MUST DO: House of Illustration & Cob Gallery

Stories of refugees in King’s Cross; and examine the male gaze on Royal College Street

refugee boat drawn by David Foldari

Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis at House of Illustration


e’re looking forward to checking out this thought-provoking new exhibition, which tells the stories of refugees through art – some observed, and some experienced first-hand – showcasing multi-media work from 12 contemporary illustrators.

There’ll be portraits from Calais courtesy of Olivier Kugler and Nick Ellwood, drawings of Syria from reportage illustrator George Butler and manga by Libyan-British comic artist Asia Alfasi. The exhibit will also showcase the evocative war-zone drawings of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and the animations of visual storyteller Karrie Fransman.

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House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square N1C. 9th Nov until 10 Mar 2019, tickets are £8.25 and available here.

Confront the male gaze at Cob Gallery


t’s the last chance to catch Cob Gallery’s third instalment in a series of group shows this year. Entitled Subject, it investigates the paradoxes and ambiguities which arise between constructions of beauty and latent violence.

The works directly confront many of the ironies and hypocrisies presented by the male gaze in art, attempting to expose the falsehoods that underpin female objectification; others explore the notion of the female gaze by offering a mutually exclusive dialogue between the experience of femininity and the creative process.


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Ends 3rd November, Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street NW1. Open Wednesday to Saturday 12-6pm. More info here.

Main image: David Foldari, Save the Children

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