The People’s Forest Illustrator Submissions: 

In collaboration with Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and Google Arts & Culture, The Willowherb Review is pleased to announce that we are commissioning FOUR WALTHAM FOREST-BASED ARTISTS to respond to our “People’s Forest” Special Issue. The four illustrations we select will be paired with the texts from “The People’s Forest” and featured on Google Arts & Culture. 

Examples of how this will look on the Google Arts & Culture Platform:

Deadline: Monday 16 September, 2019 at 11.59 pm (GMT)

What do we want?

We’re looking for illustrations responding to the pieces published in The Willowherb’s “People’s Forest” Special Issue. There are four pieces in total—”Bishop of the Bluebells”, “The Garden”, “Change the Channel”, and “if still forest”. Artists should choose one piece to respond to with an illustration. At the application stage, we are asking for a portfolio and a proposal (more details below). 

Who are you?

We’re looking for artists of colour based in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. You may be a total beginner or you may be a professional illustrator—we’re open to seeing a range of exceptional work and looking for fresh ideas in response to the writing. 

The Willowherb publishes writers and illustrators who identify as BAME, people of colour, and/or Indigenous (BIPoC).

If you're unsure of what we mean by people of colour, have a look here. The term ‘people of colour’ is used to describe any group/person that is not white, often sharing a common experience of racism. Indigenous can be taken to include Native American, First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal identities, among others. 

How to apply:

Please submit a small portfolio including 3 previous illustrations (they don’t need to have been published before) and either a) a brief description of your proposed illustration or b) a sketch that gives us a sense of what you plan to do. Let us know which of the four pieces your image will respond to. 

If selected, the final illustration will be due no later than Monday 11 November, 2019, and your illustration will be licensed for use on the Google Arts & Culture platform as part of the wider Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture project. The images we commission will be paid at a rate of £400. 


*Please note that data collected in the submissions process will be held on file until the selection process is completed, after which point it will be deleted. If your submission is chosen, we’ll keep hold of your information for invoicing and tax purposes.*

Did you read everything over there ← to the left? Yes? Great!

Submissions are made between 14 August–16 September, 2019 by email to thewillowherbreview@gmail.com. Please complete the following questionnaire in the body of an email, attach your files in .pdf or .jpg format (max 10mb), and hit send! If you do not include the questionnaire below, we won't consider your submission, sorry! Please note we can only accept digital submissions (no hardcopies). 

NAME (AS YOU WISH TO BE CREDITED):

EMAIL:

TELEPHONE (OPTIONAL):

PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF SUMMARY (1-2 SENTENCES) OF YOUR PROPOSED SUBMISSION:

I IDENTIFY AS A PERSON OF COLOUR/BAME/INDIGENOUS PERSON: YES/NO

DO YOU LIVE IN THE LONDON BOROUGH OF WALTHAM FOREST: YES/NO

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE US TO KNOW:

Thank you for submitting! We're so excited to see your work!