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Renowned Illustrators Gather for London Illustration Fair 2015

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"Suzie" by Malika Favre, courtesy of the London Illustration Fair

“Suzie” by Malika Favre, courtesy of the London Illustration Fair

The London Illustration Fair will be featuring contemporary illustration and graphic design over its three-day event this Friday through Sunday at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, on the South Bank.

The fair begins at 11:00 each day. Friday and Saturday, the fair runs until 20:00, but everything will wrap up on Sunday at 18:00. General admission is £5, but children under 12 enter free. You can purchase tickets online or at the event.

The aim of the London Illustration Fair is to promote contemporary illustration, graphic design and print through engaging, interactive events that bring together artists, illustrators, designers, printmakers, publishers, art lovers, and buyers from around the UK. Throughout the weekend, the fair will include artist-led talks and workshops, temporary installations and murals, special exhibitions from featured artists and pop-up shops offering fresh, new prints and products.

Illustration by Robert Hunter, courtesy of the London Illustration Fair

Illustration by Robert Hunter, courtesy of the London Illustration Fair

This year’s featured artists are Robert Hunter, Camille Walala, Thierry Noir and Rupert Newman. Some of these featured artists will be involved in special events over the weekend. For example, Robert Hunter will be having a discussion with children’s publisher Wide Eyed Editions about his upcoming children’s book, The Jungle Book, and Thierry Noir, the first artist to paint the Berlin Wall, will be presenting his figures in an interactive, three-dimensional installation outside the courtyard of the Bargehouse.

Live DJs will provide music and entertainment. Visitors can find refreshments in the form of street food vendors and a fully stocked winter warming bar, offering plenty of festive mulled wine and other drinks.

The London Illustration Fair was founded in November 2013, and since then has been hosting two annual events: the London Illustration Fair each winter, plus the Summer Festival, an event that takes place early in the summer and brings together collectives, companies, galleries, creative start-ups and illustrators.

"Blue Head" by Thierry Noir, courtesy of the London Illustration Fair

“Blue Head” by Thierry Noir, courtesy of the London Illustration Fair

Young artists who would like to get involved in future London Illustration Fairs can stay tuned for information about when to submit their work.

“Each year we do an artist call-out,” said Holly Simpson, one of the three core team members behind the London Illustration Fair. “All applications are then put to a judging panel made up of selected industry experts. We advertise the call-out across social media and on our website and will be doing so again four months before next year for the London Illustration Fair 2016.”

To learn more about what to expect from the London Illustration Fair 2015, stay up-to-date with future events and be prepared for their next artist call-out, visit the fair’s website. You can also like the official Facebook page, and follow the London Illustration Fair on Twitter or Instagram.

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