AOI meet ups are led by our fantastic volunteer members. They are open to everyone, but members often get a discounted rate.  Find out what is going on near you – and get in touch if you’d like to get your own meet up going.

 
Brighton

FLOCK brings together artists and illustrators, building a community who can support and inspire one another. The Brighton meet up is organised and run by illustrator and designer Melanie Smith (@smithandwonder). FLOCK is a place and space where new skills can be learnt with Masterclasses and workshops, special events, talks and some fun and friendly drink & draws! To stay updated, please follow @flock_illustrators (Instagram) and join the Facebook group @flockillustrators.

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Bristol

PIP (Put into Practice) is a get together for any illustrator in the Bristol area, hosted by Dave Bain & co-host, David J McMillan. The quarterly events include panel discussions, drink & draws, workshops and illustrator insights. To stay updated, please follow @pipillustration (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook).

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Children's Picture Books

An online quarterly meet up hosted by picture book illustrator Rachel Stubbs, and author-illustrator and educator Emily Haworth-Booth. Open to those at all stages of development – from those just starting out, graduates early in their career, more established illustrators and authors or anyone with a passion for picture books! Discover a range of talks, discussions and workshops with picture book illustrators, authors and other professionals to help enrich and inspire your practice. For more information, please follow @rachelstubbs_ and @emilyhaworthbooth on instagram and look out for updates from the AOI.

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Devon & Cornwall

Having recently moved to Exeter from Bristol, Illustrator Sue Gent started these events as a way for like-minded people in the local area to connect, this then grew to Devon & Cornwall and meet-ups range from social events to group exhibitions, and are open to all ages and styles of illustration. Find out more by following Devon & Cornwall Illustration Meetups on Facebook or Instagram.

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Glasgow

The Glasgow meet ups are a friendly place to meet and connect with others in the field. There’s a mix of socials, drink & draws, feedback nights, panel discussions and visiting experts for events. Coordinated by multi-disciplinary illustrator, art therapist and sailing instructor Anita Jean (@neets.aj). Check out the AOI listings and @illo_g for news. Currently looking for locals who’d like to do an IG takeover week.

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Leeds
Manchester

Illustrator and animator Maisy Summer runs Small Fry Collective alongside co-host designer and illustrator Isobel Platt. Small Fry hosts a range of creative events, including workshops, talks and more recently, the Manchester AOI meet up group. They love bringing together creatives from across Manchester and beyond. To stay updated, please follow @smallfrycollective (Instagram) or @smallfryco_ (Twitter)

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London

AOI London Illo Meetups + Talks, a spin-off of Yo Illo, are co-hosted by Natasha Knight, a native Londoner and MA Illustration student at Falmouth University who also works at The AOI; and Lana Lê, an American illustrator and graphic designer. The pair met as volunteers at House of Illustration, and host a mix of drawing meet-ups and talks. You can find out more on instagram @blue_girl_in_the_ring or @woolypear.

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Norwich

Co-ran by illustrators Charli Vince and Ailish Beadle, Crisscross runs events ranging from lectures to super chill get-togethers, aiming to bring the huge illustrator & creative community of Norwich together. We always aim to provide support, creative networks, skills, crit sessions, and more, with a history of hosting sold-out events and bustling drink and draws! Follow us on Instagram (@crisscross.norwich) and Twitter (@crisscrossnor) for regular updates.

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Somerset

Somerset Illustration meetups are a way to connect illustrators from in and around Somerset. Hosting a mix of panel discussions and social events, it’s a way for Somerset illustrators to get together. Regardless of ability or experience, everyone is welcome. Hosted by illustrator Jennifer Reynette (@jreynette). Find our meetups on instagram @somersetillos

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