the london illustration fair 2016

1-4 December | bargehouse | oxo tower wharf


We’re excited to confirm that this December The London Illustration Fair will return to the Bargehouse for what is set to be our most exciting festival to date. The fair will run from the 2nd to 4th of December 2016 with a launch party on Thursday 1st, 6-9pm. 

Following on from a successful move from Hoxton to London's Southbank in 2015, The London Illustration Fair will once again seek to delight and entertain with another bumper packed event full of illustration, workshops, talks, music, live signings, murals and a ton of Christmas gift ideas for even Santa to get excited about. All from a top crop of well established and rising stars of the illustration and craft world. However, don't just expect illustration! 2015 saw the introduction of a number of stands and stalls hosting homewares, ceramics, fashion print and jewellery. With four floors to explore, there is something for everyone! 


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Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door with under 12's going in free.


2015 Gallery & video

2016 NEWS

Every year the LIF team get together and discuss who they would like to invite to exhibit at the event. This is a great chance for us to flex our curatorial muscle and work alongside some of our favourite illustrators and designers.

2016 is no exception! We will be updating the 2016 News section as we confirm the artists, workshops and happenings that we want to shout about. An update of our full line-up will be announced October 24th.

Bookblock design competition


Bookblock Editions are giving the opportunity for aspiring illustrators, designers and creatives to have their work chosen as the cover design on a limited edition notebook, which will be sold on the Bookblock Editions website. All you have to do to enter your work to the competition is, hashtag on Instagram #BookblockLIF & #LIF2016, then tag @bookblock_editions and @TheLIFLondon on a piece of design you think would look great on a notebook cover.

All entries will be printed and pinned up at Bookblock’s stall at the London Illustration Fair to be judged by three of the Bookblock Editions illustrators. The four runners up will receive two custom notebooks with their designs printed on them, whilst the winning design will become an official limited edition notebook, added to Bookblock Editions website where it will be available to purchase alongside the other editions.

Bookblock will also be launching Bookblock Editions at the event. Bookblock Editions is a collaborative project working with 12 established illustrators to produce a series of illustrated notebooks.

Who is Doodle man?


The Doodle Man is Sam Cox, a creator from England. He will be transforming an area of the fair with his unique style. 

His work consumes walls, furniture and many surfaces, almost like a virus and is often described as 'Graffiti Spaghetti'. This is because his clusters of characters, objects and patterns group together in a formation that appears to continue to grow relentlessly.

His passion for creating work has lead him to experimenting with various formats of art including animation, video work and performance art.

Doodle Man has worked on a bunch of fun projects for clients in New York and Sweden recently, and is now looking forward to taking over part of the London Illustration Fair!


We are happy to announce that we are finally breaking our letterpress virginity! After three years of busy schedules and just bad timing, we have finally managed to secure some quality time with A Two Pipe Problem letterpress studio. We are currently brainstorming some potential workshop ideas with the guys at ATPP and are really excited about what is in store. Expect more juicy updates as they come.

Established in 2007, A Two Pipe Problem Letterpress is run by Stephen Kenny from The House Of Problems in Tottenham, North London. Everything there is designed & printed directly on one of three machines using movable wood & metal type. Everything is printed one at a time by hand.

Kate Knight murals


Kate Knight is a Folkestone based artist who studied Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art and design. She originally trained as an oil painter but her current works see her using biro, ink and watercolour.  

For the London Illustration Fair she has been working on four large scale murals, a number of smaller drawings and sculptures from a series titled ‘Outcast’. This series will be show alongside a selection of other prints and original artworks.

'I work primarily with figurative imagery; aiming to express our relationship to nature, drawing upon the aesthetics of desire, sex and death.

Nick Ellwood

Syrian Refugee portraits

Nick Ellwood is an artist specialising in reportage illustration and location-based drawing who works across traditional and multimedia platforms. Nick’s work has been published by the Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais, La Stampa, La Gazzetta and Suddeutshe Zeitung and works regularly with a wide range of commercial and publishing clients. 

For the London Illustration Fair 2016, Nick will be showcasing a series of large scale portraits of Syrian refugees newly arrived in the UK as well as exploring the most precious thing they have brought with them. The drawings will form part of a booklet which will be launched at the London Illustration Fair in collaboration with the design agency Tom, Dick & Harry and the writer Nicola David. All proceeds from the book will go to supporting people still in Syria. 

Nick is currently working on an Arts Council England funded project exploring attitudes towards migration, part of which saw him working in the Calais refugee camps. Drawings from this project will also be featured in the exhibition. Further examples of Nick’s work can be seen at:


The London Illustration Fair 2016 will see a larger area dedicated for workshops, talks and interactive goings on. We are currently approaching a number of companies that have made a name for themselves running workshops and live events throughout London and the UK. Part of the enjoyment of the Fair is to come away with that piece that you printed, stamped, pressed or created yourself, with the help of some perfectly poised professionals.

Last year's fair saw the workshop space as a hub of activity - with drop in workshops ranging from screen-printing to jewellery making, architectural illustration to collage.



2015 video

New venue! New Video! Many thanks to Elenora Cecchini for her amazing work. Perfectly sums up the energy, vibe, and fun of the fair.