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.

 
Aberdeen

Aberdeen Illustration meet ups became an idea when I was fed up that our northern location meant that most events were taking place in cities that were too far for people to travel to. Knowing there was a vibrant creative scene in the city, I decided to start hosting illustration meet ups with a simple goal – get local illustrators around a table, spark conversation, make connections and help people understand the industry by sharing the good words of the

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Bristol

Illustrator, painter, designer, curator (and DJ!) Dave Bain co-runs PIP (Put into Practice) with fellow illustrator David J McMillan. PIP plays host to panel discussions with leading illustrators, delving into topics such as mental health and longevity. They also run the occasional workshop and their social feeds post useful, local knowledge. They meet quarterly in different venues around the city. All are welcome regardless of age or ability. To find out more check the AOI listings and follow @pipillustration.

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Exeter

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, and Exeter meet-ups range from social events to group exhibitions, and are open to all ages and styles of illustration. Find out more by following Exeter 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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London

Lana Lê – aka woolypear – is an aspiring author and illustrator, currently working on a graphic memoir of her childhood. She encourages creativity through drawing on the doodle blog, kidcandoodle.com, and helps organises illustrator meetups with Willa Gebbie for AOI and Yo Illo.

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Norwich

Charli, Sara, and Fiona run the Norwich AOI events and meet-up group! All are practicing illustrators, owners of weird & wonderful dogs, and passionate about bringing Norwich’s finest creative folks together. Norwich AOI meet-ups run quarterly, with events ranging from formal talks and masterclasses, to chilled out drink & draws and gatherings, members and non-members welcome. Find us on Instagram (@Norwich_AOI) and Twitter (@NorwichAOI) for exciting Norwich happenings, inspiration, and keeping up to date with our increasingly popular events! #NorwichAOI

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