Monday, 30 January 2017

Exhibition at Cafe au Cinema

Two Illustration students, Anna & Else, from the University of Portsmouth, level 6 are having a pop up exhibition on Friday the 3rd of February, and would love it if you'd be there. They are exhibiting a range of original illustrations and prints from the natural world. A great chance to purchase hand made original work
They would like to invite you to their private view on Friday evening at 7:00 at 50 Osborne Rd.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Ministry of Book Exhibition at aspex and Book Making Workshop

It was an absolute joy to give a lecture at Aspex last Thursday to open their exhibition which is really beautifully displayed. I received a very warm welcome and really enjoyed talking to those that attended the session.

Aspex are presenting 'The Ministry of Books’, a two-part exhibition celebrating artist’s books from local and international artists. The collection has been loaned from the University of Portsmouth’s Illustration Department, the location of ‘The Ministry of Books’.The artworks have been created by both by students from the University’s creative faculty, as well as artists from across the globe.
The exhibition comprises of two-parts:
Part I // 11 January - 9 February

Part II // 22 January - 2 April

‘Anything but ordinary’

Introductory book making workshops are being taught. These are £20.00. This intimate, two-hour session will take place on Thursday 9 February, 6 - 8pm and will be led by University of Portsmouth lecturer and artist, Ros Simms.

This workshop is inspired by our craft exhibition, 'The Ministry of Books', a unique collection of artist's books on loan from the University of Portsmouth.

To avoid the online fees, book via email ( or call the gallery on: +44 (0)23 9277 8080

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Book Cover Exhibition and Music

There will be a first-year virtual book cover exhibition with live music at the Student Union (third space and bar) on Thursday, the 26th of January starting at 6pm (music will start at around 7pm). Please come and support your fellow students and enjoy a fun evening of music from Louis's band VANCHANGO and special guests!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Chris Ridell - Children's Laureate

We were delighted to ​have the UK's Children's Laureate Chris Riddell​ giving a lecture on Tuesday to BA and MA Illustration students and also students from Creative Writing and Animation. ​It was an invaluable talk from a world-renowned author and illustrator who provided great insight into his world as the Children's Laureate, creativity, fiction writing, illustration, the importance of drawing and the publishing industry. He was very generous with his time, talking to students, signing books and advising them on their projects.


Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.