Illustration up North

Illustrators including Andy Singleton, Jay Cover, Switchopen and Paul x Johnson are taking part in an exhibition at this year’s Northern Design Festival in Newcastle.

Illustrators including Andy Singleton, Jay Cover, Switchopen and Paul x Johnson are taking part in an exhibition at this year’s Northern Design Festival in Newcastle.

Illustrate will be on display at Newcastle’s Globe Gallery from 10 to 20 October and will feature original work, sketchbooks and commissioned projects from ten illustrators based in, from or connected to the north of England.

Singleton, Cover, Switchopen (a studio founded by designer Nick Rhodes), and Paul x Johnson will be joined by Matthew the Horse, Drew Millward, Kristyna Baczynski, Sara Ogilvie, Monsieur Cabinet and Nicholas Saunders.

Original pieces will include a three metre installation by Singleton, who has created sculptures and paper cuts for Hermes and Kensington Palace, and large scale prints from Matthew the Horse, whose illustrations have been featured in The Economist, The Guardian and the New York Times.

Curator Olivia Ahmad will be delivering a behind the scenes talk on October 15, and says the exhibition will explore the link between artist’s personal and professional projects.

“We’ve worked with a lot of illustrators from the north for the Festival [now in its eighth year], and wanted to showcase some of the really exciting things they are doing. We were also interested in giving visitors an insight into their thought processes and work that’s not driven by briefs,” she says.

“There’s always been a strong graphic art and print design element to the festival and the exhibition is an extension of that. A major part of our work is supporting designers in the north, but this is often limited to 3D and product designers, so we wanted to provide another platform for illustrators to showcase their talents.”

The exhibition is one of 35 events taking place at the Festival. This year’s theme is create:digital, and a series of workshops and talks will explore the evolution of technology and its impact on design.

The Globe Gallery will also be hosting furniture and lighting design exhibition Design Event MART, as well as a preview night on October 10 featuring a temporary tattoo parlour, 3D printing workshops and an art installation composed of Twitter data.

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Images (from top): work by Kristyna Baczynski, Monsieur Cabinet, Matthew the Horse, Jay Cover, Andy Singleton and Sara Ogilvie.

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