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Your support makes a vital contribution to our work.

Illustration is for everyone. From cave paintings to cartoons, picture books to packaging, it is fundamental to our understanding of one another. It tells stories, propels ideas and saves lives. We all experience it every day and we can all create it.

House of Illustration is an independent charity. Your donations enable us to share brilliant illustrative art, nurture artists and unlock creativity within schools and communities. Thank you.

Donations and Gift Aid

We are a small charity and every donation makes a big difference.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick the Gift Aid box when you give so we can increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you.

Illustration Angels

In Quentin Blake’s imaginative Angel Pavement, Corky and Loopy use magic pencils to enable their friend Sid and his pavement art to soar into the sky.

Like Sid, we need our very own Angels to sustain our work: a community of very special friends who share our commitment to illustration and its future.

Illustration Angels make a contribution of £1,500 each year (£125 per month) and are offered opportunities to deepen their involvement through exhibition previews, studio visits and talks.

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Curators’ Circle

The Curators’ Circle jointly support two projects each year. In 2021 these will be the brand-new touring exhibition Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse, exploring Quentin’s work over 60 years with poets from Sylvia Plath to Michael Rosen, and a new commission from an emerging illustrator.

Curators’ Circle members contribute £6,000 a year which also includes involvement as Illustration Angels.

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Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

We are embarking on an exciting journey, establishing a permanent national centre for illustration and a home for Quentin Blake’s archive at New River Head in Clerkenwell.

New River Head’s distinctive 17th and 18th century buildings once housed the latest innovations in steam technology but have lain unused and unseen since the 1950s.

The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, designed by the award-winning Tim Ronalds Architects (Wilton’s Music Hall, Grange Park, Hackney Empire), will open the site up as an internationally-significant cultural landmark, with new galleries, learning space and gardens.

We’ll be launching a fundraising campaign during 2021.

Please contact if you’d like to get involved.


We love meeting new people and exploring new ways of working together.

Recent partnerships range from the Pathways Into Children’s Publishing programme with Pop Up Projects, supported by Arts Council England, to the Architectural Heritage Fund’s support for the development stage of our capital project, to Winsor and Newton’s sponsorship of our Sketchmeet events.

Please get in touch at if you’d like to talk.

Thank you

We would like to thank the Architectural Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Art Fund, Clore Duffield Foundation, Culture Recovery Fund, Fineman Family Trust, John Lyon’s Charity, The Philip and Barbara Denny Trust, The Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation and Winsor & Newton.