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Biennial Exhibition 2017 in collaboration with Half Moon Theatre, London

September 6th, 2017 – January 3rd, 2018

SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers)  are excited to announce that Pictures at Play, our new SCBWI Biennial illustrator exhibition,  will held be in the fabulous new gallery of the Half Moon Theatre, London (  We are delighted to welcome to this new venue former SCBWI speakers, the celebrated author-illustrators, Leigh Hodgkinson,
Tim Hopgood
and Pam Smy.

Pictures at Play is a juried exhibition of the best of children’s book illustration in SCBWI.
Work will be selected by judges from the children’s publishing industry and the Half Moon Theatre.

Announcing our amazing jury, Ness Wood, David Fickling Books, Peter Marley, OUP and Louise Jackson, Walker Books. Reed more about them on the Biennial Exhibition page.

SCBWI members in the British Isles region are invited to submit sequential narrative illustrations for books or projects aimed at children and young people.

Get all the information you need to submit to your work to this exciting new exhibition HERE.

exhibition-2017-guestAbove: Illustration by Tim Hopgood; Middle: Illustration by Pam Smy; Right: Illustration by Leigh Hodgkinson.


Illustration Masterclasses for 2017

Check back the latest updates. Upcoming Illustration Masterclasses:

Portfolio Intensive  We have an amazing portfolio reveiwer team lined up. Reveiwers are: Ness Wood, Art Director, David Fickling Books, Holly Tonks, Commissioning Editor, Tate Publishing for Children, Chrissie Boehm, Artful Doodlers Illustration and Design and Sharon King-Chai, Art Director, Macmillan Children's Publishing. Don't miss out on a chance to network with agents and professionals in the children’s book industry and receive valuable feedback on your portfolio. 10 June 2017

The Art of Sequential Storytelling, Art Directors Brief with David McDougall, art director Harper Collins Children's Books.In this assignment your goal is to design three to five sequential spreads at half size in a cleaned up rough form for initial submission for feedback. You are to choose an Aesop’s tale from the list below and interpret in your own style and perspective while keeping the classical text. Go find out more! Booking for on the day only available. 7 October 2017

Booking now available!


What an Amazing Event! Illustrating in Black and White, Undiscovered Voices Illustration Competiton Preparation Masterclass with Anne-Marie Perks and Loretta Schauer and Patrick Miller happened on the 6 May 2017 at the House of Illustration. Thank you to all of you who turned up at 9 am to talk about a few fundamentals of illustrating in visual storytelling and the huge range of technique in black and white illustration. The team is looking forward to lots of amazing submissions!

SCBWI British Isles Illustrators' Newsletter

If you are not already on the Illustrators' Newsletter, please email me at to tell me you want on! The newsletter will keep you up to date on upcoming events of illustration interest both SCBWI and outside as well as Showcase news and other illustration opportunities.