November 2019


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... ELCAF 2020 CALL FOR ENTRY

17th December 2019 - 31st January 2020

Apply now for ELCAF 2020!    Applications are open from Tuesday 17th December 2019 and close on Friday 31st January 2020. The next ELCAF is taking place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2020. ELCAF are now taking exhibitor applications from individuals, collectives and publishers, so apply now! ELCAF showcases the very best in contemporary comics and sequential illustration, and their…

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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... World Illustration Awards 2019 exhibition at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre

January 11 - February 23
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural CentreIonad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró, 24 Main Street
Limavady, Northern Ireland BT49 0FJ United Kingdom
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Visit the World Illustration Awards 2019 exhibition as it tours the UK.

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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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Glasgow Illustrators Meet Up

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Laurieston58 Bridge Street
Glasgow, G5 9HU
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Hi there Glasgow Illustrators! Come and join our Illustrator Meet Up for a social at the Laurieston on the 20th of January 7pm. If you've not had the pleasure of the Laurieston before (one of the best pubs in town), then know its easy to find. Just go to the street outside Bridge Street underground station and you'll see it…

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Lunchtime Lecture: Dangerous Drawings and the Power of Illustration

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Alan Male is Emeritus Professor of Illustration from Falmouth University, an accomplished author of books on illustration and an award-winning international illustrator. In this lecture he discusses how the best illustration doesn’t just visualise history – it shapes it! It is the potency and originality of its messages that defines its true reason for being. By presenting celebrated and dissolute…

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WEBINAR! Negotiating with Confidence

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Love the excitement of a new commission but feel awkward about the negotiations? The aim of this webinar is to give you the tools you need to negotiate with confidence! Join us for the next instalment of our webinar series, this time exploring the do’s and don’ts of client negotiations. The webinar will run from 4.00pm – 4.45pm GMT on…

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February 2020

ONE FOR THE DIARY... Professional Development for Children’s Book Illustrators @ House of Illustration, London

February 3 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
House of Illustration2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Children's book illustration specialists Orange Beak are back at House of Illustration for a one-day deep-dive into all aspects of working as a professional children's book illustrator. This specialist professional development day will cover everything from making contacts and understanding publishers to developing an effective portfolio and online presence. You will cover: Contract basics Publishers and imprints Who does what in a…

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Serge Bloch – ‘LAUGHTER BOXES’ EXHIBITION, PARIS

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

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Drawing Europe Together Exhibition, Bristol

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

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NORWICH AOI: ‘GO CRIT YOURSELF’ CRITIQUE AND IDEA SHARING

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

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

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AOI Illo drawing meet-up: Circus Arts

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

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Harry Potter Book Night

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

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

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

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February Sketchmeet

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

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Wonderbly Portfolio Breakfast

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

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George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain

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

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Glasgow Meet Up

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

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Regional Somerset AOI Meet Up

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

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

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

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AOI Webinar: Illustration Business Planning: Vision & Growth

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

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

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Fresh Eyes – AOI Panel Discussion

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

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Comedy and Commentary at Mottisfont

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

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

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Froglump X PIP presents Doodlebury

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

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March 2020

The Twentieth Century According to Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle

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

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A Conversation with Matt Saunders and Jon Cockley

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

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Escapism – Illustration Exhibition in Cardiff

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

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Workshop – Create Colourful Abstract Collages With Naomi Vona

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

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Renfrewshire Libraries welcomes Hannah Berry

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

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London Book Fair 2020

March 10 - March 12

**** Please note this event has been cancelled.  See the London Book Fair website for full details.*** The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2020 LBF will celebrate its 49-year anniversary. Staged annually, LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in…

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Illustrators Masterclass at London Book Fair

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

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

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Risograph Workshop: Communal Care Zine

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

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Wonky Biology: Liv Bargman Cass Visual Communication talk

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

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V&A Museum – Get to Grips with Digital Illustration

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

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Portrait of a (S)hero Workshop

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

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Exeter Meet Up: Tile Illustration Workshop *CANCELLED*

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

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Queer Comics: LGBTQ Graphic Medicine Creative Workshop

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

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Publisher Portfolio Consultation: Faber and Faber

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

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents CANCELLED

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

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Pop-up Shop

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

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Buttercrumble & JoJo Maman Bébé Illustration Event – York

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

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

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cass Art Islington66-67 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AB United Kingdom
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What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will not stop at it. The idea is to give to the picture a new message and switching it into…

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April 2020

Offset Dublin 3-5 April 2020 *POSTPONED*

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

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Spotlight on Montana Forbes

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

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

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Spotlight on Dan Woodger

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

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

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ArtHole Art Fair (Cardiff)

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

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Spotlight on Niki Groom

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

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

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Glasgow Zine Fest

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

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Pictoplasma CALL FOR ENTRIES: FACE VALUE

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

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

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

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

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

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Spotlight on Genie Espinosa

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

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

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Virtual Glasgow Drink and Draw

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

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

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

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

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

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NORWICH AOI: EPISODE 6 ONLINE HANGOUT

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

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

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Spotlight on Dapo Adeola

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

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

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May 2020

Bologna Children’s Book Fair *CANCELLED*

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

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Learn data visualization

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

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

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Spotlight on Vic Lee

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

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

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AOI Webinar: Communicating With Skill & Confidence

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

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

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Spotlight on Claudine O’Sullivan

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

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

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Wimbledon Art Fair Online 14-17 May

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

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

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Procreate Art Prize 2020

May 20 - July 1

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

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

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

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

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Nicer Tuesdays Online

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

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

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Psychological Stress and Wellbeing Workshop (on Zoom)

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

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

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June 2020

Spotlight on Neal Layton

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

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

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

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

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

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ABZ illo meet up!

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

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

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Using Illustrations in UI Design with Pablo Stanley – Online Event

June 11 @ 7:30 pm

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

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AOI WEBINAR: TAKING CHARGE AND STARTING OUT AS AN ILLUSTRATOR

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

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

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Spotlight On: Stephen Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 20 @ 8:00 pm

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

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Spotlight On: Lucy Truman

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

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

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EXETER ONLINE ILLO MEET-UP #1 – Checking in

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2020

Spotlight On: Tristan Manco

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

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

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Diversity, Inclusion and Design with Bonnie Kate Wolf

July 2 @ 7:30 pm

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

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Somerset Illustration Virtual Meetup

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

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

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents

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

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

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New Designers – AOI Mini Business Masterclass

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

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

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Letter Like a Pro: Beginning Hand Lettering Workshop

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

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

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