What Design, Art and Illustration Conventions can you go to in Europe and Britain? ✏️ 🎨
I’m busy learning about the ins and outs of Illustration, but I haven’t been to any Illustration conventions yet which is definitely something on my to do list. I’ve been to a few craft and quilting based events at the NEC in Birmingham: my mum loves sewing so I go with her sometimes to help carry things. I also like to meet the vendors and craftspeople because they are lovely and you learn all sorts of things you wouldn’t from only reading books or browsing the internet.
I asked my younger cousin currently studying illustration at University if she knew of any Illustration conventions, but unfortunately she didn’t. I am sure her lecturers will fill her in on that at some point though.
It took me time, but I’ve collated some links of conventions I’ve researched from books and the internet and thought I would share them here.
There is also a useful resource run by the Association of Illustratiors listing upcoming events and fairs at: https://theaoi.com/events/.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Brand Licensing Fair
Brand Licensing Europe brings together the entire European brand licensing industry for three days of relationship…www.brandlicensing.eu
Brighton Illustration Fair
Illustration Fair in Brighton
Join us once again for the third year of the Brighton Illustration Fair. At the new location of the of University of…www.brightonillustrationfair.co.uk
Edinburgh International Book Fair
For decades we've been told there's something out there. Jim Al-Khalili, host of Radio 4's The Life Scientific and an…www.edbookfest.co.uk
Alternative comics and sequential illustration fair
Akvile Magicdust is a Lithuanian artist, ELCAF exhibitor and award winner for the ELCAF x WeTransfer Award 2017. We're…www.elcaf.co.uk
Each October something special happens - Frankfurter Buchmesse opens. This year will be the fair's 70th anniversary…www.buchmesse.de
Hastings Illustration Festival
HiFest (Hastings Illustration Festival) will showcase amazing, illustrative talents through stalls, talks, workshops…www.hifest.co.uk
Illustration Fair / event
London Book Fair
London Illustration Fair
The London Illustration Fair is London's freshest artist-led illustration, print and design fair, bringing artists and…www.thelondonillustrationfair.co.uk
children’s literary festival
Bringing the world of books and literature alive for children to help them develop a life long love of reading via…www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk
The UK's No.1 home and gift show for the retail industry. An unmissable wholesale trade show happening at NEC…www.springfair.com
About The Show Suzanne Blanck, owner/designer of Blanckslate & New exhibitor in Art & Brand Licensing Collaboration…www.surtex.com
an annual festival that celebrates sequential art in all its forms, and takes place every November at venues across Leeds and beyond!
Wonderlands: Graphic Novel Expo
Wonderlands - the UK Graphic Novel Expowww.wonderlands.org.uk
Thanks for reading. If you know of any other Illustration conventions please let me know in the comments. 😄