PICTURES AT PLAY, Biennial Exhibition 2017 in Collaboration with Half Moon Theatre

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Date(s) - 06/09/2017 - 03/01/2018

Half Moon Theatre
43 White Horse Road - London,

SCBWI Biennial Exhibition 2017

in collaboration with Half Moon Theatre, London
September 6th, 2017 – January 3rd, 2018

Tim-HopgoodIllustration by Tim Hopgood

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.

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

Highlights will include

  • a grand opening and SCBWI talk for the exhibiting artists and industry professionals
  • sale of prints and books by exhibitors
  • workshops and events for children and families
  • a Christmas public arts and crafts fair on December 2nd 2017.

Key dates
1 June 2017                 Deadline for entrants to submit
15 June 2017               SCBWI will inform entrants by email
10 July 2017                Deadline for selected work to be uploaded for high resolution printing
6 September 2017       Exhibition opens to the public.
28 September 2017     SCBWI panel event and exhibition opening party.
2 December 2017        The Half Moon art and craft fair.  SCBWI members & friends welcome.
3 January 2018            Exhibition closes

Please note: Illustrations for the SCBWI Pictures at Play Biennial must have been created within the last two years.

Thornhill image 02Illustration by Pam Smy

Submissions Guidelines, Terms and Conditions
Please read these guidelines below carefully before you submit.

Submission requirement
To submit work you must be a current SCBWI member in the British Isles region, and remain so for the duration of the exhibition.

What to submit?
Between 2 and 4 illustrations  – from a maximum of  2 books or projects.
Each project or book must show a narrative sequence in the form of:

  • 2 illustrations – 2 double-page spreads, OR single page illustration OR
  • 2 illustrations – 1 single page and 1 double-page spread OR
  • 1 cover illustratin and 1 internal illustration – 1 single or double-page spread.
  • No text unless the text is drawn and integrated into the illustration.

(Judges reserve the option of choosing only one image per narrative.)

Online submission

By email only please to

Please ensure that the dimensions of each original illustration fit comfortably within

  • an A3 horizontal or vertical format
  • Then reduce it for email submission to
  • 1600 pixels at the longest dimension at 150 dpi, saved as a jpg (jpeg) in RGB.

Please save and name each attached jpeg (only!) file like so:
(first initial)-(surname)-(book or project title 1 or 2 )-(illo 1 or 2).jpg
e.g. j-Blog-Little-House-2-illo-2.jpg

In the body of your email please write:

  • your name, email, phone and full postal address
  • the title of each book / project e.g. Little House
  • The name of each attached jpeg file alongside the caption for each illustration up to 25 words. (e.g.  Little House ill 1) (e.g. Little House ill 2)

Please note: the entrant guarantees to SCBWI British Isles that they have the right to submit work, that the image is original and does not infringe on the rights of any other artist.

leigh-hodgkinson-trollswapIllustration by Leigh Hodgkinson.

All work will be judged anonymously by top industry professionals in collaboration with Half Moon Theatre. Judges will be looking for a diverse spread of work with strong and original narrative content and a high standard of execution.

Our illustrious jury panel!

three-up-jurorsNess Wood, David Fickling Books (above), Peter Marleyy, OUP (right),  Louise Jackson, Walker Books (far right).

Ness Wood

Ness Wood is a book designer and art director, lecturer, published author and student of design history. Her wide-ranging accomplishments in both practical design and academia serve as a solid foundation for all her work. As a freelance art director of many award-winning books, she has worked for major publishers including Faber & Faber, David Fickling Books, and Penguin Random House. Ness gives lectures on book design, how picture books work, and what a designer does and she used to teach at University of Brighton. She is a portfolio consultant for the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, where she also runs the Summer School and Conference. Ness is known for her encouraging, straight-forward and collaborative approach with both illustrators and students.

Peter Marley

Peter Marley, commissioning editor at Oxford University Press describes himself as a creative and strategic publishing professional with fourteen years’ experience in commissioning and editorial roles; with particular expertise in picture-book and pre-school publishing, licensed-character brands, novelty formats, and IP development.

Louise Jackson

Louise Jackson is Deputy Creative Director at Walker Books, and has worked in children’s publishing for over 25 years. She works across the illustrated list at Walker designing baby books, picture books, non-fiction, fiction and pop-up books.

Important information for Confirmed Exhibitors

Selected exhibitors will be informed by 15 June 2017

Deadline for selected work to be uploaded for high resolution printing by SCBWI:
10 July 2017

Exhibitors will need to provide a high resolution psd file as specified on acceptance, to be printed and framed by SCBWI. Jealous Prints, Shoreditch, has agreed to a work with SCBWI on all prints for this exhibition.

A single  £30 fee per exhibitor is required to cover printing and framing.

Optional sale of prints
Prints will be sold at a fixed price of  £45, of which a 20% commission charge per print goes to Half Moon Gallery and 10% to the charity, War Child.
Please note: Half Moon will take orders for prints and contact exhibitors. Exhibitors     undertake to supply further orders at their own cost.     

Optional Book sales
Related books by exhibitors will be sold by Half Moon.    
Further details will be provided upon acceptance.

Additional Terms
The entrant agrees that accepted entries and the name of the creator of the work and their contact details may be published on the SCBWI website.

The entrant is not obligated to sell prints or books at Half Moon Theatre during the exhibition, but if the entrant does agree, Half Moon Theatre keeps 20% of each book or print sale.

The entrant agrees that accepted entries may be used by SCBWI and Half Moon Theatre for he promotion of the competition, publication, exhibition – such as invitation cards, press coverage, information leaflets, postcards, posters etc, and grants SCBWI a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the entries in print or digital form for archival purposes.

SCBWI reserves the right to include accepted entries for further possible exhibitions up to October 2018.  Exhibitors will be informed if so.