House of Illustration

The House of Illustration is the world’s first centre dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms.

Our aim is to put illustration centre stage and give it the attention it deserves, revealing the creative processes behind illustration and the way in which it impacts on our daily lives. We want to inspire young people to create illustrations for the world of tomorrow, generate excitement and spark imagination about illustration.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

10am - 6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays

Admission charges

Please check before visiting

Getting there

The nearest underground station is King's Cross – take the Regent's Canal exit. Turn right to join King's Boulevard, a pedestrian route going north. Cross over the road and the canal at the top of the Boulevard, and Granary Square is directly in front of you. Head towards the north-east corner and House of Illustration is the smaller building on the right.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake

  • 5 October 2018 — 27 January 2019 *on now

Portrayal of the body and gesture is the foundation of Quentin Blake's genius as an illustrator. His lifelong, private practice as a figurative artist has run alongside his world-famous work but has, until now, remained hidden.

The exhibition features large-scale pieces created between 1950-2000, never seen before. This remarkable body of work reveals Blake's experimentation with materials, a more sculptural treatment of form and sensuous use of broad strokes.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 128-page book published by Tate in association with House of Illustration. It is available to buy from our independent bookshop or online.

“When in 1957 I came to the end of my university studies, I would take the train to London once or twice a week to attend a life-drawing class at Chelsea School of Art… when I got home, I would find myself drawing invented figures in invented surroundings. There were two significant results of this experience. One was that I seem to have been able to illustrate figures in any position without reference ever since. The second direction was into oil painting… it has been important and valuable to me to have that too as part of my experience of art.” Quentin Blake

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

House of Illustration
2 Granary Square,
King's Cross
London
N1C 4BH

Getting there

House of Illustration is located at 2 Granary Square (in King's Cross, not in Islington), a few minutes' walk from King's Cross station.

Directions from King’s Cross Station

To find us, take the Regent's Canal exit of King’s Cross Station. You should see
a large bird cage sculpture in front of you. Turn right to join King's Boulevard -
a pedestrian route going north, up a slight hill. When you come to the top of
the boulevard, cross the road onto a bridge over Regent’s canal. You should be
facing UAL Central Saint Martins and the fountains (although they may be
turned off!) This is Granary Square.
If you walk past the Lighterman Pub, you will find us at the north-east corner
of Granary Square, the building to the right of Central Saint Martins. The
entrance to House of Illustration is on the side facing the grassy area, nearer to
the Waitrose entrance. Do not enter via the entrance that says ‘Art Fund’ –
we are the entrance on the opposite side of the building.

Bus

Routes 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390 and 476 all have stops
nearby.

Underground

The nearest Underground station is King's Cross St. Pancras, served by the
Circle and District, Hammersmith and City, Piccadilly, Northern and Victoria
lines.

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The nearest mainline railway stations are King's Cross, St Pancras and Euston
(Euston is about 25 minutes walk away).

Driving

By road King's Cross is at the end of the A1 route into London from the
North. Please note there are no general parking facilities at House of
Illustration, but the 250-bay Handyside Car Park can be found at 3 Canal
Reach, London N1C 4BA

Additional info

Our shop and galleries are all on the ground floor and are fully wheelchair accessible.
There is lift access to our workshop space, and accessible toilets.

Admission

Adult ticket £7.50
Concession ticket £5.00
Over 65 ticket £6.50
Child ticket £4.00
Family ticket £18.0

Website

https://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/100-figures-the-unseen-art-of-quentin-blake

ALT: "Boat credit David Foldari and Save the Children"

Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis

  • 9 November 2018 — 31 March 2019 *on now

Multi-media work by 12 contemporary illustrators will include Olivier Kugler’s portraits from Calais and George Butler’s reportage from Syria, animation by Majid Adin and manga by Asia Alfasi.

Illustrators: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad | Majid Adin | Asia Alfasi | George Butler | Nick Ellwood | Kate Evans | David Foldvari | Karrie Fransman | Olivier Kugler | Toby Morison | Mahmoud Salameh | Gideon Summerfield

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

House of Illustration
2 Granary Square,
King's Cross
London
N1C 4BH

Admission

Adult Ticket £7.50
Concession ticket £5.00
Over 65 ticket £6.50
Child ticket £4.00
Family ticket £18.00

Website

https://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/journeys-drawn-illustration-from-the-refugee-crisis

Getting there

The nearest underground station is King's Cross – take the Regent's Canal exit. Turn right to join King's Boulevard, a pedestrian route going north. Cross over the road and the canal at the top of the Boulevard, and Granary Square is directly in front of you. Head towards the north-east corner and House of Illustration is the smaller building on the right.

House of Illustration
2 Granary Square
King's Cross
London
N1C 4BH
England

Website

http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk

Telephone

020 3696 2020

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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