The World Illustration Awards 2018 exhibition

“In a visual culture dominated by photography, illustration provides a deliciously different way to see the world.” WIA Judge Rob Alderson, Editor-in-Chief at Wetransfer

The exhibition is the largest World Illustration Awards show to date, showcasing the full shortlist of 200 works. It explores what illustration means today, how it shapes our world and understanding and how the art form itself is changing.

At once global and personal, visitors can expect to be inspired by this diverse, engaging exhibition. This annual survey of the best illustration globally will explore where illustration is now, where it is heading in the future, and showcase the legends of the industry who continue to inspire new generations of artists.

The shortlist has been drawn from a record of 3,300 entries from 75 countries, with the 2018 Awards attracting over 1,000 more entries than in 2017.


London Exhibition: Somerset House, London, WCR 1LA

7 – 20 June (Free entry)
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 – 18.00, Wed – Fri 11.00 – 20.00

Free Family Workshops!

The popular Walker Books Family Programme returns on Saturday 9 June with two free drop in events for families.  Find out more and reserve your space for the workshop with Jane Porter and Anuska Allepuz.

Touring Exhibition

A selection of artworks will tour after the London exhibition:

WIA2018 dates so far confirmed:
5 October – 3 November  at  Worcester 
17 November – 5 January at  Falmouth Art Gallery
14 January – 21 February at  UWTSD Swansea
4 March 2019 – 28 April 2019 at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk



The World Illustration Awards 2017 exhibition will be presented at the Seoul Illustration Fair 25 – 28 July 2018.

0 Nov 2017 – 7 Jan 2018 – Anglia Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
15 Jan – 25 Feb 2018 – Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
5 March – 15 April 2018 – Roe Valley Arts Centre. Northern Ireland
20 – 24 July 2018 – THESIF, Seoul Illustration Fair, South Korea, (digital Tour)


If you’d like to book The World Illustration Awards 2018 or 2019 exhibition for your venue, get in touch here.


World Illustration Awards 2018 at Somerset House: