About us

Who we are and what we do.

House of Illustration is the UK’s centre for illustration. We explore the art of illustration past and present and empower people of all ages to create new work.

We are currently developing New River Head, a historic industrial site in Islington, London. In late 2022 the site will open as the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, the world’s largest public arts space dedicated to illustration in all its forms.

The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration will be home to exhibition galleries, education studios, events spaces and a shop and cafe, all set in half an acre of landscaped outdoor space at the historic New River Head site in central London.

The site’s four 18th and 19th century industrial buildings played a key role in the history of London’s fresh drinking water supply. These historic buildings will be redeveloped by award-winning architecture practice Tim Ronalds Architects, making them accessible to the public for the first time.

It will also become a permanent home for the archive of our founder, Sir Quentin Blake, after whom it will be named.

Sir Quentin: “I am enormously proud to have my name associated with this international home for an art which I know and love, and for artists who speak in a myriad of visual languages, but are understood by all. It is going to be amazing.