Archive for June, 2011

Great Western Studios Open Weekend

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU

020 7221 0100

Summer Open Studios ?Saturday & Sunday, 2nd & 3rd July 2011

Location: Whole Building?Open: 12-6pm Both Days, Café open both days?Admission: Free

Open Studios gives a rare occasion to explore Great Western Studios, and to meet the artists, designers, architects and craftspeople that inhabit it.

If you are looking for art ‘hot off the press’, a unique present, a children’s art trail, or a snazzy fascinator for a summer wedding – there is something for all at Great Western Summer Open Studios 2011.

With artists’ stalls selling jewellery, ceramics, prints, furniture, and other delights; plus music, a BBQ and great creative buzz. This is an excellent way to see what is happening at the cutting edge of London’s art and design practices.

Inside A Bubble exhibition 04/07/2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011


Medcalf Gallery, 38-40 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
from 20 June – 21 August 2011
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 12.00 – 11.00 pm , Sun 12 .00 – 4.00 pm
The Private view is on Monday 4 July, 6.00 – 9.00 pm

The exhibition features the work of Áine Cassidy, Liz Mller and Howard Miller & Welmoet Wartena

“In a transient and turbulent world, we try to create order out of the chaos by constructing our own individual realities. In this exhibition, three visual narratives explore the coping mechanisms and behavioural patterns of people sensitive to their current surroundings. Ideas about isolation, reconstruction and adaption within these constructed environments are expressed in the work.”

Extreme/international Varoom reading…

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

as part of our ongoing competition to win AOI goodie bags, we have received a few photos of Varoom readers reading their magazine’s in extreme and international locations.

Here is AOI Member Carolyn Alexander kicking back in the French Alps with her copy


And another AOI Member Evgenia Barinova taking a break from her day job as a road maintenance person (we think?)


You and your Varoom = PRIZES

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Do you have a copy of Varoom Magazine? Email us a photograph of you reading your copy in odd locations that would interest and intrigue! We will be posting them regularly on our blog along with a URL of your website. Spectacular entries will receive an AOI goodie bag containing client directories, Varoom back-issues and other fantastic stuff.

All entries should be 450 pixels wide 72dpi saved as a jpg and emailed to [email protected] with the subject Varoom Photo Comp.

A recent submission such as this one, where the Gherkin is just visible in the horzon


and another emailed in of avid subscribers reading back issues in their studio


so get snapping and get submitting!

Artsmart this week

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Starting Out in Visual Communication

Main Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU

Friday July 1st 11:00 – 1pm

Five speakers, including AOI’s Derek Brazell, give you an insight into starting out in graphics, illustration and digital media, whether you are want to freelance, start your own company or find the best job. Hear advice from those just starting out as well as those already established in the industry

Aimed at Students, graduates and young professionals starting out in the creative industries

Speakers: Mike Radcliffe, Owner of creative recruitment agency Represent; Paul Pensom, Art Director, Creative Review; Derek Brazell, Project Manager and Illustrator, Association of Illustrators; Sarah Mann, Curator, Pick Me Up; Fred Deakin, Co-director of design agency Airside.

Picture 5

Varoom 15 reaches the French Alps!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011


@ocarolina Carolyn Alexander
some heavy duty joytimes in the post today with @lizzystewart ‘s beauty of a zine and @theaoi ‘s VAROOM, YAS.

AOI Member wins ‘best in book’ for Creative Review Illustration Annual 2011

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

AOI Member Daniel Mackie wins Best in Book in the Creative Review Illustration Annual 2011. The winning illustration was commissioned by Natmag-Rodale. Daniel Mackie abandoned photoshop in 2010. After using the software as an illustration tool for over a decade he decided that a change in direction and method was what was required to push his work further. All Daniel’s illustrations are now hand drawn and painted on 300gsm saunders watercolour paper.


Metaphrog’s “The Photographs”

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


We just recieved a copy of AOI Member and Eisner-award nominated, Metaphrog’s short comic “the Photographs” commissioned by Glasgow Life. A profoundly moving reflection on memory and loss that will have you calling up your elderly relatives by the end.


Free Art furniture

Monday, June 20th, 2011

A close connection to the AOI is clearing a former studio, and has these items to give away free to a good home. All you have to do is be able to collect from a North London address (Golders Green) by 30 June. Please email [email protected] if you are interested, and we will pass the information on.


* Grant Projector with step, approx H 2m, D 1m, W 1m

* Unit containing 2 Cupboards for storing up to A1 paper, with shelves above. Cupboards H 94cm, W 188cm, D 62cm, Shelves H 123cm, W 191cm, D 42cm

* Large homemade work surface with corner cut out, approx H 1m,  W 3m,  D90cm

* Drawing desk with lamp (this used to be adjustable but Dad glued it into a fixed position). Metal frame with wood surface, approx H 1m, surface 1.5m square (approx)

* Freestanding wood shelves approx H 2.5m, W 70cm, D 50cm

* Computer table (fairly generic) approx H 90cm, W 1.1m, D 80cm.

LOOP Arts Fair

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

June 17th,18th & 19th

Marshalls Mill, Leeds

LOOP Arts Fair opens this Friday. Tickets start at £7 (£5 concessions) and can be booked at

For one weekend a selection of the UK’s contemporary applied artists, graphic designers and illustrators will be relocating to Leeds. Hosted at Marshalls Mill LOOP Arts Fair features internationally renowned illustrator James Jarvis as keynote speaker, open studios, workshops, live art and exhibitions from Nous Vous, TOY, Anlogue Books, Qubik, Sister Arrow, LIMN, Best Joined Up and more.

Image by Lizzie Stewart

Image by Lizzie Stewart

Friday 17th
Best Joined Up/Re# live art party and YouTube jockeying
8pm ‘tl late

Saturday 18th
LIMN live illustration night
8pm ’til late

Sunday 19th
Kibo Kift music, poetry and art
7pm ’til late