Yehrin Tong and Sam Chivers commissioned by Expo 2020 Dubai

Sam Chivers and Yehrin Tong were 2 of the 21 artists commissioned to create stunning artwork featured in the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Sam's work explored Lifecycle Design and Yehrin's work investigated Financial Fluidity.

Expo 2020 is about the great things that happen when people collaborate.

To highlight this and explore Expo 2020 Dubai’s subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, we invited artists from the Middle East and across the globe to create 21 illustrations that represent key topics within these three areas.

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The illustrations are showcased on 21 bespoke installations located in public spaces around the UAE. Each structure is accompanied by its own interactive touch screen where you can explore the topics and meet the artists.

The breadth of topics demonstrates Expo 2020 Dubai’s wide focus on issues that are relevant to everyone.

Sam Chivers and Yehrin Tong are represented by Debut Art

Sue Hendra Leads March Storytime Sunday at The Doodle Bar!

The second Storytime collaboration between Bright and unique event space The Doodle Bar will see multi-award winning and 7th biggest UK selling Author Illustrator Sue Hendra leading a feast of creative activities for Storytime Sunday on 22nd March, 10am – 12pm. The exclusive 2 hour event will comprise of hilarious readings and fun crafts aimed at fans of Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell (Simon & Schuster) and Sue’s newly animated Wanda and the Alien (Random House). Signed copies of the books and an array of colourful merchandise will be available to buy on the day! This is a free event but booking is essential as places are limited. 

 

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As advocates of promoting and sharing the joy of reading and story telling, Bright and the Doodle Bar are incredibly pleased to announce the next Storytime event occuring at the end of this month. With our ten years of industry experience, we understand the importance of taking a book beyond the book shelf and actively encourage every Bright creative to engage with their key audiences to drive discoverability and build the foundations of commercial success. Last year saw the yuletide success of our first Storytime Sunday, featuring Bright artists Nicola O’Byrne and Ben Mantle with their illustrated books Open Very Carefully(Nosy Crow) and Rudey’s Windy Christmas (HarperCollins). The event was a rousing success and a creatively indulgent Sunday was had by all. Read more about this event here.

 

Sue Hendra is represented by The Bright Group

Migy Blanco at Books of Wonder

Books of Wonder is one of New York’s well-known children’s bookstore, having been established over two decades ago and is a global place of gathering for book lovers far and wide. Each month they hold a Picture Book panel that features the latest books being published and their creators - Bright’s UK artist Migy Blanco was one of 4 creators invited on Sunday 8th February to share the process of making their books and read aloud their beautiful stories.

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Migy’s And Away We Go seemed to be the perfect book for such an occasion, as it is set in NYC and features a hot air balloon lifting off for an adventure into space with various animals jumping on board - and this is what the weekend felt like for Bright — lifting off into new wonderful adventures together in the US!
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 Henry Holt published Migy’s book and his editor, Sally Doherty attended the event along with their publicist.

Migy Blanco is represented by Bright Group International

World Illustration Awards 2015 – Call for Entries Now Open

For nearly four decades, the AOI has presented the most comprehensive and significant awards for illustration in the UK. Now, for the first time in the history of the organisation they welcome an international partner, the Directory of Illustration, to create the World Illustration Awards 2015, honouring the most inspiring illustration throughout the world.

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The call for entries is open!

Work entered into the World Illustration Awards will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished and international industry professionals. The competition shortlist reflects exceptional work by illustrators currently making an outstanding contribution to visual culture and is published in full on theaoi.com, which receives over 100,000 hits per month.

Award winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London. Selected works will be displayed in their spectacular Terrace Rooms. Following this the exhibition tours to multiple venues across the UK, which receives approximately 40,000 visitors during its run.

Selected works will also be showcased in an accompanying publication, which will be circulated to all major commissioners of illustration.

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Who Can Enter?

The World Illustration Awards are open to illustrators working in ANY medium, context or geographical location. Work must be entered as either a New Talent entry or a Professional entry.

New Talent entrants are Undergraduate Students, Post-Graduate Students or Graduates within two years of graduation. Professional entrants are all other professional illustrators.

What Can Be Entered?

Work can be entered by the creator of the work (illustrator, student /new graduate) or by any third party such as an Agent, Designer, College, Publisher or Commissioner.

Work entered for the competition must have been created or published between 1st January 2014 to February 2015. Work in ANY medium can be entered in ANY category.


Entries can either be Single Image Entry (one image per entry) or Multiple Image Entry (up to 5 images per entry). Single or Multiple Entries can be entered in any category, depending on the size of the project or number of images within it. Multiple Entries are more expensive and should therefore be used to showcase different elements of the same project (multiple illustrations, spreads from a book and so on).
Professional entries must have been commercially commissioned for all categories except Public Realm and Self-Initiated Work.

New Talent entries do not have to be commercially commissioned and should be entered into the category that is most relevant to the work. For example, a college project creating a picture book should be entered as a New Talent entry in the Children's Book Category.

Work must be entered into one of the 8 Categories. These are very broadly defined to welcome work of all types and in all contexts where illustration is used.

Cost of Entry

Single Entry

UK & EU - £25 (including VAT) per entry
ROW - £20.83 (no VAT) per entry


Multiple Entry
UK & EU - £45 (including VAT) per entry
ROW - £37.50 (no VAT) per entry

Key Dates

Midday Monday 9 February 2015
Call for Entry closes

April 2015
Shortlisted work announced

June 2015
Category Winners announced

October 2015
Awards Ceremony
Awards Exhibition opens at Somerset House
Awards Catalogue published

November 2015
Exhibition starts 12-month national tour

Country gents: New exhibition by Sutherland surrealist

Sutherland-based artist Mark Edwards  has another brilliant show at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead from October 2nd - 21st October .... His wonderful paintings depict scenes of men in great coats and bowler hats in snowy, wooded landscapes.  Working from a former shepherd's cottage, his "The White Wood" series has led him to being "described as a modern master of a very British form of surrealism".

The Catto Gallery in Hampstead, London, will exhibit 24 new original canvases from the series next month.

Edwards, who also illustrates books, said: "For me The White Wood is to do with silence, memory, separation and things that I still don't really understand, occasionally humorous yet sometimes disturbing.But where I once felt uncomfortable and tense, now I'm far more at home with the surreal and intangible"

Edwards studied fine art at London's Medway Art College and then Walthamstow College of Art in the 1960s. He then moved north to the rundown property on the shores of Loch Hope.

Alongside his painting, he worked as a gillie on the neighbouring Duke of Westminster estate, but  stopped in 2007 and began creating art from which The White Wood series emerged.

 Edwards now paints from his remote studio in a cottage in Sutherland.

Read this article on Creative Review www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/october/enigmatic-paintings-by-mark-edwards-on-show-at-catto-gallery

Mark Edwards is represented by www.artistpartners.com

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A guide to commissioning: from brief to contract by Caroline Thomson 13.30 – 15.00, Wednesday 19 November

Room T303, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB

Starting a career as a freelance illustrator or photographer? Find out what questions should you be asking your clients when you get your first commissions. How much can you negotiate on deadlines, payment, licencing or pricing? Quiz our illustration agent for information and advice from the client point of view.

Speaker profile:

Caroline Thomson, Arena Illustration http://arenaillustration.com

Caroline studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Norwich School of Art and gained a Masters in Illustration at the University of Brighton. After a ten year career as a freelance illustrator, she joined Arena Illustration as a rep in 2001, going on to become co-director in 2005. Caroline is also Chair Person of the Society of Artists Agents (SAA).

To book please visit the Enterprise Week website: http://creativeenterpriseweek.com/event/a-guide-to-commissioning-from-brief-to-contract

The event is run by Own-it in collaboration with the Society of Artists Agents (SAA).

 

Call for entries – The Prize for Illustration 2015 – 4 weeks left to enter!

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum is delighted to announce that submissions are now welcome for The Prize for Illustration 2015. This year the theme is London Places and Spaces.

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London has inspired countless great works of art, each reflecting aspects of the Cityʼs unique character and qualities. The Prize for Illustration 2015 looks to continue this tradition by taking the theme of London Places and Spaces and invites submissions from illustrators throughout the world.

Each City space, however large or small, has its own distinct personality and uses, by all sorts of people for all sorts of activities. Grand scale architecture or wildlife oasis; internationally famous or local and secret; places for commerce, work, leisure and living. Contemporary architecture, historic treasures, and the vernacular; rivers,

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The aim of The Prize for Illustration 2015 competition is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates a vibrant, multi-layered London. Entrants are invited to visually capture an iconic or lesser known place in a single image. We want to see the quiet and contemplative to the crowded and loud, the imaginary or real to the past or present. Any place or space that is part of this amazing City and how we use it is welcome – your imagination is the limit.

Impress the jury with your illustrated interpretation of a London place or space and be in with a chance of having your work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.

Prizes will be awarded in three levels: First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster Second prize: £1000 Third prize: £750

There is also the possibility that your shortlisted image will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museumʼs shop.

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open from May and run until August 2015. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in early May 2015.

The deadline for entry to The Prize for Illustration 2015 competition is the 28th September 2014.

For Terms and Conditions please contact the AOI   info@theaoi.com 

The Illustrators Guide to Business , event Hosted by the AOI

Tim Ellis

 

The Illustrators Guide to Business

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 10.00-16.30
Thursday 1 May 2014, 10.00-16.30

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

The essential two-day course organised by the AOI and taught by specialists will give you the business skills to succeed as a professional illustrator.

This intensive course has been put together to help any illustrator acquire the knowledge and critical skills crucial to building a successful career. Structured to be both comprehensive and manageable, each session is tailored to provide an essential step-by-step guide to a successful freelance career. It is also an exciting opportunity to meet with peers and get indispensable practical advice and support from industry experts. So stay ahead of the competition, increase your confidence and develop your strategy for the future.

Non Members £60 per day, £110 for both days
Students, AOI & SCWBI Members £50 per day, £90 for both days !
Advanced booking recommended call 020 7759 1015 to pay by credit or debit card.

For more information contact http://www.theaoi.com/
Attendees of the course are eligible to receive 20% discount on full price day tickets to Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival at Somerset House taking place 24 April – 5 May 2014.

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“Head to Head” event organised by the AOI

What is working life like for successful illustrators in the 21st Century? What issues are they dealing with? Come and find out

6-9pm 10 November 2010 Central London
Association of Illustrators Members £22, Others £26

This Head to Head event presents well known illustrators Jenny Bowers (Peepshow) and Garry Parsons, who create imagery for a broad spectrum of high profile commissioners, including editorial, children’s books, broadcasting and design.
They will be talking about their work, careers, motivations, and how they find work. The evening also includes discussions moderated by Rod Hunt, covering a range of topics, including, Have you compromised your ethics for money? Do you feel the need to adapt for the future? How do you deal with clients, and other issues raised from the audience.

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