George Hardie exhibition

Iconic artist George Hardie exhibits at Grand Parade

A free exhibition of the work of George Hardie, the artist behind some of the most iconic album covers of 20th Century, will be held at the University of Brighton between 11 March – 7 April, 2017.
Hardie, a graphic designer, illustrator and educator, trained at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art and worked as a designer/illustrator for more than 40 years, making illustrations for clients around the world. He was the cover artist behind Led Zeppelin’s debut album Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
George Hardie taught illustration at the University of Brighton from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2014. He continues with PhD students, having become Professor in 1990. He is International Secretary for the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a Royal Designer for Industry.
The exhibition runs Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (closed Sunday) – 11 March – 7 April
University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY



Penguin Random House UK Student Design Award 2017

Penguin Random House’s annual  book cover design competition has launched for 2017 with three new cover briefs and a new website:
The award, split over the three prizes above, aims to be an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in design to experience real cover design briefs first hand – and gives them the chance to win a work placement with the Penguin Random House Design Studios, as well as £1,000 in prize money.
Open to students studying any subject at any level (full or part time), entries open on Wednesday 18 January and will close on Tuesday 7 March. However, materials are already on the new website for anyone wishing to make a start.
Last year’s competition saw students reimagine A Clockwork Orange, E mil and The Detectives and Caitlin Moran’s How to Be A Woman, with guest judges including David Shrigley  and Alexandra Shulman. Commenting on the winning cover for How To Be A Woman, author Caitlin Moran said 'Zachary Wieland’s winning entry was simple, iconic, and so goddamn classy that, for one minute, I actually presumed it was a cover for a US edition I hadn’t seen.'
To find out more, visit www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/designaward.

Read more at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/media/news/2016/october/penguin-random-house-launches-student-design-award-2017/#fWo8lLCZSxZttEc0.99


Shaping the View: Understanding Landscape through Illustration

7th International Illustration Research Symposium, Edinburgh College of Art , November 10th and 11th 2016



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.