Next meeting: 28 Feb with Alan Baker

Mon 19 Feb 2018 by Michi_Mathias

"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Illustrator"

We are delighted to welcome Alan Baker to talk about his illustration journey from his start in the mid-seventies to the present day, showing the changes within the industry via a number of his commissions in publishing, advertising and editorial, plus a few oddities thrown in. He will also present some short stop-frame animations and gif animations, including a vast illustration to cover the front of a Knightsbridge office block.

As you will know if you've heard Alan speak before, we can look forward to wonderful anecdotes and he'll be telling us about both disasters and good fortune; he is deliberately not just using this to show off his best work. So all in all, he will be showing a route through the ever-changing industry -- "with me still hanging on " as he says! There will be ample time for Q and A, too.  

Wednesday 28 February
Time: 7.30pm 
Venue: 68 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Next meeting 25 January: informal pub get-together

Sat 20 Jan 2018 by Michi_Mathias

Come join us at the William the Fourth pub on Church St in Brighton on Thursday the 25th of January from 8pm. Just an informal chance to meet some of your fellow illustrators over a pint!


Paid project offers for illustrators and artists

Thu 11 Jan 2018 by Garry_Robson

Paid project offers for illustrators and artists

Dear members,

We have received information about two local art projects which are detailed below. If you have queries about either project please contact the organisations directly.

Snailspace Brighton & Hove

Following the huge success of their Snowdogs by the Sea Snailspace are going to continue to raise awareness and funds for the Martlets Hospice with their Snailway. In 2016 they succeeded in bringing together the artistic, business and local communities who took the Snowdogs to their hearts, and they will be building on this with their beautiful Snails.

During autumn 2018 Snail sculptures will be popping up throughout the city, decorated by talented artists with the support of philanthropic local businesses. Get on board and submit your designs for the chance to take part in this spectacular city-wide art installation!

Designs are welcome in any art form - traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, graffiti and mosaic. Whatever the art form, they’re keen to add drama, fun and a creative flourish to the Snailspace sculpture trail. If you are commissioned, you will receive an honorarium of £800 upon completion of your artwork, plus association with a major art initiative.


How to apply:

If you’d like to design a snail – or two! – download the artist pack to find out more about what’s involved.

Closing date for entries is 30/03/18.

Artist Inspiration Evening at Phoenix Gallery on Thursday 18TH January

This is your opportunity to meet the giant snails! Come, see and touch these unusual canvases and find out everything you need to know about how to submit a design and how the artist commission process works. Hope you can join us, reserve your place here.

Royal Sussex County Hospital

An Art and Wayfinding project for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital is currently recruiting 12 artist / illustrators (with a preference for local artists and illustrators). The project is for part of CONNECT, the public art programme. 

The project requires high quality and locally relevant themed artworks for the new hospital. These will be produced as large-scale feature wall prints. These feature wall prints will act as visual way-markers or landmarks. Placed at key junctions – lift lobbies and departmental entrances – they will support intuitive navigation as well as provide visual distraction that is uplifting and welcoming.

How to apply:

For more information about the Art and Wayfinding project take a look at the artist brief and supporting document. Artist design fees range from £1,750 to £5,500 depending on the number and sizes of illustrations required. Applications should be made through Submittable.

The deadline for applications is Monday 19th February.

Please remember to mention BiG when responding to projects and work opportunities.

Kind regards


BiG November Event

Mon 06 Nov 2017 by Garry_Robson

BiG November Event

Please note that the RSVP for this event is now closed as all attendee spaces have been filled.

Wednesday 29th November:
Time: 7.30PM - 10.30PM
Venue: 68 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL
Venue website

Dear members,
We are excited to announce this month’s BiG event features two great illustrators – Vicky Woodgate and Neil Gower. Both have recently published illustrated books and will be talking about these as well as their experience of working as freelance artists and illustrators.
 As is the case with all BiG events, this is also a great opportunity to meet and catch-up with other BiG members as well as to meet new faces. There will also be free drinks for early arrivals!

Vicky Woodgate

Vicky has been a commercial artist for over 20 years. She has travelled the globe working as a scenic artist in the tv, film and theme-park industry and later moved into illustration. Her biggest mural to date was a whopping 700 metres, created for a Universal Studio Water Park in Spain – the size of a football pitch!

She then went on to illustrate for publishing (education and non fiction), editorial for magazines and newspapers and images for design and advertising campaigns.

Recently Vicky has moved into children’s book publishing as a writer and illustrator, her first book – Urban Jungle, the huge city map book is out in the Autumn of 2017, published by Big Picture Press, stemming from her passion for wildlife and travel – what’s not to like, maps and animals! She currently has two more books in development, the next one – A World of Birds is due out in 2018.

Vicky Woodgate's website

Neil Gower

Neil is an internationally acclaimed graphic artist, working in a wide range of media and styles. Over the past 30 years his clients have included most major publishing houses in the UK & US, Faber & Faber, Penguin, Transworld and magazines such as The New Yorker, The Economist and Vanity Fair. He spent 10 years as Contributing Artist to Conde Nast Traveler in New York. He has also recently engaged in private commissions for Raymond Blanc and Sir Roy Strong.

Neil’s recent Illustrated book, written by Alex Preston is called As Kingfishers Catch Fire, a stunning exploration of birds in literature from Ted Hughes to Ovid. It is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds.

Neil Gower's website

See you there!

Best wishes, BiG

Newsletter image by Neil Gower


Bright Craft Fair - Saturday 11th November 2017

Mon 06 Nov 2017 by Manic_Minotaur

I'll be selling at the next Bright Craft Fair!

Lots of local artists & makers.

Illustration / Craft / Design / Gifts / Jewellery / Christmas Ideas

Saturday 11th November, 11am - 5pm.

Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton, BN1 1EY.

See you there!

Scott (Manic Minotaur)

Bright Craft Fair Facebook Event


Volunteer opportunity for illustrators to work with Brighton children’s charity

Tue 24 Oct 2017 by Garry_Robson

Volunteer opportunity for illustrators to work with Brighton children’s charity

Little Green Pig is a Brighton-based children's creative writing and mentoring charity that run 'Storymaking Workshops'. Volunteers work with groups of children to write a collaborative story. Illustrators work alongside with the collaborative story making, drawing the things the children come up with. It's a lot of fun, and the children really get a kick out of seeing their stories come to life before their eyes.

The level of commitment is up to the individual  - a workshop usually lasts about an hour. No particular experience required, but an interest in working with children / young people and the confidence to draw live in front of them is important.

For more information please contact Catherine O'Sullivan at Little Green Pig directly:


Brighton Illustration Fair 2017

Thu 19 Oct 2017 by Garry_Robson

Brighton Illustration Fair 2017

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October
Time: All day from 10am
Venue: University of Brighton gallery spaces & Sallis Benney Theatre.
Venue website


Dear members,

We are excited to let you know that the Brighton Illustration Fair (BIF) is here again! Two days of guests, exhibitors, workshops, screenings, talks, illustration, animation, printing, comics, prints, zines, apparel and much more!
There is a weekend full of guests including David Shrigley, Tuesday Bassen, Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk, Brie Monroe, Akvile Magicdust, Breakdown Press and Brighton selected guest Lucy Sherston, to name just a few.

Ticket to the main festival includes access to free workshops, exhibitor’s rooms and non-payable talks.

Buy tickets on Eventbrite

See more about this event on the Brighton Illustration Fair website and Facebook.


BiG October Event: Six by Six Thursday 26th October CANCELLED

Mon 09 Oct 2017 by Garry_Robson

BiG October Event: CANCELLED

Thursday 26th October

Dear members,

Unfortunately we have needed to cancel the Six by Six event scheduled for Thursday 26th October.

Best wishes, BiG

Newsletter illustration by Amy Rogers


Association of Illustrators Brighton Event: Creating your own success

Sat 30 Sep 2017 by Garry_Robson

Thursday 19th October
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm (and drinks afterwards)
Venue: North Gallery, University of Brighton. 58-67 Grade Parade, BN2 0JY

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is holding its first ever Brighton event! With thanks to the University of Brighton, Brighton Illustrators Group and Brighton Illustration Fair.

Join AOI Membership Manager Lou Bones with illustrators Donough O’MalleyEleanor Taylor and John Bond discussing the challenges around pursuing your personal work and expanding your career through diverse routes.

Not just pens for hire, the speakers will draw on real examples and share their experiences of how they have turned their personal work into commercially viable projects, as well as sharing practical tips on understanding the commissioners journey and the importance of self promotion before opening up a Q&A session. The event starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 8.30pm with drinks somewhere local afterwards.

Book your ticket to this AOI event on Eventbrite

Please note that this is not a Brighton Illustrators Group event and tickets must be purchased from the AOI via the Eventbrite page.

Ticket prices:

Brighton Students: £3
AOI Members: £7
Non-AOI Members: £10

Newsletter and AOI event illustration header by Marianna Madriz


Following William’s Footsteps

Tue 26 Sep 2017 by Jo_Moore

rafaele Appleby

An exhibition by Rafaele Appleby
At William Nicholson’s house, which is The Grange Gallery,
Rottingdean, BN2 7HA

21st Sept – 3rd Oct 2017
Daytime Gallery hours are:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 10:30 – 4PM
Sun: 2 – 4PM. closed Wednesdays
[email protected]


BiG August Summer Party

Fri 21 Jul 2017 by Garry_Robson

BiG Summer Party
Wednesday 23rd August
Time: 8PM - Midnight

Venue: The Nightingale Room, upstairs at Grand Central, 29-30 Surrey Street. Brighton

This coming August we are staging a BiG social get-together and networking event for all our members at the very lovely Nightingale room, upstairs at Grand Central.

We are also inviting other local artists along to meet our members and provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more about what artists and illustrators are up to in Brighton.

Brighton DJ Nick Subtle will also be providing some fab chilled-out tunes for the evening. As well DJ-ing at Brighton clubs, shows and events, Nick is also a regular presenter on the not-for-profit music station – 1Brighton FM.
Free drinks for early arrivals
There will be a limited number of free drinks available at the bar in the Nightingale Room for people arriving early, so be there early if you want to snap up a free drink before it all goes.

Please RSVP to let us know you’re attending
We’d love everyone to turn up as a big surprise, but just so we can plan the event more efficiently it would help enormously if you can use the RSVP link to confirm that you're attending.
Bring a friend
If you know other artists or illustrators who’d like to be part of the evening, then please bring them along. Friends and partners of BiG members are also welcome – just remember to indicate on the RSVP how many are coming with you.

Showcasing work by BiG members
We will be showing examples of work by all our members on a big screen in the Nightingale Room including some examples of film and animation.
Show and tell
There will also be tables provided for BiG members to show examples of their published work such as greeting cards, badges, stickers and books etc. BiG members who have work they’d like to show, should bring a few items along (please bring no more than 3 to ensure there is space for everyone).
And bring business cards if you have them! We’ll have a space for those too.
We look forward to seeing you there!
- BiG

Newsletter and event poster designed and illustrated by Manic Minotaur


Horizons Summer Show

Tue 20 Jun 2017 by Jo_Moore

Chris & Carol•Horizons

BiG members Chris McEwan and Carol Lawson will once again be showing their work (alongside Nichola Campbell) at The Grange, Rottingdean. This year's exhibition is titled Land • Sea • Space and runs from June 22nd to July 11th. As well as featuring recent paintings Chris will also be showing his amazing collection of robots and space toys. Not to be missed. All welcome. 


BiG June Event: Six by Six (FREE)

Tue 20 Jun 2017 by Garry_Robson

Date: Wednesday 28th June
Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: 68 Middle Street venue, 68 Middle Street, Brighton, Bn1

This event is sponsored by 68 Middle Street and Clearleft.

Dear members,

We are excited to inform you about the BiG event for June – we have six fabulous illustrators who will each be giving a short 10 minute presentation about their work and influences, followed by questions.
As is the case with all BiG events, this is also a great opportunity to meet and catch-up with other BiG members as well as to meet new faces.

Let us know you are attending this event

Link to the RSVP form
This event is free but as spaces are limited, we request that you respond to this bulletin using the short RSVP reply form below to indicate your interest in attending. The venue has limited space so we want to make sure the BiG members get an opportunity to attend. Please note that you will receive a confirmation email from [email protected] after you've accepted the event invitation.


About the presenters

Janne Iivonen
Janne is an award winning Finnish illustrator currently based in Brighton, UK. His fun and optimistic illustrations often feature a cast of unique characters depicted in a variety of everyday situations. His main source of inspiration stems from his daily observations of people and life around him. He has created illustrations or clients including The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Telegraph, Heineken, Tiffany & Co, American Airlines and EasyJet.

Jo Moore
For more than twenty years Jo has illustrated most things from how the internal combustion engine works, the respiratory system of the body, to making a bag out of recycled gift paper. Jo has created illustrations or clients including Usborne Publishing, The Natural History Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Tony Potter Publishing and BBC television.

Scott Nellis (aka Manic Minotaur)
Scott Nellis (aka Manic Minotaur) is a freelance illustrator and greeting card publisher based in Brighton. His bright and cheery range of cards, colouring books, badges and pins are inspired by music, travel, movies and fun – Scott creates his own personal take on popular culture. Scott draws everything by hand using an arsenal of fine-liner and marker pens or his handy Wacom tablet and a nice bit of Photoshop wizardry.

Adrian Day
Adrian is Creative Director of Kineo – a learning technology developer, creating innovative and award-winning work such as e-learning tools with UK and international clients.

Daniel Walters (Sea Creatures)
Sea Creatures is a design studio based in Brighton, founded in 2014 by Creative Director Dan Walters (it is now run with the help of his partner Sarah Kelly). The team create beautiful surface patterns, illustration and graphic design.

Helen Cann
Helen is an author and illustrator specialising in children's books, mapping and lettering.  She has contributed to over 30 books, won several awards and exhibited around the world.  Her illustrations are mainly hand produced using watercolour, collage and graphite and have been used in picture books, anthologies and chapter books.  She loves anything to do with maps and type. Sometimes the two things even come together!

See you there!

Newsletter illustration by Amy Rogers


George Underwood BiG Event - Video

Sat 10 Jun 2017 by Mia_Underwood


My brother Tas Underwood has just put the video of George Underwood's BiG talk up on YouTube for you all to see, incase you missed it.

I hope you all enjoy it.

Many thanks,



Michael Munday: ‘Abstracted’ Exhibition on now

Thu 08 Jun 2017 by michael_munday

I'm currently showing an exhibition of recent abstract paintings at Martyrs' Gallery (formerly Hop Gallery) in Lewes, at the Star Brewery, Fisher St. Twenty-four paintings, many of them in response to a trip to Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in southern India.

There I was very influenced by the bright colours of houses, clothes, sky, advertising, temples, and of course, something of the iconography of Kerala.

Martyrs’ Gallery & Project Space, Star Brewery, Lewes BN7 1YJ, UK.

It runs from 3-25 June, open Thursdays – Sundays, 12-5pm.

Saturday 17 June, 2pm: Join me in the gallery for a walk-and-talk around this new collection. No booking required but they advise arriving promptly in case they need to limit numbers.


George Underwood BiG Event

Sat 27 May 2017 by Mia_Underwood

George Underwood Event

For those of you BiG members who did not make George Underwood's talk and VR art gallery experience last Thursday 25th May 2017. It was a great success in every possible way!!

George was a legend, he spoke about his life and work in an hour, packed full of amazing stories, giving us all an insight into to his unusual journey through music, commercial illustration and fine art career. 

We will be uploading a video of the event very soon, thanks to Tas Underwood who filmed the whole event. We will keep you posted in the next BiG Newsletter.

For now, here is a great blog post made by GalleryGhost of the Virtual Reality George Underwood's art gallery experience.

A very BiG thank you to Clearleft for enabling us to have such a fantastic venue 68 Middle Street. Which has all the latest mod-cons, space, bar and luxury BiG could ever possibly hope for. This will now be BiG's venue for all future exciting!!!!

And, thank you to Kineo who kindly provided the drinks for the night. Which added the cherry to the top of the BiG arty cake.

We hope to see you at BiG's next event in June...details coming soon.

Event curated by: Mia Underwood

BiG thank you to our new sponsors: 68 Middle Street, Clearleft and Kineo


BiG Event : George Underwood - Talk and VR Art Gallery

Fri 21 Apr 2017 by Mia_Underwood

Brighton Illustrators Group are proud to announce a very special evening with the acclaimed painter and illustrator George Underwood. Best known for creating iconic album covers for famous musicians including David Bowie and T. Rex, George will present a talk about his life and work, followed by a Q&A session and a unique Virtual Reality exhibition of his paintings. 

There will aslo be signed 'Soulful Warriors' books by George Underwood, signed art prints and Ziggy pins for sale on the night.

The event will be held in the spacious and modern auditorium at 68 Middle Street, Brighton. Tickets are limited, so make sure you book yours fast!

Get your tickets here

When: 7.30pm - 11pm, Thursday 25th May
Where: 68 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL

Drinks for this event will be kindly provided by Kineo.

Many thanks to sponsors Clearleft, 68 Middle Street and Kineo


Born: 5th February 1947

George Underwood will talk about his personal journey from the 1960s music scene to success as a commerical artist and exhibiting around the world.

How he met David Jones (Bowie) at 9 years old and becoming best of friends.

David Bowie and George Underwood

1961 - David and George outside the American Embassy

In 1964, while a student at Beckenham College of Art, George formed a band called The King Bees with his friend David Jones. Jones would later become David Bowie. George recorded a solo record as 'Calvin James' with producer Micky Most, but George decided the music business was not for him and returned to art school.

George’s talent as a painter did not escape the notice of his friends in the booming British music scene, and he was commissioned to create album covers for bands such as T.Rex, Procol Harum, Gentle Giant and his old school friend David Bowie.

TREX Album cover by George Underwood

Space Oddity

Establishing himself as a leading commercial artist and creative Illustrator, George went on to produce book jackets, LP and CD covers, poster art and private commissions.

In the mid-seventies he began painting in oils, which eventually led to him exhibiting his work in galleries in UK and worldwide.


An artist always open to innovating and embracing new technologies, George will introduce a Virtual Reality exhibition of his work which guests are invited to experience after the talk. Created in collaboration with Brighton VR lab Gallery Ghost, the ‘virtual gallery' explores new ways to experience and share art through the emerging technology of VR. For more info visit 

Virtual Reality George Underwood Art Gallery

CURATED BY : Mia Underwood
SPONSORED BY : 68 Middle Street, Clearleft and Kineo

68 Middle Street

Kineo logo


March BiG members meeting: A gallery talk with George Hardie

Thu 23 Mar 2017 by Garry_Robson

BiG March Meeting
Date: Thursday 30th March
Time: 7.30PM - 9.30PM
Venue: University of Brighton Gallery
Venue address: Brighton University, 58-67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

Dear BiG members,

We are thrilled to announce that our special guest for this meeting is Professor George Hardie, renowned graphic designer, illustrator and educator. This will take place in the Brighton University Gallery which is currently showing a retrospective exhibition of work by George Hardie. George will introduce the show and then take questions so this is an exclusive opportunity to take a close look at the exhibition and to find out more from George about his experience as an illustrator working in the industry for over 40 years.

George Hardie is the artist behind some of the most iconic pop and rock album covers of the 20th Century including Pink Floyd's 'Dark side of the Moon' and Led Zeppelin’s debut album. A graphic designer, illustrator and educator, trained at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art, Hardie worked as a designer/illustrator for more than 40 years, making illustrations for clients around the world.

See the blog about George Hardie's exhibition at Brighton University Gallery

Time table for the meeting:
7.30: Event starts
7.45 - 8.25: George's talk and Q&A
8.25 - 9.00: Opportunity for people to take a further look at the exhibition.
9pm. Event ends

Hardie taught illustration at the University of Brighton from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2014. He continues with PhD students, having become Professor in 1990. He is International Secretary for the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a Royal Designer for Industry.

This is a free event, however there is also a bar available from 7.30pm to 8.00pm where BiG members can buy drinks.

See you there!


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