Mentoring Programme


Five art graduates hoping to become picture book illustrators will be matched with five eminent and established illustrators for a year.  You and your mentor will focus on particular aspects of the illustrators’ work.

For the mentee, it is a similar experience to working closely with an editor for a year, but with the extra opportunity to experiment and work outside your comfort zone, trying new techniques and methods.

During this period, you will make four pieces of work which will be displayed at the Scottish National Gallery for 3 months and then tour the UK.

One mentee will be awarded the prize of the Picture Hook Illustrator of the year.


There will be a training session to establish how the you and your mentor will work together and to discuss your processes and intended outcomes.

The mentees will also be given further training during the scheme, including a trip to a publishing house in London to see the publishing process at first hand, and sessions on self-promotion, portfolio presentation and events.  You will also be encouraged to attend the other training classes on offer to Picture Hook Illustrators throughout the year.

Showcasing your work

Towards the end of the process, you will be given the opportunity to show your portfolio to publishers and to take part in an event with your mentor.

Applications are now closed

We are busy planning for the next round of mentorship. Applications are scheduled to open in summer 2018, so watch this space! Join our mailing list at the bottom of this page and stay in the know.

In the applications for previous rounds we have asked for:

In order to apply for the mentoring scheme, illustrators must qualify for our entrance requirements:

Extra information

Please note that the final details of the mentoring scheme will be dependent on funding.

The five chosen illustrators from the 2016/17 programme were: Kirsti BeautymanHazel DunnAnders FrangHlin Davidsdottir, and Rachel Everitt. Read more about our previous illustrators here.

Previous mentors on the scheme were: Debi Gliori, Brita Granström and Mick Manning, Cate James, Natalie Russell, and Nick Sharratt.

The scheme is funded by Creative Scotland.