The Book Illustration Competition 2017

The Book Illustration Competition 2017 is now open! 
The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration. The competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society.
This year we are asking entrants to submit three illustrations and a binding design for Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. The winner will receive a highly sought-after commission, worth £5,000, to complete a total of nine illustrations and a binding design for the book, which will be published by The Folio Society in 2017. Five runners up will each receive £500 cash. Three of the six prizes are awarded to student entries.
The Book Illustration Competition was launched in 2011 and has received thousands of entries from over 44 countries. For more information on past competition winners go to the Previous Winners website.
We look forward to receiving your entries!


Reasons to: Design, Code & Create

Reasons to: is the award winning 3 day international conference with a festival vibe. Held annually in Brighton UK, it brings the very best international speakers from design and code to take to the stage and inspire, inform, entertain, thrill, teach and network with web designers and coders that attend from all over the world.
Digital creatives are multi-disciplined, and draw their inspiration for great work from many different influences. Reasons to: is curated with that in mind, bringing content from many disciplines to inspire, inform and educate designers, coders, creatives, film makers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, and artists and more.


AOI World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2016 - Somerset House

AOI World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2016 in partnership with Directory of Illustration

1 – 29 August 2016
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last admission 17.15)
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Free admission
Returning to Somerset House for a fifth year, the World Illustration Awards Exhibition, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition.
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.

The exhibition balances these serious works, such as David Foldvari’s evocative image of the migrant crisis commissioned by Save the Children, with lighter works such as Richard Lewington’s stunning depictions of bees for Royal Mail and Levente Szabo’s arresting BAFTA Award brochures. 
Also of note is Balbusso Twins’ Portrait of Richard II commissioned by Penguin Press for its series of books on Britain’s kings and queens. Ella Cohen’s Playground Israel image, commissioned by Berlin based Theater an der Parkaue and the Israeli Embassy, exemplifies the ability of illustration to communicate compellingly across boundaries.

Two overall winners will be announced by illustrator David Hughes at the awards evening on Wednesday 3 August. David is himself an award winning illustrator and most recently author of the brilliant and disturbing The Pillbox graphic novel. David is a Patron of the Association of Illustrators.
On display will be original artwork and, whenever possible, also the work in it’s original context or published form.

Find the full shortlist and further information on theAOI.com/awards


Mokita: Style


Friday, 10 October 2014
The Screening Room
For some it’s a creative straitjacket, for others the Holy Grail – whether it be mimicry or origination, style in illustration can mean polar opposites, and is the subject of the third MOKITA conference at Somerset House. Planned in spring 2014, the subject has been explored in the current issue of Varoom magazine and discussed at September’s Crowd Talks at Hoxton Gallery. This is an opportunity to further debate and define the term.

With an invited panel of speakers and guest chair, both sides of the case will made pitching style versus content, imitation versus sincerity, and semiotics versus aesthetics. Confirmed speakers include George Hardie, Lawrence Zeegen, Luise Vormittag, Catrin Morgan, John O’Reilly, and Crowd Talks.

Both the divergent and emergent aspects of 21st-century illustration will be examined in this latest instalment, intended to make a fit-for-purpose architecture for the subject.

Purposely not aligned to any single education provider, MOKITA was founded in 2010 to focus debate on the more uncharted and contentious aspects of illustration as a subject and practice. Its founders are Darryl Clifton (Camberwell College of Arts UAL), Geoff Grandfield (Kingston University London), and Roderick Mills (University of Brighton).
Lawrence Zeegen is Professor of Illustration and Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. His design and illustration clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design studios and advertising agencies, spanning over 1000 commissions across 25 years.
Luise Vormittag trained as an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, fine artist and theorist, and her creative practice reflects this eclectic education. She currently teaches Design & Interaction on BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, and is also working on an AHRC funded collaborative research project with MA Narrative Environments and Vital Arts.
Crowd Talks hosts design discussion events across the UK, bringing together students, graduates and practitioners to debate contemporary design issues.



VaroomLAB Interpretation Symposium

18-19 September 2014, AUB, Bournemouth – Book Now
Interpretation is the theme of the latest VaroomLab symposium on illustration, this year held in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth. Illustrators, students and academics are all welcome.
Interpretation seeks to explore ways in which illustrators, interpret, re-interpret and misinterpret information through illustration practice.
This event will celebrate and investigate the potential exciting creative strategies and possibilities for practitioners to move minds, challenge norms and influence the ways in which we the see the world and connect with it.
You are invited to meet fellow illustration enthusiasts over a two day symposium in September in the seaside town of Bournemouth and enjoy the talks presented by practitioners and academics on illustrating the Prisoner of Zenda, Lucien Freud’s early illustration work, gender representation in illustration, interpretations of error, an exploration of how visual storytelling is vital in how we engage with the world, the role of exchange between artist and scientist in natural history illustration, panel discussions and more.
Speakers include Chris Campe, Joel Lardner & Paul Roberts, Paul Burgess, Mireille Fauchon & Four Corners books, Andrew Kulman, Gary Embury and Thomas Barwick. Guest speakers are animator, Cyriak (‘a real renaissance man albeit with a trademark surrealist attitude, psychedelic influence and love of fractal geometry and orders of magnitude’, Shane Walter, Varoom) and illustrator Marcus Oakley.
You can register for tickets here. Special offer accomodation can be sourced here.
Interpretation, Re-interpretation & Mis-interpretation: Illustration- Practice- Research 
Thursday 18th September
11.30-12.30    Registration – Lunch & Refreshments will be provided during the Symposium at Conference Centre
Then to Main University House Lecture Theatre for the Main Event
12.30 VaroomLab/AUB – Welcome & Introduction to the Symposium Interpretation, Re-interpretation & Mis-interpretation -  Lisa Richardson
12.40  Keynote Speaker-  Marcus Oakley
1.25    1st  paper/ speaker –  ‘A Dog With Teeth: Negotiating Gender in Illustration’ Chris Campe
2.10    2nd paper/ speaker – To be confirmed
3.00    Tea & Coffee (Conference Centre)
3.30   ERROR- 4 X 20 mins presentations ‘The Interpretation of error: Glitsch, craft and illustration’ Joel Lardner & Paul Roberts,‘Make Room for Error’ Paul Burgess, She’s Lost Control’ Thomas Barwick (Mis-interpretation) ‘Erodite’ Andrew Kulman
4.50  Informal Discussion with panel
5.30 Wine & nibbles in the AUB gallery
Friday 19th September
9.30- 10.00 Tea and coffee (Conference Centre)
10.00  4th paper ‘Looking Towards Interpretive Illustration Narratives’ Roderick Mills
10/00 Parallel event – Hayley Potter Giant Consequences live drawing event
10.50 ‘Re-imagining a re-imagined Europe: illustrating the Prisoner of Zenda’ Mireille Fauchon & Four Corners
11.30 5th Paper  ‘How does cross disciplinary exchange influence interpretation of the Natural History illustrator?’ (interpretation) Andrew Howell
12.30  Refreshments (Conference Centre)
1.30 ‘The Topolski Studio Residency Programme 2013′  Gary Embury
2.00 Informal Panel discussion
2.30 Keynote Speaker – Cyriak
3.30 Finish


Fifty Years of Illustration

50 Years of Illustration
Exhibition by Professor Lawrence Zeegen

Private View: Thursday 18 September 2014, 6-9pm
Exhibition Open: 13 September - 31 October, 10am - 5pm (Saturday 11am until 4pm and Sunday closed)

‘50 Years of Illustration’ looks at contemporary illustration’s impact on design, while popular culture is investigated through introductory essays and profiles of leading practitioners, accompanied by examples of their greatest work. 

‘50 Years of Illustration’ accompanies the launch of a new book of the same title by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design.


Crowd Talks - Style

As a precursor to the next Mokita 3 Symposium on Friday 10 October 2014 at Somerset House our friends at Crowd Talks are collaborating with 'Make Sense' Kingston MA Illustration to discuss issues around Style.