Archive for September, 2014

Paul Slater Retrospective ‘The Full English’

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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The Artworks, Shaw Lodge, Shaw Lane, Halifax, HX3 9ET

Sunday 28 September – Thursday 9 November 2014

Opening times Thursday – Saturday 11am until 4pm, Sunday 12pm until 4pm

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The Artworks present ‘The Full English’, a new exhibition by Paul Slater.

Slater’s witty portrayals of British life were once a staple of national newspapers and magazines, along with a feature of many major advertising campaigns. This retrospective show of AOI patron Paul Slater’s work will showcase great drawing and techniques, and his surreal take on the subject matter.

The Art of Shaun Tan

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Shaun Tan Illustrationcupboard

Illustrationcupboard Gallery, 22 Bury Street, St. James’s, SW1Y 6AL

Until Saturday 18 October

Opening times Monday – Friday 9.30am until 6pm, Saturday 11am until 5pm

With this new collection of original artwork Illustrationcupboard Gallery is presenting its third solo outing with Shaun Tan. The exhibition explores enduring themes such as loss and alienation and features personal work celebrating his much-loved Australia, with an array of warm and colourful pastels. This exhibition offers both fans and collectors an opportunity to see original artwork by Shaun Tan, and acquire pieces by an artist who does not often release work from his studio.

Graphic Details

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

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Space Station Sixty-Five, 373 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PS.

Until Saturday 13 December 2014

Opening times Wednesday – Saturday 12pm until 6pm and by appointment. Late night openings 6.30pm until 8.30pm, as part of South London Art Map on Friday 26 September, Friday 31 October and Friday 28 November

Graphic Details provides an in-depth look at a unique niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics.

While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels, presents the work of eighteen international artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced comics over the last four decades.

Fifty Years of Illustration Exhibition

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

50 Years Of Illustration Exhibition

Upper Street Gallery, London College of Communication Elephant and Castle, SE1 6SB.

Until Friday 31 October

Opening times 10am until 5pm Saturday 11am until 4pm and Sunday closed

Fifty Years of Illustration looks at contemporary illustration’s impact on design, while popular culture is investigated through introductory essays and profiles of leading practitioners, accompanied by examples of their greatest work.

‘Fifty Years of Illustration’ accompanies the launch of a new book of the same title by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design.

Chronicle: An Exhibition of Topolski Studio’s Residents’ Reportage Drawings

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


Private view Friday 3rd October 6.30pm at Topolski Studio

Open to the public with drop-in family art activities: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 10am-6pm Monday 6th 10am-5pm and Tuesday 7th October 10am-3pm

Topolski Studio and Reportager, University of the West of England, present the work of Edwood Burn, Luisa Crosbie, Pat Macdonald, Jack Miller, Jack Wheatley and Georgia Wilson, the Residents of the Chronicle Residency Programme, at Topolski Studio.

For Topolski Studio’s Chronicle Residency Programme, six young artists reported local issues and events through drawing. They produced a hand-printed Chronicle, a broadsheet of reportage drawing, chronicling contemporary issues of the Twenty-First Century just as artist Feliks Topolski did of the Twentieth.

Sixty years since Topolski launched his Chronicles, Topolski Studio’s Chronicle for the Twenty-First Century and accompanying reportage drawings of London will be exhibited alongside Feliks Topolski’s original Chronicles and drawings, contrasting what Topolski recorded 50 and 60 years ago with what the young artists record today.

Topolski Studio is located behind the security barrier of the Southbank Centre around the back of the restaurant Ping Pong. For more information, please go here

Peek – MA Illustration Graduates

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Peek – Arts University Bournemouth MA Illustration Graduates

Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage St, (off Brick Lane) London E1 5LJ


3-4 October 10am until 4.30pm

5 October 10am until 12.00 midday

Sharanya Kunnath

Loren LeBlanc

Yvonne Lee

Maria Naydenova

Donna Jean Peters

Marta Vives Poch


David Mahoney
 Black + White

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A solo exhibition of works 22 September – 27 September 2014

The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ 020 7636 7478


Black + White is a body of works by David Mahoney. The exhibition centres around portraits of leading individuals who operate in disparate and opposing ways; from the likes of the Rolling Stones to Kanye West, Miley Cyrus to Adele and Putin to Obama.

“In this series I wanted to try to unify these contrasting figures in a similar style, with simple black ink wash backgrounds, black clothing and small pen drawings around their portraits that each person can be identified by.’

David has had his work displayed in numerous publications and has spoken at events in both the USA and UK.

Malicious Damage: Illustration Research colloquium

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A one day Illustration Research colloquium looking at collage

Venue: Southampton Solent University

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Using the defaced library books of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton as a starting point, this colloquium will allow attendees to explore the accessible and powerful medium of collage, through theory and practice.

For delegates arriving the evening prior to the Symposium, there will be a screening of ‘Prick Up Your Ears’, Stephen Frears, 1987. With a special introduction by Professor David Ferry. Film Screening, 29/10/2014, 17:30hrs

Colloquium, 30/10/2014 Morning Session: 10-12:00

Ilsa Colsell, author of the will use her recently published book ‘Malicious Damage: the defaced library books of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton’ as a case study to introduce the power and influence of collage

Phillip Hoare (author, biographer and broadcaster) : Will expand on this case study and provide a broader cultural picture- Halliwell & Ortons relationship, Homosexuality laws and attitudes, the 60’s and the trappings of success…

Prof. Brandon Taylor (academic, art historian and author): Will provider a broader outlook of the discipline by discussing the reach and breadth of collage through time, culture and politics

Afternoon Session: 1- 5:00 *

Delegates will apply their knowledge by choosing to engage with one of two practical, collage based workshops led by the following practitioners:

Graham Rawle (Illustrator, author and academic)

Prof. David Ferry (Fine Artist and academic),%20David

*Bring a scalpel, knife or scissors

More details here

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole – book review

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Published by Walker Books, 2 October 2014  ISBN 978140637769

Review by Juliet Harris


From the team that created ‘Extra Yarn’, the new picture book ‘Sam and Dave Dig a Hole’, offers the same deadpan humour that Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are known for.

When one Monday, Sam and Dave embark on the mission to dig a big hole and find ‘something spectacular’, the reader is taken on a journey underground.

The book draws on the nostalgic notions of a childhood full of curiosity, adventure and imagination. It is this that makes the story accessible and enjoyable for both young and adult readers.


There is a powerful relationship between the text and the illustration, whereby both are given space to reveal different elements of the story. The text’s focus is on Sam and Dave‘s viewpoint, whereas the illustrations allow the reader to see the amusing, broader picture as the two boys search for something marvellous. This creates a humorous reading experience, as the reader can see the giant gems hidden in the earth, but the books characters remain oblivious.


A charming highlight of the story is Sam and Dave’s dog, whose intuitive eyes tell the reader that it senses there are treasures hidden within the ground. But, without the ability to communicate, it’s left looking on, like the reader, as the two boys continue to go the wrong way.

However, all is not lost, as the dog does not walk away unrewarded…

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Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists – book review

Friday, September 12th, 2014

By Marion Deuchars

Published by Laurence King ISBN 9781780672816

Review by Sarah Gordon


The new release from AOI Patron, Marion Deuchars, ‘Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists’ follows on from her ‘Lets Make Great Art’ series. The book provides a playful and inspiring way to get creative, using various methods including painting, printing, collage and drawing. It seeks to engage the reader and encourage them to discover through experimentation, whilst simultaneously learning from eighteen established Artists of the past.


With its educational undertones, historical details, and instructive encouragements, this book would be perfect for any young reader, particularly those who aspire to create their own masterpiece one day. That said, ‘Let’s Make Great Art’, (Marion Deuchar’s first activity book) sits on my shelf alongside adult design books and novels. Why? Because for me part of the book’s appeal is simply it’s delightful design. The pages are packed with her signature hand lettering, splashes of colour and illustrated Artist portraits that also appear in Marion’s latest release. Although I haven’t put an ink stained hand or paint brush remotely near the original book, the complete aesthetic is a joy to any individual with a keen eye for design.


So whether you’re a creative child, a young aspiring Artist or just an adult who enjoys the aesthetically pleasing, this book is definitely one to get your hands on.


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