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Last month we welcomed Column Arts Agency and founder Will Astbury to the Society of Artist Agents.

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Column Arts Agency

Interview with Will Astbury

Q. What drove you to establish Column Arts Agency?

I dreamt up the idea for Column Arts Agency in Manchester in January 2011. A self-employed journalist and marketer at the time, I had been helping artist-friends to do their tax returns. I’d been doing my own for years and I’d always been meticulous when running my business and doing my own accounting.

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Frances Castle: A Kid’s Guide to IWM London

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Frances Castle was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to create illustrations for their new Kid's Guide to their London museum. The book is aimed at children aged 7 to 11 and had to be accessible and appealing to both girls and boys. IWM London re-opened  it's doors after a refurbishment in July 2014, in time for the Centenary of the First World War and Frances' brief was to interpret the newly designed atrium with it's displays of iconic planes and other objects. She also produced a series of comic strips telling stories of people's experience of war and conflict up to the present day.

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New Line Drawings by Emma Cowlam

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Emma Cowlam has successfully launched into a new linear style which is going down a storm

Emma, known for her her unique approach to hand sewn illustrations;  is successful , working with the likes of Elle, Elle Decoration, Living Etc & Country Homes and Interiors, Victoria & Albert Museum and Radley.

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Chris Moore for The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

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A new museum dedicated to the art of storytelling, funded by legendary Star Wars director, George Lucas, is to be built in Chicago and planned to be completed in 2018.

We are extremely proud to learn that artwork from Chris Moore is one of the first to be selected to exhibit.

Chris is a world-renowned commercial illustrator specialising in sci-fi illustration and the piece chosen by the Lucas Museum was painted for Philip K. Dick’s classic novel “Ubik”. It fits beautifully in the catalogue of images that have so far been revealed on their website.

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Carrie May – The Girl Savage

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We love the new cover look Carrie May has created for best selling author Katherine Rundell. Carrie worked with the design team at Faber and Faber to illustrate this beautiful cover for Rundell’s debut novel ‘The Girl Savage’, the tale of a young girl uprooted from her life in Zimbabwe, destined for boarding school in London. We love Carrie’s artwork, which captures Will’s wild adventures on her African farm.

Carrie May is represented by New Division

Fiammetta Dogi’s Beautiful Botanicals for Betty Magazine

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Phosphor Art’s Fiammetta Dogi recently bagged some space in the gorgeous new Betty Annual. Betty is a beautifully designed independent magazine for women about women. Their philosophy is for people to embrace who they are and celebrate it. Fiammetta created several chapter headings consisting of beautifully intricate flowers wrapping around letters – definitely worth cutting out and framing!

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Fred Blunt launches Captain Falsebeard aboard The Golden Hinde!

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21st July, Bright and Puffin Books hosted a swashbuckling soirée to launch Fred Blunt’s debut author/illustrated picture book Captain Falsebeard in a Very Fishy Tale, aboard the 16th Century galleon, The Golden Hinde.

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