The annual London Illustration Fair begins today, bringing together illustrators, publishers, buyers, and graphic and print designers. From exclusive original pieces to small stocking fillers for under £10, there is literally something for everyone…
Words: Bea Renshaw, Subeditor: Tenelle Ottley-Matthew
London’s contemporary illustration event returns again this weekend, with over 70 UK illustrators and designers who are meeting to exhibit and sell their artwork. The three-day extravaganza boasts a new location at the Bargehouse – a four storey warehouse on the South Bank.
The London Illustration Fair is an artist-led event, offering illustration lovers the chance to meet their favourite artists. Alongside this, the event will showcase the work of 30 emerging creatives, who have been hand-picked by an esteemed judging panel. This includes: Colin McKenzie (director of The House of Illustration), Helen Parker (head of Illustration at Blink Art), Malika Falvre (internationally acclaimed French illustrator and art director), Rachel Williams (co-founder and publisher at Wide Eyed Editions) and Camille Walala (featured artist).
Alongside artists on stands, there are interactive workshops, pop-up shops, immersive installations and one-off murals. The first artist to paint the Berlin Wall, Thierry Noir, will be presenting his interactive three dimensional installation outside in the courtyard – this is not to be missed.
Organisers of the event said: “Expect exclusive prints and tote bags, a live outdoor light show, artist talks and an immersive graffiti installation to name but a few. We also have Crafty Fox Market Hijack with DJ’s, workshops and tons of crafty bits and pieces in stall”.
The London Illustration Fair’s relaxed ethos and vast variety, means there’s sure to be something for everyone. The fair launched today at the Bargehouse, and is open from 11am-8pm today and tomorrow, and on Sunday 5th December until 6pm. Tickets are available online, and general admission is £5 .