of inclusivity from Knights Of and the opportunity to get your work infant of Art Directors and Agents in our First…

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Glasgow Print Fair

2nd November 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The LighthouseMitchell Lane
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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We've got over 50 makers joining us, you can see the full listing here; https://glasgowprintfair.co.uk/ From established print heroes like Lesley Barnes and Risotto Studio to newer folks on the scene like Clemintea + Monsie. We've got print studios + collectives and design shops like Yuk Fun Now + Welcome Home. We'll also have some of the newest talent coming out of Glasgow School of Art showcasing their latest work. From…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Thought Bubble 2019 4th-10th November – Yorkshire

4th November 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9th November 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Harrogate Convention CentreHarrogate – HG1 2HR + Google Map

Thought Bubble comes to Yorkshire and is geared up to be the UK's largest comic art festival. The event filled week will feature over 100 special guests, 450+ exhibitors, book launches and convention events. The festival is set to champion and celebrate comics, illustration, animation and beyond so will be perfect for comic book art and graphic novel fans and aspiring…

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Yo Illo: Getting Published – Emma Block and Sabina Radeva

5th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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Yo Illo Talks is back in November with Getting Published; Emma Block and Sabina Radeva will share how they initiated book projects as authors/illustrators. Emma took the traditional route — by proposing a concept to a publisher — and Sabina self-published her project with crowd-funding support (which was later also picked up by a publisher). Their different journeys will give…

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Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics

6th November 2019 @ 10:00 am - 19th January 2020 @ 5:30 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Much of Cuba’s iconic graphic design is instantly recognizable the world over. But alongside the familiar image of Che Guevara, Cuban artists have produced uncompromising design and illustration to deliver Cuba’s revolutionary message around the world. These works have rarely been seen – until now. Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics is the first major exhibition of graphic design from Cuba’s…

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Introduction to copyright – in 100 minutes

6th November 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Society of Authors24 Bedford Row
London, WC1R 4EH
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The British Copyright Council is offering another chance to brush up on the basics of copyright in 100 minutes. This event is ideal for all creators starting out on their careers or for anyone in the sector seeking a refresher on how copyright protects creative works and creator livelihoods. Presented by Florian Koempel, the BCC’s international copyright consultant and an experienced lecturer,…

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Gran Salón Mexico: Contemporary Illustration Fair

8th November 2019 - 10th November 2019
LOOTGuanajuato 227Mexico + Google Map

Gran Salon Mexico is an independent initiative that show the current world of illustration in Mexico, along with positioning it as art collection. The flagship Fair is dedicated to contemporary Mexican illustration that takes place annually in Mexico City and celebrated its first edition in 2014. Free entry.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards 2019 at Swansea College of Art UWTSD

11th November 2019 - 13th December 2019

The renowned World Illustration Awards exhibition is on display at Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity St David, Wales. Featuring all the award-winning and highly commended projects from the WIA2019 competition.   Open from: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-4pm Saturday Closed Sunday   Monday 11th November – Friday 13th December, 2019   Swansea College of Art UWTSD…

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Norwich AOI Drink & Draw

12th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jurnet’s BarJurnet's Bar, 169 King St
Norwich, NR1 1QW United Kingdom
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Book your ticket here. Want to spend an evening in the coolest underground dungeon bar in Norwich all whilst doodling, drinking, and hanging out with the best folks? Join us in Jurnet's Bar on 12th November for our final event of the year! We will have some super fun activities planned as well as plenty of time to do your…

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Illustration and Print Fair Cambridge

16th November 2019 @ 11:00 am - 17th November 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The Guildhall CambridgeMarket Square
Cambridge, CB2 3QB United Kingdom
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Ink Paper + Print is back for our annual weekend fair showcasing a wonderful array of work by local and national artists, print makers, and publishers. Admission is FREE with this ticket and there are over 60 exhibitors selling unique handmade objects. Prices are affordable, from £2 upwards. The Guildhall in Cambridge has two large halls with excellent access from…

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Call for entries! Collate Digital Exhibition

19th November 2019

Enter to take part in Collate, a digital exhibition celebrating the best in contemporary illustration and typography from the UK and Hong Kong. Entries are open to all artists, designers and studios to submit work for the chance to take part in the exclusive exhibition being held in Hong Kong from the 2nd to the 7th December 2019. Chosen artists…

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AOI Masterclass: Understanding Contracts for Publishing

20th November 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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AOI’s Derek Brazell shares advice for illustrators on negotiating contracts with book publishers. The Association of Illustrators is back at House of Illustration for a comprehensive overview of book publishing agreements. If you find contracts confusing and could do with a confidence-boosting session on negotiating with publishers, this session is for you. AOI’s Derek Brazell will break down the daunting…

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Fashion Life Drawing Class with Francesco Lo Iacono

21st November 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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In this Life Drawing class, tutored by illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono, you have the opportunity to observe a live model wearing the creations of an exciting fashion designer each month. This class is suitable for all levels. It is open to beginners who have an interest in fashion and who want to try out their creative skills or just for the pleasure…

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KALEIDOSCOPE

22nd November 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 24th November 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Art Hub Studios5-9 Creekside, Deptford
London, SE8 4SA United Kingdom
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A group exhibition showcasing work by ten MA Illustration students from Camberwell College of Arts. ARTISTS: Jorge Garcia Redondo Tina Hatton-Gore Vicky Henson Su Jung Jang Nicolás Niño Jenny Saridi Jack Seymour Annie Ward Siqi Yuan Irena Zablotska WHERE: Art Hub Studios, 5-9 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA Nearest Stations: Deptford Bridge (DLR) - 5 mins walk / Deptford (National Rail) - 10…

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The Plymouth Illustration Event 2019

22nd November 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Plymouth UniversityJill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 8AA United Kingdom
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The Plymouth Illustration Event 2019 is a collaborative symposium organised by the University of Plymouth and Bloomsbury Publishing featuring talks from a renowned panel of comic book and graphic novel artists and publishers. The speakers will be reflecting on the theme of ‘monster’ and how ideas relating to this manifest and take shape within their practice. Alongside the artists talks…

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A Puff of Smoke Talk and Workshop w/ author and artist Sarah Lippett

22nd November 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Centre for Better Health1A Darnley Road
London, E9 6QH
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A Puff of Smoke(published by Jonathan Cape 7th November) is a graphic memoir about what it is like to grow up with an illness that no one can diagnose. Sarah Lippett spent eleven years suffering with symptoms from an unknown condition, until she was diagnosed with the rare disease Moyamoya at the age of 17. For the month of November(1st…

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Exhibition and Pop-up Shop: Helena Bonastre

25th November 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1st December 2019 @ 6:00 pm
H.CRABB Concertina Works158 Liverpool Road, Islington
London, N1 1LA United Kingdom
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Join me at my debut exhibition in Islington. My illustrations will be on display from 25th November till 1st December at the H.CRABB Concertina Works in Islington (158 Liverpool Road), a former concertina factory and an unexpected space squeezed between two town houses on a residential road. I will be selling original artwork and prints! About the Artist: Helena Bonastre…

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The Juice Fanzine Launch

27th November 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 28th November 2019 @ 11:00 pm

The Juice #07 is released only weeks after a 10-month journey that took us way out of our comfort zones. Creating a publication while living in a different continent made us feel like aliens at times, but most of all brought us the realisation that a zine is a manifestation of what makes us tick. It’s a universe composed of…

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Into the Wild – Roar Illustration Agency x theprintspace

28th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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Roar and theprintspace present: Into the Wild. "Into the Wild" marks Roar Illustration Agency's debut show, featuring new pieces from their roster of incredible artists. 18 amazing artists have created never before shown content referring to the locations and animals that the World Land Trust protect all year round. The artists took inspiration from both the beauty of the land…

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London Illustration Fair

29th November 2019 - 1st December 2019
BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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The London Illustration Fair is an annual, artist-led illustration, print and graphic design fair, bringing artists and buyers together in a unique environment. The fair offers the chance for illustration lovers to come face to face with their favourite artists and discover amazing new artwork from emerging illustrators. There is something for every pocket from exclusive original pieces to prints and…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Portfolio Consultations at London Illustration Fair

29th November 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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Tickets here. The AOI is back again with this hugely popular session! Get advice on how to edit, promote and present your portfolio in the AOI's group portfolio consultation. Group consultations let you get feedback, but also share insights with your peers. The sessions will be led by Marianna Madriz and Central Illustration Agency's  Art Agent Emilie Tardivel. Sessions will…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Mini Business Masterclass at London Illustration Fair

29th November 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BargehouseOXO Tower Wharf
London, SE1 9PH United Kingdom
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Tickets here. Join the AOI for their popular, comprehensive mini Business Masterclass covering all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration including licensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner's journey, working internationally as well as discussing the more difficult issues like dealing with copyright infringement and the ins and outs of client negotiation, fees, contracts and industry standards. Drawing on…

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Family Workshop: Place a Planet in Your Solar System with Dapo Adeola

30th November 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Join children’s book illustrator Dapo Adeolo for an immersive workshop creating your very own planet. You’ll design and decorate a planet that reflects your personality using a variety of techniques and materials, including drawing and collage. You’ll then place your planet in a solar system created with other workshop participants. Your ticket to the workshop includes entry to HOI current…

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UK Illustration Championships 2019

30th November 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 1st December 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Boxpark Wembley18 Olympic Way
Wembley, HA9 0JT
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Grab your ticket and enjoy the UK ILLUSTRATION CHAMPIONSHIPS! Artists battle head-to-head in LIVE 60 minute bouts to create an A2 illustration inspired by a recent news headline. Watch the world’s top illustrators compete, witness a clash of styles and see their creations unfold as The Illustrated World Series crown the UK No.1! DAY 1 - FRI 29TH NOV -…

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December 2019

Westminster Pop Up Presents: WUTOPIA

2nd December 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 8th December 2019 @ 6:00 pm
67 Neal StreetCovent Garden
London, WC2H 9PJ
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Welcome to WUTOPIA, a Utopian Pop Up shop and retail showcase of 8 young creative entrepreneurs, through the University of Westminster and its Creative Enterprise Centre! The are exhibiting and selling a range of work that encompasses art prints, paintings, original artwork, stationary, limited edition fashion, jewellery and beauty products. WUTOPIA is only open for one week from 2-8 December…

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LAUNCH: Connecting through Creativity – Tackling Loneliness.

3rd December 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Watershed1 Canons Road
Bristol, BS1 5TX
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Join Arts & Health South West to launch their Big Give Christmas Challenge, Connecting through Creativity: Tackling Loneliness   About this Event We will hear from Emma Lazenby, Director of ForMed Films, about their work to help people to better understand medical and health issues through compelling animated films and illustrations. Emma is a BAFTA-winning director and will talk about…

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WEBINAR! Self Promotion for Illustrators

4th December 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Join us for a comprehensive look at self promotion for illustrators. The webinar will run from 1.00pm – 1.45pm GMT on Wednesday 04 December. We’ll take a look at finding and connecting with clients to increase your opportunities of being commissioned, the value of social media use and opportunities offline. You’ll find out the benefits of aiming to attract a…

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Yo Illo – Illustrators’ Christmas Night Out

4th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Three Johns73 White Lion Street
London, N1 9PF
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About Yo Illo: Yo Illo hosts inspiring illustration meet-ups and talks in London.   About the event: Yo Illo are having Christmas drinks! Come and join the party! If like Yo Illo, you're lamenting a lack of office Christmas party, then don't worry; they're hosting the perfect antidote to freelance festive loneliness.Their December meetup is the perfect place to get…

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December Sketchmeet

4th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Join us for a night of quick-fire creative challenges in the gallery at London’s original and best live drawing event. The December edition of Sketchmeet will be guest-hosted by Lana Simanenkova, an Estonian-born, London-based animator and illustrator who previously worked as a Senior Creative at Animade. As a creator of joyful and energetic characters, and lover of puns, storytelling and humorous…

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Exeter Meet Up: RAMM Late!

6th December 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

We're thrilled to announce that the next illustration meet-up will take place at Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum, as part of the RAMM Late event on 6th December 2019. The kind people at RAMM have allowed us to join their fascinating and engaging evening, which celebrates the wonder of words. Based around the exhibition 'The Lost Words' - a collaborative…

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Drawing Fossils Like A Feminist – The Sedgwick Museum Illustrated

6th December 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sedgwick Museum of Earth SciencesDowning Street
Cambridge, CB2 3EQ
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As part of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences' Feminist Takeover Weekend, join artist and geologist Emma Theresa Jude to explore the Sedgwick's fossil collection through drawing, with an eye to famous female scientific illustrators of the past! The 2-hour class is suitable for complete beginners and non-artists as well as experienced sketchers. The event will begin with an exploration…

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Sarah McIntyre presents: PUGS OF THE FROZEN NORTH!

7th December 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Library @ Deptford Lounge9 Giffin Street
London, SE8 4RH
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Join writer-illustrator Sarah McIntyre in the Childrens Library for a magical snowy race to the Snowfather's Palace at the top of the world... with 66 pugs. That's a 264-paw-powered sled! Together with Philip Reeve, this duo have created a world with 50 different kinds of snow, where yetis slurp enchanted snow noodles, and a Kraken lurks under the ice. Learn how to draw…

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The Re-Fry

7th December 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Foundation Coffee HouseLever Street
Manchester,
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After the success of our first event at Goodstock Manchester, we are extremely excited to announce our next Small Fry event, The Re-Fry! The Re-Fry, will be at Foundation Coffee House on Lever Street, on Saturday 7th December 2019. It will be a meet-up comprising of prints, talks, music and an interactive workshop by Manchesters Easy Peel.   The Re-Fry…

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Shopfronts of London – a talk by Eleanor Crow

8th December 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Art Workers’ Guild6 Queen Square
London, WC1N 3AT
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At a time of momentous change in the high street, Eleanor Crow's witty and fascinating personal survey champions the enduring culture of Britain’s small neighbourhood shops. As our high streets decline into generic monotony, we cherish the independent shops and family businesses that enrich our city with their characterful frontages and distinctive typography. Eleanor will show a collection of her…

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QUESTION DAT

11th December 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SoapBox Youth Centre69-85 Old St
London, EC1V 9HX
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Bee Intrinsic (Karl Donaldson) & Bans Illustration are coming together with Wipers Youth to create an inspiring and uplifting evening on Wednesday 11th December aimed at young people aged 15 and upwards at Soapbox Islington - please come through if it resonates! There’ll be a panel of speakers who are from a mixture of different fields & backgrounds, & it’ll…

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ILLUSTRATION + PRINT OPEN 2019

13th December 2019 @ 10:00 am - 22nd December 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Deptford Does Art Gallery28 Deptford High Street
London, SE8 4 AF
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 ILLUSTRATION + PRINT OPEN 2019 in Deptford does Art, Gallery between 13 - 22 December 2019! Launch night Thursday 12th December 7-11pm with music and booze! Paid entry for submission of artwork by 6th

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The House of Illustration Fair: Winter 2019

14th December 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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The House of Illustration Fair returns this winter. It’s the perfect place to pick up unique seasonal gifts, cards and stocking fillers while supporting talented illustrators who travel from far and wide to set up shop at London's largest free illustration fair. Expect high-quality handmade cards, limited-edition prints and one-of-a-kind pieces, from homeware to graphic novels and picture books and more. As…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... PIP – An AOI Xmas Meet Up

16th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Left Handed Giant BrewpubHawkins Lane, Finzels Reach
Bristol, BS1 6EU United Kingdom
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We're squeezing in a fun, FREE, festive (knees up) meet up for all you Bristol illustrators (not just AOI members). We appreciate there's a lot going on at this time of year, but if you can make it along on Monday 16 December, then we'd love to have a tipple with you! And, we couldn't have an event without a…

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The Children Spectators Illustrator Competition

18th December 2019

"The children-spectators" competition, organized within the framework of the four-year artistic research project "Mapping - A map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early childhood", supported by the European Union is open for entries until Noon (Italian time) on 18 December 2019. The entry form and the contest’s Rules of entry of the initiative are available on the Bologna Children's…

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January 2020

ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Webinar- Tax for Illustrators

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

This webinar is suitable for illustrators at the start of their career, and for those who’d like a refresher on all things tax. Some consideration will be given to the benefits of being a registered company, but this is targeted at sole traders. It will be delivered by Russell Smith, founder of RS Accountancy. The session will cover: Completing your…

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Illustrated map making workshop with Matt Joyce, Wales

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cynon Valley MuseumDepot Road
Aberdare, CF44 8DL
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Criw Celf Rhondda Cynon Taf - Illustration Illustrated map making workshop with artist Matt Joyce Age 11-14 Saturday 18 January 10am - 4pm Cynon Valley Museum Come make an illustrated map, draw famous buildings, depict the local cuisine, portray famous citizens! Working from an initial brief, through to a final illustrated map.

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Stylised Illustrations into repeat pattern with Sophie Potter in Wales

January 18 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Art CentralTown Hall, King Square
Barry, CF63 4RW
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Criw Celf Vale of Glamorgan - Illustration Turn stylised illustrations into a repeat pattern with artist Sophie Potter Saturday 18 January 10.30am - 3pm Vale-Art Central, Town Hall, King Square, Barry, CF63 4RW Create a repeat pattern by hand from your own illustrations in this class suitable for Ages 11-14 Repeat patterns are used in packaging, wallpaper, textiles and more. In this…

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