Archive for September, 2010

Rod and Stig!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

AOI Chairman, Rod Hunt, has illustrated his second Where’s Stig book. Richly detailed work will make it an engrossing book for an undoubtedly large market.


Cheltenham Illustration Awards

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010



Roger Dean and Storm Thorgerson

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

For one night only… live on stage: Storm Thorgerson & Roger Dean

28 October 2010 7.30—9.00pm

Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Think of album covers from pop’s golden age – the 60s and 70s – and two names spring to mind:  Storm Thorgerson and Roger Dean.

For one night only, these two giants of album cover art are coming together to talk about their work, their lives with rock’s aristocracy, and the stories behind the album sleeves that have made them heroes to successive generations of graphic designers and music fans.  For more information:

Adrian Shaughnessy [email protected]

Tickets: £12.50 Only available from


London Art book fair

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London, E1 7QX
020 7522 7888
Friday 24 until Sunday 26 September 2010, 11am-6pm, admission free
Preview: Thursday 23 September, 6-9pm

On sale will be AOI member Otto’s hand printed books, including the brand new ‘Octopus’, a picture book for children and adults illustrating the poem by Benjamin Heathcote. Produced in an edition of 20 using the ancient method of stencil painting, a technique not practiced in this form since the earlier 1900s, and never used in book making.


Facing Africa auction 25/09/2010

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010


There will be a charity auction of illustrations in aid of Facing Africa being held on Saturday 25th September at The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Queen Square. Bath at 7 PM.

For more info click here

Michelle Thompson at the Anti Design Festival till 26/09/2010

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

AOI Member Michelle Thompson recently exhibited her piece ‘Portrait’  through an open submission for Neville Brody’s Anti Design Festival. as well as going on the Salon wall the piece was also included in the program.


‘As a response to 25 years of cultural deep freeze in the UK, the Anti Design Festival will attempt to unlock creative fires and ideas, exploring spaces hitherto deemed out-of-bounds by a purely commercial criteria. Created initially as a direct response to the pretty commerciality of the London Design Festival, the festival will shift the focus from bums-on-seats to brain food, and from taste and style to experiment and risk. The festival will provide a rare space for unhindered exploration and creative opportunity, where ideas may fail as equally as succeed.

At multiple venues around Redchurch Street in London’s Shoreditch area, the festival will incorporate exhibitions, installations, workshops, performances and talks in Art, Design, Product, Film, Sound, Fashion, Performance, Print and Interactive.’

London’s most anticipated art and design event was launched last friday and will run until 26th September.

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Up Side 21/09/2010 till 7/11/2010

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

UPside is an group exhibition celebrating life’s small joys, personal
curiosities and simple reasons to be cheerful. The show is currently
on view until the November 7th at the Medcalf gallery at Exmouth
market, EC1R 4QE. The private view will take place at the gallery
tomorrow evening from 6 – 9 pm


Images 34 winners!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Images 34


For pictures go here


Gold – Rachel Best – Cunning Little Vixen

Silver – Yuko Shimizu – Tiger Beer Billboard 1

Bronze – Simon Spilsbury – The Thumbs


Gold – Simon Pemberton – Songlines – Bruce Chatwin

Silver – Jonathan Burton – Crime Scene

Bronze – Niroot  Puttapipat – The Frog Princess

Children’s Book

Gold – Chris Haughton – A Bit Lost

Silver – Jason Chapman – `The Meeting’ or `Have a Nice Day, Mr Horse’

Bronze – James De La Rue – Chinese Woman


Gold – Jonathan McHugh – ‘Strawboys’

Silver – Jill Calder – ‘Garden Detectives’

Bronze – Andy Potts – Audacious


Gold – James Fryer – No Second Chance

Silver – Peter Grundy – Tree of Knowledge

Bronze – Bill Butcher – Russia Resurgent

New Media

Gold – Steve May – Rabbits

Silver – Action Stations – The Dallas Guild, ‘Burn’

Bronze – Frances Castle – Primary History

Self Promotion

Gold – Stuart Mcreath – Tightrope

Silver – Olivier Kugler – Iran Journal

Bronze – Ian Henderson – Domestication Run

New Talent Refresh! Award – sponsored by the Coningsby Gallery

Gold – Kathryn Spreadbury – Urban Jungle

Silver – James Portch – Electromagnetic Pulse

Bronze – Shuning Qian – Animal’s Secret

Critic’s Award

Selected by John Mulholland, Editor at The Observer:

David Hughes – Walking The Dog

Images 34 Private view night

Thursday, September 9th, 2010


To all our volunteers who have helped with the Images 34 hanging and Private View. They are a mix of members and non-members so a big shout out (in no particular order) to: Hogarth Brown, Mary Sarpong, Suzannah Mellor, Alexander Beuge, Joanne Roberts, Simon Santhanam, Petra Kneile, Patrick O’Leary, Chloe Cook, Sally Finning, Amie Haworth, Sophia Kemp, Sally Finning, Tom Everett, Courtney Lee Bordman and Jess Stokes.

We still need help for the take down and some invigilating so please do get in touch if you have any time this week or next.

Illustration Symposium

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Cardiff School of Art and Design will be holding a symposium in November called  ‘Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment’

Speakers include Roderick Mills, Graham Rawle, Sophie Herxheimer and Anna Bhushan, click on the image for more details.