Archive for August, 2011

Images 36 – deadline extended!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

There’s still time to enter your best work from the last year into the UK’s premier illustration competition. Works that are selected are published in the Images annual, sent out to 4000 industry commissioners, and exhibited in a show which tours the UK for a year. Fantastic exposure.

To enter go to the Images site

The Images 35 London exhibition opens tomorrow at the Bankside Gallery

Tayori – Postcards for Japan

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Tayori – Postcards for Japan: An exhibition by Children’s Book Illustrators and Children’s Book Illustration MA students in aid of Teachers for Japan

5 – 11 September 2011
8am -5pm Mon – Sat
Michaelhouse Cafe, St Michael’s Church, Trinity Street, Cambridge.
Postcards preview at

A collection of students and professional artist/illustrators from the Children’s Book Illustration MA course in Cambridge are putting on an exhibition solely in aid of raising money in support of relief efforts in Japan, following the earthquake, tsunami.

The exhibition is taking the form of a fantastic collection of original pieces presented as postcards which will be sold anonymously and at the same price. In this way, anyone may become the owner of a piece by a well-known illustrator, and everyone will be able to buy original artwork to enjoy!


The MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art has strong links with Japan: Japanese students come here to study, and staff have travelled there to teach so this is something that is close to our hearts. All the money raised will got to the charity ‘Teachers For Japan’ which they feel is a very fitting charity as it is the children of Japan who will benefit.

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About the charity: Teachers For Japan is a nonprofit, all volunteer charity initiative dedicated to the cause of rebuilding education in northern Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11th, 2011.

AOI shop

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Thursday 18 August

If you are trying to purchase items or event tickets from the AOI shop you will experience difficulties connecting to it.

We are are resolving this issue as quickly as we can. Please call the AOI office on 020 7613 4328 to purchase items or tickets, or try the site later in the day.

Thanks for you patience.

Government response to IP Review

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Hargreaves Review on IP and Growth

Government’s response to Hargreaves was published on 1 August. It said it broadly accepted the Review’s recommendations, and outlined how it proposes to act on them.

Government support the creation of a Digital Copyright Exchange, a ‘marketplace for owners and purchasers of rights’, and have set a deadline for end of this year to test run the Digital Copyright Exchange, which given the complexity of creating this, seems unfeasible. We hope that rightsholders (creatives) will be involved with developing the Exchange.

Government propose that orphan works (works with untraceable owners) should be available for commercial use as well as cultural (AOI wanted works to only be used for non-commercial purposes). But they say they want safeguards for the interests of owners of orphan works and rightsholders, and that orphan works should be licensed at going commercial rates.

Copyright exceptions will be introduced on format shifting, parody, non-commercial research and library archiving.

We were disappointed that there was no mention of moral rights strengthening, even though government said they ‘will not neglect issues outside the scope of the Review’s conclusions’. One of the moral rights, the right of paternity (the right to be identified), being made unwaivable would help in preventing future works becoming detached from their creator, and made ‘orphan’.

Small claims track in the Patents Country Court for copyright cases was proposed by the Review, and has been welcomed by government, which is positive for illustrators. Currently, copyright cases cannot be taken to the Small Claims court.

Although government also say that ‘rights holders must take responsibility for the exercise and protection of their rights’ and ‘educate and guide consumers.’ We believe that government should take a lead in educating and guiding consumers and that the burden should not be laid solely at the door of rights holders.

There will be more upcoming consultations on the points raised in the Report.

Creator’s Rights Alliance reaction here
Society of Authors reaction here

Jhinuk Sarkar: Home in Mind

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

August 23 – September 9 2011

LCB Depot Gallery, Café & Print Room
Leicester Creative Business Depot
31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE 0116 261 6800

Open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

This new body of mixed media and collage illustrations describe AOI member, Jhinuk’s travels, her experiences of living amidst different cultures and feeling homesick all at the same time.


The Big Klimb Children’s Book Illustration Auction

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The Big Klimb Children’s Book Illustration Auction is a rare opportunity to own fine original artwork AND help two children’s charities!


Original artworks from Oliver Jeffers, Nick Sharratt, Mini Grey, David Roberts, Adam Stower, Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz and other talented and well known illustrators will be available to bid for on the night. All in aid of charity.

Have a turn on the illustration tombola, take a chance in the prize raffle, enjoy fine drinks and good organic food from the CORE restaurant!

For a preview of the artwork collected so far please visit

Please join Team Klimb and support our children’s charities by attending. email…[email protected] for details and to register your interest.

Japan fundraiser

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Martin Tomsky

Martin Tomsky

Charity fundraiser for Japan 13th August The Rag Factory, off Bricklane, London

Go here for more details and artists involved.

Varoom in Taiwan

Monday, August 8th, 2011

As part of our ongoing Varoom photo competition, we just got this image emailed from Ralph Kuo Chiang Wu from the Taipei Botanical Gardens in Taiwan!


Amie Howarth, A Diary exhibition

Friday, August 5th, 2011

A Diary 24th July- 16th October 2009

5 – 26 August 2011

RICH MIX Gallery 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

In July 2009, 25-year-old illustrator and AOI member, Amie Howarth, was admitted into an eating-disorders clinic after completing a post-grad at the London Institute of the Arts, she chronicled her three-month stay with a visual diary, using watercolours, pen, ink and embroidery. The diary charts the admission, and although she is still fighting her 14 year-long battle, it provides an insight into the disorder, and diminishes the notion that illness makes you a victim. The work is sometimes wry and often moving.


Pop Up Illustration workshop

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

AOI member, Jhinuk Sarkar, reports on a recent workshop for the House of Illustration

At the beginning of July I had the pleasure of delivering an illustration workshop for the House of Illustration held at the Foundling Museum in the borough of Camden, London. HOI ran this workshop as a partner of the Pop-up Festival of stories held at Corum’s Fields on the 9th and 10th July.

Working with the Foundling Museum’s Education Officer, the Pop-up Festival coordinator and HOI Education Manager to plan my workshop idea was great fun, and gave me a new area to get excited about in my illustration work.

Delivering and creating work with two school groups from the Islington and Camden areas of London was a new challenge for me. Especially as I wanted the kids to gain a story, the story behind Corum’s Fields and the Foundling hospital for children. I was amazed by the children’s engagement into not only the story, but in the image-making process. It was a relief to see that kids still enjoy being hands-on with their illustrations and not just interested in computer games and home time!


Several other illustrators delivered different and very successful workshops on the same day in the area of Corum’s Fields (The workshops were a follow-on from “story-making” illustration projects that HOI ran in Pop-Up’s partner primary schools in Camden and Islington as well as a community illustration project for families). The work made during the site specific workshops was displayed during the Pop-up Festival where the children from the 5 participating schools alongside other children and families could see their work proudly on display.


I went to the festival on the first day with my nieces who really enjoyed seeing the different illustrations made by the schoolchildren (as well as having story time with the Moomins and Peter Rabbit). We came away from the festival full of stories and wonderful illustrations in our heads. I hope that House of Illustration can collaborate on more events like this in the future to promote the excitement that illustrations can draw out of stories.