ND Talk: The Business of Illustration – Question Time with The SAA and The AOI

We are delighted to be taking part in the New Designers (Part Two) Talk Programme this year. We will be holding a Q&A panel discussion with the help of The Association of Illustrators (AOI) about:

The Business of Illustration: 

For those about to embark on a creative career, be prepared to be a business and BE SMART. For a profitable and sustained career as a freelance illustrator you must be prepared to tackle a wide range of specialisms including financial know-how, negotiation of terms, fees, contracts and PR & Marketing. Here's your chance to ask the experts about the Business of Illustration.  

The Panel: 

Chair Person: Derek Brazell - The Association of Illustrators Projects Manager and Varoom Publisher. Agents: Caroline Thomson - Arena Illustration, Andrew Coningsby - Début Art, Victoria Pearce - Illustration Ltd and Claire Meiklejohn - Meiklejohn.

The Business of Illustration Question Time will be held in the Talk Theatre at Business Design Centre on Friday 3rd July, from 2pm to 2.45pm.

Book your FREE ticket on the New Designers website.

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Arts Thread Portfolio Reviews at New Designers

New Designers - The Exhibition for Emerging Talent

It's Degree Show time again and this year, the SAA have partnered up with Arts Thread at New Designers and will be offering our expertise in reviewing illustration graduates portfolios. So if you're exhibiting at New Designers 2015, here's a brilliant opportunity to sign up for the FREE portfolio reviews with the experts. We'll be at New Designers 2015 Part 2 from Thursday 3rd July to Saturday 5th at the Business Design Centre, London N1 0QH - see you there!

Participating Agents:

Thursday 2nd July
Jon Cockley - Handsome Frank
Hannah Curtis - Bright International
Suzie Bearley - Bright International
Alice Ball - Illustration Ltd
 
Friday 3rd July
Victoria Pearce - Illustration Ltd
Claire Meiklejohn - Meiklejohn
Trina Wydmanski - Phosphor Art
Laura Lee - Début Art
Saturday 4th July
Caroline Thomson - Arena Illustration
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Storytime Sunday with Little Tiger Press & Waitrose!

Following on from a SOLD OUT Storytime Sunday with Sue Hendra last month, we were so pleased to gain the same fantastic feedback this time around at our April event with Ada Grey

With a 10am start,  Ada Grey was raring to read her illustrated Hippobottymus (Little Tiger Press) to the crowd of eagerly awaiting children. Monkey impressions, Crocodile snaps, bubble dances galore – the group of avid fans were up on their feet joining in the jungle fun. After the reading, the families were invited to design their own hippos and colour in sheets of their favourite characters alongside the creative guidance of Ada (her bubble machine!) and Little Tiger Editor, Ellie Farmer!

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Throughout the morning, the kids were making full use of the giant chalk board wall – doodling alongside both Ada & Laura – and enjoying the array of pastries & refreshments the Doodle Bar had supplied. Donations for Great Ormond Street Hospital were taken from start to finish – the Waitrose Easter baskets were a hit and kids were lining up for a signed copy of Ada’s book!

Ada Grey is represented by Bright Group 

House of Illustration: Illustrator in Residence Call for Entries

House of Illustration have announced that they are now accepting applications for their 2015 Illustrator in Residence programme. This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative illustrator, graphic artist or collective to create an ambitious body of work that inspires visitors and challenges public opinion about what illustration can be. Applications are welcome from recent graduates or established practitioners over the age of 25, working in any medium or format.

The residency lasts for six months and it's the second year the programme has run. Rachel Lillie was the Illustrator in Residence in 2014 and played a key role in recording the House of Illustration's Housewarming season when it opened it's doors for the first time in July.

Applications are closing on 15th May and you can read more about the judges and how to apply here.

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Emily Carew Woodard in Wonderland

Emily Carew Woodard works on the 'Wonderland' project and paints thirteen Alice in Wonderland scenes. The project which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland also aims to raise money for Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation.

Thirteen composers have been asked to write short musical pieces, each inspired by a different section of the book, and during performances, Emily’s artwork will be projected within the venue. The illustrations are also featured on the Classic FM website this week, take a look for information on performance dates.

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Emily Carew Woodard is represented by Illustration Ltd

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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