Archive for May, 2016

Brighton Illustration Fair 2016

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May 2016, 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Brighton Illustration Fair, One Church Street, Gloucester Road, Brighton, BH1 4AA

Brighton Illustration Fair

Brighton Illustration Fair comes back for a second consecutive year with a bigger selection of exhibitors from all over the UK, and an even bigger program of talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings and much more.

Guests this year include Luke Pearson, Supermundane, Rose Blake, Joan Cornella, Billy Mather, Jenn Woodall and UKPA.

Tickets are priced at £4 (under 12’s free). More information can be found on their website.

V&A Illustration Awards 2016 winners

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

David McConochie is the winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2016 and inaugural recipient of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize

The London-based illustrator was nominated for his cover for The Folio Book of Ghost Stories. McConochie was inspired by ‘the strangely beautiful but inherent eeriness’ of 19th-century daguerreotypes in his work in which at the focal point is a shrouded, faceless figure set in sombre colours. The judging panel were struck by the boldness of the composition and the way in which it sets the tone for the unnerving stories within the book


McConochie studied Graphic Design at the University of Teesside and has since become known for his work in photomontage, collage and assemblage and his mixed-media approach. His work has featured in The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Express and Metro and on a limited edition first class postage stamp to mark the 2012 London Olympics.

The annual V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustrations published over the previous year. The judging panel for 2016 comprised author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Patrick Burgoyne, editor of Creative Review and Annabel Judd, former head of design at the V&A.

Of the 14 shortlisted illustrators, the winners of the four individual categories are as follows:

Book Cover Illustration Award and The Moira Gemmil Illustrator of the Year Prize

David McConochie for The Folio Book of Ghost Stories (The Folio Society)

Book Illustration Award

Jason Brooks for London Sketchbook (Laurence King)

Editorial Illustration Award

Bill Bragg for But today I am afraid, published in The Guardian

Student Illustrator of the Year

Kate Milner (Anglia Ruskin University: Cambridge School of Art, and AOI member) for My name is not ‘refugee’ (below)


Student Runner-Up

Joan Alturo (Arts University Bournemouth) for Morts et Vita

The separate category of Student Award was judged by Ruth Prickett, the editor of Illustration magazine and Rafi Romaya, the art director of Canongate Books.

The winner in each category for published illustration was awarded £3,000 and a trophy. For the first time, the overall winner received an additional £5,000 and was honoured with The Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize. The winner of the Student Illustrator of the Year 2016 received £3,000 and a trophy and the runner up received £2,000.

‘We are the Women’ at Clerkenwell Design Week

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Platform, House of Detention, 12 Sans Walk, EC1R 0LT

Tuesday 24 May – Thursday 26 May 2016

Opening times 10 am until 9pm every day

Augusta Akerman, Crape on the Door

Augusta Akerman, Crape on the Door

En Masse debut their first collective, ‘WE ARE THE WOMEN’, at Clerkenwell Design Week in the House of Detention. The nine women selected are pushing the boundaries in design solutions, concept design, and fabric installation. As part of the collective, AOI member Augusta Akerman will be exhibiting her new collection of illustrated textiles and wallpapers.

This exhibition offers a opportunity to purchase original works that were produced in 2008 by a roll call of artist-illustrators, painters, designers and public figures for whom drawing is important. Each work is autobiographical, based on the Victorian parlour game in which players were asked to describe themselves through a series of drawings of their favourite things.

Augusta Akerman, Litho Studio

Augusta Akerman, Litho Studio

Augusta Akerman in Platform

Registration for Clarkenwell Design Week

What Are You Like? – exhibition

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Until 22 May 2016

Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QB


This exhibition offers a opportunity to purchase original works that were produced in 2008 by an extraordinary roll call of artist-illustrators, painters, designers and public figures for whom drawing is important. Each work is autobiographical, based on the Victorian parlour game in which players were asked to describe themselves through a series of drawings of their favourite things.

The original exhibition toured to ten different museums and galleries around the UK, finally coming to an end in 2014, by which time it had been seen by almost half a million people. The exhibition anticipated the opening of House of Illustration in Granary Square in July 2014, and the contributors have very generously agreed for their work to be sold to enable the organisation to continue to pursue its enterprising exhibition programme, to extend its illustration-led learning work and to promote new illustration talent.

Artists include AOI Patrons Marion Deuchars, Shirley Hughes, Peter Blake, Quentin Blake and AOI member Sarah Fanelli.

Seoul Illustration Fair 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

8 July – 11 July 2016

COEX D Hall, Seoul, South Korea

Soul Illustration Fair 2016

With over 320 artists, 250 booths and 30,000 visitors, Seoul Illustration Fair is the only professional exhibition to introduce illustration and graphic design in South Korea. All practitioners working in illustration and graphic design, or who wish to be part of the industry, can participate in this event.

The fair offers the space for artists to promote and sell their artworks. It also provides networking opportunities for exhibitors to communicate with other artists, professionals and the public. Visitors can enjoy and purchase fine illustrations and graphic design pieces in the fair, as well as participating in various workshops.

For more information visit

AOI at New Designers 2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The exhibition for emerging design

Part 1: 29 June – 02 July (Awards Preview 29 June)
Part 2: 06 – 09 July (Awards Preview 06 July)
Business Design Centre, Islington, N1


Anya Jackson, BA (Hons) Illustration Falmouth University

Ana Jaks, BA (Hons) Illustration 2015 Graduate, Falmouth University

The AOI is very happy to be back at New Designers 2016. We look forward to meeting this year’s graduates and to spend a fantastic three days sharing our insight with them.

New Designers 2016 showcases the fresh-thinking of over 3,000 innovative design graduates, providing an essential pipeline of new talent into the UK’s creative industries. It’s a must-visit if you want to see new trends and innovation, recruit new talent for your business, commission works or just feel inspired.

Part 2 is where you will find the AOI and all things illustration, graphics and motion arts along with furniture and product design.

The Savvy Illo: The AOI’s guide to your illustration business practice! Talk and Q & A Fri 8th 3.45

Get ahead of the game with all your business and industry essentials including self promotion, copyright, licensing and the all important skill of negotiating with clients, straight from the Association of Illustrators. Lou Bones, Membership Coordinator at the AOI, gives the advice and you can even tweet your questions in ahead of time to @theaoi #thesavvyillo.

Give us a shout if you are going to be there! @theaoi #ND16

ARCHIVE – The Prize for Illustration 2015 – London Places and Spaces

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) and London Transport Museum were delighted to announce the winners for The Prize for Illustration 2015: London Places and Spaces competion, which were showcased alongside 97 of the best entries. The works, which reflect the capital’s distinct personality and characteristics were on display at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden from Friday 15 May to 6 September 2015.

• The Gold Prize awarded to Eleanor Taylor for The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (Top)

• The Silver Prize awarded to Carly Allen-Fletcher for Compound City (Bottom Left)

• The Bronze Prize awarded to Eliza Southwood for Parkour At The South Bank (Bottom Right)

See also the AOI blog post for the Private View.

Visitors to the Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces exhibition at London Transport Museum were taken on a visual journey across London with images which range from the contemplative to the crowded and loud, imaginary or real, and from the past to the present – all places that form part of this amazing city.

All one hundred works were chosen from over one thousand entries by an expert panel of judges from the art and design world for the prestigious annual Prize for Illustration organised by AOI in partnership with London Transport Museum. Each of the illustrations is accompanied by a short description by the artist outlining the inspiration behind their creation.

The annual competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The last theme was London Places and Spaces. The winning design was announced on the private view night on 13 May (strictly by invitation only) and reproduced as a poster for display on London Underground.

Blog LTM2015

Entry for the 2014 – Serco Prize for Illustration can be found here.

RE Original Prints 2016 – exhibition

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Bankside Gallery
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH

Friday 6 May – Saturday 4 June 2016
Open daily 11am 6pm

Dawson Murray, ‘Drifting III’

Opening at Bankside Gallery is the Royal Society of Painter-printmaker’s annual showcase exhibition of current member’s new work. The show sees original prints on display from leading printmakers, embracing both established and experimental techniques. The range of work exhibited reflects the dynamic world of contemporary printmaking, featuring works from artists Angie Lewin, John Duffin, Nana Shiomi and more.

bankside2Neil Bousfield, Sea Side Games’

Scott Listfield & The London Police – exhibition

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Scott Listfield – An American Astronaut in London
The London Police – ALL AT SEA

StolenSpace Gallery
17 Osborn Street
London W1T 4RJ

Friday 6 May – Sunday 29 May 2016
Opening times Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 7pm
Sunday 11am to 6pm (closed Monday)

An American Astronaut in London is a solo show by American artist Scott Listfield. Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut, lost in landscapes cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Having covered distinctively American locales for fifteen years, Listfield’s new work sees the astronaut explore London for the first time in line with his inaugural UK solo exhibition.

Also launching at StolenSpace is ALL AT SEA, an exhibition of new work from The London Police. An Amsterdam-based collective of UK street artists, ALL AT SEA sees the group at their collaborative best, combining their iconic ‘Lads’ characters with architectural line drawing to explore the aquatic, futuristic and collaborative.

H.Y.T. Studio: Business or Pleasure – exhibition

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

H.Y.T. Studio – Business or Pleasure

Coningsby Gallery
30 Tottenham Street
London W1T 4RJ

Monday 9 May – Saturday 22 May 2016
Opening times 8:30am until 6:30pm (closed Sunday)


H.Y.T. Studio, the illustration and design outlet of artist John Slade, presents a solo exhibition of a new body of work exploring the tension between commercially focused design practice and personal practice. Recycling discarded elements from previous commercial projects through a series of bold block paintings, H.Y.T. explores boundaries of context, function, business and pleasure.