Archive for November, 2012

Belvedere International Visual Magazine Festival

Friday, November 30th, 2012

12-16 December 2012

In partnership with Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) and Casa delle Letterature, the Istituto Europeo di Design presents the 3rd edition of BELVEDERE in Rome, a four-day showcase of the best visual magazines and art books in contemporary visual culture.

Varoom magazine is featured at this event exploring the latest trends in visual magazines and art books.


The most interesting aspect of this new edition of BELVEDERE is that, for the very first time, commercial visual magazines enter a contemporary art museum not as a complementary part of the setting, but as the objects of an exhibition, valuable works of art of great aesthetic significance.

In today’s culture where contemporary art is increasingly intertwined with multiple visual codes, from urban art to illustration and advertising, MACRO offers an innovative and perfect setting for magazines able to turn provocative visual contents, highly iconic materials and iconographic research into a form of art.


MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma via Nizza, 138 Opening 12 dicembre, dalle ore 19.00 alle 21.00 dal 13 al 16 dicembre, dalle ore 11.00 alle 21.00 sabato 15 dicembre, dalle ore 11.00 alle 22.00

The Loop

Friday, November 30th, 2012

This new children’s magazine has just been published by Bolt Editions. It’s a quarterly magazine for kids 9-13, but will be appealing to their contemporary image loving parents too.


The magazine includes edible masks, knitted meat and a who’s who of mythical characters such as the Minotaur and the Trojan Horse. All beautifully illustrated by the likes of Katharina Koall and Mathilde Aubier, and a comic strip by Mili Banerjee


Good work from editors Claudia Boldt and Eleanor Meredith. It’s what all the cool kids will be reading (and feasting their eyes on)!



Monday, November 26th, 2012

1 – 24 December

Hardy Tree Gallery, 119 Pancras Road, King’s Cross, London


This exhibition is centred around the theme of woodland, wildlife and wilderness. There will be brand new work from six Illustrators, all of whom work at the Drawn in Bristol Studios; Drawn in Bristol is a collective that has been running since 2011 and aims to promote South West Illustration.


The Games

Monday, November 26th, 2012

An exhibition of iPad drawings from Tim Vyner, The Times artist covering the 2012 Olympic Games

5-9 December 2012

The Gallery, 50 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP

“In the last two weeks I have drawn the boundaries of the Games, the transport hubs, the athletes, the crowds, the sponsors, the stadiums and some of the events that have popped up all over the city,” says Tim on his blog, “I have tried to communicate the feeling and atmosphere of London 2012 by drawing in light on an iPad in real time.”



The Enchanted Forest

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Celebrating 200 Years of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

29 November to 7 December 2012

The Foyles Gallery, Third Floor, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB

The exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of Grimm’s fairy tales. The show also features work from animator Lesley Barnes (who did the poster), Natsuki Otani, Yelena Bryksenkova, Emmeline Pidgen and Karolin Schnoor. AOI members, Laura Barrett and Emily Block, also participate in the show.


The first ever collection of Grimm’s fairy tales, entitled “Children’s and Household Tales”,  was published in December of 1812. To celebrate two hundred years of enchantment and magic; six illustrators will be interpreting these dark and mysterious stories into a Christmas exhibition at Foyles.

With inspiration taken from both the classics, such as Hansel and Gretel, and the less well known tales like The Golden Bird ; this exhibition is about interpreting and re-discovering a cultural legacy that has been with us for 200 years.


V&A Illustration Awards 2013

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Entries are now being accepted, deadline 10th December. These can be submitted here.

The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year are recognised.

There are three published categories: Book Cover, Book Illustration and Editorial.

The winner in each category receives £2,000 and a trophy and the judges select an overall winner of the V&A Illustration Awards who will receive an additional £2,000.

There is one student category.

The Student Illustrator of the Year receives £2,000 and a trophy. The runner up receives £1,000.

Entry is free!

‘Tunnel’ by Holly Mills Student Illustration Award Winner 2012

‘Tunnel’ by Holly Mills Student Illustration Award Winner 2012

Laëtitia Devernay illustration to The Conductor. Book Illustration Award and Over-all Winner 2012

Laëtitia Devernay illustration to The Conductor. Book Illustration Award and Over-all Winner 2012

Manchester Met Show

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Until 16 November

Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ

Manchester Metropolitan University graduates are revealing their talents to London a few months after the whirlwind of degree shows have passed on. Covering animation and illustration, it’s an interesting show with a lot of talent on display.


Varoom 19 Launch Event- “A Question of Taste”

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Great turnout for last night’s Varoom 19 Launch Event at Foyles Gallery. Thanks to all who came along and special thanks to our guest speakers, fashion illustrator Tara Dougans, Granta Magazine’s Art Director Michael Salú and political cartoonist Ben Jennings.






Comica Festival 2-30 November

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

From 2 to 30 November, Comica Festival 2012, the 9th London International Comics Festival, offers a season of major British and international guests, exhibitions including spotlights on German and Korean comics, a free-entry Comiket Fair and Transitions Conference, plus numerous satellite events across the capital.


Events include:

Aline & Robert Crumb: Drawn Together
The Crumbs reveal all in their unique “two-headed” jam autobiographical comics, now compiled in Drawn Together
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, London WC2H 0EB
When: November 3, 2012 6.30-7.30pm

Comica is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise and produces a year round programme of events, including -  Comica: London International Comics Festival, Comiket comic and small press fairs, national graphic novel competitions, talks, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, panel discussions, film screenings and the monthly networking event Comica Social Club