The Programme

Illustration by Maisie Shearring, winner of Picture Hooks 2015

Picture Hooks was set up to encourage emerging Scottish illustrators. The scheme is funded by Creative Scotland.

The Mentoring Scheme

The mentoring scheme is set up to provide an opportunity for development under the guidance of established professional illustrators.  Five participants and five mentors are carefully paired and work together for one year.  During the course of the year, each illustrator is able to focus step-by-step on their work, step out of their comfort zone and try new techniques and methods of working, concentrating on particular aspects of illustration for picture books such as characterization, emotion and continuity.  At the end of the year, their work was displayed in an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery.

Read how to apply for the mentoring scheme here.

View our five Picture Hooks Illustrators from the 2016/17 programme.

The Conference

The Picture Hooks conference takes place every other year.

The fourth Picture Hooks conference was run in partnership with the AOI and hosted at the Manchester School of Art. It was a great success, featuring talks from Egmont, Nobrow Press, Handsome Frank as well as illustrators Robert Hunter, Matthew the Horse and Sonny Ross.

You can read recaps of each session and interviews with our speakers here.

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