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First things first.


It’s a little bit late, but happy New Year guys! Mail Me Art: Open All Hours (MMA4) is still going strong, although we’ve been a bit lately quiet on that front. We’ve decided to delay the exhibition and latest book for the minute and start the ball rolling on them again in late 2016 which will be followed by the launch of Mail Me Art: Apocalypse (MMA5). However, this does mean that MMA4 is now open again for submissions and all you need if you’d like to take part is the Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet (MMA3) book. The reason for the delay is that the LCS is currently working on a complete redesign of the illustration promotional service Hire An Illustrator and it’s no small feat. Once that’s complete we’ll be fully updating Mail Me Art’s website and social pages and further integrating them into the Little Chimp Society to turn the LCS into the creative community hub we always intended it to be.

The awesome bit of mail art above was sent to us just before Christmas by our friend Beach and I’m sad to say today… RIP David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), legend.

Final Call For Mail Me Art Four!


Yes… this is the final call for Mail Me Art Four! The deadline is fast approaching, 28th August! If you want to take part, all you need is a copy of the Mail Me Art 3 book, it includes the instructions and materials you’ll need for your submission. The books are shipped from the UK and the mail art submissions are sent back to the UK. Allowances will be made with a bit of flexibility on the deadline if your book and mail art has a long way to travel.

Again, this is your final call! All of the submissions will be featured in our next LCS exhibition and publication. You can pick up a copy of the book at and you’re quick you can get £4 off with the coupon code POSTBOX

The Mail Me Art project started in 2007 and is still going strong. Yay! :)

IH8WAR: Artists & Designers Against War


Friend of the LCS, Charles Hively, recently had a chat with us about a very intriguing project he’s running via his Artisanal Media LLC company with colleague Sarah Munt. Charles is hoping the project will eventually turn into a movement and take on a life of it’s own. IH8WAR was born of a talk they gave at Vienna’s Joseph Binder Symposium in October 2014 on the responsibility of artists and designers to become involved in the state of the world.

You can listen to the talk here…

If you weren’t aware, since 2003 Charles Hively has been the design director for 3×3, and is also the founder and publisher of that awesome publication and website.

The poster at the top of the post was created by Monika Grubizna and below you can check out a few more of the submissions.


Stop the War – Alberto Ruggieri (Italy)


Stand – Giulio Bonasera (Italy)


War = Death – Seymour Chwast (United States)

IH8WAR is accepting submissions; head over to their site for more information.

ICON9 Education Symposium: Call For Papers


ICON9 Education Symposium: Call for Papers
Academic and professional submissions are invited for peer review for ICON9: The Illustration Conference taking place in Austin, Texas July 6-7, 2016.

Radical Teaching; New Approaches in Pedagogy
Symposium Date: July 6-7, 2016
Venue: Austin Hilton Ballroom
Dates for abstracts submission: July 15, 2015

The ICON9 Education symposium seeks to explore ways in which educators can effectively address the myriad changes in the methods of teaching, creating and delivering illustration now and in the coming decades. Digital technology has not only rewritten what illustration is and what it will become, but it is drastically changing how art and illustration will be taught and learned.

Call For Submissions
An open call is made for contributions that broaden the understanding of how illustration is changing in the classroom and in practice. Unusual avenues of practice and enquiry are welcome, including both theory and practice-based researchers, academics, illustrators, painters and artists.

External Link: ICON9 Education Symposium: Call For Papers

Life Hack Posters by Donal O’Conghaile


Life Hack Posters are beautiful graphic prints about life hacks – tips & tricks to save time, do things smarter and make life better. These are exceptionally designed posters illustrating different life hacks for people to display in their homes, offices and businesses. They’ll look superb, make for great conversation starters and help you assimilate life hacks into your life.

External Link: Life Hack Posters

Mako Fufu’s Sketchbook Giveaway!


Mako Fufu is hosting a sketchbook giveaway through Instagram! (@MakoFufu) You must follow Mako Fufu on Instagram and repost this photo with the hasthag #FufuSketchbook

A randomly selected winner will get a sketchbook with the original sketch depicted and some 4×6 Mini Prints! Winners will be selected and announced on March 26th.

External Link: Mako Fufu’s Sketchbook Giveaway!

The Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2015


Call for entries for the 9th CIA. Successful applications will be in the hardback annual produced in the Autumn of 2015 and most will also feature in the Wilson Gallery exhibition at the same time.

Every entry successful into the annual gets a copy. The annual is also sent out to education institutions, publishing houses and art directors.

Have your work displayed along side special invited illustrations. Last years invited illustrators were Shaun Tan, Simone Lia, Lara Hawthorne and Katherina Manolessou.

External Link: The Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2015 at The Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham

World Illustration Awards 2015 – Deadline Extended to 23 February


Due to popular demand, the Association of Illustrators is delighted to announce an extension to the deadline for the World Illustration Awards 2015.

Enter your best work by midday Monday 23rd February 2015 for a chance to have it viewed by our illustrious panel of international industry insider judges.

External Link: World Illustration Awards 2015 – Deadline Extended to 23 February