AOI Illustration Awards 2014

2 October – 2 November 2014
Open daily 10.00-18.00 (last admission 17.30)
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission

Please note the exhibition will close early at 17.30 (last admission 17.00) on Wednesday 8 October.

Returning to Somerset House for a third 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.

The shortlist includes illustration from across the world, recognising the exceptional work produced by illustrators internationally and promoting illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture.  The exhibition will thus feature a unique range of work from the UK to USA, and South Korea to France, covering a wide breadth of practice, including books, design and editorial, to reflect the diverse disciplines within the industry.

The AOI Illustration Awards is 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.

12 category winners have been chosen, from which two overall award winners will be announced in the classification of Professional illustration, which is open to all practicing professionals, and New Talent, which is open to students and recent graduates.

Category winners include children’s book illustrator Chris Haughton, self-taught Brazilian artist Laurindo Feliciano, Brooklynite Aaron Meshon, Berlin based moving image-maker Thoka Maer and Falmouth University graduates David Doran, William Grill and Katie Ponder.

The awards will feature in the next edition of Varoom Magazine published by the Association of Illustrators. This issue will celebrate the AOI Illustration Awards at Somerset House and spotlight image-makers and work that has shaped the editorial and cultural agendas and won specialist awards in 2014.

Artist Talk: Laurindo Feliciano
Friday, 10 October, 13.30-14.00
Free, sign up from 13.00 at the Seamen’s Hall Info Desk

In this talk, titled Creative Process: From the Idea to the Final Image, Laurindo Feliciano will be in discussion with agent Stephanie Alexander-Jinks, about his beginnings as a self-taught illustrator. Together they will weigh the benefits of self-initiated projects against commissioned works in the development of style.

Artist Talk: William Grill
Friday, 17 October, 13.30-14.00
Free, sign up from 13.00 at the Seamen’s Hall Info Desk

Antartica is a place like no other – a place where humans aren’t meant to live. From his earliest sketches to the final artworks, William Grill will be revealing the working process behind his book Shackleton’s Journey. Never a strong reader, but always a fan of a good yarn, William will also be touching on why he favoured pictures over words, and the many ways in which we can tell stories.

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