As well as promoting the talents of established artists throughout the world, the SAA take pride in nurturing new talent as part of our Education Programme. Over the years we’ve invited creative graduates nationwide to attend portfolio surgeries, giving students an insight into what agents and commissioners look for in a portfolio and over the last few years we have started a mentorship programme.
We are very pleased to be involved with the Pathways Into Children’s Publishing which has been designed collaboratively by the House of Illustration and Pop Up Projects offering tuition, one-to-one mentoring and professional guidance to aspiring illustrators in the UK and abroad who are interested in getting into children’s publishing. This month SAA members Tamlyn Francis and Caroline Thomson from Arena Illustration took part in the Pathways Professional Day delivering a 30 minute webinar on Building a Profile and the importance of portfolios, online presence and self-promotion.
We continue to enjoy our long relationship with the Association of Illustrators and this month we’ve been very busy. SAA member agent Laura Lee from Debut Art chaired a talk called: Be Seen - Representation (what makes it a winning team, how they worked together) with Paperface (the previous winner of the SAA Agents Award for New Talent in 2019). This was part of a programme of webinars celebrating The World Illustration Awards 2020. SAA member agent Caroline Thomson from Arena Illustration is one of three agent mentors who are part of the AOI’s 2021 Mentorship scheme. This year the AOI are looking to support people under represented in the agenting field, either at the early stage of their agent career, or who are interested in becoming an agent.