Nous Vous: Three Men in a Boat

An exhibition by our Illustrators in Residence

When, Where

Nous Vous Collective – Jay Cover, William Luz and Nicholas Burrows – have spent six months exploring the nature of collaboration as our Illustrators in Residence. 

Their exhibition features 12 large-scale illustrations of Jerome K. Jerome’s classic novel Three Men in a Boat, collaboratively created using a self-built, three-person drawing machine. 

House of Illustration’s annual residency is the only UK residency for graphic artists and illustrators. It supports artists to create a body of original work that challenges public opinion about what illustration can be. Supported by the Barbara and Philip Denny Charitable Trust.

Click here to read Nous Vous' blogs, charting the progress of their residency

We used a three person drawing device to illustrate a story that amusingly mirrors our endeavours; that articulates the nature of attempting to do something together, working as a three (To Say Nothing Of The Dog). The book serves as a way of describing certain aspects of collaboration: being silly, having fun, getting frustrated, trying new things and failing. Even though I consider the majority of the drawings very ugly, crude and unrefined, they truly convey in their scale and in their jittery, uncertain line, a collaborative visual conversation.” Jay Cover

We’re trying to make images which could not have existed without all three of us working on them. We’re trying to make something that surprises us, makes us laugh, in a way that we can’t predict or properly control – and that gives a clear indication of the process through the marks.” Nicholas Burrows

The process raises questions, such as who is the illustrator here – the pen, our collective limbs, our combined brain-waves, our bodies? This is practice as research, drawing as discourse.” William Luz

Buy exhibition tickets below – one ticket covers admission to all House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day.


Would you like to be our next Illustrator in Residence? Applications are now open


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult ticket with gift aid£8.25 £8.25
Concession ticket with gift aid£5.50 £5.50
Child ticket with gift aid£4.40 £4.40
Family ticket with gift aid£19.80 £19.80
Adult ticket£7.50 £7.50
Concession ticket£5.00 £5.00
Child ticket£4.00 £4.00
Family ticket£18.00 £18.00

Ticket information:

Your ticket covers admission to ALL current House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day of your visit. Please make sure you have checked our What's On page for full details. House of Illustration is open 10:00-18:00 Tuesdays through Sundays. Final admission is at 17:30.

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Concessions: Senior (over 65), student, job seeker, disabled.

Child: aged 5-18. Under 5s go free (up to four per parent or guardian)

Family: Up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18

Any paying disabled visitor can be accompanied by their carer free of charge.

These tickets will grant entry to all galleries that are open on the day of your visit.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All tickets sales subject to our general terms and conditions.

Gift Aid
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