Hartlepool Festival of Illustration

Featuring over 50 of the world’s leading illustrators and running from the 4th June – 4th July, the Hartlepool Festival of Illustration is packed with plenty of inspiration, exhibitions, talks and a chance to purchase some great work!


Talks run throughout the day on the 5th/6th of June and feature illustrators talking through their careers, life in the comic book art world, documentary films and illustrator workshops  so get booking now!

We’ve put together a little selection of some of the exhibiting illustrators as a taster of what’s to come…We can’t wait!

Owen DaveyOwen_Davey


Andrew Rae

Andrew Rae


William GrillWilliam_Grill

Emmanuelle WalkerEmanuelle Walker

Brothers of the StripeBrothers_Stripe

The International Flag of Planet Earth

Swedish designer Oskar Pernefeldt has submitted a design to be used as an international flag for planet earth. His reasoning behind the project is to create a flag to hopefully one day be placed on Mars that represents the entire planet and not just the astronaut’s country of origin. The design was inspired by the notion that all life is connected and the tone of blue used was chosen to signify the blue planet in clear contrast to the white of an astronaut’s spacesuit and the black of space. Find out more about the project, the creator and the design here. international-flag-of-planet-earth flag on planet

Henry Moore

We feel a bit of an affinity with Henry Moore in the Creative Studio – he was born in West Yorkshire, where we are, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is home to a lot of his fabuous work, which is one of our favourite places. Today it’s been revealed that 20 unseen photos of his works are to go on display at the Waddington Custot gallery this summer. The photographs were taken in 1956/7 and show the options that Moore created to sit outside the Paris Unesco building. Also, the Exhibition, Henry Moore: Back to a Land, is on at YSP until September. We’re planning a trip!  Moore Photo 1 Moore Photo 2Moore Back to a Land