Archive for January, 2016

Jonny Hannah: Main Street at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Friday, January 29th, 2016


Jonny Hannah has transformed the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, installing three pop-up shops made entirely from the artist’s 2D and 3D artworks. Visitors are invited to take a stroll down Main Street, which features a collection of new linocuts, screenprints, and paintings, all available to buy.


Jonny Hannah: Mainstreet runs at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 28th February 2016. More information about the exhibition and Yorkshire Sculpture Park here

Yo Illo Talk 24th February 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

The theme of the Yo Illo event is Agents: Pros and Cons. This month’s speakers will form a panel discussion to talk about how illustration agencies fit into the business strategy of a freelance illustrator.

Members of the panel include award winning London based illustrator Rod Hunt, illustration agent Sam Summerskill, agent for the Caroline Sheldon Literacy Agency Felicity Trew and illustrator and AOI member Emma Block.

The event will be held at ustwo, 62 Shoreditch Highstreet from 6.30pm-9.00pm. All talks are free, and open to all illustrators, students and enthusiasts.

Full details here


The Joseph Binder Award 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Hosted by Design Austria, the award is an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration, named after the graphic designer and illustrator Joseph Binder, one of the pioneers of the so-called Viennese style of two-dimensionality. In his design he focused on the reduction of geometric forms, colour contrasts and the psychological impact of colors.


The awards are held every two years and open to graphic designers, illustrators, and students enrolled in relevant courses from all over the world. There are a wide range of catergories suited to all, from book illustration to type design.

The deadline is 29 February (early bird) or 17 April 2016, and work must be from 2014 onwards.

Find out more and enter here

Blue – Illustration Forum

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

The Falmouth Illustration Forum 2016

Friday March 18th, 9:00am – 5:00pm Tickets £20.00

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus 25 Woodlane, FalmouthCornwall TR11 4RH

This is the fourteenth Falmouth Illustration Forum, with the theme of Blue.

Guest speakers are Leah Fusco (Illustrator), Victor Hussenot (Illustrator), Jonny Hannah (Illustrator) and Joyce Dixon (Writer).

The Forum will be chaired by Falmouth BA(Hons) Illustration alumnus Sinead Evans.


Yellow – book review

Monday, January 25th, 2016

52 weeks. 52 artists. One illustrated year

Editor Daniel Humphry Published by Off Life ISBN 978-0-9934799-0-8

Review by Derek Brazell


World events are constantly commented on in all areas of the media, and illustration is well suited to respond and comment on events that happen across the globe. An image can crystallise a moment, such as in Jean Jullien’s combination of the universal peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower which became a potent, and well shared across social media, visual symbol following the Paris attacks. Jean Jullien is one of the contributors to Yellow, a collection made up from a project which invited illustrators to comment on events across each week of 2015 (in the publication Jullien selected the death of blues legend BB King).


Others invited by editor, Daniel Humpry, range from those who constantly comment on society through their work, such as regular Varoom columnist, Paul Davis and cartoonist Ben Jennings, to those who are more connected to decorative illustration like Hattie Stewart. And the works often offer an interesting visual response to a wide range of news stories.


The images included in the publication have short written comment from the illustrators to give the work context, as each image was created around an event from a specific week, and cannot always be read as stand alone pieces. Some more expansive texts from illustrators refer to the frustrations of creating images and the age old gripe of illustration not being taken seriously enough, alongside the merits of self generated projects. Additional texts from pundits in the know, including Owen Jones, Luke Dormehl and Charlotte Church, usefully expand on some of the subjects covered.


With its stated intention of allowing illustration to have the spotlight and, “for once, have words play the role of back up dancer”, Yellow is a welcome contrast to the illustration compendium publications which tend not to include topical or overtly political subject matter, and is worth supporting as an alternative to much of the branding and other commercially focused illustration that is often celebrated by our industry.


It’s worth noting that for some of the perceptions around illustration as a minor art form to be dispelled illustrators can encourage those commissioning (and each other) to read publications such as Yellow, and Varoom magazine which investigates illustration in depth.

AOI seeks Managing Director

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

3 days per week. With potential to increase to 5 days per week

The AOI is looking for a proactive and experienced senior manager to work closely with the Board and staff to initiate and implement the AOI’s future growth strategy and to maintain standards of excellence in all programme delivery.

As the UK’s trade association for illustrators, AOI is dedicated to the advancement of its members’ professional interests and the wider promotion of illustration. Founded in 1973, the AOI is one of the world’s leading illustration organisations with a growing membership across the UK and a developing network of international partners. The AOI provides a wide range of activities that support the professional development of its members, represents the illustration profession at a national and international level and contributes to research and discourse within the creative field.

The Managing Director will have overall responsibility for the creative vision, new business acquisition and future development of the AOI, manage the company and provide oversight for the effective delivery of all of its activities.

This role will suit a motivated, creative team player with a demonstrable track record of growing business and experience of a senior management role within an arts organisation or similar working environment. Knowledge of the professional field of Illustration and the issues which affect the industry is desirable.

Deadline for applications is 10.00am, Monday 15 February 2016. Go here for more details

Do you ever include designer furniture in your illustrations?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Concerns over legality of 2D representations of 3D industrially manufactured ‘artistic designs’ once law is repealed.

Copyright protection is to be extended or revived in 2016 for 3D ‘artistic designs’ that are industrially manufactured (e.g. an Eames chair), and also to 2D representations of the 3D designs (this includes illustrations). This will be brought into effect by the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright Design and Patents Act (CDPA). Section 52 currently allows for copyright protection for “industrially exploited” artistic works for 25 years. Copyright for other artistic works is 70 years following the death of the creator.

Once Section 52 CDPA is repealed this year and ceases to have effect, Government confirm “any artistic work, whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional, which qualifies for copyright protection will enjoy the full term of the life of the creator plus 70 years (subject to any applicable exceptions)”. The intention appears to be primarily intended to prevent 3D copies of 3D works, such as furniture.

However, for illustrators this could mean that to draw an ‘artistic’ manufactured item and reproduce that drawing, copyright will need to be sought from the rights holder in the item. So if you are commissioned to depict, for example, a designer chair or vase, either as the main focus of the artwork or possibly incidentally you could be infringing the designer’s copyright if permission is not granted.

Read full story here

Payback news from DACS

Monday, January 18th, 2016

DACS is delighted to announce that the share of royalties owed to visual artists through the collective licensing scheme operated by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and the Newspaper Licensing Agency’s (NLA) licensing scheme called NLA Media Access has increased on average from 8% to 8.7%. Read more here.

This independent determination follows almost a year long valuation process involving the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS), the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA), the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), and DACS.

The valuation process set out to determine how revenues for copying text and images in UK publications like books, journals and magazines should be transparently and fairly split between the different rightsholders.

The valuation process was a result of a dispute earlier in the year between DACS and the CLA and its owners PLS and ALCS regarding the longstanding agreement between DACS and the CLA to collect collective licensing revenues from its scheme. This led to a successful mediation process where DACS and the CLA signed an interim agreement to guarantee royalties distributed through the DACS Payback scheme to rightsholders in visual works for the 2015 and 2016 distribution years.

DACS is very pleased with the result of the determination and the increase in value of the share of collective licensing revenues for visual artists. The process and final determination will ensure that all rightsholders will receive fair remuneration for the secondary use of their work.

DACS distributes royalties collected from a variety of collective licensing schemes, the main one being the CLA, to visual artists through our annual Payback scheme. Payback is a well-established scheme that DACS has run for almost fifteen years and in 2015 we distributed almost £4.7 million in Payback royalties to over 25,000 visual artists.

Light, time, legacy – Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome

Monday, January 18th, 2016

21 January – 14 August 2016

Room 90, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG


2016 is the bicentenary of Francis Towne’s death and his historic bequest to the British Museum of 75 uniquely beautiful watercolours made on his visit to Italy in 1780-1 – 52 views of Rome that have not been shown together since 1805.

Francis Towne

At the start of the 20th century, through these watercolours, Towne became the poster boy for the ‘new Georgian’ revival of interest in 18th century art. The clarity and abstracted economy of Towne’s watercolours were not only admired by the public but also by early 20th century modernists, and he is today recognised as one of Britain’s greatest watercolour artists.

A series of talks will accompany the exhibition.

Francis towne_lead

Fair terms in contracts

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Are the contracts you are given by book publishers always fair? Illustrators, writers and other freelance creators are often presented with contracts for their work that are unfairly weighted in favour of the commissioner, assigning copyright rather than licensing the work, waivers of moral rights and low royalty percentages, and international pressure is being exerted on book publishers to reform their contracts.

AOI are closely involved in the Creators Rights Alliance (CRA) initiative Fair Terms for Creators campaign which is working towards fair terms for all creative freelancers. CRA members, the Society of Authors, have published an open letter to publishers which is aligned with this campaign, and most of its points apply equally to illustrators.

In the letter, Society of Authors Chief Executive Nicola Solomon says:

What we ask is simple: publishers need to revise many of their standard contract terms to make them more equitable. Authors should get at least 50% of ebook revenue, not a mere 25%. Authors should not have their hands tied with contracts which cannot be terminated when a book is no longer being exploited or be subject to non-compete and option clauses that make it even more difficult for them to write and publish new books.

Indemnity clauses should spread risk fairly between the publisher and the author. Royalty statements should be transparent and comprehensive. And we ask publishers not to discriminate against authors who don’t have powerful agents. When negotiating with agents publishers often start from previously negotiated forms that remove, or at least soften the blow of, some of the more draconian provisions offered to un agented authors.

Why not do the right thing by all authors and eliminate those provisions for everyone?

What are fair terms? The campaign for Fair Terms believe that there are seven areas of contract terms which need to be protected so that all creators are protected when they sign a contract. Go here to see the breakdown of fair terms and info on the American Authors Guild’s Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative

We will keep you updated as this campaign progresses.