1. Illustrator’s Diary: June Events and Exhibitions


    Here are the some of the events and exhibitions we are most looking forward to opening this month. If you know of an upcoming event or exhibition that you think we should know about, get in touch. We would love to hear your suggestions.

    New Johnston: New font – Eiichi Kono in conversation

    London Transport Museum, London, 7 June 2016
    New Johnston
    Way Out sign, Brompton Road, 1916, © Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

    The Johnston typeface was created a century ago for London Underground and since its introduction it has come to represent not just transport but the idea of London. To mark the 100th anniversary of its introduction to London’s landscape, London Transport Museum is hosting Eiichi Kono in conversation. Join Eiichi along with journalist Simon Garfield, author of Just my type, and Professor Ewan Clayton, author of The Golden Thread, to find out more about how he went about adapting London’s famous alphabet for the digital age. The talk begins at 19:00, admission is £15 and £12 for concessions.

    ELCAF 2016

    East London, 10 – 12 June 2016
    ELCAF 2016
    © ELCAF 2016

    ELCAF is an annual festival celebrating all things related to comics, graphic novels, sequential art, illustration and storytelling. Back for its 5th year running, ELCAF has quickly grown to be one the best illustration events in London. This year’s three-day extravaganza includes talks from Adrian Tomine, Jean Jullien, Laura Chilcott (Senior Digital Producer at Aardman Animations), and my personal favourite, PEOW! Studios.

    Illustrated 2016

    The Old Truman Brewery, London, 10 – 12 June 2016
    Illustrated 2016
    © Illustrated 2016

    It has been said that great illustration events are like buses (probably). You wait all year for one then two come along at once! On the very same weekend as ELCAF, it is the UK’s only illustration and street art industry showcase, Illustrated. Meet some of the world’s best illustrators, be involved with a curated programme of seminars and workshops, see live art and listen live music all within an informative and vibrant arena. It is set to be an exciting three days. Find out more on the Facebook event page.

    New Tate Modern Opening Weekend

    Tate Modern, London, 17 – 19 June 2016
    New Tate Modern Opening Weekend
    © Tate Modern

    Be among the first to see the new Tate Modern and join our three-day celebration showcasing the very best of Tate; all for free and open to everyone. Created by world-leading architects Herzog & de Meuron, it will be the most important new cultural building to open in the UK for almost twenty years. On Friday there will be a special late-night event curated by young people from Tate Collective London. Digital technology meets lo-fi materials in a range of interactive activities and installations with emerging artists and creatives. Radar Radio will provide the music as part of special audio-visual display.