FAQs

Answering your questions about the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

Will House of Illustration reopen in King’s Cross?

House of Illustration will not reopen at its former site at 2 Granary Square in King’s Cross.

It has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic and, although restrictions are now being lifted, it is unfortunately not possible for us to safely and sustainably open the site.

Instead, we will focus our resources on developing and preparing the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, and running an interim programme online and in partnership with other organisations and our local communities.

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Why are you moving to a new site?

We opened our first public space in 2014 at 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross. This space was rented, and it has long been our ambition to find a permanent space of our own.

We are delighted to have been able to secure a new, permanent home at New River Head, Islington, which will allow us to provide more and better facilities for our visitors, expand our programmes, display the Quentin Blake Archive and make our operation sustainable.

When and where will the new site open?

The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration is due to open in autumn 2022 at the historic New River Head site in Islington, London.

What will the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration be like?

The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration will comprise of exhibition galleries, education studios, events spaces and a shop and cafe, all set in half an acre of landscaped outdoor space. It will also become a permanent home for the archive of our founder, Sir Quentin Blake.

It will be sited across four 18th and 19th century industrial buildings at New River Head, Islington, and is being developed by Tim Ronalds Architects.

Why are you renaming the organisation?

The new site will become a permanent home for the Quentin Blake Archive, a collection of over 40,000 works by the world’s most celebrated illustrator and our founder. As such, it will be renamed after him.

Who is funding the project?

We have secured £3 million of our £8 million funding target for the project, as well as £1 million in financing. We will be raising the balance through donations, grants from trusts and foundations and a public fundraising campaign.

If you would like to talk to our team about supporting the project, please contact development@houseofillustration.org.uk.

How can I support the project and keep up-to-date?

Please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @illustrationHQ for the latest updates on the project and our offsite programme.

If you would like to to support the project, you can donate online. All donations are gratefully received.

If you would like to talk to our team about supporting the project, please contact development@houseofillustration.org.uk.

What will happen during your closure period?

We will be running an offsite programme of online engagement, outreach projects and touring exhibitions while we develop New River Head in to the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

What will the offsite programme involve?

It will include online resources for schools and families, online events, courses and masterclasses and a touring exhibition programme with host venues across the UK.

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Will House of Illustration’s competitions, residencies and fairs continue operating?

We will continue to provide opportunities for illustrators as part of our offsite programme. Please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @illustrationHQ for the latest opportunities.

However, the Book Illustration Competition will not run this year as we focus our resources on the new site, and our biannual illustrators' fairs are unlikely to take place this year due to social distancing.

Will House of Illustration’s schools programme continue through the closure period?

We will continue to work with schools and teachers throughout the closure period. Please subscribe to our Schools’ newsletter for the latest updates.

I have admission tickets for exhibitions at House of Illustration. What should I do?

We have contacted you to arrange for you to receive a refund or turn your tickets into a donation. The email will have gone to the email address associated with your Paypal account, so please check this and your spam folder to find it. If you still can’t find it, please email info@houseofillustration.org.uk.