'Once there was a book...' exhibition

Friday 8th December, 2017 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Join us for the launch of a very special exhibition, with over a dozen illustrators commissioned to produce a piece to be auctioned in support of Acorns children's charity

Exhibition, Free entry

Over the past five years we’ve connected with so many great creatives across Birmingham and throughout the UK that the time has come to put our network to good use. As such we’ve teamed up with Acorns, a Birmingham based children’s hospice, to help support the amazing work they do for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions.

This Christmas we’ve commissioned various illustrators to produce a piece that will be made available for auction, with all proceeds going to Acorns.

Join us on Friday 8th December for a one night only exhibition showcasing their great work, inspired by the artist’s favourite children’s story, along with music and drinks at the Zellig space in the Custard Factory.

Venue: Zellig at the Custard Factory, Digbeth

About the auction

The auction launched at 6.30pm on Friday 8th December and will run online until 6.30pm on Friday 15th December. All proceeds go to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

You can bid on the pieces here

Join us for the exhibition

Zellig, Custard Factory, Digbeth

The illustrators

Katherine Tromans

Katherine Tromans is a Freelance Illustrator & Creative Designer who lives and works in Birmingham. She creates illustrated campaigns and creative design for advertising agencies but also works with her own clients and private commissions.

Katherine’s work can range from intricate fashion illustrations to luminous, otherworldly landscapes.

See Kat’s work

Danni Smurthwaite

A thirty-something illustrator, designer and most recently children’s author, Danni is a born & bred Brummie who enjoys nothing more than a cup of tea and a doodle.

With 15yrs experience in the design industry, Danni’s illustration style consists of bold line work and feminine silhouettes.

See Danni’s work

Tom Woolley

Tom Woolley is a freelance illustrator who lives in Birmingham. Tom specialises in bold and colourful illustration and his clients include Lonely Planet, Computer Arts Magazine, Europcar and Simon & Schuster publishing.

See Tom’s work

Laura Tinald

Laura is an artist and illustrator born and bred in Birmingham, who studied and lived in London previously. She’s illustrated for a variety of magazines, greetings cards, chocolate bar wrappers and books.

Laura’s favourite thing is to paint, and you can currently find her portraits of women at Castle Fine Art galleries across the country.

See Laura’s work

Sweaty Eskimo

Tahgasa Bertram (the guy above) is a freelance illustrator, who illustrates under the name Sweaty Eskimo.

He works from his home studio in the (not so) sunny town of Birmingham, UK.

See Sweaty’s work

Nathan Hackett

Nathan is an illustrator with a fascination for architecture and the relationship its inhabitants have with city dwelling.

With a passion for drawing and an emphasis on laboured dedication to detail, Nathan builds intricate compositions that feature quirky mini-narratives of theatrical invention.

See Nathan’s work

Jimmy Rogers

Jimmy Rogers is a Birmingham based creative with a passion for illustration, Lego and Tunnocks Caramels.

He has 10 years (and counting) experience in the creative industry and is accomplished in a variety of disciplines from illustration and design to web and moving image.

See Jimmy’s work

Louise Byng

Louise Byng is an award-winning creative communicator with a penchant for learning-through-making.

Since graduating from Arts University Bournemouth with a first class honours degree in illustration, Byng has exhibited work internationally and completed a broad spectrum of commissions, working closely with cultural organisations to inspire audiences in new ways.

See Louise’s work

Michelle Turton

Michelle is a freelance illustrator specialising in portrait, travel and lifestyle illustration.

She has exhibited internationally and her work has been featured in books, on buildings, skateboard decks, giant 3D sculptures and walls across the world.

See Michelle’s work

Milly Jackson

Milly Jackson is a Birmingham based designer and illustrator, with a background in fashion design.

Specialising in hand-drawn and digital illustration, her work can range from illustrating large scale window displays to live drawing for brands and events. Milly also works as a university lecturer.

See Milly’s work

Michael Clulee

Michael is an illustrator who has been involved in branding, solo exhibitions, commissioned paintings and teaming up with other people for cool stuff in Birmingham.

His work covers a lot of areas, from landscapes to characters and a handful of imaginative space vistas.

See Michael’s work

Ted Jones

Ted Jones is an Account Director for local creative agency Keane Brands, and a passionate doodler.

Outside of the day job, Ted dabbles in traditional and digital media, playing around with character design, illustration, graphic design and animation. If you’ve got something fun to work on, he’s also been known to take on commissions.

See Ted’s work

Martin Donnelly

Martin Donnelly is an artist, graphic designer and illustrator living in the UK, with 20 years experience in the design industry.

He works with brands (Microsoft, Coca Cola, Channel 4), galleries (Gallery 1988, Secret7″), acquaintances, friends and occasionally complete strangers. His style is defined by the ‘pop culture characters he re-imagines, nostalgic, bold, vibrant and fun. His designs have featured in several publications and have exhibited and sold internationally.

See Martin’s work

Daniel Alcorn

Dan is Director of Badego & Birmingham Design Festival and Designer at Substrakt, he is also curator of this exhibition.

Dan’s love of picture books inspired him to call on artists from around the Midlands to deliver something for Christmas that would bring everyone together for a good cause before the holiday season kicks in.

Of the Unkown

OfTheUnknown (OTU) are a creative agency that create unconventional branding, design & motion.

Recent illustrative projects include JustEat, The British Film Institute and Tottenham Hotspur. Big believers in supporting the next generation of design talent, they recently launched the OTU School, which helps design students and recent grads break into the industry.

See Of the Unkown’s work

About Acorns

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.

The children and young people that we help are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last year Acorns has supported 876 children and 1,097 families, including those who are bereaved.

The Venue

Zellig, Custard Factory

We’ll be in Zellig space in the Custard Factory, with it’s beautiful furnishings we thought it was the ideal place to host a picture book inspired event.

Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA

Food, Drink & Entertainment

The Middle Feast

We use traditional middle eastern flavours, the best of seasonal and traditional ingredients and add unusual flavour combinations, pops of texture and surprises along the way to give you a kebab with kapow!

Free Beer & Wine

We’ll have a selection of free drink kindly provided by a local seller.

The VR Hub & Tilt Brush

VR Hub will be joining us for the exhibition demoing the 3D painting app tilt brush.

Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality.

Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.

Find out more about Tilt Brush

Find out more about VR Hub