Pinerolo in winter

A priceless opportunity is available for illustrators – a week in residence at Pinerolo: The Children’s Book Cottage at Blackheath in the beautiful Blue Mountains. The self-contained, self-catering cottage offers tranquillity and an inspiring working environment, with electric blankets, a wood-burning fire and air-conditioning, for cosiness and comfort in all weather.

WestWords and Pinerolo have partnered to offer this unique program, aiming to extend illustrators’ knowledge of picture book creation and design, the process of publishing and the publishing industry. 

Applications from Western Sydney illustrators are encouraged. Two places are available during 2018: 3–9 June / 11–17 November.

Your working environment will include:

  • Art studio and facilities
  • Phone and Internet connection
  • Daily consultation/mentorship with Margaret Hamilton, a professional publisher of picture books for over thirty years.

Supported and enhanced by:

  • Extensive collection of original picture book artwork
  • Comprehensive collection of Australian picture books
  • Reference library of books about authors, illustrators and children’s books
  • Collection of working drawings, roughs, storyboards and pre-publication materials
  • Time to work uninterrupted

The cottage is located approximately 2.5km from Blackheath Station and village. Travel to and from Blackheath not included.

Applications are invited from emerging or early career illustrators who have begun or will commence work on artwork for a children’s picture book during the course of their proposed residencies.

Applications will be subject to a selection process.

Applications close: 5.00pm, 30 April 2018

More information and to apply

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