October 2019


Regional Portfolio Consultations – Bristol

16th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Watershed, 1 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 Gallery, 91 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 Place, 17 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 Dundee, 1 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 Place, 7 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 House, Lever 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 Factory, Raleigh 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 Bar, 106 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 Curtain, 45 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 Winchester, The 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 Lighthouse, Mitchell 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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Yo Illo: Getting Published – Emma Block and Sabina Radeva

5th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery, 74 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 Illustration, 2 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 Authors, 24 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
LOOT, Guanajuato 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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W.E.B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives

8th November 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1st March 2020 @ 5:30 pm
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4BH United Kingdom
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Revered by everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Beyoncé, W. E. B. Du Bois stands as one of the most important and influential African American activists and intellectuals of the 20th century. As co-founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and author of the seminal book The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois is celebrated for…

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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 Bar, Jurnet'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 Cambridge, Market 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 Illustration, 2 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 Islington, 66-67 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 Studios, 5-9 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 University, Jill 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 Health, 1A 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 Works, 158 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 Gallery, 74 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
Bargehouse, OXO 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
Bargehouse, OXO 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
Bargehouse, OXO 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 Illustration, 2 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 Wembley, 18 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 Street, Covent 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
Watershed, 1 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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December Sketchmeet

4th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration, 2 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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Yo Illo – Illustrators’ Christmas Night Out

4th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Three Johns, 73 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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Exeter Meet Up: RAMM Late!

6th December 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street
Exeter, EX4 3RX
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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 Sciences, Downing 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 Lounge, 9 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 House, Lever 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’ Guild, 6 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 Centre, 69-85 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 Gallery, 28 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 Illustration, 2 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 Brewpub, Hawkins 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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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

11th January 2020 - 23rd February 2020
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Ionad 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

16th January 2020 @ 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

18th January 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cynon Valley Museum, Depot 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

18th January 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Art Central, Town 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

20th January 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Laurieston, 58 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

29th January 2020 @ 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

30th January 2020 @ 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

3rd February 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
House of Illustration, 2 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

5th February 2020 - 8th March 2020
Le Centquatre-Paris, 5 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

5th February 2020 @ 8:00 am - 8th March 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Cube Gallery and Link Space, Royal 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

5th February 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bowling House, Norwich, 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

6th February 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
National Centre for Circus Arts, Coronet 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

6th February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St James Church, 197 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

8th February 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cass Art Islington, 66-67 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

12th February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Illustration, 2 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

13th February 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wonderbly, 30-36 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

19th February 2020 - 10th May 2020
House of Illustration, 2 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

24th February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Laurieston, 58 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

26th February 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Archangle Hotel, 1 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

27th February 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan University, Room 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

27th February 2020 @ 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

27th February 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arnolfini, 16 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

28th February 2020 @ 9:00 am - 19th April 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Mottisfont House, near 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

29th February 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Island Gallery Space, 1st 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

3rd March 2020 @ 9:00 am - 21st March 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 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

3rd March 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
theprintspace Gallery, 74 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

6th March 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 14th March 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Arcade Campfa, 3B 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

7th March 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cass Art Islington, 66-67 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

7th March 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Paisley Central Library, 15 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

10th March 2020 - 12th March 2020
Olympia, London, 

**** 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

10th March 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Olympia, London, 

**** 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

11th March 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
ORTUS Conferencing and Events Venue 82-96 Grove Lane Camberwell London SE5 8SN, 82-96 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

12th March 2020 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
London Metropolitan University, Room 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

14th March 2020 - 15th March 2020
V&A, Victoria 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

14th March 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
GreatArt London, 49 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*

16th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy 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

18th March 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Teaching Room 2, Old College, The University of Edinburgh, South 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

19th March 2020 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
Faber & Faber, 74-77 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

19th March 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sheridans, 76 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

21st March 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Vintage Guru, Hazelwood 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

21st March 2020 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
JoJo Maman Bébé, 81 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

22nd March 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cass Art Islington, 66-67 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*

3rd April 2020 - 5th April 2020
The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Grand 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

3rd April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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

9th April 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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)

12th April 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kongs Cardiff, 114-116 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

17th April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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

18th April 2020 - 19th April 2020
CCA, 350 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

20th April 2020 @ 8:00 am - 31st May 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Everywhere, 

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

21st April 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

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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