March 15, 2018

POP UP CREATORS: ARTWORK FROM AN INTERNATIONAL ILLUSTRATION EXCHANGE ACROSS ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA & UK

 

“Cats Dream the Same Dream” by Pauls Rietums, Latvia

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Title: Pop Up Creators: Artwork from an international illustration exchange across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & UK
Dates: 10 April – 20 May 2018
Entrance: FREE
Address: ROSL Arts, Royal Over-Seas League, 5 Park Place, St. James’s, London SW1A 1LR

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Artwork from an Arts-Council funded international illustration exchange across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the UK will be displayed in an exhibition with ROSL Arts at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL Arts) in Mayfair, London. Co-curated by Pop Up Projects and House of Illustration, with support from ROSL ARTS, the Pop Up Creators exhibition will run from 10 April – 20 May. It will feature the best work from a year-long collaboration between 150 talented young artists from 16 universities and colleges and 18 professional illustrators from the four countries.

The young artists, all under 26 and 80% of whom have English as a second language and/or are BAME, have worked under the guidance of their mentors to produce illustrated stories in a distinct ‘leporello’ (concertina) format. The stories have been published by four partners: Päike Ja Pilv in Estonia; kuš! in Latvia; Vilnius Academy of Arts Press in Lithuania; and Nobrow Press in the UK. The resulting collection will be launched alongside the exhibition to coincide with The London Book Fair 2018 Baltic Countries Market Focus.

 

“Teeny Tiny Tourists” by Anna Eespere, Estonia

 

Illustrator Axel Scheffler, who has written the foreword for the exhibition, says: ‘Children’s books and children’s book illustration are perhaps an underestimated means to further cultural exchange. Having illustrated a book (The Gruffalo) that has been, to my own surprise, such an international success – it has been translated into over 70 languages – proves that stories and images have a universal appeal. The body of work resulting from this project impresses in its variety of styles and approaches and I look forward to seeing the further development of these young talents. This artistic exchange, bringing together British and Baltic illustrators and students, against the backdrop of the London Book Fair, is an exemplary attempt to strengthen the dialogue across Europe and can hopefully be repeated in the future.’

Dylan Calder, founder-director of Pop Up Projects, says: ‘At Pop Up we want to be at the heart of action-orientated initiatives to seek out and support aspiring and emerging writers and illustrators from minority backgrounds who are interested in careers in children’s publishing. Pop Up Creators, our newly launched talent development strand, is the route through which we will, in our small way, help make change. There’s nothing more important in these divisive times than supporting 150 young artists across four European countries, from a vast array of ethnic backgrounds and linguistic traditions, to tell and share their stories. We are proud and thrilled to be sharing these stories with the world during London Book Fair – and, we hope, this project will launch the careers of some of the truly exceptional young artists we’ve discovered.’

 

“Dream” by Ignas Krakys, Lithuania

 

At the exhibition, Pop Up Projects is also launching a new digital platform, Pathways, developed in collaboration with illustration agency Inkygoodness and with seed funding from Arts Council England. Its aim is to seek out, curate and showcase diverse emerging illustrators and comic artists direct to children’s publishers, drawn from this project and beyond. If the funding is secured, those featured on the platform will access opportunities for children’s publishing-sector training and progression, supported by three UK Bridge organisations: Artswork, Festival Bridge, Royal Opera House Bridge.

A seminar titled ‘Pushing the limits of Graphic Stories: Spotlight on the Pop Up Creators Project’ will take place on Tuesday 10 April at the London Book Fair. The panel includes artists, mentors, tutors and publishers from across the project, discussing their experience of the process, as well as how the innovative and eccentric styles of these young artists push the limits of the genre.

The Pop Up Creators illustration exchange is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Programme, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Latvia’s International Writers and Translators House and the Ministry of Culture of Estonia and supported by a number of other partners in each country.

 

“Pippin” by Grace Spalding, UK

 

Title: Pop Up Creators: Artwork from an international illustration exchange across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & UK
Dates: 10 April – 20 May 2018
Entrance: FREE
Address: ROSL Arts, Royal Over-Seas League, 5 Park Place, St. James’s, London SW1A 1LR