Summer Festival  |  5th - 6th July 2014  |  Hoxton Arches E2 BHD

We are back this July with the Summer Festival: Tropicana, turning our playground that is, the Hoxton Arches, into an illustration paradise. Set across two rooms and two outside spaces we will be showcasing a selection of the hottest illustrators, collectives, creative agencies, publications and print studios working in the UK and Europe right now. 

By bringing established commercial agencies, independent creative start-ups and charities together, we are celebrating the diversity of illustration, print and design and demonstrating the fundamental role it plays in contemporary culture. In addition to our exhibitor stands, there will be 1-2-1 portfolio reviews with Handsome Frank Director Tom Robinson, The London Illustration Fair's pop-up Print Shop, live outdoor mural painting by David Shillinglaw, live screen printing with Ashes 57, Print Your Own Ice-Cream Monster with Hello Print Studio, Brazilian BBQ and bar in our Tropical Gardens, plus much much more. 


We have compiled a top draw list of exhibitors from all over the UK and Europe, so expect world class illustration and workshops from the likes of Brothers of the StripeJSR AgencyHero of Switzerland, Hato PressHello Print StudioHandsome FrankCampaign for Drawing, East London PrintmakersSouthwest ArtworkMade in Arts London.

Summer Print Shop

The Summer Festival will see us launch our very own pop-up Print Shop featuring a selection of our favourite artists and artworks from the 2013 Fair, as well as a hand picked selection of exciting new artists we have had our eye on for a while. Expect new works from our old favourites including Ruby Taylor, Ben Rothery, Cassandra Yap, Ursula Hitz & Yann Brien, as well as a choice selection of prints from new converts David Shillinglaw, Lau's, Crispin Finn, Marcelina Amelia and Sarah March.


featured artist: ruby taylor


We are delighted to announce that our Summer Festival’s Featured Artist is Puck Collective’s Ruby Taylor.

Ruby has designed all of the Summer Festival’s promotional material, including the background, banners and flyers. She will also be producing a large-scale ‘Tropicana’ themed mural for our entrance space. Ruby will also be producing an exclusive piece of work, to be unveiled at the event and will be sold in our Print Shop.

For further information about Ruby Please click the image & video to the left. Video by Eleonora Cecchini.

tropical gardens

This Summer will see us make use of Hoxton Arches incredible outside areas to full extent with a live mural painting by David Shillinglaw, full blown Brazilian BBQ from the Churasco Gang and a fully stocked bar and seating area in our graffiti garden.



Handsome Frank 1-2-1 protfolio review

Handsome Frank is a UK based illustration agency representing some of the finest contemporary artists on the planet. World renowned and with a wealth of experience, Director Tom Robinson will be running a one-on-one portfolio review session on Saturday 5th July from 1pm to 4pm.


Volunteers Wanted!

We are currently looking for volunteers to help out at the Summer Festival. Candidates must be available to work both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July. Main duties include providing exceptional front of house visitor service, selling tickets, assisting with artwork sales, working closely with exhibiting artists, flyering, serving drinks and general day to day gallery maintenance. 

Personal Specification:

  •  Experience in customer service & retail (arts related desirable)
  •  Enthusiastic, personable, proactive, with a flexible approach to the working  environment
  •  Excellent communication skills with the ability to work as part of a team
  •  A keen interest in illustration and graphic arts
  •  Sales and cash handing experience 

Motivation + incentives:

  •  An excellent opportunity to meet industry experts and work closely with emerging artists.
  •  A great opportunity to gain valuable skills in arts/events management, visitor services and sales.
  •  Free lunch onsite at the London Illustration Fair

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in, please send a CV to Holly at 

Successful candidates must be available for a meet and greet on Wednesday 2nd July.


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