Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PICTURES AT PLAY SCBWI Biennial Exhibition 2019

Loading Map....

Date(s) - 10/12/2019 - 04/01/2020

Westminster Reference Library
35 St Martin's St - London, WC2H 7HP

 SCBWI Biennial Exhibition 2019

10 December 2019 – 4 January 2020

Saturday, 14 December Exhibition Launch Party and Panel Event!

Launch kicks off at 13:00 – 16:30. More info about panel and other activities for the afternoon coming soon!

Attention all SCBWI Illustrators!
 Submit your children’s book illustrations to the seminal SCBWI biennial exhibition, to be held throughout December in the centre of London, 
a few steps away from the National Gallery!

Pictures at Play is SCBWI’s Biennial illustration show. A juried exhibition of the best of children’s book illustration in SCBWI, this year it will take place at the Westminster Reference Library, selected by a panel including celebrated illustrator James Mayhew, and Creative Director, Tiffany Leeson, Egmont Publishing, and art director Walker Books, Louise Jackson.

Highlights include

A grand opening and talk for the exhibiting artists and industry professionals.
 Sale of prints by private arrangement with the exhibitors, and of illustrators books at the launch party. 
Workshops and events for children and families.

Key dates


10 December: Exhibition opens to the public

14 December: SCBWI panel event and exhibition launch

4 January 2020: Exhibition closes.


Our Jurors


James Mayhew, our celebrated guest author illustrator, is best known for the Katie books, Ella Bella Ballerina, Mouse and Mole and Gaspard the Fox. He will be exhibiting alongside SCBWI Member Illustrators whose work has been accepted into the Biennial Exhibition.

James also collaborates with musicians and orchestras in concerts for children, painting illustrations live on stage in time to the music. For many years he taught on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

Our other panelist judges are Tiffany Leeson, Creative Director at Egmont Publishing, and Louise Jackson, Senior Art Director at Walker Books!