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.
On 29th July, Marks and Spencer launched a city wide campaign to encourage local communities to make a real difference. Bright (initiated by Bright Educational) took part in one of the twenty-four projects across London and teamed up with local school, Beyond Autism, to design and create a giant mural to brighten the school playground and raise awareness of the small but thriving organisation. 22 year old Bright Artist Lucy Fleming lead the creative team of volunteers and received a warm welcome from the school’s patrons, actors Prunella Scales and Timothy West.
Flavio Melchiorre (A.K.A IDRO51) has transformed another wall with his iconic ‘hypnotic art’. The wall in Lentella, Italy measures a whopping 6x2.5 metres and was created as part of the NatureArte Festival which celebrates outdoor painting and sculptures.
Flavio’s work, named ‘Listen Your Nature’ has since been noticed by many street art websites, including Global Street Art.
The Bath Children’s Literature Festival was founded in 2007 by Gill and John McLay and has continued to be a strong presence in the literature world, currently maintaining the title of largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK. This year, select Bright artists have been invited to get involved with the 2015 promotional marketing & fundraising for the event.
The ethos of the festival is, and always has been, to entertain children, and to enthuse them about reading:
‘We aim to create a friendly, family atmosphere in which young book fans can come along to Festival events and meet their favourite authors and book characters…Signing queues after some events are legendary and can last up to three hours for the biggest names.’
Each year an illustrator has drawn a Red Chair and produced a physical piece of artwork which has been used in promotion & marketing for the festival – previous artists include globally renowned Chris Riddell (2015 Children’s Laureate), Emily Gravett, Tony Ross, David McKee & Axel Sheffler, to name a few.
This year, the festival is staging a spectacular art auction to support the event and a handful of professional illustrators have been asked to donate their own interpretation of the Festival’s Red Chair, including characters from their own publishing careers. Benji Davies, Yasmeen Ismail, Gabriel Alborozo & Fred Blunt were amongst the chosen few to design their own Red Chairs for the auction – which will be exhibited in art shops & galleries throughout Bath in in the run-up to the auction.
Bath Children’s Literature Festival is running from Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October 2015
SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.