FAQs

  • General

    Where is House of Illustration?

    House of Illustration is located at 2 Granary Square, a few minutes' walk from King's Cross Station. More instructions on how to find us are available here.

    Is the building accessible?

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

    Do you have parking spaces?

    There are no general parking facilities at House of Illustration. Please visit the Camden Council website for blue badge and general parking information.

    What can I expect from my visit to your exhibitions?

    We have three gallery spaces where we show changing exhibitions. Our Main and South Galleries host exhibitions about different aspects of illustration. Our Quentin Blake Gallery shows a changing selection of works from Quentin Blake's archive, and work by other artists and illustrators selected by Quentin.

    Occasionally, one of our spaces will be closed for a short time while we change the exhibitions. Please check our What's on page to see which exhibitions are open when you plan to visit.

    Do I have to book tickets in advance?

    Advance booking for our talks, masterclasses and workshops is essential, as they regularly sell out. We recommend booking exhibition tickets in advance, however tickets can be purchased on the day.

    How will I receive my tickets?

    If you have booked your tickets online you will receive a confirmation email from House of Illustration as well as an email from Paypal confirming your payment. Either of these can be used as proof of ticket purchase and you will need to show one of these to gain admission; either as a paper print out, or as a viewable document your phone or tablet. Please note that your confirmation email may go to the email address associated with your Paypal account. If you do not receive a ticket confirmation, please contact becky.brewis@houseofillustration.org.uk

    What is the cost for bringing a group, and how can I book?

    General admission prices are £8.25 per adult (including gift aid) and £4.40 for children/young people up to the age of 18 (including gift aid). Adult concessions and students admission is £5.50 (including gift aid).

    Groups of 10 or more are entitled to a further 10% discount, with teachers and group leaders going free. Booking in advance is essential for group visits as our galleries are popular and can become congested. To book a group visit please email education@houseofillustration.org.uk with your preferred date and time.

    What is gift aid?

    Gift aid is a scheme that enables registered charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, thereby increasing the amount of the donation. As a registered charity, we are able to reclaim gift aid on our ticket price. If you are a UK taxpayer, by donating 10% of the admission price you enable us to claim gift aid on the full value of your ticket, as well as your donation. This means we can claim an extra 25p in every pound which is a massive help to us as an organisation.

    Why is there an entry fee?

    House of Illustration is an independent charity. We do not receive any public funding, and so income from our ticket sales and shop covers our running costs.

    I have booked a ticket to an exhibition/workshop/course/masterclass, but can no longer make it. Can I get a refund?

    All our ticketed events are non-refundable unless exceptional circumstances mean that we have to cancel or postpone. In the event of cancellation or postponement, we will contact you as soon as possible to inform you and arrange your refund.

    When are your events and talks?

    We have a diverse programme of events that take place throughout the year. Visit our What’s on page and sign up to our e-newsletter to find out more.

    Can I bring my guide/assistance dog to exhibitions and events?

    Yes, registered guide and assistance dogs are welcome at House of Illustration.

    Can I take photographs of the exhibitions?

    We are not able to permit photography in most of our exhibitions, because we exhibit artwork that belongs to other people and we have to protect their copyright. We do encourage people to draw in our galleries, and images of artworks featured in our exhibitions are available on our website and in our exhibition publications.

    Can you put me in touch with Quentin Blake?

    Quentin Blake is our founding trustee and our permanent Quentin Blake Gallery hosts changing exhibitions of his work. If you would like to contact Quentin about a project, ask him a question or licence his images please visit his website for more details.

    Can I hire House of Illustration?

    Yes, House of Illustration is available for hire for private events. Please visit our Venue hire page for more details.

  • Volunteering and placements

    Can I volunteer at House of Illustration?

    Yes-we are always happy to hear from people interested in volunteering with us to help us with our day-to-day opening and special events. Please visit our Volunteering page to find out more.

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

    We do not currently have available internships of work experience placements. Future opportunities will be advertised on or Work with us page.

  • Education

    Do you offer workshops to schools?

    Yes. Detailed information about our school workshops for primary and secondary classes can be viewed here.

    How do I book a school visit or workshop?

    To make a booking please email education@houseofillustration.org.uk with your preferred dates.

    What do you offer higher education students, courses and groups?

    We are delighted to welcome illustration and other students and encourage tutors to arrange group visits as we are a valuable resource for inspiration and research. Groups must be booked, however, as our galleries are popular and we don’t like to turn groups away. To book please email education@houseofillustration.org.uk We also offer intro talks, curator-led tours and with advance booking can arrange talks and seminars from visiting illustrators. Further information is available here.

    What can you do for community or informal learning groups?

    We are delighted to welcome all kinds of groups to our galleries. Groups must be booked, as our galleries are popular and we don’t like to turn groups away. We can provide welcome talks, curator-led tours and with advance booking special workshops for community groups. To make a booking or discuss your requirements please email education@houseofillustration.org.uk

    The masterclass/family workshop/course I want to book on has sold out. Do you have a waiting list?

    We do not operate waiting lists but we do repeat popular masterclasses, workshops and courses. Sign up to our newsletter to receive updated information.

    I am an illustrator interested in delivering workshops. How do I get work with you?

    Email your CV to education@houseofillustration.org.uk. Your details will be filed and you will be contacted if we are interested in working with you in future. We cannot reply to all such correspondence.

  • Illustration practice and research

    Can you identify or value an artwork I have?

    Our staff are not able to identify artworks or give valuations. If you are interested in selling your artwork, commercial galleries dealing in illustration such as Chris Beetles Gallery and The Illustration Cupboard or auction houses like Sotheby's may be able to help you.

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

    We are always pleased to hear about students writing about illustration. However, as we are a small team and our time is taken up with delivering our programmes, we are not often able to give interviews.

    Some recent articles about the work of our exhibitions team can be found on It's Nice That and francescorner.com. Links to articles and reviews of our exhibitions can be found on our listings pages. We also write about our exhibitions on our blog.

    I'm an illustrator; can I sell my work in your shop?

    If you are interested in selling your products in our gallery shop, email retail@houseofillustration.org.uk either with an attachment or weblink to the items you wish to sell. You can also post samples (non-returnable) to Retail Department, House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH. You may drop off samples in person at House of Illustration, but our buyer will not be able to discuss your products with you unless you have an appointment. Please clearly label your samples with your contact details.

    We are able to stock only a limited number of products alongside our own merchandise – sometimes we might really like your work but not be able to order it so don't be disappointed if you don't hear back from us right away. We will keep your details for our future reference.

    I'm an illustrator; can someone at HoI look at my portfolio?

    We love seeing illustrators' work, but as we have a small team we are not able to meet illustrators to view their portfolios.

    You may be interested in submitting your work for consideration for our Illustrator in Residence programme. In spring/summer each year, we invite applications from illustrators who would like to undertake a six-month research project. Visit our Residency page for more information.

    In autumn/winter we invite submissions of work to our annual Book Illustration Competition, run in partnership with The Folio Society.

    You can also sign up for one of our regular masterclasses or courses where our team of professional illustrators will help you develop an aspect of your work. Visit our What’s on page to find out more.

    The best way to stay up-to-date with what we have coming up is to sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

    Can you tell me how to get illustration commissions?

    We aren't able to offer career advice to individuals, however we have a regular programme of talks by professional illustrators who give insights into their practice, and we offer specialist courses and masterclasses for illustrators looking to develop particular skills. Please see our What's on page for more details and sign up to our e-newsletter.

  • Exhibitions

    How do you choose your exhibitions?

    Our exhibitions programme is curated by our in-house 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.

    Our gallery spaces are available for hire for private events, but we do not hire our spaces to other organisations for public exhibitions.

    How can I submit an idea for an exhibition?

    Our exhibitions staff develop and deliver our exhibitions programme. If you have an exhibition theme you would like to propose for their consideration, you may send your idea to exhibitions@houseofillustration.org.uk. Please send a summary of your idea as a word document of no more than two pages with up to ten supporting images. We will respond to you within 4 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. Please note that we are not able to give detailed feedback on proposals that we are unable to take forward.

    Do your exhibitions travel to other galleries?

    Yes. We make our exhibitions available to tour to museums and galleries in the UK and overseas. Click here to see our available exhibitions.

    Can I take photographs of the exhibitions?
    Photography of artwork for personal or commercial purposes is not permitted in our galleries. This policy is due to copyright restrictions and for reasons of security and conservation. A selection of images from each exhibition are viewable on our What’s on pages and are published as postcards by our gallery shop. If you would like to reproduce images of our exhibitions for press purposes, please contact: Amy Forshaw on amy.forshaw@houseofillustration.org.uk