The AOI's Images is the premier and longest running jury-selected illustration annual and touring exhibition in the UK. It provides the leading showcase for the huge variety of contemporary illustration commissioned in the UK today, published alongside self-initiated promotional artwork and up-and-coming new talent.
On display are a selection of 220 artworks showcasing incredible talents of illustrators who have made a significant contribution to their industry over the last year, including artwork from the educational BBC Primary History website, delightfully illustrated by Frances Castle. AOI chairman Rod Hunt provides intricate imagery for the highly successful “Top Gear - Where’s Stig?” book, and displayed alongside an intriguingly illustrated spread by David Hughes for his book “Walking The Dog” are striking editorial pieces by Noma Bar and Artbombers, as well as the top young illustration talent of the future published in the New Talent category. In addition to the original artwork, the illustrations will also be showcased in their applied form – published copies, packaging, animations etc – to present the many uses of illustration today.
The exhibited work provides an overview of the illustrations that were selected by an expert panel of internationally acclaimed judges, including Matt Small – Client Service Director at Pearlfisher; Graham Wood – Head of Art JWT; Nol Davis – Head of Creative Services Channel 5 and illustrator Andrew Rae.
Award winners will be announced by John Mulholland, Editor of The Observer at the Awards Night on Tuesday 7th September 2010 (strictly by invite only), with guests enjoying Honeydew beer from sponsors Fuller’s.
“Having worked mainly in moving images, it’s been both inspiring and sobering to see such dynamic and emotive feeling from still media.” Nol Davis - Creative Director, Channel Five
The new competition, Images 35 – the best of British illustration 2011, is still open for submissions until the now extended deadline of 15th September 2010.
The Images annual will be available to purchase at the venue and through the AOI website from the 8th September. It features 400 artworks by 240 illustrators and offers insightful comments on the current state of the industry in editorial pieces by John O’Reilly on New Media, Liz Farrelly on Design and Peter Lyle on Advertising.
Touring the UK 2010 – 2011:
Beverly Art Gallery, Yorkshire Oct 18th 2010 – Nov 28th 2010
Nottingham Trent University Nov 29th 2010 – Jan 6th 2011
Blackpool and Fylde College Jan 24th 2011 – Mar 6th 2011
TBC March 28th 2011 - June 19th 2011
TBC June 27th 2011 – July 31st 2011
Clitheroe Castle Museum August 8th 2011 – October 9th 2011