Archive for July, 2012

The World United: Exhibition

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

23 July -13 August 2012

Monday to Friday 9.30am until 6pm
Saturday 11am until 5pm

Illustrationcupboard Gallery
22 Bury St
St James’s

Free Entry

Original artwork, signed artist editions and signed books are for sale from £5.99

Illustrationcupboard are offering collectors and fans the opportunity to invest in some original artwork by a group of world-class artists. The World United is an exciting exhibition involving a group of international artists whose books are sold in every country around the globe. Original published artworks by Satoshi Kitamura, Shaun Tan and Robert Ingpen, to name a few.

Babette Cole

Babette Cole

This diverse exploration of artworks for illustrated books is educational as well as entertaining and will appeal to a younger audience with an interactive display of t he new e-book and APP recently launched at the gallery for England’s Joseph Theobald.

Niamh Sharkey

Niamh Sharkey

For more information see the gallerys website here

From The Library of Dr London

Friday, July 13th, 2012

7 September -6 October 2012

Private View Thursday 6 September 6pm until 9pm

Hales Gallery
Tea Building
7 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA

Wednesday to Saturday 11am until 6pm
Or By Appointment

Hales Gallery are pleased to announce Adam Dant’s third solo show at the gallery, From the Library of Dr London. Featuring large pictures of open books, displayed for the first time, Dant’s work symbolises how various societies have identified their environment in human form. In the image below, London is depicted as a medical diagram of the human digestive tract.

Adam Dant: From the Library of Dr London

Adam Dant: From the Library of Dr London

Other volumes shown include Paris, Manhattean and Tokyo. Each image is grotesque, whilst the subject remains strangely familiar.

For more information see the gallerys website here.

New Designers – Secret Walls drawing battle

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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This years New Designers at the Islington Business Centre saw a total number of 16k visitors over the 4 day event. On the Thursday, there was a lot of commotion round the corner from the AOI stand as the Secret Walls drawing battle was underway.

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The AOI was invited to be one of the two judges to cast their vote on who was the winner. Competing against one another were The Professionals (established illustrators) and The Young Ones (students)

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It was unanimous vote that The Young Ones were this winners with their flying walrus mural.

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The Picture Show

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

16-21 July

Coningsby Gallery

30 Tottenham Street , London W1T 4RJ


10 emerging illustrators present a selection of new artworks for one week in July. The exhibition showcases young UK talent working across a range of media including painting, textiles and digital art. The group’s diverse influences and inspirations are reflected in the eclectic array of styles and subjects on show.


Images by:

Chetan Kumar

June Chanpoomidole

New Designers 2012: Paul Ryding Talk

Friday, July 6th, 2012
Paul Ryding: New Designers

Paul Ryding: New Designers

Our Membership Coordintor Paul Ryding gave a fantastic speech today at New Designers. Paul spoke about the benefits of becoming a member at the AOI as well as some very helpful advice on being a freelance illustrator. He covered a number of issues including contracts, copyright issues and advice on self-promotion.

AOI Stand

AOI Stand

Our AOI stand is also situated at New Designers. You will find us in the One Year On room where you can learn more about the AOI and also have the to opportunity to purchase some of our publications for a discounted price including Varoom Magazine and our newest issue of Images.

New Designers is on until Saturday 7th July 10am – 6.30pm

Buisness Design Centre
52 Upper Street
N1 0QH

Children’s Book Seminar

Monday, July 2nd, 2012


This year’s event was host to a record number of delegates who left feeling inspired and motivated after a cram packed day of talks from illustrators and experts within the Children’s Book industry. A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped to create such a fantastic atmosphere, we were especially impressed this year to see that so many people had travelled from across the country to be present.

Every single talk was fantastic, offering new gems and advice to the aspiring illustrators attending the event. Industry experts Fig Taylor, Deirdre McDermott and Philippa Milnes-Smith each drew upon their many years of experience to provide an insight into the great unknown – the publisher, agent and audience perspective. This year we were spoilt for choice for illustrators – Chris Haughton, Claudia Boldt, Alex T Smith and Tony Ross described their very different approaches to their work, how a sympathetic publisher can make all the difference and were candid about how rarely an illustrator can expect that illustrating children’s books will be their soul source of income.

Thanks to the power of Twitter we received some overwhelmingly positive feedback after the event. We love hearing from you all so please get in touch and let us know what kind of speakers you would like to see at future events. Looking forward to seeing you next year!

Thanks @theaoi for an inspiring day. Going to get drawing now!

Thanks so much to @theaoi for organizing such an inspiring and instructive day about children book illustration!! it was truly brilliant

Such a brilliant,inspirational and informative talk :o) Thankyou!

Great day at the @theaoi talk. Tony Ross was brilliant and I got all my books signed. Very tired now, though.

Blogger Cat Neligan reviews the day here: