Picture Hooks Conference May 20th 2017 at Manchester School of Art.

In May 2017 Manchester School of Art will play host to the first Picture Hooks event to take place outside Scotland. Picture Hooks was originally set up to encourage and develop talent in emerging Scottish illustrators and the scheme is funded by Creative Scotland.

As part of the day we are delighted to welcome back one of our own former students Amy Veried who will be returning to talk in her capacity as a junior artists agent for Handsome Frank, London.
The Picture Hooks team offer a wealth of professional insight and experience to new and aspiring illustrators. They are all established names in their respective fields as authors, educators, illustrators and literary agents, based in and around Edinburgh and with excellent links to the professional publishing industry across the UK and beyond.

Profiles of the team can be read here.

Picture Hooks works across two kinds of delivery – the first being a mentoring scheme that offers five successful applicants per year the opportunity to be mentored and developed under the wing of professional illustrators for a period of twelve months – culminating in an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery.

You can see pictures of the 2015/16 show here

The second strand of activity is a bi-annual conference – which in 2017 will be hosted by Manchester School of Art – details below:

Picture Hooks presents its annual conference for illustrators, now in its fourth year, with the Association of Illustrators and Manchester School of Art.

This is a great opportunity for emerging illustrators and graduates to get an insider’s view into the picture book industry and other commercial opportunities, with illuminating talks from leading publishing experts and agents.
We are joined this year by Tessa Strickland, the co-founder of Barefoot Books, and Tiffany Leeson, the Creative Director of Egmont Publishing.

Illustrator Robert Hunter will be joined by Zoe Aubugeau-Williams of Nobrow Press to talk about Robert’s hugely successful career in print and moving image. Rob will focus on the vital relationship between agent, illustrator and publisher, as well as the importance of promotion. This discursive session will allow for questions from the floor and is an ideal moment to get practical tips along side inspiration!


The AOI will present a special edition of the hugely popular series AOI Discusses: Making More Money with Amy Veried (agent at Handsome Frank) plus illustrators Matthew the Horseand Sonny Ross. They will share their experiences and offer practical tips around contracts, negotiation and the awkwardness of pricing your work, with lots of time for Q&A.

Further speakers to be confirmed!

You can book a ticket on the following link: Picture Hooks 2017

We look forward to seeing you at the event.


Author: Ian Whadcock

Senior Lecturer Manchester School of Art, BA(Hons) Illustration with Animation course.