Archive for July, 2011

Support the Artist’s Resale Right

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Call-to-arms for support of the Artist’s Resale Right’s full implementation

Artists and supporters of art are being rallied to support the final implementation of an important Right for artists, their families and beneficiaries. The Artist’s Resale Right will be fully established on 1 January 2012 aligning it with all other EU member states.

DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society) are asking people to sign a petition <> welcoming the final implementation and calling on the UK Government and European Commission to recognise the importance of the Right in supporting artists, their families and beneficiaries.

The Right currently allows visual artists an ongoing stake in the value of their work by paying artists a modest royalty when their works are resold through auction houses, galleries, and art dealers.

The full implementation of the Right will extend this royalty to deceased artists’ families and beneficiaries, providing desperately needed funding for managing an artist’s estate, including the costs of storage, conservation, cataloguing, research, restoration, assessment of provenance, and the identification of fakes.

Since the first stage of implementation in February 2006, DACS has paid more than 2000 artists over £12 million in resale royalties.

Despite fears that the Artist’s Resale Right would divert sales from the UK to countries which do not have an equivalent right, there has been no evidence to support this.  The Right has several mechanisms in place to protect the interests of the art trade including tiered royalty rates ranging from 4% down to 0.25% which are dictated by law, and most significantly, a cap on the royalty an artist can receive on a single sale of €12,500 (approximately £11,000).

Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive of DACS says: “There are far greater costs associated with selling works of art that dwarf the impact of the resale right. When Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man I sold for £58 million in the UK in February 2010, it earned £7 million in buyer’s premium for the auction house. Compare this to the £2.4 million in resale royalties which were generated by the entire UK art market during the whole of 2010.”

About the Artist’s Resale Right
The Artist’s Resale Right was introduced in February 2006 and entitles artists to a royalty each time their work changes hands through an auction house or gallery. The Right successfully balances the interests of artists with the interests of the art trade and recognises the on-going stake an artist has in the economic value of their work.

New Designers 2011

Monday, July 25th, 2011

New Designers is unrivalled in Europe in bringing together such a broad cross-section of fresh, new design talent – over 3,500 newly graduated designers, representing the top 200 UK design courses – under one roof. Every summer, New Designers helps thousands of graduates to launch their career at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London.

The event was a great success this year attracting strong attendance of 15,458 visitors. The exhibition attracted representative from leading companies and galleries seeking to recruit new talent, commission work, purchase for collections and offer future exhibition opportunities.

As Media Partners, the AOI had a stand during Part 2 of this year’s event, which took place from Wednesday 6 July to Saturday 9 July. Part 2 included graduates working within the following disciplines Product Design, Furniture Design, Spatial Design and of course Visual Communications (including Graphic Design and Illustration).

The AOI stand was located alongside One Year On – which showcased a selected group of 50 cutting edge designers and makers now one year on into their business. Opposite our stand we had the pleasure of watching creative design agency Monorex illustrate their stand on the first day, gearing up for the Secret Wars event which featured artists battling it out against each other to create a visual spectacle in front of a live audience. AOI Project Manager, Derek Brazell also took part in the events programme, presenting a guide to a career in illustration after graduation.

It was great to see so much fantastic work by graduates from the many universities that had stands at the event and to all the new members that joined this year – we look forward to advising you in the exciting times ahead!

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New Varoom LabNotes on site

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Owen Davey talks to Varoom website about his latest, ongoing colaboration with Orange and Poke, creating illustrations for a series of interactive online games, events, apps and competitions.


Also, in Observations on recent projects, Tobias Hall completed large scale illustrations for a Zizzi’s restaurant in Beckenham and shares his experience of the job.


Political times

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

We’re living in interesting political times – a pertinent time to visit the Steve Bell (political cartoonist of the Guardian amongst others) exhibition currently on at the Cartoon Museum in central London.

I went at the weekend, and it’s the first exhibition I’ve been to where you keep hearing people chuckling or laughing out loud! Steve’s sharp wit and memorable depictions of our ‘glorious’ leaders make for an entertaining show spanning the last few decades. Original artwork, sketchbooks, and filmed segments give an interesting view into Steve’s process and is well worth a visit. If you can’t make it during the day they have two late nigh openings on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July. Don’t forget to take your penguin!

BellRecent cartoon from The Guardian

Bell Époque: 30 years of Steve Bell
Over 200 cartoon strips and leader cartoons by one of today’s leading political cartoonists.

Tue-Sat, 10.30 – 17.30; Sun, 12-17.30 Admission £5.50, £4, £3, Free to Under 18s

Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH 020 7580 8155

Varoom-Face: Stephanie Ayres

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

It was such a sunny day today that I me and my housemate Harry decided to read Varoom in the garden. Harry, being more able than me, managed to pull off reading Varoom at point blank range hanging from a tree.

Harry Varoom


FiFi’s Craft Market

Friday, July 15th, 2011

AOI member Jill Tytherleigh will have a stall at Fifi’s contemporary craft Market this Sunday just off Brick Lane in London’s East End. She’ll be selling a range of handprinted homewares such as tea towels, aprons and jam lids


Paul Wearing: Out of my Head

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

7 July — 6 August 2011

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Kemistry Gallery
43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PD

Weekdays 10.00—18.00 / Saturday 10.00—18.00. Free


AOI attended the opening last week of member Paul Wearing’s new exhibition. Paul is a London-based artist and illustrator. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, Paul has established himself as one of the UK’s most prolific illustrators, working extensively throughout the US, UK and Far East, with fashion, interior and advertising houses. The influence of his design background is evident in much of his illustration and has led to high profile campaign work as well as large-scale architectural installations.

Projects have ranged from creating huge murals at General Mills’ corporate headquarters, to producing a multitude of imagery for luxury US retailer Neiman Marcus, and contributing to a worldwide campaign for United Airlines.

We bumped into Paul’s agents at CIA, Ben Cox and Briam Grimwood, and were also pleased to have a chat with AOI Patron Peter Till

Andy Smith show

Friday, July 8th, 2011

‘Sunny Side Up’ Exhibition by Andy Smith

Until 20th August 2011

Soma Gallery
4 Boyces Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AA
0117 973 9838

Hastings based illustrator Andy Smith specialises in silkscreen printing, and his work combines illustration and typography to create images with humour, energy and optimism, executed with a handmade tactile feel. Illustrating for 12 years, his work has won D&AD, Creative Circle and AOI awards and been featured in numerous books and publications.

The show includes a set of 12 new large artworks and accompanying them will be an eclectic collection of new 3D arrows and moose heads, totes, stickers and one sad lonely, goldfish.


Tweet-tastic AOI

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Big thanks to Paul and Anna at @theaoi for all their help this past week. If you’re a UK illustrator, I recommend joining them.


Went inside @theaoi for the first time yesterday. Got some fantastic advice from Fig Taylor!


I wish all finance depts were as nice and chilled as at the @theaoi, brilliant! ?


We love you all too – thanks!

Sixty Impossible Things before Lunch

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The Design Conspiracy gallery

12 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LQ

15 -21  July. Open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and 11am-4pm at the weekend.


‘Sixty Impossible things before Lunch’ is the new book by AOI member Harriet Russell. Finding a needle in a haystack, a leopard who can change his spots, working out which came first, the chicken or the egg, a chocolate teapot and a balloon balanced on a knife…. A book full of impossible questions, impossible pictures and impossible ideas!

The book was published by Edizioni Corraini and launched in Italy during the Bologna book fair.