A London-based publisher has teamed up with the House of Illustration to offer a mentorship programme for 30 BAME (black, Asian, and minority ethnic) illustrators.
Pop-Up Projects – who aim to “work collaboratively with educational, literary and cultural organisations to enable children, empower teachers, and engage families from all walks of life to read more widely, write more creatively, and develop visual storytelling skills” – are set to launch a two year pilot scheme in which the selected illustrators will be provided with 70 days of workshops, masterclasses, and business training.
Industry publication The Bookseller reports that the chosen illustrators will “produce five small-scale works of children’s literature and the best will sold by House of Illustration and distributed by Pop Up,” with their work eventually going on display at both the London Book Fair and Bologna Children’s Book Fair to boot.
Talking to The Bookseller Dylan Calder, founder of Pop-Up Projects, notes: “Diversity infuses everything we do at Pop Up. Today’s young readers live in an increasingly multicultural, globally connected society and it’s vital that literature reflects this.”
Prospective participants are encouraged to contact Pop-Up post-haste.