For Illustrators

Huge congratulations to those of you whose work was selected to be in

our first ever

SCBWI BI Biennial Illustration Exhibition


in the fabulous new space of the 

Half Moon Theatre Gallery


Showing some of the best in children's book illustration, 

Pictures at Play is open to the public

from 6 September – 22 December 

(Monday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4.30pm)


Thank you to all SCBWI illustrator members for submitting over 140 illustrations to our juried illustration competition! 

It was a hard task to select from such a high standard of sequential art, from both published and unpublished members, in a wide range of children's genres. So a big thank you to our publishing industry for all their work! 


Join us and raise a glass to the show

at our Grand Launch Party and Talk

on 28 September, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

At 7:30pm we'll move to the adjoining theatre where our brilliant guest artists and publishers will discuss the different ways they collaborate to make great books.  

Exhibitors' books and prints will be available for sale with some proceeds going to War Child. 

Tell all your friends and hope to see lots of you there!

Read more about artist events at the Gallery, our guest illustrators and judges, the launch  & talk and see a glimpse of the exhibits  HERE.

exhibition-2017-guestAbove: Illustrations by our fabulous guests and SCBWI supporters (left to right):  Tim Hopgood,  Pam Smy, Leigh Hodgkinson.




Illustration Masterclasses for 2017

Check back the latest updates. Upcoming Illustration Masterclasses:

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. Choose an Aesop’s tale from the list provided on the booking page and interpret your chosen fable 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!


Past news

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.