Exhibitions FAQs

Frequently asked questions about our exhibitions.

Before contacting us, please check if we've already answered your query below! Due to the extremely high volume of enquiries we receive, the quickest way for you to get an answer is to check these frequently asked questions.

What can I expect from my visit to House of Illustration’s exhibitions?

We have two gallery spaces where we show changing exhibitions about different aspects of illustration. Our Quentin Blake Gallery shows an evolving display of Blake’s current projects, Quentin Blake: From the Studio.

Find out about our current and future exhibitions and check our visitor information including opening times, ticket prices and how to find us.

Occasionally one of our gallery spaces is closed for a short time while we install the next exhibition. Please check these dates before your visit.

Do your exhibitions go on tour? Will your exhibition be travelling to my hometown?

Many of our exhibitions go on tour to other venues in the UK and overseas. Check our touring exhibitions page to see what’s on where.

Can I get a copy of the exhibition text/video/images?

We can supply our exhibition texts for personal reference and research purposes only. We cannot supply our exhibition film or images due to copyright restrictions. Where possible we put film content up on the website.

How do you choose your exhibitions?

Our exhibition programme is curated by our in-house curatorial team who collaborate with illustrators, experts and owners of collections. We aim to represent as broad a range of work as possible, and so each year we plan a programme of exhibitions that cover illustration in different media and from different time periods, fields and countries. We particularly want to show work that hasn't been seen or explored before and to reveal new and unexpected things about the practice of illustration.

Can I put on an exhibition at House of Illustration?

You can hire our gallery space for a private event but we do not hire our gallery space to other organisations or individuals for public exhibitions.

If you have an exhibition proposal, you can submit it for consideration by our curatorial team. Please send a summary of your idea as a Word document of no more than two pages with no more than ten supporting images. We will respond within four weeks.

Please note that we plan our exhibitions programme two years in advance and that we receive many more suggestions than we are able to accommodate. We are not able to give detailed feedback on proposals that we are unable to take forward.

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Can I hire one of your exhibitions?

Many of our exhibitions are available for hire but venues for exhibitions have to meet certain environmental and security requirements if they wish to display original artwork. For more information about this, or information on our reproductions exhibitions, please contact exhibitions@houseofillustration.org.uk.

Can I buy the artworks you exhibit?

As a public gallery, we do not sell the artworks we exhibit. Exhibition merchandise, including prints and posters of selected works from our exhibitions, is available in our shop and online shop.

Can I propose artworks to be sold at your gallery?

As a public gallery, we do not sell the artworks we exhibit.

If you are looking to sell items in our shop, please check our Retail FAQs.

Can you identify or value an artwork I have?

Our staff are not able to identify artworks or give valuations.

Can you look at my portfolio/tell me how to get illustration commissions?

While we love seeing illustrators’ work, we are a small team and are unable to meet illustrators to view their portfolios or to give careers advice to individuals.

However you can sign up for our Professional Development events and our masterclasses and courses delivered by professional illustrators.

You may also be interested in submitting your work for consideration for our Illustrator in Residence programme.

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Can you put me in touch with Quentin Blake?

You can contact Quentin Blake through his website.

Can I interview a member of your exhibitions team for my research project or dissertation?

While we are always pleased to hear about students writing about illustration, we are a small team and are unable to give interviews.

However you can often read about our exhibitions on our blog.

Can I do an internship or work experience at House of Illustration?

We do not currently have available internships or work experience placements. Future opportunities will be advertised on our current vacancies page.

We do however have an active volunteering programme.

For any other enquiries relating to our exhibitions programme, please contact exhibitions@houseofillustration.org.uk.