Area of competence: All areas of Illustration.

 Year of foundation: 1973

 Number of members: 1800


  • Varoom – the illustration report (64 pages, published four times per year – free to members and available on subscription)
  • Images annual (which celebrates illustration excellence in the UK and is distributed to a specially targeted list of international commissioners and sold worldwide)
  • The Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business Practice by Simon Stern (a comprehensive illustrated guide covering all aspects of the law likely to affect illustrators)
  • Client Directories – Advertising, Editorial and Publishing directories (which provide the contact details of hundreds of illustration commissioners.


Chairman: Andrew Coningsby (from March 2012)


Board members: Andrew Coningsby illustrators’ agent and gallery owner; Roderick Mills illustrator and educator; Tim Ellis illustrator and educator, Jacqueline Bissett illustrator, Darryl Clifton, educator and Vicki Willden-Lebrecht illustrators agent.

Services:  Legal and professional advice, portfolio reviews, gallery of illustrators portfolios available online at discounted rate to members, campaigning on issues such as copyright and licensing and an annual series of events including the World Illustration Awards competition, exhibition and tour.

Competitions: Prize for Illustration in partnership with London Transport Museum. Open to all. World Illustration Awards. Open to all.

VaroomLab: an international academic research group based around Varoom magazine, established to provide a platform for exchange and discussion of ideas around the broad subject of illustration. Digital VaroomLab Journal containing research papers and more available for download here. 

Head office address

The Association of Illustrators
, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA UK

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