Saturday 10 February 2024

12:45pm to 2:30pm

IWM London

Limited availability and advance booking only.


Discover the story of one of Britain's greatest wartime graphic artists.

Graphic Designer Abram Games works in his studio. His daughter, Naomi, watches on.
© Naomi Games
A young Naomi Games watches her father, Abram Games, at work in his studio.

Abram Games’ work produced in the Second World War were iconic, controversial, and instantly recognisable. One of the great graphic designers of the 20th Century, the influence and impact of his work is still seen to this day.  

 Join his daughter, Naomi, in conversation at IWM London as she tells the story of her father’s life, work, and legacy. 

With over 100 designs published during his time as Official Wartime Poster Artist, addressing topics from growing food to careless talk. Games’ ground-breaking works are still inspiring the world of graphic design to this day. 

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About the event

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This is your chance to hear Naomi Games discuss her father, Abram Games’ acclaimed work as a wartime graphic artist and hear about his life from one of those closest to him.  

Our special In Conversation With: events programme provides access to top authors, historians and publishers within the exclusive setting of IWM London.

Event timetable

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Doors open at 12:45 13:00 13:45 14:15 14:30

Plan your afternoon


In Conversation With: event begins
Naomi is on stage

Live Q&A session starts
Your chance to join the discussion and have your questions answered

Introduction to the Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries
See IWM's collection of artwork from modern conflicts

Event ends
Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the galleries

About the speaker

Headshot of author and designer Naomi Games
© Naomi Games

The daughter of Abram Games, Naomi grew up watching her father working in his studio in their family home. She attended the London College of Printing, where she studied typography and graphic design. 

Naomi worked as a freelance designer and has written and illustrated 11 children’s books, as well as working extensively for many adult and children’s publishers. 
Naomi has written six books and produced a film on Abram Games and has organized numerous exhibitions on his work. She now runs Abram’s considerable archive, which is open to all, and writes on design and lectures both in the UK and abroad.

About your ticket

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As a charity, your IWM In Conversation ticket purchase helps IWM continue to tell stories for future generations. 

Tickets cost just £15 per person (including IWM members) and include: 

  • An afternoon of insightful talks discussing one of Britain’s most iconic graphic designers

  • A Q&A with the speaker

  • Ask your own questions and join the conversation

  • Introduction to the new Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries. 

Visitors standing in IWM London's new Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography galleries, admiring large artworks.

Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries are the UK’s first to explore how artists, photographers and filmmakers bear witness to, document and tell the story of war and conflict.

Works including John Singer Sargent’s monumental painting Gassed, Steve McQueen’s response to the 2003 war in Iraq, Queen and Country, and works by artists including Paul Nash, Laura Knight and Rosalind Nashashibi, will demonstrate how artistic interpretation can uniquely shape our understanding of war. With diverse displays from filmmakers including Peter Jackson, Geoffrey Malins and Omer Fast, and photographers including Olive Edis, Cecil Beaton and Tim Hetherington, the new, permanent galleries will reflect global conflict from 1914 to the present day.

Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries includes around 500 works from IWM’s permanent collection. This is the first time in IWM’s history that a permanent gallery space has been created to display visual art.

IWM In Conversation With: and our Lecture Day events are part of a wider experience and activities programme from Imperial War Museums. Fill your calendar with events coming soon, or stay up-to-date with IWM news by joining our eNews list today.

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