We are looking for illustrators, graphic designers and creative crafts people of all kinds looking to exhibit and sell their work to an audience of art buyers, gallery owners, creative agencies and everyone in-between. We also offer the option of a table space alongside our regular stands. This is to encourage a wider selection of craftspeople such as jewellery designers, fashion print designers, zine makers & publishers as well as illustrators at the start of their career. Click the APPLICATIONS link above to find out more!
judging panel 2018
Marcroy Smith (People of Print) | Owen Philips (Bread) | Morag Myercough
The London Illustration Fair 2018
Nov 30th - Dec 2nd
Get the dates in the diary guys, as The London Illustration Fair will be back again this winter for another fun packed festival of art, craft, creativity and visual culture. The London Illustration Fair 2018 will return to London’s Southbank to celebrate it’s 5th birthday! Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf play host to our four-day illustration extravaganza with five floors of artwork, prints, workshops talks and more from some of the worlds top artists and designers.
The London Illustration Fair is an annual artist-led illustration, print and graphic design fair, bringing artists and buyers together in a unique environment. The fair offers the chance for illustration lovers to come face to face with their favourite artists and discover amazing new artwork from emerging illustrators.
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A look back to LIF 2017
Hattie Stewart | Marcelina Amelia | Art of Ping pong | mr doodle
the drawing machine | Kristjana S Williams | Papersmiths
Ben Rothery | sandra dieckmann | Ian Gouldstone | The LIne Girl
Jolly Awesome | outline editions | Atom Gallery | Illustrious world
Wide Eyed editions | Eakins | Cool Machine | Hero of Switzerland
East End Prints | Laurence King | ashes 57
East london printmakers | into art | elsa rose Frere | Cambridge SOA
Claudine O'sullivan | Mia Hawk | Jaqueline Colley | linocut boy
helga stentzel | Hsian Hsia | An Chen | Arwen Huang | 476
laura nevill | Alexandra radu | aga giecko | blank inside | libbi king
magic depictor | glittermasque | brut magazine | ollie st clair terry
underway studio | ellis van der does | el davo | Daria SOlak | tom berry
elina constantino | DEnnis osadebe | hello grimes | print tank
hiffy ulrich | bianco tsai | flabby dagger | casiegraphics | zootits |
Helen mcintyre & Tim Dufort | emilie sarnel | family store | Brie Harrison
New balls please!
Creative company The Art of Ping Pong and our favourite scribbler Mr Doodle helped The London Illustration Fair serve up a menagerie of interactive games, all in the aid of a good cause.
Mr Doodle covered our giant games floor with 'graffiti spaghetti' and helped bring our illustrated bowling alley to life.
The Art of Ping Pong were promoting their charity auction by selling prints and books as well as selling a selection of their beautiful artist designed paddles and mini tables. Profits raised went to Trekstock, a young adult cancer support charity.
Rise of the machines
Technology took over the main gallery, as machines were let loose to create. Tech artist Damien Borowik exhibited a selection of his hand-made computerised ‘Drawing Machines’ including his largest machine to date. Damien was joined by BAFTA winning artist and filmmaker Ian Gouldstone whose site-responsive software sculpture ‘Wanton Boys’ responded directly to the space’s architecture.
Your turn to get creative
Our hands-on workshop programme was jam packed with have-a-go activities. Visitors explored the history of record sleeve illustration, created their own graphic novel, built their own paper camera, got involved with life drawing and tried out a multitude of printmaking techniques.
Ben Rothery and Sandra Dieckmann helped curate a ‘Wilderness’ room with help from a selection of exhibiting artists dealing with themes based around nature and the natural world . Both artists have enjoyed career defining years with Ben producing a series of illustrated products for The Natural History Museum shop and Sandra writing and illustrating her first book ‘LEAF’ through Flying Eye Books.
LIF regular and all round illustration superstar Marcelina Amelia helped produce some beautiful artworks for the LIF 2017 marketing and website. Fresh from shows in New York and Stockholm, we were delighted to have her as featured artist at the event. Marcelina's stand was a definite highlight of the fair!
drawing the line
The Line Girl is a multidisciplinary artist who uses photography, drawing, installation and performance to explore the infinite subject of ‘Lines’.
A self-proclaimed contradiction she creates work that challenges the idea of the infinite and the ephemeral. With no boundaries or preference of canvas, her work can range between temporary paintings on human bodies and buildings to lasting marks left on canvasses and permanent marks on her own body.
A good deal
Bespoke framers Felstead Studios is offering 10% off all their services to all LIF customers. Please quote The London Illustration Fair when ordering in store to receive your discount.
Based in East London, the studio has brought together a group of talented and creative individuals whose understanding of framing stems from 25 years experience in the art industries. Our staff are all artists or makers first and framers second. This rule allows us to fully appreciate, understand, and advise effectively for each work of art.
A look back to LIF 2016
2016 Exhibitor portraits
Many thanks to the lovely Elenora who has produced some wonderful videos for us over the years.