• Interesting AOI symposium in London

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    The 'Re-drawing the Line' symposium will take place June 5 2008 at the London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, 10:30 – 17:30.

    Re-drawing The Line is a one-day conference open to professional illustrators, designers, artists and creatives from related industries, as well as students, offering presentations, cross-disciplinary panel discussions and debate on contemporary topics and trends that are shaping the industry.

    Main themes of discussion:

    Applying labels: Categorising your professional practice With colleges increasingly taking a multi-disciplinary approach to the creative process, is the term ‘illustrator’ becoming a limiting description of your working practice? Are you proud to call yourself an ‘illustrator’? Is illustration enjoying the same status as say graphic design or fine art?

    Emerging Markets: With illustration enjoying a resurgence in popularity and the digital revolution being the most important development in illustration over the past decade. What are the current trends shaping our industry and the new opportunities open to illustrators? How long is the current renaissance in illustration set to last?

    Drawing the line: Addressing climate change & the ethical debate in illustration With sustainability and the eco-issue affecting all areas of our lives, what role are illustrators and graphic designers taking in addressing climate change? How will illustrators rise to the challenge? And, do illustrators need to adopt a more ethical approach when considering commissions? Or is rejecting clients on purely ethical grounds a possibility only for the successful few?

    Confirmed speakers on 17th April 2008 are: Paul Davis, Illustrator McFaul Ltd, Image Makers Adrian Shaugnessy, freelance Art Director, Writer and Design Consultant Three Trees Don’t Make A Forest, award winning effective, sustainable design Lawrence Zeegan, Illustrator, Educator, Writer and Artists’ Agent.

    Tickets: £30 non-members, Concessions: £25 AOI members, £20 students

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