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Man meets Woman – book review

Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Yang Liu

Published by Taschen ISSN 3836553988

Review by Derek Brazell


Leafing through Man Meets Woman, where each spread offers the sexes different takes on various viewpoints, you realise that your preconceptions are being challenged. You find yourself wondering if the differences between women and men are pre-determined, cultural, or just constructs that are willingly absorbed by each generation, with a few subtle variations which ebb and flow with each passing decade.


In age where conservative views of gender are seemingly becoming more entrenched, there’s an emphasis on the comparison between the two sexes doing or achieving the same thing, but being viewed and judged differently. Surely a successful man has always had great ideas to get himself to an enviable position? But has a successful woman been either strategically shagging someone, will never find love, or someone who has given up the option of having children? Lui’s pictograms raise these points, through simple colour coded images, with the graphic approach making her points very readable as the reader is presented with ‘men’s’ views on the left and ‘women’s’ on the right.


Are these observations on the sexes truisms, or a reinforcement of gender clichés? Readers have to make their own minds up, but the juxtapositions of male and female reactions raise a smile and wry acknowledgement that this is how many people act and (appear to) think.


Both men and women will find themselves agreeing and disputing Lui’s presentations of gender characteristics, but dipping through Man Meets Woman will give both sexes amusement as well as a pause for thought.

Yeah, for a start, where are the depictions of the men who love art?!

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Exceptions to Copyright 2014 – what they mean

Friday, October 17th, 2014


Copyright exceptions have recently been brought into law as Government did not consider that copyright laws were ‘fit for the digital age’, and they wanted to find ‘a balance between the interests of rights holders, creators, consumers and users’. Copyright is the right to reproduce/copy a work, and exists as soon as the work has been created. The copyright exceptions mean that illustrators’ work may be used without permission under certain conditions for ‘quotation’, ‘parody’, private copying’ and more. Exceptions existed before, but the new or revised ones are more wide ranging.

AOI responded to the Government’s consultation on Exceptions in 2013, which preceded this legislation, saying that the proposed exceptions were likely to create uncertainty due to the lack of definitions in the proposed legislation. The exceptions may not be overridden by contract law, so a contract will not be able to prevent them, and this may cause issues for exclusive contracts if artwork is used under an exception when an illustrator has guaranteed exclusive use to their client.

To see what the exceptions mean go to AOI Campaigning News

The exceptions to copyright are for ‘research and private study’, ‘text and data- mining’, ‘education and teaching’, ‘archiving and preservation’, ‘public administration’, ‘personal copies for private use’, ‘caricature, parody and pastiche’, ‘quotation’ and to permit ‘accessible formats for disabled people’.

Illustration by Juliet Harris

William Grill Talk at the AOI Awards Exhibition

Friday, October 17th, 2014


This afternoon William Grill gave a talk to a gathered crowd at the exhibition gallery in Somerset House about the process, thinking and inspiration behind his non-fiction picture book Shackleton’s Journey, published by Flying Eye Books (an imprint of Nobrow Press). William’s illustrations for Shackleton’s Journey won the AOI Award for Picture Books in the New Talent category this year, and those there for the talk were lucky enough to get a chance to flick through several of William’s sketchbooks and a vast amount of original work for the book.


As he spread out the developmental work for Shackleton’s Journey, William discussed his process when creating the illustrations, talking the audience through his roughs, character designs, thumbnail ideas and some of the final images. He stressed the importance of keeping sketchbooks, saying “You have to make loads of bad drawings to get any good ones” and mentioned that only about 3% of the displayed drawings for Shackleton’s Journey actually made it into the book. When asked about the feedback and reactions to the book, William stated that having some of the relations of the crew members from the actual voyage get in contact with him has been one of the highlights.

You can read more about William’s practice in Varoom 27: The Hermenauts issue, available to purchase here.

William’s work will be on show at Somerset House until 2 November.

Caroline Watson and Female Printmaking in Late Georgian England

Friday, October 17th, 2014


Charrington Print Room (16), The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB

Tuesday 23 September – Sunday 4 January 2015

Opening Times Tuesday – Saturday 10am until 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays  12pm until 5pm. Closed 24-26 and 31 December, 1 January.

Caroline Watson was one of the most successful engravers of her age, with patrons including Queen Charlotte. A selection of her prints and several of her letters will be displayed alongside examples of other female printmakers in late Georgian England at The Fitzwilliam Museum. For the first time light will be shed on these largely unknown female artists.

Although Watson was the daughter of celebrated mezzotint printmaker, she was an early adopter of the new ‘stipple technique’, which was ideal for producing delicate portraits and decorative prints, many of which were aimed at female buyers. Nearly all those women who had earlier made prints were either making prints for amusement, or members of printmakers’ families. Watson made her mark creating prints catering to feminine taste, capitalising on the growing market of women with money to spend on luxury items.

Transcripts of her letters in the Museum’s collection are being published in the accompanying exhibition catalogue. They read like a Jane Austen novel; her personal relationships, everyday annoyances and triumphs are written in careful prose in letters revealing her working secrets.

Heretic’s ‘Spectral Nation’ Exhibition

Friday, October 17th, 2014


Beach London, 20 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH

Until Sunday 2 November

Opening Times Tuesday – Saturday 10am until 6pm

Hackney based illustration, design and screen printing studio Heretic presents Spectral Nation, a forward-thinking exploration of colour, texture and pattern. The exhibition will showcase selected prints from the on-going project.

The Art of Shaun Tan Exhibition

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury St, London, SW1Y 6AL

until 18 October 2014

Review by Juliet Harris


I would greatly recommend any fan of Australian illustrator Shaun Tan, or anybody with an interest in illustration, to visit the artist’s exhibition at the Illustration Cupboard before it closes on the 18th October 2014.


The exhibition shows a new collection of personal projects, such as the Head Series and original artwork from his various published projects. This is a unique opportunity to see Shaun Tan’s masterful use of mark making and colour, up close and at full scale. In this context the viewer can gain further appreciation of the skill and beauty of Tan’s pastel work.


My personal favourites in the show are the sculptural pieces, as I have not seen Tan’s work in this format before. The playful and surreal characters translate flawlessly into three dimensional pieces, creating a new platform for the artist’s work. These works are part of collaborative project with Phillip Pullman to illustrate Grimms Fairy Tales. For me it serves as an advocate for experimentation and the ongoing pursuit of evolving and pushing illustration to new limits.

Hogarth’s London Exhibition

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH

Wednesday 22 October – Sunday 18 January 2015

Opening Times Monday – Saturday 10.30am until 17.30pm, Sunday 12pm until 17.30pm. Closed from 25 Dec 2014 until 01 Jan 2015

For over thirty years, in his paintings and engravings William Hogarth (1697-1764) captured the highs and especially the lows of life in London. Hogarth’s acute observations of the human condition were played out on the streets where he was born, lived, worked and died, and they have placed an indelible stamp on the way we imagine Georgian London. Hogarth’s striking compositions and eye for the telling detail capture the vitality and suffering of the lower orders and the pretensions of the aspiring middle classes.

This exhibition of fifty of the artist’s best-known London prints marks the 250th anniversary of his death and invites the public to look more closely at the original pictures and discover a London which is sometimes horrifying, but always fascinating.

The Annual Political Cartoons Week Exhibition

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Political cartoons week

Illustrationcupboard Gallery, 22 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL

Monday 20 – Monday 27 October 2014

Opening Times: Monday – Friday 9:30am until 6pm, Saturdays 11am until 5pm

Illustrationcupboard are hosting week-long feature on political cartoons and will be showing the artwork of contemporary cartoonists working for newspapers and magazines today.

Highlights include a Gerald Scarfe cartoon of Sir Humphrey Appleby from the cult political satire Yes Prime Minister, and the work of Stephen Lee, whose biting portraits of current political caricatures have contributed to The Week. Contributors to the exhibition also include Paul Thomas of The Daily Express, Banx of The Financial Times, Chris Riddell for The Sunday Observer, as well as work by E H Shepard, Joe Lee, Plum, and the late Anthony Parkin, whose ironic watercolours of Margaret Thatcher provide wry amusement.

Dutch Public Lending Right Scheme

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

In the Netherlands, public libraries pay a royalty to the Lending Right Foundation for books that they lend out. Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) Dutch sister society Pictoright distributes a share of these royalties to visual artists who are eligible for the scheme.

DACS has received a share of these royalties from Pictoright to distribute to all types of eligible UK visual artists – including fine artists, illustrators and photographers.

To claim your share of the royalties, your work must have been published in a UK book which has been translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands.

What you can’t claim for:

Books published in the Netherlands only

Books lent through UK public libraries. The UK Public Lending Right scheme is administered separately by PLR UK.

How to apply: Complete the Dutch PLR claim form and return it to DACS with your Payback claim form or no later than TBC. The Payback Terms and Conditions apply.

Download a Dutch PLR claim Form

DACS will be distributing these royalties to eligible applicants in spring 2015, following their Payback royalty distribution at the end of 2014.

The International Lemniscaat Illustration Competition exhibition

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB

30 September – 10 November 2014

Lemniscaat, one of the oldest and most well-known children’s book publishers in Holland, has played a significant role in the University of Worcester’s Art, Design and Creative Media division, as part of the Illustration course’s Centre for the Picture Book in Society. The twelve winners of the publisher’s first ever Picture Book Illustration Competition will be exhibited at the Hive from Tuesday 30 September.

Founded in 1963 Lemniscaat represents a roster of award-winning authors and illustrators, publishing collection that reflects the vibrant and inspiring international heritage of the Dutch.


Winners of the International Lemniscaat Picture Book Illustration Competition will have their work exhibited at the Hive, the Library of Rotterdam, the Shanghai Library and the Meermanno Museum in The Hague.  In addition to this, winners were also invited to follow a masterclass by Piet Grobler, Course Leader in Illustration at the University of Worcester, renowned illustrator and competition judge.