JOIN THE AOI

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation, dedicated to its members’ professional interests, maintaining industry standards and the promotion of illustration. Established in 1973, the AOI has worked successfully with businesses and colleges to increase the standing of illustration as a profession and improve commercial and ethical conditions.

With around 1,500 members, that include freelancers, agents, students, colleges and commissioners, the AOI continues to support and educate future generations at every stage of their career.

For more information about the specific types of AOI Membership and their benefits, please see below:

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Illustrator Membership

This is the membership intended for all professionals at any stage of an illustrator's career.

Illustrator Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community .
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members for just £25. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.
  • Discounts on artists' materials from selected suppliers across the UK.
  • Promotion of news, commissions, exhibitions and projects through the AOI Social Media channels.

Illustrator Membership Fee - £150
Payment can be made by a one-off payment of £150 or in 12 monthly instalments of £12.50.

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Affiliate Illustrator Membership

This is the membership intended for all professionals at any stage of an illustrator's career, whose agent/collective/corporation are current Members of the AOI.

Affiliate Illustrator Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.
  • Discounts on artists' materials from selected suppliers across the UK.
  • Promotion of news, commissions, exhibitions and projects through the AOI Social Media channels.

Illustrator Membership Fee - £127.50
Payment can be made by a one-off payment of £127.50 or in 12 monthly instalments of £10.63.

Your affiliation will be verified by the AOI and your affiliated organisation

Join - Direct Debit

Join - Payment in Full

Student Membership

This is the membership intended for current students in higher education, whose College is not a College Member of the AOI.

Student Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.
  • Discounts on artists' materials from selected suppliers across the UK.
  • Promotion of news, commissions, exhibitions and projects through the AOI Social Media channels.

Student Membership Fee - £72
Payment can be made by a one-off payment of £72 or in 12 monthly instalments of £6.

A copy of your valid Student ID will be required to verify your discount.

Join - Direct Debit

Join - Payment in Full

Affiliate Student Membership

This is the membership intended for current students in higher education, whose College is a current AOI College Member.

Affiliate Illustrator Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.
  • Discounts on artists' materials from selected suppliers across the UK.
  • Promotion of news, commissions, exhibitions and projects through the AOI Social Media channels.

Illustrator Membership Fee - £50
Payment can be made by a one-off payment of £50 or in 12 monthly instalments of £4.17.

A copy of your valid Student ID will be required to verify your College affiliation.

Join - Direct Debit

Join - Payment in Full

College Membership

This is the Membership intended for Higher Education Colleges teaching illustration.

College Membership includes:

  • Affiliate Student Membership available for all of your current students - all of the benefits of an Illustrator Membership but at a discounted fee of £50.
  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website for all staff, which includes the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • 10 copies per issue of our award-winning quarterly newspaper Varoom – The Illustration Report, which takes an international perspective to trends and professional practice. Varoom is usually £7 per issue, meaning College Members receive £280 worth of Varoom Newspapers each year, included in their Membership.
  • AOI Members News, a new platform showcasing the exhibitions, commissions, collaborations and news of AOI Members. Colleges can submit news of their student's exhibitions (including Degree Shows – more details will be announced soon), news from their lecturers and conferences and events at the College.
  • Active support of on-going campaigning for ethical standards in the profession addressing the changing laws on copyright ownership. The AOI are active members of groups such as Pro-Action (http://pro-action.org.uk/), the British Copyright Council, who lobby government on copyright and related issues, the Creators Rights Alliance and the European Illustrators Forum.

Optional Extras:

"How to Survive" - A Professional Practice Lecture by the AOI Membership Department, which covers:

  • Self Promotion - Mail–Outs, Web Presence
  • Rights – Copyright & Moral Rights
  • Pricing – How to price commissions, what information you need for clients
  • Licensing – What it is, How it works, How it benefits illustrators

Rudiments of Freelancing" - A Portfolio Lecture and Surgery by Fig Taylor, the AOI's resident portfolio surgeon, which covers:

  • A thorough overview of the main commissioning areas.
  • A detailed understanding of commissioning spheres that interest you.
  • A breakdown of what they’ll be expecting to see in your portfolio.
  • The lowdown on agents.
  • How to be objective about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • How to choose the best methods or presentation for your needs.
  • What your potential clients will – and won’t – want to see.
  • What to take out, what to leave in, and what to replace the things you’ve take out with.
  • How to display work to it’s best advantage.

College Membership Fee - £185

(Payment must be made as one-off payment of £185)

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Agent Membership

This is the membership intended for an agency representing professional illustrators.

Agent Membership benefits include:

  • Affiliate Illustrator Membership available for all of your represented illustrators - all of the benefits of an Illustrator Membership but at a discounted fee of £127.50.
  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which includes the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • 10 copies per issue of our award-winning quarterly newspaper Varoom – The Illustration Report, which takes an international perspective to trends and professional practice. Varoom is usually £7 per issue, meaning Agency Members receive £280 worth of Varoom Newspapers each year, included in their Membership.
  • Submit to our AOI Members News, a new platform showcasing the exhibitions, commissions, collaborations and news of AOI Members. Agencies can submit news of their illustrator's exhibitions, commissions etc
  • Active support of on-going campaigning for ethical standards in the profession addressing the changing laws on copyright ownership. The AOI are active members of groups such as Pro-Action , the British Copyright Council, who lobby government on copyright and related issues, the Creators Rights Alliance and the European Illustrators Forum.

Optional Extras:

  • Promoting and profiling of represented illustrators work through the AOI Portfolios website at discounted costs.
  • Discounted entry for the Agency and its represented illustrators, to the AOI Illustration Awards.
  • Discounts on AOI publications: The Illustrator's Guide To Law and Business, an indispensable resource for all practicing illustrators and the frequently revised Editorial, Publishing and Advertising client directories.

Agent Membership Fee - £185

(Payment must be made as one-off payment of £185)
 

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Group/Collective Membership

This is the membership intended for collectives, commissioners or corporate groups.

Group/Collective Membership benefits include:

  • Affiliate Illustrator Membership available for all of your affiliated illustrators - all of the benefits of an Illustrator Membership but at a discounted fee of £127.50.
  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which includes the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • 10 copies per issue of our award-winning quarterly newspaper Varoom – The Illustration Report, which takes an international perspective to trends and professional practice. Varoom is usually £7 per issue, meaning Agency Members receive £280 worth of Varoom Newspapers each year, included in their Membership.
  • Submit to our AOI Members News, a new platform showcasing the exhibitions, commissions, collaborations and news of AOI Members.
  •  Agencies can submit news of their illustrator's exhibitions, commissions etc
  • Active support of on-going campaigning for ethical standards in the profession addressing the changing laws on copyright ownership. The AOI are active members of groups such as Pro-Action, the British Copyright Council, who lobby government on copyright and related issues, the Creators Rights Alliance and the European Illustrators Forum.

Optional Extras:

  • Promoting and profiling of represented illustrators work through the AOI Portfolios website at discounted costs.
  • Discounted entry for the Agency and its represented illustrators, to the AOI Illustration Awards.
  • Discounts on AOI publications: The Illustrator's Guide To Law and Business, an indispensable resource for all practicing illustrators and the frequently revised Editorial, Publishing and Advertising client directories.

Group Membership Fee - £185

(Payment must be made as one-off payment of £185)

Join - Payment in Full

Illustrator Membership + Portfolio

This is the membership intended for all professionals at any stage of an illustrator's career, which gives the illustrator all the benefits of AOI Membership, along with a 20 image Portfolio on the AOI's Portfolio Service, managed entirely by you to present your work to commissioners of illustration.

Illustrator Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members for just £25. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.
  • Discounts on artists' materials from selected suppliers across the UK.

Your 20 Image Portfolio benefits from:

  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Adding your own images, which can be changed as often as you like and display
  • Short biography on your profile page
  • New tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be found by commissioners looking for specific styles
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Optimisation for viewing on smartphones and tablets

New Member Benefit  - directoryofillustration.com Portfolio - The AOI is now partnering with the Directory of Illustration to give our members a unique opportunity to promote your work to an expanded market of art commissioners in the United States. 

Each professional AOI Member that establishes or renews a Membership + Portfolio will be eligible to upload a 10-image portfolio on the directoryofillustration.com website for one year. TheDirectory of Illustration is widely regarded as the leading marketing program for illustrators in the United States. Their website attracts qualified art buyers from all over the world. 

Illustrator Membership + Portfolio Yearly Fee - £186

Payment in full - £186
Monthly payment – First month at £48.50 (includes full Portfolio payment of £36), subsequent 11 months at £12.50

Join - Direct Debit

Join - Payment in Full

Affiliated Student Membership + Portfolio

This is the membership intended for all current students in higher education, whose College is a current AOI College Member. (Student ID for an AOI member College will be required).

This gives the student all the benefits of AOI Membership, along with a 20 image Portfolio on the AOI's Portfolio Service, managed entirely by you to present your work to commissioners of illustration.

Affiliated Student Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Promoting and profiling your work through the AOI's Portfolios website at discounted costs.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.

Your 20 Image Portfolio benefits from:

  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Adding your own images, which can be changed as often as you like and display
  • Short biography on your profile page
  • New tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be found by commissioners looking for specific styles
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Optimisation for viewing on smartphones and tablets

Affiliated Student Membership + Portfolio Yearly Fee - £86

Payment in full - £86
Monthly payment – First month at £40.17 (includes full Portfolio payment of £36), subsequent 11 months at £4.17

A copy of your valid Student ID will be required to verify your College affiliation.

Join - Direct Debit

Join - Payment in Full

Affiliated Illustrator Membership + Portfolio

This is the membership intended for all professionals at any stage of an illustrator's career, whose agent/collective/group are current Members of the AOI (proof of affiliation will be required).

This gives the illustrator all the benefits of AOI Membership, along with a 20 image Portfolio on the AOI's Portfolio Service, managed entirely by you to present your work to commissioners of illustration.

Affiliated Illustrator Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.
  • Discounts on artists' materials from selected suppliers across the UK.
  • Promotion of news, commissions, exhibitions and projects through the AOI Social Media channels.

Your 20 Image Portfolio benefits from:

  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Adding your own images, which can be changed as often as you like and display
  • Short biography on your profile page
  • New tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be found by commissioners looking for specific styles
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Optimisation for viewing on smartphones and tablets

New Member Benefit  - directoryofillustration.com Portfolio - The AOI is now partnering with the Directory of Illustration to give our members a unique opportunity to promote your work to an expanded market of art commissioners in the United States. 

Each professional AOI Member that establishes or renews a Membership + Portfolio will be eligible to upload a 10-image portfolio on the directoryofillustration.com website for one year. TheDirectory of Illustration is widely regarded as the leading marketing program for illustrators in the United States. Their website attracts qualified art buyers from all over the world. 

Affiliated Illustrator Membership + Portfolio Yearly Fee - £163.50

Payment in full - £163.50
Monthly payment – First month at £46.63 (includes full Portfolio payment of £36), subsequent 11 months at £10.63

Your affiliation will be verified by the AOI and your affiliated organisation.

Join - Direct Debit

Join - Payment in Full

Student Membership + Portfolio

This is the membership intended for all current students in higher education, whose College is not a College Member of the AOI (Student ID will be required).

This gives the student all the benefits of AOI Membership, along with a 20 image Portfolio on the AOI's Portfolio Service, managed entirely by you to present your work to commissioners of illustration.

Student Membership benefits include:

  • Exclusive Access to Members-Only Sections of the website which include the updated and extensive Pricing Survey to help research what illustration fees are being achieved, submission forms, documents, interviews, articles, industry insights and coming soon, the AOI Members Community.
  • Dedicated Support via email and phone, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm for tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts and professional practice.
  • Free Subscription to Varoom Magazine (usually £21) for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
  • Portfolio Consultancy – exclusively available for members. One hour with Fig Taylor, to discuss how best to prepare your portfolio to suit your desired market, or if you are considering changing direction from your current style.
  • Free one hour consultation with a registered Chartered Accountant to advise you on keeping accounts, tax and National Insurance, VAT and invoicing.
  • Discounted rates on all AOI Publications, Events and Awards.
  • Discounts on artists' materials from selected suppliers across the UK.
  • Promotion of news, commissions, exhibitions and projects through the AOI Social Media channels.

Your 20 Image Portfolio benefits from:

  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Adding your own images, which can be changed as often as you like and display
  • Short biography on your profile page
  • New tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be found by commissioners looking for specific styles
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Optimisation for viewing on smartphones and tablets

Student Membership + Portfolio Yearly Fee - £108

Payment in full - £108
Monthly payment – First month at £42 (includes full Portfolio payment of £36), subsequent 11 months at £6

A copy of your valid Student ID will be required to verify your discount.

Join - Direct Debit

Join - Payment in Full

Portfolio - AOI Member

The AOI's new Portfolio Service for illustrators and commissioning clients has been designed as an effective way for illustrators to showcase their work to commissioners of illustration. As an AOI Member, you receive a substantial discount on your Portfolio (proof of current AOI Membership is required).

The Portfolios are managed entirely by the illustrators, meaning you can upload and change your portfolios as often as you want. Advanced tagging means that clients can find your work easily by searching for keywords relating to their commission or interests.

Your 20 Image Portfolio benefits from:

  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Adding your own images, which can be changed as often as you like and display
  • Short biography on your profile page
  • New tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be found by commissioners looking for specific styles
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Optimisation for viewing on smartphones and tablets

Portfolio Only Yearly Fee - £36 (Including VAT)

Join - Payment in Full

Portfolio - Non AOI Member

The AOI's new Portfolio Service for illustrators and commissioning clients has been designed as an effective way for illustrators to showcase their work to commissioners of illustration.

The Portfolios are managed entirely by the illustrators, meaning you can upload and change your portfolios as often as you want. Advanced tagging means that clients can find your work easily by searching for keywords relating to their commission or interests.

Your 20 Image Portfolio benefits from:

  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Adding your own images, which can be changed as often as you like and display
  • Short biography on your profile page
  • New tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be found by commissioners looking for specific styles
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Bespoke Lightbox creation and download for commissioners
  • Optimisation for viewing on smartphones and tablets

Portfolio Only Yearly Fee - £90 (Including VAT)

Join - Payment in Full

Create a Lightbox

A lightbox is a free tool that allows you to create personalised folders with the AOI Portfolios Service.

As an artist, art director or client you can create unlimited reference libraries of styles and work that you like.
You can also create bespoke pdfs which you can share or print out (for presentation only).

Lightboxes are a great collaboration tool and they make image research quick and easy.

You can also search by artist, tag or keyword or call us for advice on commissioning.

A lightbox does not allow you to upload your own Portfolio to the AOI Portfolio Service, nor does it give you access to the AOI Members Area.

Create a Lightbox