30th anniversary

Association of Illustrators,
established 1973/74

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B>How it all began?

A small group of illustrators and agents formed the Association of Illustrators (AOI) to defend the rights of illustrators. Previously individual illustrators faced exploitation without centralised support. Since then we have provided an information resource to spread the word about good practice and ethics within the illustration industry.

Pivotal moments

- 1976 ? The first annual exhibition and publication of British illustration (now known as Images) was launched by the AOI.
- 1989 ? The publication ?Rights? was produced to help illustrators with legal issues such as contracts and copyright.
- 2002 ? www.theaoi.com was launched to provide a general resource for commissioners and illustrators.

The organisation today

Today, the AOI has over 1,000 members, ranging from highly established illustrators to emerging graduates. Our services include providing publications and a telephone advice line, organising portfolio surgeries, co-ordinating a varied and exciting annual events programme and continuing to run the highly acclaimed Images competition, publication and touring exhibition.

A big thank you to?

All current and previous AOI members, management council members, patrons and staff for their contribution to and support of the organisation over the past 30 years.

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