Big Bright Red Auction for Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2015

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 GravettTony RossDavid McKee & Axel Sheffler, to name a few.

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Gabriel Alborozo

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 Fred Blunt

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Yasmeen Ismail

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 DaviesYasmeen IsmailGabriel 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 Adventures of Long Arm illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

Aleksei Bitskoff illustrates, The Adventures of Long Arm (Scholastic), a tale about schoolboy Ricky Mitre who is very naughty and gets into all sorts of trouble! After a bizarre toilet cleaning incident where his arm gets sucked into the U-bend, Ricky finds that when he takes it out again, it's many times its normal length. And so the superhero Long Arm is born!

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Written by TV presenters SAM & MARK, this laugh-out-loud adventure is brought to life perfectly by Aleksei Bitskoff's hilarious characterisation. 
 

Gary Newman – Cover for ‘Enchanted August’

Gary Newman worked with the design team at Penguin Random House to create this beautiful cover for 'Enchanted August'. Gary's chic artwork is just perfect for Brenda Bowen’s summer tale, which is based
on the 1920's classic 'Enchanted April'. We think Gary's simple graphic evokes memories of summers gone by.

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Gary Newman is represented by New Division

Sarah Maycock – William & Son

Mayfair based William & Son are on the move, packing up their Mount Street store and heading for beautiful new premises on nearby Bruton Street. To mark this new chapter they commissioned Sarah Maycock to illustrate their new building in all it's glory. Sarah also illustrated a map from the old store to the new, allowing their customers to choose between the quick route, the foodie route or Handsome Frank's favoured option, the refreshing route.

 


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Sarah Maycock is represented by Handsome Frank

Transición at Gare du Nord

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.

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above and below - elements of the three murals at Gare du Nord

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Dourone is represented by Illustration Ltd

Fashions fade, style is eternal

Lipstick of London is now exclusively representing the much celebrated Fashion and Beauty illustrator Lucy MacLeod .

Lucy combines traditional hand rendered brush and line work with digital/collaged elements. Recent happy clients include; British Airways, Levi Strauss, Bare Minerals UK, Nylon Magazine, Elle.

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Lucy MacLeod is represented by Lipstick of London

Caroline Smith’s artwork chosen for the the programme of the Opera Salome

Caroline Smith represented by Artist Partners has just had some great news, that  one of her sensational images of Salome chosen for the the programme of the Opera Salome, which will be showing  at the Santa Fe Opera House opening on 18th July 2015

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Caroline Smith represented by Artist Partners

Jonathan Leach’s Celebratory Dinosaurs for Still-Moving DJs

Jonathan Leach was commissioned by Still-Moving DJs to illustrate a promotional piece of artwork to celebrate their seven year anniversary.
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The fantastical image features the two DJs riding on the backs of dinosaurs – one of their favourite things. The DJs can often be found surrounded by toy dinosaurs on the decks at their gigs so naturally they loved Jonathan’s portrayal of them. Still-Moving DJs are currently preparing for The Larmer Tree Festival in Salisbury.

Jonathan Leach is represented by Phosphor Art

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

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