AOI Illustration Awards 2013

2–27 October 2013
Open daily 10.00-18.00, until 21.00 on Thursday 17 October
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission

Returning to Somerset House for a second year, the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition.

For the first time in the competition’s 37-year history, the shortlist includes illustrators outside of the UK to recognise the exceptional work produced by illustrators internationally and promote illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture. The exhibition will thus feature an extraordinary range of work from the UK to USA, and Australia to Israel, covering a wide breadth of practice, including advertising, books and editorial, to reflect the diverse disciplines within the industry.

The awards are the only independent jury-selected illustration competition in the UK and this year’s winning work was chosen by a panel of esteemed judges from all aspects of the industry including commissioners, publishers and artists. Internationally acclaimed illustrators such as Stephen Collins and Ulla Puggaard were amongst this year’s panel alongside Art Directors from Walker Books, Royal Mail and Random House, as well as Creative Directors from leading design and digital agencies. The judging was chaired by writer and Varoom editor, John O’Reilly.

A shortlist of 15 winners has been selected, from which two overall award winners will be announced in the categories of Professional Illustration, which is open to all practicing professionals, and New Talent, which is open to students and recent graduates. 

Category winners include fantasy and children’s book illustrator, Levi Pinfold, 2013 BAFTA illustrator Jonathan Burton, Israeli illustrator Merav Salomon and Chinese animator Jun Cen.


Free AOI Illustration Awards 2013 Artist Talks

Join us on each Saturday throughout October, as shortlisted illustrators from the exhibition come into the gallery to discuss their work. 

Sign up for spaces from 13.30 on the day at the Seamen's Hall Information Desk.

Saturday 12 October 14.00-14.30
Anna Catermole: Reportage: Getting the timing right

Saturday 19 October 14.00-14.30
Lesley Barnes: Magical Castles and Dancing Bears

Saturday 26 October 14.00-14.30
Ceri Williams:  Morphing Media: Collaboration Across Disciplines



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