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Who we are

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.  

We curate nine exhibitions per year in our three gallery spaces. We support illustrators by commissioning work, and support emerging and early career talent via our annual Illustrator in Residence programme, the international Book Illustration Competition run in partnership with The Folio Society, and specialist courses and masterclasses. We run an extensive learning programme for schools, families, teachers and people of all ages delivered by professional illustrators.