To coincide with the World Illustration Awards Touring Exhibition, we are delighted to host this In Conversation event, chaired by Senior Lecturer in Illustration, Dr. Thom Cuschieri.

Join us to hear from contemporary illustrators who work at the University and a representative from the Association of Illustrators (AOI), gain insights into their creative processes and ask your burning questions about all things illustration!

To start the event, the AOI will give a short talk on their organisation and the World Illustration Awards, then Graphic Design and Illustration lecturers Adam Graff and Ruth Sykes will join the conversation to discuss the role and remit of illustration in our contemporary moment.

Entry is FREE, and everyone is welcome! Booking encouraged, but not essential.

A group of 7 illustrations including a poster of illustrated buildings in Walthamstow, a brightly coloured children's party with children's toys gathered around a cake and a green illustrated poster design 'A Spotters Guide to Flatulence' by Adam Graff

Illustrations by Adam Graff


Parking is available in The Forum Multi-storey Car Park or Student Car Park E (Parking Map) and is FREE for the first 2 hours on weekdays, with a £2 fee thereafter payable via Hozah. We also have a Park and Ride facility located at Angerlands (AL10 8HS) which offers FREE parking + £1 for the regular shuttle bus.

Further information here: Parking at UH


Accessible parking and toilets are available and the entrance to the Art + Design Gallery is at ground level.

About the Speakers

Adam Graff is a professional illustrator and co-director of an illustration collective called Hero of Switzerland. Ruth Sykes is a designer and researcher, with an interest in sharing women’s work in the industry, and local design Heritage. Both teach on the Graphic Design and Illustration programme here at UH.

The Association of Illustrators is a UK based organisation which champions and supports the illustration industry through education, promotion and campaigning. They organise the annual World Illustration Awards in partnership with the Directory of Illustration.

About The World Illustration Awards Touring Exhibition

From book covers to newspapers, packaging to murals, illustration is the visual language of everyday life. This touring exhibition celebrates the engaging artform with a diverse range of styles, materials, and topics – featuring an extraordinary range of illustration practice.

The World Illustration Awards are the illustration industry’s most prestigious showcase of the very best work being made by emerging talent and professional illustrators across the globe today. We are thrilled to bring this exciting touring exhibition to campus, containing over 40 works of art from Category Winners, Overall Winners and Highly Commended projects.