Archive for March, 2015

AOI website

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Tuesday 31 March

We are currently experiencing some issues with the AOI website, due to hacking, and some content is not viewable. We are sorry for any inconvinience this may cause, and are working to get the issue resolved.

If you’d like to join the AOI please go to this link to information in the AOI Shop.

Here you will find information on all the AOI Membership categories

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Mac Conner: A New York Life

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The New York story of one of the original ‘Mad Men’

1 April to 28 Jun3 2015, 10:00am – 6:00pm

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

This show features 70 original works by McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America’s golden age of advertising, and is the first time the work of one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men’ has been the subject of a major exhibition in the UK.

Connor1The Man Between © Mac Conner

In the 1940s – 1960s, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines and helped shape the image of postwar America. One of the influential group of commercial artists at the heart of Manhattan’s thriving advertising and publishing scene, Conner’s hand-painted illustrations capture the style and spirit of a pivotal era in American history.

Mac Conner: A New York Life will present Conner’s published work alongside reference photos and preliminary designs, a selection of fiction stories accompanied by illustrations from Conner and his contemporaries, advertising tearsheets for major clients such as Ford, United Airlines and AT&T, correspondence letters with editors and art directors and more – presenting a window on the dynamic world of the illustrators who created the look of a generation.

Connor_07-we-won-t-be-any-trouble-mac-conner-1953-courtesy-of-mcny-jpgWe Won’t Be Any Trouble © Mac Conner courtesy of the artist

April 1

House of Illustration has a Mad Men/Wild Women: Mac Conner gallery late – ‘a night of music, martinis and mid-20th century American glamour’ 1 Apr 2015, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The Wind In The Willows

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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

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

First published in 1999 by Walker Books, Inga Moore’s The Wind In The Willows artworks are on display.

Towers and Tales event

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Saturday 18 April 2015

The historic town and castle of Lismore, Ireland, will be transformed into the inspirational setting for the inaugural ‘Towers and Tales’ children’s book festival.

TowersTalesA line up of best selling and well-known children’s writers and illustrators, along with some talented new authors, will host a series of readings, workshops and events throughout the day.


•       Philip Ardagh

•       Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

•       Shane Hegarty

•       Sarah McIntyre

•       Chris Riddell

•       Darren Shan

•       Niamh Sharkey

Free and ticketed events for children of all ages will include Monster Doodle, Inspiration Station, Book Doctor, book making, costumed characters and pop-up story readings. A book shop, illustration exhibition and hot chocolate factory are also included on the agenda.

Advance booking for all ticketed events: Telephone: 058 54975

In person: Lismore Heritage Centre, Main Street, Lismore Eason, Unit 4, Dungarvan, County Waterford

AOI Illustration Awards 2014 touring exhibition at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

Monday, March 23rd, 2015


Chapel Gallery, St. Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QR.
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 16.30 pm, Closed Monday, Sunday & all Bank Holidays.
Free Admission, Disabled Access
T: +44 (0) 1695 571 328,

The Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk provides around twenty exhibitions and showcases each year. We are very proud that the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 touring exhibition is this year hosted for its first time in Ormskirk. There will be a lot of extra activity on offer, so don’t miss out on a host of family fun or catching up with the excellent artworks from the London exhibition and visit the gallery this spring.

The exhibition is open to the public until 25 April 2015.

Photos courtesy of Chapel Gallery.



The opening event saw many visitors, tall and small, enjoying the artworks and special family friendly events.



Atlas of the Human Body – book review

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

By Kanitta Meechubot

With text by Dr Vanessa Jessop

Published by Cicada Books ISBN: 978-1-908714-17-6

Review by Rebecca Pomeroy


This anatomy book contains detailed illustrations by Kanitta Meechubot, technical and delicate, accurately representing the human body.

Each page is simply designed with a small amount of text accompanying each image, allowing the illustrations to take over the majority of the page.


The cover has a slightly different feel, a simple thick grey card with luxurious, copper graphic of two lungs. As you turn each page, the reader is introduced to a new illustration with the interactive element of cutouts to present the many layers that make up a human body.


As the book progresses more text accompanies the softly coloured illustrations containing descriptive facts about different organs, skin, blood and bones.

I found this book both interesting and visually engaging. The simplicity of this book in the way it is presented, lets the illustrations do most of the work, and the cut outs through the body lead the reader on a journey from start to finish, inspiring for anyone interested in detailed illustration or the Human anatomy.


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IPEC Small Claims Track – information

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Who uses the Small Claims Track? What type of copyright cases does it deal with? How easy is it to use?

AOI staff recently attended an event on the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) Small Claims Track to expand the organisation’s knowledge of this court process.

The IPEC Small Claims Track (SCT) can be used by those such as illustrators for less complex intellectual copyright cases, including infringements of artwork, with a value of up to £10,000. It is described as ‘the first enforceable Intellectual Property system which can help creators thrive’, and is useful as a deterrent for those who think they may get away with an IP infringement. Those bringing a case usually represent themselves, although they can be represented by a lawyer, and a number of photographers have used SCT to claim for infringements since it was set up in October 2014.

There is a IPEC Small Claims Track guide here

The guide helps potential claimants to decide if the IPEC small claims track is suitable for a claim, how claims proceed, what procedures apply and more. Claims must relate to: copyright; UK and Community registered trade marks; passing off or UK and Community unregistered design rights.


Event Chair, HH Judge Richard Hacon, Presiding Judge, IPEC, introduced District Judge, Janet Lambert, who sits on the IPEC Small Claims Track, who said that the Track has been successful in attracting photographers to bring cases on infringements of their photographs. Approximately 85% of cases seen have been copyright ones, often as a result of photographs being unofficially reproduced online. The small claims track can also resolve cases where a confidante fails to respect a non-disclosure agreement.

There is a free Small Claims mediation telephone service, and around 50% of cases settle before going before a judge. Judge Lambert was keen to emphasise that they see litigants ‘in person’, and that they aim to make proceedings open to the people who need it. Cases are seen in London, but they are ‘open to hearing cases in different ways’ for those outside London.

John Walmsley of Education Photos, a photographer and owner of a small specialist image library spoke on his practical experience of the SCT process, which he has been through three times. The judges found his comments useful as he proposed ways in which the SCT could be more beneficial for claimants or potential claimants.

Currently judgments from cases are not published, so are not visible to the public, and he advised that settlements are disclosed to give people assurance the SCT was working. Also, that payments to claimants should be high enough to be ‘dissuasive’, rather than set at the value of what the infringement would have been had it been a commission. He proposed that the results of the Mediation service should not be kept secret, to give potential users more confidence in using the service and SCT.

Gwen Thomas of the Association of Photographers contributed a recent case study of one of their members, who had won costs and interest on the costs. She commented that the court paperwork could be more clear for the layman, and that more help was required with this area. Possibly pro-bono lawyers could assist?

Nicola Solomon, CO of of the Society of Authors, and judge on the SCT, said that generally Publishers, rather than writers, deal with infringements of texts.

She stated there is more paperwork involved with the SCT than the normal Small Claims Court, and claimants have to prove what the damages they are claiming are. But she confirmed that the SCT is good for the threat of enforcement.

At the end of the session, the judges said it had been useful feedback, and they would look into some of the suggestions, such as a summary of outcomes being published.

IPEC Small Claims Track – Process and Perspectives  was a British Copyright Council & BLACA Joint Event, held 12th March, 2015, at Berwin Leighton Paisner, London

More information here

IPEC Court Guide:

IPEC Small Claims Track Guide:

Useful comment from Jane Lambert:

Paying Artists – survey

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Launched in May 2014 by a-n, the Paying Artists campaign is dedicated to ensuring that visual artists are paid for exhibiting work in publicly funded galleries, and to highlighting and raising awareness of the need for equality and diversity in the visual arts. Shaped by artists through a-n and its artist advisory council (AIR), the campaign is responding to the needs and aspirations of visual artists across the UK, and is successfully raising awareness of the issue of fair pay for visual artists in the UK and internationally. You can find out more about their campaign and its achievements to date here

The deadline to contribute to a-n’s survey, which gathers evidence that will directly inform a draft Exhibition Fees Framework, is approaching Friday 20 March. Go here to contribute.

Illustrators dinner at Bologna

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

BOLOGNA_dinnerAI, the Italian illustrators organisation, have arranged a dinner for illustrators attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. This will be a fun affair, with illustrators from all around Europe, and as they are a very friendly group we recommend you go along if you are going to the Fair.

Please email [email protected] before 23 March to make a reservation.

Info on the restaurant here

The Dots

Monday, March 16th, 2015


Interested in breaking into Advertising?

Creative professional networking platform, The Dots are offering an opportunity to get your portfolio reviewed by a selection of creative industry leaders, including the list below. As this Portfolio Masterclass is focused on the Advertising industry, the Mentors will be prioritising Creative Teams.

– Richard Brim, Executive Creative Director, Adam&EveDDB

– Daniel Fisher, Deputy Executive Creative Director, Adam&EveDDB

Andre Laurentino, Global Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather

Caroline Pay, Deputy Executive Creative Director & Partner, BBH London

Eloise Smith, Executive Creative Director, Lowe Profero

Alistair Campbell, Creative Director, Guardian Labs

Hollie Newton, Creative Director, Grey London

Jon Gledstone, Creative Director, Mr. President

Dave Bedwood, Creative Director, M&C Saatchi

Andrew Shillington, Founder, Shillington College

The industry Mentors will select the top 50 applicants to attend the Masterclass, taking place at 6.30pm on Monday March 30th @ Adam&EveDDB.

Applications are open until 11:00pm Thursday 25th March. Apply Please contact The Dots with any enquiries.