Illustration can be a lonely business at times – and we all benefit from getting out of the studio and chatting with others who are in the same boat.  We want to help connect illustrators and strengthen our creative community so they can support and learn from each other.

To help with that, we facilitate a number of meet-ups, both in-person and online.  AOI meet ups are led by our fantastic volunteer members. They are open to all illustrators, but AOI members 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. 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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Disabled Illustrators

The Mixer is an online meet-up for illustrators who identify as a person with a disability, visible or not, in the widest possible definition. Run by London based illustrator & animator Alexandra Ramirez the event is hosted online, making sure it covers all accessible needs for everyone to attend. It’s a safe bubble to make new friends, get inspired and feel supported. Each meet-up will be your opportunity to blow some air, seek advice or simply share your art, tips and tricks to making it within the creative industry. Everyone is welcome to join!

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Glasgow

The Glasgow meet ups are a friendly place to meet and connect with others in the illustration field. There is a mix of socials, drink & draws, feedback nights, panel discussions and events with guest experts. Coordinated by children’s writer and illustrator from Brazil, Tita Berredo, the IlloG is an exciting and resourceful group for local illustrators. Check out the AOI listings and @illo_g for news!

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Leeds
London

Blend is the London AOI Meet Up (formerly The AOI London Illo Meet-Up /Yo Illo offshoot). 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 welcome illustrators from across London, to share ideas, inspiration and more through meet ups, talks and drawing sessions. Virtual until we can meet in person!  Join the mailing list or find out more via Instagram @blend_illo.

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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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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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