Archive for May, 2010

London Zine Symposium 2010

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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The London Zine Symposium is a annual event where people interested in zines, small-press, comics and/ or radical culture can get together, buy or sell zines and share ideas with each other.

Event organiser Natalie Ridgway said:

We started the London Zine Symposium because we wanted to find a way for people to share ideas and meet up with other zinesters. Back then it felt like they were few and far between. Now, four years later, we’re expecting over 1,000 people to come, zines are hugely popular and people are interested in reading things that others have taken the effort to make themselves. It’s exciting and authentic.

I think the do-it-yourself attitude of zines appeals to people because its different from the bland, mass-market approach of much of modern-day society. Zines don’t have to be ‘commerically viable’ and it allows for an immense wealth of creativity to be on show at the London Zine Symposium.


This year’s London Zine Symposium, the fifth of the annual event, is going to be bigger and better than ever. This year there will be over 45 stalls filled with zine makers, zine distros, comic makers, anarchists and every other shade of the small press and zine world.

The London Zine Symposium 2010 is being held at: The Rag Factory, Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

It’s conveniently placed just off Brick Lane on Heneage Street, about 400m south of Rough Trade and the Truman Brewery.

station: Liverpool Street Station
tube: Aldgate East
bus: 205, 25, 254, 67, 15

AOI Patrons at Art Car Boot Fair

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Sunday 6 June 12-6pm 146 Brick Lane London E1

AOI Patrons Peter Blake and Carolyn Gowdy are participating in the Art Car Boot Sale again this year. Carolyn will be offering a limited number of etchings and ‘wonderments’ as part of her ongoing ‘Life is an Adventure’ project. She has created a new print, below,  to commemorate the wrestling theme of this years Fair.


There will be over 60 pitches, with other artists taking part including Pete Fowler, Billy Childish Jessica Albarn and Pam Hogg.


Dates For Your Diary – Images artwork

Thursday, May 27th, 2010


Okay, this is Becky’s entry for the most boring (she wins! – Paul) photo award 2010 (stuck for inspiration – it is after all a Wednesday) but for those of you who are travelling distances, booking holidays or just super organised then the date for the Images 33 pick up and the Images 34 drop off are as follows:

Images 33 Tour Artworks Pick Up/Images 34 Artworks Drop Off
Monday 2nd August – Friday 13th August 2010

Don’t worry if you have not heard from us as the Images 34 exhibition is few weeks later this year we will be in touch shortly about works for selected the London exhibition.

The View From Curtain Road #.2

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

More Polaroids from Ramon of life around Curtain Road:




NoBrow shop opening/Jack Teagle preview 27/05/2010 @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010


The AOI will be attending neighbouring NoBrow shopfront opening/Jack Teagle exhibition preview tomorrow night. Here is NB what they have to saY:

Who better to kick off our maiden voyage into galleryhood than the insanely prolific Jack Teagle. Dungeons and Desktops is an exhibition that seamlessly melds the worlds of the fantastic and mundane, a cornucopia of staplers and swords, benefits and beasts, hair monsters and HR managers. So make sure you make your way over, we will be selling prints, sculptures, original works and of course the entire Nobrow catalogue of products at the event as well as signed copies of Mr. Teagle’s very own 17×23 comic ‘Jeff: Job Hunter’. The show opens on Thursday 27th of May at Nobrow Shop and Gallery in our HQ at 62 Great Eastern street in Shoreditch. Please sign up to our dedicated facebook page for more details and to rsvp, we will be serving drinks at the private view from 6.30pm onwards, the early brid gets the booze!

Graphic Art Workshop @ Imperial War Museum 1st-4th of June

Monday, May 24th, 2010


BBC 21CC, (the BBC’s digital learning centre)  are looking for 15-18
year olds to get involved in an animation and graphic art workshop in
partnership with the Imperial War Museum..

1st-4th June 2010

They will be working with professional graphic artists and animators to
re-tell the story of two soldiers, who were bestowed with the Victoria
Cross and George Cross for acts of bravery in Iraq and Afghansistan. The
art work and animations will be included in an “Extraordinary Heroes”,
an exhibition about the Victoria Cross and George Cross that opens at
the IWM in November.

To find out more information, please contact [email protected] ASAP.

Harvey Hartley: get out of his beard

Friday, May 21st, 2010

thanks to AOI member Harvey Hartley for sending in his humourous get out’a ma’ beard badges. will have pride of place in Aine’s jacket apparently (she has a thing for beards)


AOI at ‘Pop-Up Pirates’ 19/05/2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The AOI where in attendance for the Pop-Up Pirates event, hosted by the CIA. We bumped into Amelia of Amelia’s Magazine who was organised enough to take a photo.


image taken from

Culture Show illustration survey deadline this Friday 21/05/2010

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010


Ben Lewis and The Culture Show are attempting to gather the opinions of the illustration world in order to predict what the next age for contemporary illustration might be. Madness you say? Not necessarily.

Social science has been used for over half a century to assess and measure attitudes – by governments, psychologists, industries, marketing, political scientists, sociologists, etc… but not as yet by the art world.

For an upcoming episode of The Culture Show, themed around science and illustration, presenter and art critic Ben Lewis will be applying the science of psychometrics to assessing people’s attitudes towards the future of illustration.

Will we find anything out? Only you can help us with that.


The View From Curtain Road #.1

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

AOI Managing Director, Ramon has been getting snap-happy on his way into work. The main aim is to share with our members the AOI’s creative setting and what’s going on around Curtain Road.


the main entrance to our elusive offices. It’s like that platform in Harry Potter; you have to want to BELIEVE it’s there.


if you are ever passing, by all means stick your head in to say hello. Just follow the arrows!


watching the ever-growing Heron Tower sprout a new floor every day!