House of Illustration is the world’s first public gallery dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms. The gallery is the brainchild of Quentin Blake, whose iconic drawings you might recognise from Roald Dahl’s books. The gallery plays host to all forms of illustration, from animation to adverts, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design.
As well as exhibits and installations, this is a place to actively engage in the enchanting world of illustration. Visitors can take part in workshops, listen to talks and discover interactive films. It’s a treasure trove of inspiration for aspiring illustrators, young and old.
Find out about the exhibitions, talks and workshops at House of Illustration website.
If you don’t have time for an exhibition, then pop into the gallery shop where you’ll find:
• exclusive exhibition merchandise
• curated selection of the best illustrated cards and gifts around
• design books, graphic novels, activity books and zines
• limited edition prints by our featured illustrators
House of Illustration is a charity and every purchase supports the gallery, as well as independent and up-and-coming illustrators. A selection of items are also available to buy from its online shop.
Two Granary Square
House of Illustration can be found just off Granary Square at the heart of King’s Cross. The building, now known as Two Granary Square, was designed by Lewis Cubitt in 1850 and was the nerve-centre of the King’s Cross Goods Yard. The building has been creatively restored and stands proudly alongside Central Saint Martins, the world famous art college in the neighbouring Granary Building. Find out more about the history of King’s Cross.