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 talented Dourone spends seventeen days creating three fabulous murals at Gare du Nord in Paris.
As part of an art residency via Quai 36, the murals illustrate one story which is represented in three stages; the first presents the idea, the second is the realisation of not being alone and the third is about enjoyment. Gare du Nord is one of the busiest stations in Europe and will guarantee Dourone's work will be seen and loved by a large volume of people.
above and below - elements of the three murals at Gare du Nord
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!
Paul Young showing works from the past thirty years of his career, with other friends from college.
The three of them have revisited in the same space all these years later with an exhibition which showcases all of Paul’s incredible work from his career as an illustrator spanning from his earlier airbrush artwork through till present digital work.
Details of the exhibition can be found here
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!
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.
Images is the premier and longest running jury-selected illustration competition, annual and touring exhibition in the UK. It provides the leading showcase for the great variety of contemporary illustration commissioned in the UK today, published alongside self-initiated promotional artwork and up-and-coming new talent.
Tonight is the launch and award ceremony (by invitation only) where this year's winners will be announced
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9J
Open to the public: Friday 26 August – Friday 2 September 2011,
Monday to Sunday, 11.00 –18.00, entry free
Canary Wharf by Tube, bus, river and DLR Designers: Trickett and Webb
Deadline extended: 17.00 Tuesday 29 March 2011
Exhibition: Tuesday 10 May to Friday 3 June 2011
London Transport Museum, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators, is delighted to announce the 2011 Serco Prize for Illustration. This year, the theme is the River Thames and entries should feature the river as a central feature of London and London life. It is the task of entrants to create an illustration that draws attention to the benefits of the river.
The top three entries will receive a monetary award and may be used in an advertising and promotional campaign run by London Transport Museum. The top 50 entries will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open in May 2011.
Prizes will be awarded in three levels
First prize £2000
plus display of the illustration as a poster on Transport for London services
Second prize £1000
Third prize £750
For conditions, terms of entry and to submit please go HERE.
For further information about the Museum and its collection see www.ltmuseum.co.uk
Tomislav Tomic and Philip Hood have also some beautiful artwork for Templar's 'StoryWorld' series. For the first time their work will be showcased alongside the other contributors to the series including Matilda Harrison's illustrations, at The Illustration Cupboard's Summer Show. Running from Tuesday 17th August to Saturday 11th September, the show offers both fans and newcomers the opportunity to explore the ornate and detailed artwork from this series.