Archive for March, 2010

Varoom Editorial Team (in action!)

Friday, March 26th, 2010


Members of the Varoom Editorial team discussing the next issue of the magazine, due end of May beginning of June. From left to right Fernando, Gutiérrez, John O’reilly, Derek Brazell, Ali Esen. Ramón is the one behind the camera.

Sam Bevington exhibition @ Flaxon Ptootch 8/4/2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010

AOI Member Sam Bevington will be having an exhibition of prints and illustrations on Thursday, April 8th 2010 at 7pm. Promises to be a grand event. And we’re not just saying that even though he posted us a lovely big screenprint!



Varoom wins AIGA 2009 Award

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Varoom has won the 365: AIGA Annual Design Competition 30 for excellence in design. The number of subscribers is rising and issue #.12 is approaching so make sure you don’t miss out. Buy or subscribe.

AIGA certificate

Looking at Children’s Books

Friday, March 19th, 2010

All you need to know about the children’s book industry

This one-day event provides a full overview on all you need to know about working in the field of children’s book illustration. Speakers will include portfolio expert Fig Taylor, commissioners from the educational publishing sector, the picture book arena and a specialist agent. This event is open to anyone with a curiosity about the industry, illustration students and working illustrators at different stages of their professional career. This year we are lucky enough to be ending the day with Judith Kerr in conversation with John O’Reilly celebrating the 40th anniversary of the much beloved Mog. This is always a popular and productive day so BOOK NOW to secure your place.

Mog the Forgetful 40th edn

Julian George: paintings of Afghanistan

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The Guardian online hosted a stunning showcase of “Sketches, paintings and artworks by Julian George, a British artist embedded with the 2 Yorks (Green Howards) in Afghanistan”. Click here to see more.


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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Last Thursday, the AOI spent an excellent day at the Carriageworks in Leeds with the Leeds Metropolitan University holding a ‘Survive’ seminar we organised in conjunction with Leeds School of Contemporary Art and Graphic Design. Speakers included our own Fig Taylor, Derek Brazell, Ben Cox of CIA and Mary Martin of AMV BBDO. There were also presentations by Studio Dust / Tado & Jo Hassall. Click HERE for the photos. The AOI is planning another ‘Survive’ in the Summer open to all so watch this space.

Spanish TV ‘exclusive’!

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

AOI’s Derek Brazell was recently in Barcelona to interview several illustrators for an upcoming book. Alex Trochut was first up, and Derek arrived at Alex’s studio to find a Catalonian TV crew filming him.

‘Can we film you interviewing Alex?’, ‘OK…’ ‘Can we ask you on film why you’re interviewing Alex?’, ‘Er, alright…’ See the ‘dubbed’ results (it’s short!) linked below.


Alex created the fantastic cover of Varoom issue 9 especially for us, and his adverts for Estrella beer can be currently seen in the UK. See his work at

AOI do the new Jocky Venkataraman EP cover (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Here at the AOI, we still keep our fingers dirty by way of illustration. AOI Membership Co-ordinator Paul Ryding just finished the Post Post Offce EP cover for the Glaswegian anti-folk singer Jocky Venkataraman. This is now available for FREE download here with the artwork included. Enjoy!

postpostoffice3here’s what the label, Wiseblood Industries have to say:

Five perfect songs permeate what could be Jocky’s finest work (and most sonically “produced”) so far. From the poignant, and down-right poppy, opening track Brains, Busses & Trains (check out that chorus and the 60’s reverby percussion) to the angry thrash banjo hoe-down of Don’t Chill Out, REVOLT! which would have Woody Gutherie raising his right fist if he were still alive. We really hope this EP gets the recognition that Jocky deserves as one of the most intelligent and witty anti-folk songwriters working in Scotland today.


Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Hello All.

Just to say a big thank you for your patience with the AOI being closed for 3 days.

The whole Shoreditch area was plunged into the dark ages from Monday 8th March till Wednesday 10th.

Hard to believe in this day and age!

Fax Ex-Machina @ KKOutlet

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Following on from their fantastic opening night, KKOutlet will be inviting artists from around the world to send work to the fax machine in their gallery space. The best work will be posted up as part of the exhibition. All submissions to be sent to the following number from Thursday 4 March +44 (0)207 0337681. Download your cover sheet here.ex_fax_final2(and here is a blurb about the concept and opening night sourced from the KKOutlet)

Four Brazilian Artists. Four UK Artists. Three fax machines. One exhibition.

Curated by Autista and KK Outlet, Fax Ex-Machina is a one off live art exchange between Brazilian and UK artists taking place simultaneously in KK Outlet, London and POP Gallery Sao Paulo.

Brazilian artists Ramon Martins, Eduardo Recife (Misprinted Type), Elisa Sassi and Carlos Dias will fax their original artwork from Brazil straight to the walls of KK Outlet whilst UK based artists Andrew Clark, Billie Jean, Mcbess and Jimmy Turrell will be drawing live at KK Outlet and transmitting their pieces to POP Gallery, Sao Paulo.

High taxes and blindsided customs laws make it impractical to import and export art in and out of Brazil. Using the lo-fi means of fax machines we aim to avoid these extortionate charges and showcase young talent in and outside of Brazil.