Posts Tagged ‘exhibition’

WIA 2016 touring exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017


The World Illustration Awards return
to Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Gallery 2
29 May – 9 July 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Gallery 2
29 May – 9 July 2017
Monday – Saturday  8am- 11pm
Sunday  12pm – 8pm

This unique exhibition, now in its 40th year, presents over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. Selected from submissions to this year’s World Illustration Awards, the breadth of work is celebrated across 8 categories, including advertising, children’s books, editorial and public art. The shortlisted and winning pieces comprise posters, book illustrations, animations and GIFs to sculptural pieces and textiles.
Entries were received from 66 countries and while a number of the entries exhibited are from the UK and America, there is also a strong representation from South Korea, Australia, Israel, China, Japan and illustrators across Europe.

More info on their website.

Prize for Illustration 2017 – Sounds of the City late opening at LTM

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

The Prize for Illustration 2017: Sounds of the City at London Transport Museum on Friday 19 May 2017

friday-lateLondon Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Doors open at 18:45 and the event closes at 22:00 (last admission 21:15). Tickets to the Friday Late cost £15.00 (concessions £12.00) and can be booked in advance at This is an adult only event suitable for those aged 18 and over.

Get ready to party at the opening night of the new Prize for Illustration: Sounds of the City exhibition at London Transport Museum on 19 May. With bars, a DJ, talks, tours, a quiz and creative make-and-take workshops guests can enjoy a range of activities inspired by the exhibition. The 100 illustrations on display, which were chosen from over 2000 entries by a panel of independent experts, celebrate the variety of sounds associated with our cities: lyrics and language; hubbub and stillness; heritage and science; wildlife and nightlife; transport and sport.

Friday Late activities include:
Exhibition highlights tour – with Brian Webb, designer and Prize for Illustration judge

  • Craft workshop – using musical notation paper and decorative motifs, create a unique notebook to take home
  • Language in Motion – co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth and historical language expert Dr Laura Wright talks about the knock-on linguistic effects of the railway boom in the 1840s
  • Learn watercolour techniques with Emma Hockley – create an abstract soundscape postcard to take home
  • Cries of London – The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life tells stories of the celebrated street traders of Covent Garden and reveals unexpected social realities of their lives
  • Adult face painting – Sit in the hot seat and give a nod to your musical heroes. Anyone for a Bowie zig zag?
  • The Lost Worlds of Sound – sound archivist Ian Rawes takes you back through time on an auditory journey into the past through soundscapes of London history from the 1950s to the 1880s
  • Unstructured mark making – respond to sounds through art in a creative workshop with illustrator Anna Hymas
  • Poetry inspired by the city – with John Canfield. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Society.

The Friday Late takes place at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Doors open at 18:45 and the event closes at 22:00 (last admission 21:15). Tickets to the Friday Late cost £15.00 (concessions £12.00) and can be booked in advance at . This is an adult only event suitable for those aged 18 and over.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 3 September 2017.

Fiona Strickland: The Vital Moment

Friday, October 7th, 2016

In October 2016 Jonathon Cooper will be holding the gallery’s first solo show of leading botanical artist Fiona Strickland.

Venue: Jonathan Cooper, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ

Opens 20th October – 12th November. Mon – Fri: 10am – 6.30pm and Sat: 11am – 4pm. Free entry.

strickland flower 1

Painting in watercolour on both Fabriano Artistico paper and Kelmscott vellum, Strickland seeks to engage and surprise viewers, often depicting flowers from an unusual viewpoint or at turning points in their life cycle, and her striking and dramatic works challenge perceptions of botanic art. Although botanically accurate, her paintings move beyond pure scientific representation, and are inspired by an emotive and artistic response, making each work a portrait that vividly captures the spirit of her subject. Including over twenty new paintings, Fiona Strickland: The Vital Moment will over visitors a unique and unmissable insight into a remarkable contemporary artist.

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Work from the exhibition will also be included in the publication Plant: The Art of Botany, which will be published by Phaidon Press in September 2016.

Edward Ardizzone: A Retrospective

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A major exhibition of the work of Edward Ardizzone, one of the 20th century’s most significant illustrators, the first major exhibition of his work in 40 years.

Venue: House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH.

Opens 23rd of September, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays. Admission (includes all three current exhibitions): £8.25 inc gift aid.


Celebrated for his unmistakeable and enduring illustrations, Edward Ardizzone remains one of the most admired British artists of the 20th century. His wide-ranging output includes the Little Tim books, drawings produced as an official war artist during the Second World War, poster design, ceramics and more.

Opening at House of Illustration in September, Ardizzone: A Retrospective is the first major exhibition of his work in 40 years

From his relatively unknown early commissions to rarely seen original illustrations, the exhibition will feature over 100 pieces from public and private collections. Highlights include a Little Tim manuscript, mural artwork for a P&O ocean liner, ceramic figurines and poster designs for Lyons, as well as sketchbooks and illustrated correspondence.

‘The supreme contemporary example of the genuine illustrator’ – Maurice Sendak on Edward Ardizzone, 1967.


Ardizzone: A Retrospective is co-curated by Alan Powers, author of the forthcoming publication of Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator, and House of Illustration’s Olivia Ahmad.

Published by Lund Humphries to coincide with the opening of the exhibition on 23 September, Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator is the first full, illustrated monograph on Ardizzone. Researched from archival sources, it provides an in-depth survey of his work as well as exploring his connections and influence in mid-20th-century British illustration.

Edward Ardizzone RA CBE (1900 – 79) was one of the 20th century’s most significant illustrators. He is best-known for his illustrated children’s books, in particular the ‘Little Tim’ series which he wrote and illustrated, starting in 1936 with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, and many of which are still in print today. In 1940 Ardizzone was appointed an official war artist – along with his contemporaries Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious – and embarked for France and Belgium with the British Expeditionary Force. He spent time in North Africa and Italy and was also present at the Normandy landings. He illustrated contemporaries such as Eleanor Farjeon and Robert Graves and classic authors from Cervantes and Bunyan to Dickens and Trollope. Ardizzone also did a range of magazine and advertising work for clients including Shell, Guinness, Radio Times, Moss Bros and Punch.


AOI Illustration Awards 2014 exhibition on tour in Scarborough

Monday, May 18th, 2015


Opening times:
Monday 4th May – Saturday 13th June
9am – 5pm weekdays
10am – 4pm Saturdays

Woodend Creative, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW
contact:  01723 384 500

The AOI Illustration Awards 2014 touring exhibition has reached its final venue in Scarbourough at Woodend Creative and it’s looking spectacular. Don’t miss it if you are in the area.

The exhibition will feature a selection of the shortlist and award-winning work from eight competition catergories: Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design, Editorial & Social Comment, Public Realm, Research and Knowledge Communication and Self-initiated. It will also feature moving image work in addition to the still image.

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Woodend 3

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Woodend 5

Woodend 5

all photos courtesy of Woodend Creative

Winners announced for the Prize for Illustration 2015 – London Places and Spaces

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The winners of the Prize for Illustration 2015 were announced at an award ceremony at London Transport Museum on the evening of Wednesday 13 May 2015

The excited crowd at LTM private view event

The excited crowd at LTM private view event

The competition was open to illustrators throughout the world and artists were invited to reflect on the capital’s distinct personality and characteristics in a single illustration. Over 1,000 illustrations were submitted by professionals and students. The London Places and Spaces exhibition showcases 100 of the best, which take viewers on a visual journey across the Capital in many different styles.

The exhibition opens to the public with a Friday Late launch evening
 15 May – 18.45 to 22.00 (last admission 21.15) and continues until 6 September 2015.

Gold, Silver and Bronze winning images

Gold, Silver and Bronze winning images

The Gold Prize was awarded to Eleanor Taylor for The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The Silver Prize was awarded to Carly Allen-Fletcher for Compound City
The Bronze Prize was awarded to Eliza Southwood for Parkour At The South Bank

Sam Mullins from LTM (left) and Andrew Coningsby, AOI, congratulate Eleanor Taylor

Sam Mullins, Director for London Transport Museum (left) and Andrew Coningsby, Chairman of the AOI (right), congratulate Eleanor Taylor

Eleanor Taylor’s winning image will appear on London Underground as a poster.

Andrew Coningsby, Chairman of AOI and Wendy Neville, Head of Marketing and Communications at LTM, congratulate the beaming Bronze Prize winner Eliza Southwood.

Andrew Coningsby, Chairman of AOI and Wendy Neville, Head of Marketing and Communications at LTM, congratulate the Bronze Prize Winner Eliza Southwood.

One hundred images of London life go on show from Friday 15 May

Exhibition Details:

Friday 15 May to 6 September 2015 at London Transport Museum
The Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces is at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Tickets cost £16.00 (£13.50 concessions) and allow unlimited daytime entry to the Museum galleries and temporary exhibitions for a whole year.

AOI members get a special 2for1 deal when they show their membership card.

Friday Late launch evening
 15 May –18.45 to 22.00 (last admission 21.15)
See the exhibition after hours and enjoy the opening evening of London Places and Spaces at a Friday Late on the evening of 15 May 2015. Relax with a glass of Pimms in our indoor mini park, create a pop-out postcard featuring iconic London buildings and listen to talks about different places and spaces. There will also be film screenings, quizzes, music and bar, talks as well as a 2 for 1 special offer on glasses of Pimms. Adults only.

Tickets to the Friday Late are £12.00 (£10.00).

Tickets for the London Places and Spaces exhibition and Friday Late can be booked in advance at

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.



Exhibition: Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 at London Transport Museum

Monday, January 27th, 2014

An exhibition of the 50 best entries to the competition organised by the AOI in partnership with the London Transport Museum and sponsored by Serco.

14 February – 6 April 2014 at the London Transport Museum


Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious and real characters and events in this amazing city have always held fascination, from anecdotal urban myths to grand tales of historic legend.

London Stories, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014, opens on 14 February 2014 and will feature 50 works of art.

Entrants were asked to create an illustration which visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined.

The shortlisted illustrations celebrate a vibrant, multi-layered London – urban myths, historic events, remarkable characters and London’s animal population. From ghost buses, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show of 1887 and Lenin’s ‘love letter to London’ to a Pearly King and Queen, and an escaped monkey jazz band. Other entries depict the ravens and the white bear of the Tower of London, Tin Pan Alley as well as literary and musical references such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Girl from Petrovka, Mary Poppins, Sweeny Todd and Oranges and Lemons.

There’s also a chance to explore the exhibition after hours and enjoy the opening evening of London Stories during the LTM’s Friday Late on 14 February 2014. There will be a bar and DJ and storytelling for adults on board some of the heritage vehicles; a chance to illustrate your own London Story with short illustration workshops, and to strike a pose in a photo-booth with a choice of props. Please see the LTM website for more info.

The exhibition closes on Sunday 6 April 2014.

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