About House of Illustration
House of Illustration is a registered charity and the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration and graphic art. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake it opened in July 2014 in King’s Cross, London. Our exhibition programme explores historic and contemporary illustration and the work of both defining and emerging illustrators, amplified by a pioneering learning programme and a vibrant programme of talks and events. House of Illustration is the only UK gallery commissioning illustration for public display and runs the UK’s only residency for illustrators and graphic artists.
‘Another gem to add to London’s bottomless jewel box of art' Simon Schama
The beautiful nineteenth century brick building was designed by Lewis Cubbit, who also designed King’s Cross railway station and the granary that is now Central Saint Martins. It is home to our three galleries and studio, making us a unique event space with changing exhibitions, located in the heart of King’s Cross, on Granary Square.
Granary Square is a buzzing new development. Arts students, media professionals and residents mix beside the fountains and in the new Gas Canister Park – with the canal as a scenic backdrop – and there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops. The restored Victorian warehouses give Granary Square its unique character and, at the cultural centre of this redevelopment, is House of Illustration.