Benji Davies wins Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award

Benji Davies’ Grandad’s Island (Simon & Schuster) has done the double at this years Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards winning both the best picture book prize and being crowned overall children’s book of the year, beating off competition from three other category winners.

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Début Artists Illustrate Award-Winning Covers for THE RIVERSIDE Magazine

 

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James Taylor, Infomen and Yehrin Tong all contributed to THE RIVERSIDE MAGAZINE’s recent success, when it scooped up not one but three design awards:  The German Design Award, the Iconic awards, and the Red Dot Design award.

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Emily Tull Shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2015

The Ruth Borchard Collection is the UK’s only public collection of self-portraits by British and Irish artists, with 150 works and growing. The Original Collection was the life-long project of Ruth Borchard, who built up a collection of 100 self-portraits by the most distinguished twentieth-century artists in Britain. The Prize offers a unique opportunity for new and established artists alike to compete for a £10,000 prize, and the chance for their work to be purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection.  Emily Tull's portrait, which has been shortlisted, is from a series of hand-embroidered works of art.

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Here's what she says about the work:
"In this series beauty and fragility are enhanced. Hand stitching takes the place of drawing, abstracting the subject, breaking down the features to a more vulnerable state. The thread 'melting' into the fabric representing delicate 'skin'."
 
You can see her portrait "Fragility #2" exhibit along with other entries for the prize at Piano Nobile Kings Place,London until the October 9th
Emily Tull is represented by Artist Partners

Nicola O’Byrne’s ‘Open Very Carefully’ Kick Starts a Whole Generation of Young Readers

Following an award studded 2014 for Bright star Nicola O’Byrne - including the coveted Waterstones Children’s Book Prize - this year was already set to consist of gleaming prosperity. The BookTrust‘s Booktime story for 2015 – that is to be gifted to 700,000 reception-aged children in UK – is Nicola O’Byrne’s debut picture book, Open Very Carefully (Nosy Crow).

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The book with bite, which was brokered by Bright M.D Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, has been a seemingly huge success with children of all ages, their parents & schools the world over. Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow, aptly describes why the book has been received so well by young readers -

‘With its invitation to interactivity, its humour and its stylish but accessible illustration, Open Very Carefully seems to have really wide appeal’

The Nosy Crow book, which is to be distributed to all UK school children aged 4-5, will be accompanied by a Booktime pack that provides guidance & notes for parents aimed at installing the importance of reading with their children.

 With a reach of two million children & families, the BookTrust is Britain’s largest reading charity. As the organisation’s 10th Booktime story to be gifted to every reception child in UK, Open Very Carefully will no doubt continue to grace the shelves of more and more young readers this year – especially with the availability of 13 languages.

See Nicola O’Byrne’s Literary Portfolio HERE for previous titles, awards & upcoming projects.

Nicola O’Byrne is represented by the Bright Group

Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Award 2015!

Congratulations to Hannah George and Jennifer Grey on winning The
Surrey Libraries Children's Book Award 2015!

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We were delighted to hear that  'Chicken Mission - Danger In The Deep
Dark Woods'  published by Faber Children’s scooped the prize. Hannah
loves illustrating these action packed adventures about Amy
Cluckbucket - The Kung Foo Chicken, with a few of the characters being
based on her own pet hens!

Hannah George is represented by Meiklejohn

 

 

Tolkien Society Awards 2015 – Fabio Leone wins ‘BEST ARTWORK’

Bright would like to offer a huge congratulations to our long-standing artist Fabio Leone for his recent Tolkien Society Best Artwork Award!

His winning piece, “Ulmo appears before Tuor“ is based on the book “The Silmarillion”, written by J.R.R Tolkien and edited by Christipher Tolkien. As a seasoned and immensely talented digital painter, Fabio’s stunning entry encompasses challenging subject matter that he has fully realised to a fantastical level – bringing the words to life.

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The Tolkien Society Awards recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlighting their long-standing objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE”.

Fabio Leone is represented by Bright 

Yasmeen Ismail – Official Illustrator of BP National Portrait Award Family Trail 2015

Every year, The National Portrait Gallery runs the BP National Portrait awards – inviting the world to take part in a prestigious & respected competition that more often than not contributes a global portfolio of stunning portraiture.

Alongside this amazing exhibition of hand-picked portraits, families are invited to take part in their family trail to amuse children and get them interested/understanding art and portraits.  Part of the family trail is made up of illustrated vinyl stickers & a pamphlet type worksheet for kids to draw in, complete with competitions. Each year, a noted creative is chosen to illustrate this family trail – previous illustrators for this project have been Jenni Desmond and Salvatore Rubbino.

It comes to no surprise to us therefore, that our very own Yasmeen Ismail was interviewed and chosen to illustrate the characters for the family trail 2015!

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Yasmeen’s impressive publishing portfolio, her inky/delicate style and vivid use of delectable colour have earned her this honoured position at The National Portrait Gallery.

Congratulations to Yasmeen for another illustration triumph!

The BP portrait awards are in their 36th year and will run between the 18th of June to the 20th of September.

Yasmeen Ismail is represented by Bright Group

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