Returning to Somerset House for a fifth year, the World Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition.

This exhibition presents over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. Selected from submissions to this year’s World Illustration Awards, the breadth of work is celebrated across 8 categories, including advertising, children’s books, editorial and public art. The shortlisted and winning pieces comprise posters, book illustrations, animations and GIFs to sculptural pieces and textiles.

AOI World Illustration Awards 2016

Entries from around the world

Entries were received from 66 countries and while a number of the entries exhibited are from the UK and America, there is also a strong representation from South Korea, Australia, Israel, China, Japan and illustrators across Europe.

Two overall winners will be announced by illustrator David Hughes at the awards evening on Wednesday 3 August. David is himself an award winning illustrator and most recently author of the brilliant and disturbing The Pillbox graphic novel. David is a Patron of the Association of Illustrators.

AOI World Illustration Awards 2016

On display will be original artwork and, whenever possible, also the work in it’s original context or published form.

Find the full shortlist and further information on

The exhibition is on until the 29th August 2016 at Embankment Galleries, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA and is open daily 10.00-18.00 (last admission 17.15). Free admission

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