Archive for May, 2012

Jane Smith draws Hackney

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Hackney Museum

1 Reading Lane, London E8.

Until 15 September

Entrance is free

Two new giant maps commissions by Jane Smith showing the new cafes in Hackney and the other new build and Hackney changes are showing as part of the Mapping the Change project.


Mapping the Change is a unique history project about the people of Hackney and the impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on their lives. The project aims to capture the voices of Hackney’s hugely diverse communities through working with community groups, local artists and individuals to produce photographic, digital media, text, and audio based records of how East London has changed in the 60 years between the last London Olympics in 1948 and the coming of the Games in the summer of 2012.

V&A Illustration Awards 2012 Shortlist

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Luke Best: Chivalric Fiasco

Luke Best: Chivalric Fiasco

The V&A has revealed the fourteen artists shortlisted for its annual Illustration Awards. The awards are given to the best book and editorial illustration published in the UK each year and have this year been judged by an illustrious panel made up of fashion designer Orla Kiely, broadcaster and cultural commentator Emma Freud OBE and V&A Director of Design Moira Gemmill.

Orla Kiely said: “The world of illustration is so wide and varied that it is important to be able to stand out with your own individual style. This competition is the perfect platform for such talented illustrators to exhibit their diverse abilities and approaches to design.”

Daniel Clarke: Heygate Memories

Daniel Clarke: Heygate Memories

The shortlist has been chosen from over 1000 submissions from illustrators working in the UK. The panel selected their favourite entries from three categories: Book Illustration; Book Cover and Jacket Illustration; and Editorial publications. Winners of last year’s award have judged a fourth category for students work.

The winners are announced at the Illustration Awards Ceremony held at the V&A on Monday 11 June 2012. Each category winner is awarded £2000, with an additional £2000 given to the overall winner, representing some of the most substantial financial prizes for illustration in the industry.

Matthew Richardson: The Outsider

Matthew Richardson: The Outsider

The 2012 V&A Illustration Awards shortlist, is as follows:

Book Illustration

Laetitia Devernay for The Conductor (Chronicle Books)
Cathy MacLennan for Bunny Bunny Catkin (Boxer Books)
Rob Ryan for A Sky Full of Kindness (Hodder & Soughton)

Book Cover and Jacket Illustration

Petra Börner for Emma (Bonniers)
Matthew Richardson for The Outsider (The Folio Society)
Vicky White for Can We Save the Tiger (Walker Books)


Luke Best for Chivalric Fiasco (Harper’s Magazine)
Nick Lowndes for Small Businesses (Financial Times)
Stefano Morri for Henry’s Demons (BBC Radio Times)

Student Awards

Daniel Clarke for Heygate Memories
Faye Coral Johnson for Nonsensical Thoughts
Rachel Lillie for Born Fighting
Joe Lyward for Fear
Holly Mills for Hothouse

A display of original artwork and published work by shortlisted artists in all categories will be shown at the V&A from 11 June until 31 December 2012. Admission Free.

The Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road

Opening times 10.00 to 17.45 daily; 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays.

The V&A Illustration Awards were established in 1972 and previous winners include Quentin Blake, Ralph Steadman and Michael Foreman.

The V&A Illustration Awards 2012 are supported by the Enid Linder Foundation.

Snublic: Redundant Scenes of Colchester + Cartoon Parodies

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


Snublic a.k.a Colin David MacAllister is a cartoonist exploring personal interests and the zeitgeist through the medium of ink, usually on an epic scale of depth, detail and hidden meaning unusual in the modern world of cartooning.

This show at The Mercury Theatre’s Digby Gallery in Colchester is Snublic’s third time there since 2008 and the theme this year is two fold. Showcasing a series of parodies of respected old masters, updating their work for the 21st century, and illustrations of ‘redundant scenes’ of the town, derelict and dilapidated areas off the beaten tourist track.

The Mercury Theatre’s Digby Gallery,
Balkerne Gate,
Until Monday 28 May

Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm

See more of Snublic’s work here:

Fathoms Deep: Zombie Collective at the Hayward Gallery Shop

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Zombie Flyer Front

The riverside Hayward Gallery Shop is the perfect location for the nautical themed spectacular ‘Fathoms Deep’ featuring the Zombie Collective and new talent Anthony Peters, Chryso Haralambous, Calm & Collected, Jason Munro, El Famoso, Alan Dalby, Laura Bird, Patrick Schmidt & Nick Hayes.

Joely boat postcard2

Joely Brammer

The collection includes prints, cards, deck chairs and all sorts of sea-faring paraphernalia that will sell alongside the Collectives existing quirky and unique gifts.

For the launch evening (17th May by invitation) El Famoso will be on hand illustrating their own large scale seaside attraction, music will be provided by skiffle band The Severed Limb and there will be temporary nautical tattoos and pin badge making. There will be a selection of water inspired workshops with Zombie Collective for budding artists (age 6+) every weekend of the residency. Details and tickets for these events will be available on Southbank Centre‘s website from early May.

May 19- X Marks the Spot – Typographic treasure map making

May 26- Barnacled Beasts – create your own creature of the deep

June 2- The Mini Armada – Build your own mini boat and deck it with a custom flag

Frann Preston- Gannon

Frann Preston- Gannon

In addition to the workshops, every Saturday in the shop there will be a selection of things to do for all ages. The Bowyer Press will be showing how to letterpress your own cards, there will be custom maritime badge making and you can get yourself kitted out with temporary nautical tattoos created especially for Fathoms Deep.

Thursday 17 May to Sunday 3 June

Hayward Gallery Shop
Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road



Find out more at Zombie Collective’s website.

Recent May shows

Friday, May 11th, 2012

AOI visited some illustration shows recently, checking out the Art Center, Pasadena, USA students show at the Kemistry gallery.


This was the culmination of an Olympics projects set by course leader, Ann Field. Tutors also took part, and Ann is here in front of her artwork.


The students were enthusuastic about their visit to London, and even commented that the rain and grey skies had been an interesting change from the endless sunshine in California. Or maybe they were just being charitable…


It’s a good show, with the students work addressing ‘Britishness’, but absorbing possible cliches on that angle to produce interesting takes on the subject in bold colourful prints.

We also visited Tim Ellis’ exhibition at Tracey Neuls Gallery, London. This is a fun show hanging alongside the intriguing displays of shoes in this, yes, shoe shop/gallery.


Tim’s work is accessibly shown on the walls and it makes for an interesting exhibition experience dodging shoes to see the artwork! This is Tim below expanding on an artwork issue.


Rosie Blair: Exhibition At Wimbledon Art Studios

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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Illustrator Rosie Blair will be exhibiting her latest original work at the Wimbledon Art Studios Exhibition during May. Cards and prints of Rosie’s work will be available to buy.


Thursday 10 May to Sunday 13 May

Wimbledon Art Studios
10 Riverside Yard
SW17 0BB

Click here for more about the exhibition.

See more of Rosie’s work here..

Gold, Silver & Bronze

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Olympian Observations from Art Center College of Design, California

10  — 26 May

A collaboration with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,

Kemistry Gallery,  43 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PD

T 020 7749 2766


Gold Silver & Bronze is the culmination of a term long project by students at the College.

For the past five years,  Art Center has brought a group of International Undergraduate BFA students to London for an immersion in British Culture.

As part of this year’s trip the students will be operating an open studio at Kemistry Gallery from the 26th April – 7th May. The culmination of which will be an exhibition of their Olympic inspired observations.  A charming take on the Olympics  and London’s cultural heritage, the students have produced a series of prints, featuring knitting marathons, sporting pub signs and acrobatic diving into teacups, among many other illustrative interpretations of the Games.

Happy Birthday, Edward Lear

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

An illustrated tribute exhibition celebrating 200 years of Edward Lear

Poetry Café

The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

Monday 7 May to Friday 8 June

020 7420 9880

Andrew Baker: L is for Lear

Andrew Baker: L is for Lear

There is more than one defining Victorian writer celebrating his bicentenary this year. Edward Lear, who gave us ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘The Dong With a Luminous Nose’, developed the limerick into a staple of nonsense verse, and whose drawings are still instantly recognisable, was born 200 years ago on 12 May – a milestone that threatens to pass quietly, overshadowed by his contemporary Dickens.

Mark Hinckley of The Gentlemen Creatives, Vienna: Warnung

Mark Hinckley of The Gentlemen Creatives, Vienna: Warnung

But illustrator Andrew Baker and animator Linda Hughes (working together as Paper Galaxy) have stepped into the breach, mounting an exhibition at the Poetry Society’s Poetry Café in Covent Garden to say, “Thank you, Mr Lear”. ‘Happy Birthday Edward Lear’ will feature work by an astonishing range of over 40 artists and illustrators, including Ceri Amphlett, Glen Baxter, Peter Blegvad, Geoff Grandfield, Jonny Hannah, Times cartoonist Morten Mørland, Simon Pemberton, and Vaughan Oliver, who created the artwork for all of the Pixies’ albums. The pictures, inspired by Edward Lear’s work, encompass all styles and contemporary interpretations.


Some of the exhibitions images will subsequently be on display in The Gallery in Ripon

Neil Hadfeild: Happy Birthday Mr Lear

Neil Hadfeild: Happy Birthday Mr Lear

Portfolio Consultations with Fig Taylor

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012


Is your portfolio looking professional enough?

Are you approaching the right clients for the right kind of jobs?

What areas of illustration does your work best fit into?

All these questions can be answered with a portfolio consultation with Fig Taylor. As an AOI Member, you can come into the AOI offices by appointment every Monday afternoon to spend one hour with our resident portfolio consultant Fig Taylor as she goes over your folio; constructively discussing it’s strengths and weaknesses and where you can next take your folio next.


about Fig:

Prior to becoming the AOI’s portfolio consultant in 1986, Fig Taylor ran her own illustration agency; she has since worked for several others, giving her a wide overview of the industry and a wealth of valuable experience. Fig has lectured on professional practice at over fifty UK art schools, and currently teaches the subject to BA Illustration students at the University of Northampton. She is a regular contributor to The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, published by Bloomsbury, and the author of How To Create A Portfolio And Get Hired, published by Laurence King.

This service is only open to AOI members and costs £25 for the hour. Due to popularity, it can book up very quickly so best get in there quick and have the advantage over your peers!

Book Now! 020-7613-4328

The session really helped to clarify my thinking about what I’m doing with my illustration, and on top of that was a lot of fun, she’s an amazing person to hang out with. – Edd Baldry

I can’t believe how much of a revelation Fig’s advice is, or how no-one has ever explained the industry so clearly to me before!  – Hazel Townsend