The London Illustration Fair 2017


Friday 1st - SUnday 3rd DEcember

bargehouse | oxo tower wharf | Southbank

Launch Party: Thursday 30th Nov

THUR: 6-9   FRI: 11-8   SAT: 11-8   SUN: 11-6

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With not long to go until The London Illustration Fair flings open its doors, we are thrilled to announce a line-up rammed to the rafters with installations, workshops, interactive artwork and the finest illustrators – from emerging talent to firm favourites.

Back in residence on London’s Southbank, Bargehouse will once again play host to four floors of the most exciting illustration, printmaking and design. Come feast your eyes on works by illustration greats including Hattie Stewart and featured artist Marcelina Amelia (creator of our tasty visuals).

Test your backhander on our huge interactive games floor courtesy of The Art of Ping Pong and Mr Doodle, and marvel at the mechanics of Damien Borowik’s Drawing Machine. Whether you want to learn how to make a graphic novel with London Drawing Group, or have Ellis Van Der Does wrap your emergency gifts dressed as a paramedic, The London Illustration Fair 2017 has got you covered. And, as all this tomfoolery is a thirsty business, in addition to over 65 exhibitors, installations and hands-on workshops, as always there will be a fully stocked festive bar. Now, check out this lovely bunch…


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

 laura nevill | 476 | 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 | elina constantino | DEnnis osadebe | hello grimes | print tank | hiffy ulrich

bianco tsai | flabby dagger | casiegraphics | zootits | Helen mcintyre & Tim Dufort

emilie sarnel | family store | tom berry | Brie Harrison


£8 single entry


(under 12's get in free)

New balls please!

Creative company The Art of Ping Pong and our favourite scribbler Mr Doodle will be helping The London Illustration Fair serve up a menagerie of interactive games, all in the aid of a good cause.

Join Mr Doodle as he covers our giant games floor with 'graffiti spaghetti.

The Art of Ping Pong will be promoting their charity auction by selling prints and books as well as bringing a selection of their beautiful artist designed paddles and mini tables to be played on. Profits raised will go to Trekstock, a young adult cancer support charity.

Expect tournaments, prizes and of course prints!

Rise of the machines

Marvel as technology takes over the main gallery, as machines are let loose to create. Tech artist Damien Borowik will be exhibiting a selection of his hand-made computerised ‘Drawing Machines’ including his largest machine to date, which will be live drawing a series of limited editions. Damien will be joined by BAFTA winning artist and filmmaker Ian Gouldstone whose site-responsive software sculpture ‘Wanton Boys’ responds directly to the space’s architecture.

Your turn to get creative

Get hands-on with a workshop programme jam packed with have-a-go activities. Explore the history of record sleeve illustration, create your own graphic novel, build your own paper camera, get involved with some life drawing or try out a multitude of printmaking techniques. All this and more on offer during the event. From beginners to wannabes to professionals, there are sessions to suit everyone.

Please click here to view all our workshops.

Wild ones

Visitors will be transported into the wild as Illustration Fair favourites Ben Rothery and Sandra Dieckmann curate a ‘Wilderness’ room. 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. Join them and their fellow exhibitors in this celebration of all that’s weird and wonderful in the natural world.



We have been working closely with LIF regular and all round illustration superstar Marcelina Amelia to produce some beautiful artworks for the LIF 2017 marketing and website. Fresh from shows in New York and Stockholm, we're delighted to have her as featured artist this year. Marcelina's stand is sure to be a highlight of the fair so make sure you check her out!


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.

She will be joining the fun of the fair by creating an installation that will take over an entire room including herself and anyone who wishes to join in. For those who are interested The Line Girl will requiring willing participants for the launch night and Friday night 5 - 8pm. 

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A good deal

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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


LIF 2016

Thierry Noir - LIF 2015

Meet the team - LIF 2014

Many thanks to the lovely Elenora who has produced some wonderful videos for us over the years.


LIF 2015

Ruby Taylor - Tropicana Festival Summer 2014

LIF 2014 - Set-up timelaps