Picture Hooks provides opportunity and development for emerging picture book illustrators

We help illustrators access the world of children’s publishing.

Although based in Edinburgh, Picture Hooks support is available for all emerging illustrators.

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Mentoring scheme: apply now!

Wednesday 30th September 2020

The deadline is fast approaching! 6 mentees will be matched with 6 mentors for 9 months. It’s like working closely with an editor for a year and previous mentees have found it really helpful in developing their work. There’s a small admin charge – but, apart from that, it’s free. Submissions must be with us […]


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From Seed to Table Competition – the winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our four From Seed to Table competitions. We were so pleased with the response. You sent us some fantastic entries and gave the judging panel a hard time selecting the winners and the runners up! You may have seen some of the winning submissions on Instagram – but, in […]

September 15, 2020

Mentoring scheme 2020–21

The deadline for our mentoring scheme is fast approaching! Six mentees will be matched with six mentors for nine months. It’s rather like working closely with an editor for a year and previous mentees have found it immensely helpful in developing their work and contacts within the industry. There’s a small admin charge – but, […]

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Our Current Picture Hooks Mentors

At Picture Hooks we are tremendously lucky to work with exceptional illustrators who do a wonderful job mentoring our emerging illustrators. We can’t wait to see the work our pairs will produce together and individually before our next exhibition launches, and look forward to our events throughout 2019. Our mentors and mentees will have their […]

January 11, 2019

Picture Hooks 2018/19 Shortlistees

We’ll soon be announcing our fantastic mentors for the next round of our mentoring scheme, and you’ve already met our newest mentees. As we’ve mentioned, it was an incredibly strong year in terms of our applications and we are keen to let you know about the folk who were shortlisted during the process. So, here’s […]

December 7, 2018

Our Current Picture Hooks Mentees

First of all thank you to everyone who applied for a place on our mentoring scheme. The standard was incredibly high, we enjoyed looking at all the submissions we received, and it was a tough job to whittle it down to a shortlist.   Our panel thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the shortlisted illustrators and hearing more about their […]

November 20, 2018

Featured Illustrator: Kirsti Beautyman

Kirsti Beautyman is a Newcastle based illustrator, who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016. Her jungle-strewn, ethereal illustration earned her the title of Picture Hooks illustrator of the year for 2017-18. She was mentored by Helen Stephens. Now that applications are open for the new mentoring scheme, we thought it was time to […]

June 28, 2018