Support us

Your support makes a vital contribution to our work.

Illustration is for everyone. From cave paintings to cartoons, picture books to packaging, it is fundamental to our understanding of one another. It tells stories, propels ideas and saves lives. We all experience it every day and we can all create it.

House of Illustration is an independent charity. Your donations enable us to share brilliant illustrative art, nurture artists and unlock creativity within schools and communities. Your support also will enable us to evolve into the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration over the next few years. Thank you.

Illustration Angels

In Quentin Blake’s imaginative Angel Pavement, Corky and Loopy use magic pencils to enable their friend Sid and his pavement art to soar into the sky.

Like Sid, we need our very own Angels to sustain our work: a community of very special friends who share our commitment to illustration and its future.

As an Illustration Angel you can make a contribution of £1,500 each year (£125 per month) and are offered opportunities to deepen their involvement through exhibition previews, studio visits and talks.

Become an Illustration Angel

Curators’ Circle

The Curators’ Circle jointly support two projects each year. In 2021 these will be the brand-new touring exhibition Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse, exploring Quentin’s work over 60 years with poets from Sylvia Plath to Michael Rosen, and a new commission from an emerging illustrator.

As a member of the Curators’ Circle, you can contribute £6,000 a year, which also affords involvement with Illustration Angels activites.

Join the Curators' Circle

Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

We have embarked on an exciting journey, establishing a permanent national centre for illustration and a home for Quentin Blake’s 45,000-piece archive at New River Head in Clerkenwell.

New River Head’s distinctive 18th- and 19th-century buildings once housed the latest innovations in steam technology but have lain unused and unseen since the 1950s.

The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, designed by the award-winning Tim Ronalds Architects (Wilton’s Music Hall, Grange Park, Hackney Empire), will open the site up as an internationally-significant cultural landmark. With galleries, a dedicated learning studio, a café, shop and gardens, the Centre will share exciting, original practice from the UK and overseas and enable us to expand of our learning and community programmes.

We’ll be launching a fundraising campaign during 2022.

Please contact Harry Hickmore, Head of Fundraising and Campaigns, at if you'd like to hear more about the project and support it.

Donations and Gift Aid

We are a small charity and every donation makes a big difference.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick the Gift Aid box when you give so we can increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you.


We love meeting new people and exploring new ways of working together.

Recent partnerships range from the Pathways Into Children’s Publishing programme with Pop Up Projects, supported by Arts Council England, to the Architectural Heritage Fund’s support for the development stage of our capital project, to Winsor & Newton’s sponsorship of our Sketchmeet events.

Please get in touch at if you’d like to talk.

Thank you

Thank you to all of our supporters.

Statuory funders

Architectural Heritage Fund
DCMS, HM Treasury and Arts Council England and the Culture Recovery Fund

Trusts and foundations

Roald Dahl Story Company and Dahl family

Robert Gavron Charitable Trust

Clore Duffield Foundation
John Ellerman Foundation
John Lyon’s Charity
The Philip and Barbara Denny Trust

Art Fund
Fineman Family Trust
The Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation


Richard & Jacqueline Worswick

Barbara Bannister
Mike Shipley & Philip Rudge

Peter & Julia Barron
Richard & Carolyn Bawden
Nicholas Berwin
Samantha Colt
Sarah Culshaw
Nicholas & Linda Durbidge
Rebecca & Matthew Eastmond
Michael & Margaret Fowle
Judy Gibbons
John Kampfner
Mike Kavanagh
Sir Richard Lambert & Harriet Murray-Browne
Patrick & Anne-Louise Janson-Smith
The Mayerson Family
Lucy Morris

Thank you to all those who have so far supported the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.