Archive for May, 2014

Ralph Steadman film – For No Good Reason

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

30 May 2014, 6.30pm

Curzon Cinema in Soho, London, will be showing an exclusive screening of For No Good Reason. Made over the course of fifteen years, the film explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of AOI Patron Ralph Steadman. The documentary will be followed by a post-screening discussion with Ralph Steadman, director Charlie Paul and producer Lucy Paul.


Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait illustrates what makes Ralph Steadman tick, his fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties. The film is a riot of stories and images portraying the wild and dark days of Steadman’s time with Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas writer Hunter S. Thompson, with contributions from Terry Gilliam and Richard E. Grant, plus music from Slash, All American Rejects, Jason Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castles.

Spoke – Cycling Illustrated

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

28 June 2014

CLF Art Cafe (Bussey Building), Peckham, London


Bringing together over 25 artists, cyclists and design enthusiasts for the first time, the free Spoke event will celebrate everyone’s favourite two-wheeled mode of transport at this illustration gathering. From a special screen printing workshop run by Sonsoles Print Studio to an illustration competition from London Cycling Campaign, the all-day event will include performances by cycling themed musicians and DJs from SHED radio

Featured artists:

Mr Baker, David Sparshott, Eliza Southwood (below), Bindle Designs, Catherine Pape, Madeinmad, Simon Fitzmaurice, Toby Downham, Judit Ferencz, Lockwood Collaborations, Emma Shoard, Lino Cycles, Hackney GT, Bill Matthews, Emma Jackson, Ella Campbell, Pol Sifter, Studiolas, Le Peloton Co, Katie’s Bike, South London Saddles.


Spoke promotes and celebrates cycling through artists’ impressions and creative expression. Discover illustrators and designers who have adored the tranquillity, freedom and fun of cycling.

Paul Cox at House of Illustration

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


Housewarming: Illustrator Talks £8, 27 May 2014, 7.30pm

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH

Paul Cox talks about his 30-year career as an illustrator and painter. Paul’s illustrations have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair and Country Life. In the first of the Housewarming Illustrator Talks series, Paul will talk about illustration and how he approaches his work, giving a unique insight into his working practice. He will be joined by Chris Beetles, the gallerist who has mounted numerous exhibition of his work.

Artist’s Resale Right – DACS survey

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Artist’s Resale Right entitles artists and their estates to a modest share of a sale or ‘royalty’, each time their work changes hands between an art dealer, auction house or gallery.

The Government is currently gathering evidence on the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) in the UK to understand its costs in administration for the art market against its benefits for visual artists and their estates. This will feed into a review at EU level in 2015.

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DACS (Design and Artists Copyright Society) has been asked to contribute to the review on behalf of artists and their estates. To ensure the Government recognises artists’ and estates’ opinions and understands the significant impact of ARR royalties on their income, livelihood and practice, they have launched a survey – open until midnight, Monday 26 May 2014.

It’s important to hear from emerging artists who are likely to benefit in the future as well as artists and estates currently benefiting from ARR royalties.

Read more on DACS website and find the link to the survey here

AOI at Pick Me Up

Friday, May 16th, 2014

AOI were welcomed new members at the annual Pick Me Up fair at Somerset House. We had a stand on the lower floor, where staff could inform attendees about benefits of joining the AOI.


On display was our new image branding from AOI member, illustrator, Robert Sae Heng.


Empathy – the new Varoom

Friday, May 2nd, 2014


The new issue of Varoom is now published. Free for AOI members, but available through the AOI Shop and selected bookstores, Varoom is the only magazine to track how illustration is shaping culture and commerce – the people, the work, the ideas. For creators, users and lovers of great image making.


This issue is packed with gripping content, including Adrian Holme’s commentary on Phoebe Gloeckner’s dramatic imagery for JG Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition, three illustration agents on the illustrator-client relationship (the Match Makers), Therapy Today editor, Sarah Browne highlights their use of illustration to express complex therapeutic issues and situations and with the launch of two graphic news magazines, Symbolia and La Revue Dessinée, Jane Stanton explores how illustration can help us understand news in a world of blanket media coverage.


Empathy is not an embrace it’s an ‘encounter’. Empathy is a hot-button idea, the key it seems to business, design, even evolution. Issue 25 of Varoom explores the rich ways in which illustrators extend the idea of empathy itself.

Varoom 25 – the illustration report Spring 2014. The Empathy Issue. Feel it.

Marian Bantjes’ Lost Child

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Marian creates intriguing, complex and moving images for each issue of Varoom – the illustration report, and for the new issue 25 she spent two weeks needlepointing a ‘sampler’ in My Little Pony hair, called Lost Child. For the full effect see the centrespread of Varoom 25, and go here for  some images of work in progress.

Varoom 25, subscriptions and back issues can be purchased here


The East London Group of Artists: From Bow to Biennale c. 1928 – 1936

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

9 May – 13 July 2014


Elwin Hawthorne

Celebrated in their own time, The East London Group of Artists flourished in Britain’s inter-war period during the 1920’s and 1930’s, recording passing scenes of East London life through painting and drawing. Surprisingly, today the group is almost forgotten despite having received extensive coverage and recognition in art magazines and periodicals of their day in London as well as provincial and international press.

W J Steggles

W J Steggles

On show are original works, exhibition catalogues, press clippings and sketchbooks on loan from private collections, museums and government archives, revealing forgotten memories and uncovering stories from the Groups history and local heritage.

Includes work from a selection of the East London Group of Artists including: John Cooper, Walter Sickert, Harold & Walter Steggles, Henry Silk, Phyllis Bray, Elwin Hawthorne, Grace Oscroft, Cecil Osborne, George Board, Albert Turpin and Archibald Hattemore.

Harold Steggles

Harold Steggles