The Department of Illustration

The Ministry of Stories

Posted in Children's, Events by The Department of Illustration on November 24, 2010

This was in the Guardian this morning. Nick Hornby using Dave Egger’s  826 Valencia format of  unlikely shop+writing workshop in the back room.

LJMU Design Symposium North

Posted in Events by The Department of Illustration on November 18, 2010

Next Thursday…Adrian Shaunessy giving a talk at 5pm, £8 student concession

Outsider Art at the Whitworth

Posted in Events by The Department of Illustration on October 20, 2010

26 June – 9 January 2011

Get ‘plugged into the mains electricity of the imagination’* with Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Chris Hipkiss and others who created their work outside of formal art training. This is a first opportunity to see these extraordinary works on display since their arrival at the Whitworth earlier this year.

Victor Musgrave and Monika Kinley chose to collect artwork that they felt was genuinely original, intuitive and made by artists outside the mainstream system of art education and galleries. The result is a collection of almost 800 drawings, paintings and sculptures that has become the first of its kind to join the permanent collection of a public museum in the UK.

Trustees of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection generously presented the entire collection to the Whitworth Art Gallery in March 2010. The gift was facilitated by the Contemporary Art Society.

Design Real

Posted in Events, General by The Department of Illustration on January 21, 2010

Design Real until 7 February

The Serpentine Gallery is developing its commitment to design by inviting influential German product designer Konstantin Grcic to curate Design Real, a groundbreaking presentation of contemporary design. There is a growing awareness of design and its impact on the world we inhabit. Like contemporary art, design both shapes and reflects our constantly changing society. Good design understands human behaviour, offers pragmatic solutions to problems and enhances our everyday experience.


Posted in Collaborations, Events by The Department of Illustration on October 28, 2009

Arnolfini in Bristol hosting this  link


“Craftivism is an Arnolfini / Relational contemporary art project that responds to the resurgent interest in craft as it relates to socially-engaged art practice. It involves fourteen projects developed by artists and collectives that work with craft-based traditions and activist practices, and who employ the tactics of ‘craftivism’ (combining crafting + activism) to question and disrupt the prevailing codes of mass consumerism.” there is also a wiki where you can create your own event.

Os Gemeos

Posted in Events, Handmade, International, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on October 27, 2009


29aamazing show by Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos. Love the panoramic 360 degree effect of the side slider website. Also really great use of projector screens in the show…have a look

Fun Theory

Posted in Digital, Events, Ideas, Writing, Theory by The Department of Illustration on October 27, 2009


Do you have an idea that uses fun to change behaviour? Enter now for the chance to win €2500.

Maker Faire Cardiff

Posted in Digital Culture, Events, Handmade by The Department of Illustration on October 15, 2009

Maker Faire

/ 23 – 24 Oct 2009 / 11 am – 4 pm / Stiwdio, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Micro Maker Faire Wales is produced in cooperation with Maker Faire.

Along the lines of Makers and Hackers, Folksy, Craft Mafia, Howduino, Oomlout and other get-together events for technical doers, the festival is preparing Wales’ first Maker Faire – an event for DIY enthusiasts with a taste for the technical. Individuals and collectives will come together to demonstrate their homebrew technical concoctions that will be showcased through this dynamic event that’s part village fete and part hands-on workshops. Be prepared to be surprised and engaged and to go home informed and inspired.

A family-friendly event where you can make with makers who will share how they do what they do over a two-day period.

There will be gizmos and gadgetry for sale and you may need to pay a small contribution towards parts if you would like to ‘make-it-yourself’ during the Faire.

Little White Lies

Posted in Character Design, Children's, Events by The Department of Illustration on October 14, 2009

Where the Wild things are cover link


Liverpool Design Symposium

Posted in Events by The Department of Illustration on October 14, 2009

organised by D+AD 4th November at LJMU

liverpool design symp