Glamour Beauty Festival at the Saatchi Gallery

"Wow wow wow! What incredible feeling to walk into the Saatchi Gallery and see your work blown up all over the walls for the Glamour Beauty Festival. Just a liiiitle bit of a 'pinch me' moment 😉 And better still, I was lucky enough to explore the festival itself-so much beauty in one place!"

- Sarah Smart 


London is instantly recognisable by its transport imagery

London Transport Museum’s exhibition Poster Parade: Re-imagining historical posters explores the pervasive influence of London’s transport design.

“I feel like London is the only city in the world which is instantly recognisable by its transport images, ” says Elizabeth Scott, head curator at the London Transport Museum. “The tube map, the roundel, the red bus – they’re all symbols of London itself.”


House of Illustration – 2017 Exhibition Programme


House of Illustration 2017 Exhibition Programme
We're thrilled to bring you news of what's in store at House of Illustration next year. Ten exhibitions across our three galleries will explore fashion, fetishism, anime, architecture, gentrification, children's illustration and more. They include work from our Illustrators in Residence, Nous Vous Collective, and specially commissioned drawings by Lucinda Rogers.
Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies
Main Gallery, 3 Feb - 14 May 2017
Jo Brocklehurst captured the uncompromising vibrancy of late 20th century subcultures in London, Berlin and New York. Her figurative paintings from fetish clubs record experiments with sex, androgyny and couture that later inspired the mainstream fashion collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, while her best-known portraits from the 1980s offer a female perspective on punk.
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Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
Main Gallery, 22 Sep 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
A rare opportunity to explore the extensive but little-known production designs by celebrated political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, with storyboards, costumes and props from Pink Floyd's The Wall, Disney's Hercules and English National Ballet's The Nutcracker.
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Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification
South Gallery, 28 Oct 2017 - 11 Feb 2018
Drawing directly from life, Lucinda Rogers captures intimate details and broad views of cities around the world. In our fourth illustrator commission she explores the tensions between old and new, focussing on East London's 200-year-old Ridley Road Market and a new block of luxury flats soon to cast its shadow.
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Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds
Quentin Blake Gallery, 5 May - 1 Oct 2017
“I have always liked drawing birds. I can't quite explain why but it may be because like us, they are on two legs and have expressive gestures.” An exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations from his book The Life of Birds, including new drawings exhibited here for the very first time.
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John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children's Books
Quentin Blake Gallery, 6 Oct 2017 - 4 Mar 2018
John Yeoman is Quentin Blake’s longest standing collaborator. This exhibition brings together their work over the past 50 years, since their first collaboration, A Drink of Water, in 1960. Their latest book, All The Year Round, will be launched by Andersen Press to coincide with the exhibition.
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Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan
Main Gallery, 26 May - 10 Sep 2017
An exhibition of hand-crafted backgrounds from science fiction anime films including cyberpunk classic Ghost in the Shell. Inspired by Asia's emerging megacities, Tokyo's production designers constructed fictional worlds that reflected an unnervingly real story of ruthless urban development.
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The Book Illustration Competition Longlist 2017: Mansfield Park
South Gallery, 11 Feb - 12 Mar 2017
An exhibition of exceptional entries into our seventh Book Illustration Competition with The Folio Society. Illustrations of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park will hang side-by-side with past Folio commissions from a range of established and emerging illustrators including Quentin Blake, John Vernon Lord and Anne-Marie Jones, as well as Anna and Elena Balbusso.
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Nous Vous: Three Men in a Boat
South Gallery, 18 Mar - 11 Jun 2017 
Our 2016 Illustrators in Residence - the collective Nous Vous, exhibit the results of six months spent exploring the nature of collaborative work.
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Jacqueline Ayer: Drawing on Thailand
South Gallery, 17 Jun - 22 Oct 2017
A childhood friend of Milton Glaser, colleague of Andy Warhol and fashion illustrator for Vogue, Jacqueline Ayer's work was a unique addition to children's literature in 1950-60s America. Her picture books brought a bold vision of Thai life to the western market using pen and pops of colour to document the back lanes of Bangkok.
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Linda Kitson: Drawings and Projects
Quentin Blake Gallery, 3 Mar - 30 Apr 2017 
Linda Kitson’s line drawings have recorded seminal moments in British history. This exhibition charts a lifetime of putting pen to paper including her drawings of the 1982 Falklands War as the first female artist officially commissioned to accompany troops into combat. Curated by lifelong friend Quentin Blake.
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Don't miss...
Coming up in December
There's still time to see our current Edward Ardizzone, Laura Carlin and The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots exhibitions. You can also join us for the December Sketchmeet, or fill your stockings at our Illustrators' Christmas Fair.
See what's on

Mardo El-Noor’s Collaboration with Tom Scott Is Exhibited in New Zealand Parliament


Phosphor's digital artist Mardo El-Noor recently worked on an exciting project with award-winning editorial cartoonist Tom Scott. Mardo created 8 large-scale digital paintings of Tom’s cartoons, the oldest of which was from 1988. The original cartoons were black and white felt-tip illustrations, on yellowing, coffee-stained paper and were all based on our impact on the environment.


Alan Kitching – A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching / A Life in Letterpress

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Alan Kitching is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. He is renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in creating visuals for commissions and limited edition prints. He lives and works at The Typography Workshop in Kennington, south London, which he shared with designer, writer and partner Celia Stothard (deceased 2010).


Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics

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The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the work of pioneering female comics artists

Explore the world of comics through original artwork by 100 women comic creators working across genres and generations - from the 1800s to the present day; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive dissent.


Good news all round from The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference 2015


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2015 was a record-breaking year in growth and turnover. Last year the numbers were the best since Neilson reports began. The Bookseller Children’s Conference took place on Tuesday 29th September; with Bright opening our first exhibition, ‘Where The Story Began’;


Frances Castle: A Kid’s Guide to IWM London


Frances Castle was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to create illustrations for their new Kid's Guide to their London museum. The book is aimed at children aged 7 to 11 and had to be accessible and appealing to both girls and boys. IWM London re-opened  it's doors after a refurbishment in July 2014, in time for the Centenary of the First World War and Frances' brief was to interpret the newly designed atrium with it's displays of iconic planes and other objects. She also produced a series of comic strips telling stories of people's experience of war and conflict up to the present day.


Chris Moore for The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

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A new museum dedicated to the art of storytelling, funded by legendary Star Wars director, George Lucas, is to be built in Chicago and planned to be completed in 2018.

We are extremely proud to learn that artwork from Chris Moore is one of the first to be selected to exhibit.

Chris is a world-renowned commercial illustrator specialising in sci-fi illustration and the piece chosen by the Lucas Museum was painted for Philip K. Dick’s classic novel “Ubik”. It fits beautifully in the catalogue of images that have so far been revealed on their website.


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