‘We are the Women’ at Clerkenwell Design Week

May 23rd, 2016 by Special Projects

Platform, House of Detention, 12 Sans Walk, EC1R 0LT

Tuesday 24 May – Thursday 26 May 2016

Opening times 10 am until 9pm every day


Augusta Akerman, Crape on the Door

Augusta Akerman, Crape on the Door

En Masse debut their first collective, ‘WE ARE THE WOMEN’, at Clerkenwell Design Week in the House of Detention. The nine women selected are pushing the boundaries in design solutions, concept design, and fabric installation. As part of the collective, AOI member Augusta Akerman will be exhibiting her new collection of illustrated textiles and wallpapers.

This exhibition offers a opportunity to purchase original works that were produced in 2008 by a roll call of artist-illustrators, painters, designers and public figures for whom drawing is important. Each work is autobiographical, based on the Victorian parlour game in which players were asked to describe themselves through a series of drawings of their favourite things.

Augusta Akerman, Litho Studio

Augusta Akerman, Litho Studio

Augusta Akerman in Platform

Registration for Clarkenwell Design Week

What Are You Like? – exhibition

May 18th, 2016 by Special Projects

Until 22 May 2016

Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QB


This exhibition offers a opportunity to purchase original works that were produced in 2008 by an extraordinary roll call of artist-illustrators, painters, designers and public figures for whom drawing is important. Each work is autobiographical, based on the Victorian parlour game in which players were asked to describe themselves through a series of drawings of their favourite things.

The original exhibition toured to ten different museums and galleries around the UK, finally coming to an end in 2014, by which time it had been seen by almost half a million people. The exhibition anticipated the opening of House of Illustration in Granary Square in July 2014, and the contributors have very generously agreed for their work to be sold to enable the organisation to continue to pursue its enterprising exhibition programme, to extend its illustration-led learning work and to promote new illustration talent.

Artists include AOI Patrons Marion Deuchars, Shirley Hughes, Peter Blake, Quentin Blake and AOI member Sarah Fanelli.

Seoul Illustration Fair 2016

May 16th, 2016 by Special Projects

8 July – 11 July 2016

COEX D Hall, Seoul, South Korea


Soul Illustration Fair 2016

With over 320 artists, 250 booths and 30,000 visitors, Seoul Illustration Fair is the only professional exhibition to introduce illustration and graphic design in South Korea. All practitioners working in illustration and graphic design, or who wish to be part of the industry, can participate in this event.

The fair offers the space for artists to promote and sell their artworks. It also provides networking opportunities for exhibitors to communicate with other artists, professionals and the public. Visitors can enjoy and purchase fine illustrations and graphic design pieces in the fair, as well as participating in various workshops.

For more information visit www.seoulillustrationfair.co.kr

AOI at New Designers 2016

May 13th, 2016 by Special Projects

The exhibition for emerging design

Part 1: 29 June – 02 July (Awards Preview 29 June)
Part 2: 06 – 09 July (Awards Preview 06 July)
Business Design Centre, Islington, N1


Anya Jackson, BA (Hons) Illustration Falmouth University

Ana Jaks, BA (Hons) Illustration 2015 Graduate, Falmouth University

The AOI is very happy to be back at New Designers 2016. We look forward to meeting this year’s graduates and to spend a fantastic three days sharing our insight with them.

New Designers 2016 showcases the fresh-thinking of over 3,000 innovative design graduates, providing an essential pipeline of new talent into the UK’s creative industries. It’s a must-visit if you want to see new trends and innovation, recruit new talent for your business, commission works or just feel inspired.

Part 2 is where you will find the AOI and all things illustration, graphics and motion arts along with furniture and product design. Expect an AOI talk and SAA panel discussion too, more information coming soon!

Special Offer! Use discount count code: NDAOI purchase day tickets in advance for just £10.50* instead of £16 on the door. Book online now at www.newdesigners.com

*£1.50 booking fee applies per advance ticket purchase, offer expires 19 June 2016.

Let us know if you are going to be there! @theaoi #ND16

ARCHIVE – The Prize for Illustration 2015 – London Places and Spaces

May 11th, 2016 by Special Projects

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) and London Transport Museum were delighted to announce the winners for The Prize for Illustration 2015: London Places and Spaces competion, which were showcased alongside 97 of the best entries. The works, which reflect the capital’s distinct personality and characteristics were on display at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden from Friday 15 May to 6 September 2015.

• The Gold Prize awarded to Eleanor Taylor for The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (Top)

• The Silver Prize awarded to Carly Allen-Fletcher for Compound City (Bottom Left)

• The Bronze Prize awarded to Eliza Southwood for Parkour At The South Bank (Bottom Right)

See also the AOI blog post for the Private View.

Visitors to the Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces exhibition at London Transport Museum were taken on a visual journey across London with images which range from the contemplative to the crowded and loud, imaginary or real, and from the past to the present – all places that form part of this amazing city.

All one hundred works were chosen from over one thousand entries by an expert panel of judges from the art and design world for the prestigious annual Prize for Illustration organised by AOI in partnership with London Transport Museum. Each of the illustrations is accompanied by a short description by the artist outlining the inspiration behind their creation.

The annual competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The last theme was London Places and Spaces. The winning design was announced on the private view night on 13 May (strictly by invitation only) and reproduced as a poster for display on London Underground.

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Entry for the 2014 – Serco Prize for Illustration can be found here.

RE Original Prints 2016 – exhibition

May 6th, 2016 by Special Projects

Bankside Gallery
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH

Friday 6 May – Saturday 4 June 2016
Open daily 11am 6pm

Dawson Murray, ‘Drifting III’
Opening at Bankside Gallery is the Royal Society of Painter-printmaker’s annual showcase exhibition of current member’s new work. The show sees original prints on display from leading printmakers, embracing both established and experimental techniques. The range of work exhibited reflects the dynamic world of contemporary printmaking, featuring works from artists Angie Lewin, John Duffin, Nana Shiomi and more.
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Scott Listfield & The London Police – exhibition

May 5th, 2016 by Special Projects
Scott Listfield – An American Astronaut in London
The London Police – ALL AT SEA

StolenSpace Gallery
17 Osborn Street
London W1T 4RJ

Friday 6 May – Sunday 29 May 2016
Opening times Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 7pm
Sunday 11am to 6pm (closed Monday)

An American Astronaut in London is a solo show by American artist Scott Listfield. Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut, lost in landscapes cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Having covered distinctively American locales for fifteen years, Listfield’s new work sees the astronaut explore London for the first time in line with his inaugural UK solo exhibition.

Also launching at StolenSpace is ALL AT SEA, an exhibition of new work from The London Police. An Amsterdam-based collective of UK street artists, ALL AT SEA sees the group at their collaborative best, combining their iconic ‘Lads’ characters with architectural line drawing to explore the aquatic, futuristic and collaborative.

H.Y.T. Studio: Business or Pleasure – exhibition

May 5th, 2016 by Special Projects

H.Y.T. Studio – Business or Pleasure

Coningsby Gallery
30 Tottenham Street
London W1T 4RJ

Monday 9 May – Saturday 22 May 2016
Opening times 8:30am until 6:30pm (closed Sunday)


H.Y.T. Studio, the illustration and design outlet of artist John Slade, presents a solo exhibition of a new body of work exploring the tension between commercially focused design practice and personal practice. Recycling discarded elements from previous commercial projects through a series of bold block paintings, H.Y.T. explores boundaries of context, function, business and pleasure.

Make Your Mark: The New Urban Artists – book review

May 3rd, 2016 by Special Projects

By Tristan Manco

Published by Thames & Hudson  ISBN 9780500292181

Review by Derek Brazell


All creative people come to their artwork with a certain approach. This might be broad and eclectic, or narrow and focused, and Tristan Manco’s book encourages both while championing diverse disciplines.


Celebrating artwork created physically, the book divides into three sections: Draw, Paint and Make, often with street art being a starting point for many of the featured artists (hence the book’s subtitle The New Urban Artists). This, therefore, sits very large scale work alongside work created in sketchbooks, on canvas and formed from materials such a hardboard or fabrics. There are recognisable skills apparent in the work here, from Stainer’s sensitive line drawings to the wax and paper collages of Gustavo Ortiz and Diana Beltran Herrera’s paper sculptures, but all serve as a reminder that art can be created from a multitude of materials.


It’s encouraging to see a book which embraces such an eclectic mix of international artists, and I found it quite inspiring – in terms of the hands-on approach and physicality of much of the artwork, and the curious and exploratory imaginations of the participants.


Make Your Mark will be great for dipping into for stimulating your own creativity – be it use of materials, new approaches to figures and characters or deciding to go large and aim for a free wall.


You may also be interested in these book reviews:

Drawing People – The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

Understanding Illustration

V&A Illustration Awards 2016 Shortlist

April 28th, 2016 by Special Projects

The V&A Illustration Awards judges have selected 5 works in the Student category and 3 works in each of the published categories.

Book Illustration

Coralie Bickford-Smith for The Fox and the Star (Particular Books)

Jason Brooks for London Sketchbook (Laurence King)

Tim Laing for The Radetzky March (Folio Society)

Book Cover Illustration

David McConochie for The Folio Book of Ghost Stories (Folio Society)

Marina Esmeraldo for Game of Chance (Arbuthnot Books)

Simon Pemberton for Shackleton’s Journey (Folio Society)

Editorial Illustration

Bill Bragg for ‘But today I am afraid’, published in The Guardian

Claudia Biele for ‘Small creatures such as we are’, published in 10 magazine

Tom Clohosy-Cole for ‘Go set a watchman’, published in The Guardian

Student Awards

Han Bit (Kingston University) for London vs Jeju

Jessamy Hawke (Kingston University) for The Clearing

Joan Alturo (Arts University Bournemouth) for Morts et Vita

Kate Milner (Anglia Ruskin University: Cambridge School of Art) for My name is not ‘refugee’

Katyuli Lloyd (Anglia Ruskin University: Cambridge School of Art) for Illustrations for the novel ‘Flush’ by Virginia Woolf

2016 Judges Student Category: Rafaela Romaya, Art Director at Canongate Books; Ruth Prickett, Editor at Illustration Magazine.

Published Categories: Annabel Judd, V&A Head of Design; Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Author, former Children’s Laureate, National Treasure; Patrick Burgoyne, Editor at Creative Review.

The prize The winner in each category receives £3,000 and a trophy. The judges will also select an Overall Winner to receive an additional £5,000 and the ‘Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year’ prize. The prize is named in memory of the late Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s former Director of Design, to reflect her significant contribution to, and tireless support of, the awards.

The awards The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the V&A on 23 May 2016 and the winning works will be on display at the V&A from 24 May until 21 August 2016.