Archive for December, 2011

Happy Christmas

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

…And a wonderful New Year
From all of us at the AOI


Remember we’re closed from 1pm on 23rd December, and reopen on Tuesday 3rd January.

AOI member Carolyn Alexander zines for sale

Monday, December 19th, 2011

if you’re stuck for gifts this year, AOI Member Carolyn Alexander has just released two of her zines available at all good independent Scottish book outlets and online also. Here is what she has to say:

The Return of the Haughty Bitches

“The the follow up to the Book of Haughty Bitches, an eleven page book / zine of bitches hand numbered and waiting to find a good home (to bitch about).”
Available at Analogue (SCO), the Fruitmarket Gallery (SCO), Red Door Gallery (SCO), the Two Dolls (SCO), and online here.

Speak French Like a Spanish Cow

“A book of French Idioms, illustrated and translated with love to help you speak French like a real Frenchie. An idiom is an expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from the meaning of the words that make it up. You can learn all the grammer and vocabulary you want but you still won’t get a word the French are saying when they start throwing these belters around.”
A 20 page b/w book, hand numbered edition of 50.
Available at Analogue (SCO), the Fruitmarket Gallery (SCO), Red Door Gallery (SCO), the Two Dolls (SCO), Hello Polly (AUS) and online here.

AOI welcomes new Managing Director – Heng Khoo

Friday, December 16th, 2011


Heng Khoo took over as the Managing Director of the AOI on 1st December 2011.

His previous role was Director of Development for Commissions East, the public art development agency for the East of England. Other recent senior posts include Director (Maternity Leave cover) at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and Operations Director at Asia House.


Friday, December 16th, 2011

We will be closing the AOI office and phone lines on Friday the 23rd of December at 13:30 and re-opening on Monday 3rd of January at 10am.

If you have any pricing or ethical enquiry then please call us as by the 23rd of December at the latest.

Please remember that you can also access the AOI Members-only section at 24-hours a day for resources and material to assist you.

The AOI would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

V&A Illustration Awards

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Entries are still being accepted for the 2012 V&A Illustration Awards competition.
Submissions are invited via the online entry form here

The closing date for entries is Thursday 15th December 2011.

You will first need to create a username and password on the V&A website in order to submit an entry. You can submit as many publications as you wish as there is no entry cost

A shortlist will be drawn up by the judges in February 2012. Final decisions on winners, based on the printed versions of publications, will be made in March 2012.

AOI’s Izzy Wingham exhibiting at Art of Norwich show till 17th December 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011


AOI Member and current membership/publications intern Izzy Wingham is currently exhibiting at St Margaret’s Church as part of the Art of Norwich exhibition. She will be exhibiting four of her illustrations that will also be for sale. She says:

They are spreads from the children’s book I made in my 3rd year at uni. It is a wordless narrative aimed at 5 year olds, and is titled ‘Eye Opener’.
A little dragon has lost one of its eyes and so goes on a journey to strange lands to try and find another one.

Art of Norwich 3

The show will run from 5th – 17th December 2011
Weekdays & Sunday: 12pm – 2pm
Saturdays: 11am – 3pm

St Margaret’s Church,
St Benedict’s Street
Norwich NR2 4


Angel Christmas Fair 10th-11th of December 2012

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011


Previous AOI intern and now practicing illustrator Evgenia Barinova will be taking part in the Angel Christmas Fair at the Candid Galleries in Islington. 49 other artists and designers will also be selling their work with mulled wine and mince pies. Make some space in your diary and don’t miss out!

Friday 9th December – Preview Evening (6.30-9pm)
Sat 10th & Sun 11th December 12 noon-6pm

Pop Up Brighton present ZERO

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Saturday 3rd till 14th December.

The exhibition brings together an eclectic mix of work by four of Brighton’s most exciting artists and illustrators. This is the first of two upcoming shows in their new temporary sea front gallery positioned next to the iconic Palace Pier in the heart of Brighton.

FishBoy – ‘I like to believe that I illustrate my perception of reality, I don’t see the world as you do and I want you to see it for the colourful exciting place it can be. The world can be a grey place sometimes so let my imagination brighten it up’

Picture 1

Jim McElvaney – The subjects in Jim McElvaney’s work range from the surreal and haunting to the witty and charismatic.  His paintings and drawings encourage the audience to look beyond the familiarity of ideological portraiture and see things from a different perspective, highlighting the complexity of human emotion and it’s various interpretations.

Picture 2

Lianne Harrison – A freelance illustrator working mainly with paper construction, collage & photomontage, traditionally & digitally. ‘I am inspired by my collections of bric-a-brac, photographic postcards, hand-scripted greetings and an assortment of found and acquired papers’.

Picture 3

Hugo Jones – Hugo’s work is greatly influenced by French graphic novels and revolves around a world full of abstract characters. He is a keen animator and is constantly experimenting with new mediums in order to keep his work moving in new directions.

Swap for Shape

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Arts and Crafts Swap for the Big Give campaign at Shape!

Tuesday 6th December

Are you fed up with the art on your walls? Tired of looking at the same old art? Fancy a low cost chance to bring new art into your homes? AOI member, Jhinuk Sarkar, is organising an Arts and Crafts SwapA chance to exchange art and craft pieces – like a clothes swap, but with art instead.

Exchange your item of art for a token at Shape – then keep hold of it to swap for a new piece of art. From 4pm swapping items will be handed in and put on display so that people can keep an eye out for their favourite new piece. From 7pm swapping begins! There will be a £5 voluntary donation on the door OR, if you think you have an item to swap at a higher value, or would like to put something up for auction, contact Jhinuk to discuss.

Details are also on Facebook here .

VAROOM CHRISTMAS SALE!! (back issues 3-14 only £3 each)

Thursday, December 1st, 2011


Stuck for what to buy your creative friend/partner/Aunt this Christmas?

We would recommend taking advantage of the massive Christmas sale we are having for December 2011  with back issues of the award-winning Varoom archive issues 1-14 for only £3 each (£6 outside UK).

You could even buy the entire back catalogue of all 10 available issues for only £30! Remember that you have only until December 31st so better be quick to beat the rush and get yours here.