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The Hartlepool Festival of Illustration Satellite Programme is taking place throughout June in libraries and other venues across the Tees Valley to coincide with the Crossing the Tees Book Festival . The programme explores and celebrates illustration and books through exhibited work, workshops, talks and activities for people of all ages and abilities. All materials and equipment will be provided at the sessions but spaces are limited for some workshops so please check the details and book your place where appropriate.

Please note: To book any of the events listed, visit the Festival of Illustration website and follow the appropriate links.

Alan Vest exhibition

Date:  7-29 June

Location: Stockton Central Library

Cost: Free

An exhibition of work by young Stockton-based illustrator Alan Vest will be showing at Stockton Library throughout June.  Alan achieved a Distinction grade at the end of his Foundation course at Cleveland College of Art & Design and went on to study Illustration for Commercial Application at CCAD, for which he was awarded a first class diploma in 2016. His illustration career started during the final year of his course, with commissions including a magazine cover for The Brussels Times, as well as his ongoing weekly illustrations for The Guardian newspaper. He is based in Stockton and his career continues to go from strength to strength.

For further information about Alan visit:   www.alanvest.com   www.instagram.com/alanvest


Come and meet illustrator Alan Vest

Date:  Thursday  8 June

Location: Stockton Central Library

Time: 10am & 1.30pm

Cost: Free

Alan will give informal talks about his work in the exhibition space at Stockton Central Library. Free, drop-in sessions.




Airship Nelson workshops with Daniel Weatheritt 

Illustrator and Graphic Designer Daniel Weatheritt is bringing Airship Nelson, a fictional travelling art airship, to libraries across the Tees Valley to make zines (mini magazines) using a range of techniques and mixed media, including pen and ink, pencils, watercolour and collage.  Participants will develop and design characters for their zines and connect them to memories and places linked to their local area, tagging them to a specially designed large scale map of the Tees Valley. Daniel is running workshops at the following venues:

Friday 9 June, 6.30-8.30pm at Stockton Central Library

Part of the Lipstick Library girls-only event. Cost £2, booking essential via www.crossingthetees.org .

Saturday 10 June, 10am-12noon at Throston Grange Library, Hartlepool, TS26 OXW

Suitable for children 7-12 years. Free.

Saturday 17 June, 10am-12noon, Owton Manor Library, Hartlepool, TS25 3LQ

Suitable for children 7-12 years.  Free.

Wednesday 21 June, 10am-12noon, Middlesbrough Central Library

A specially adapted family drop-in for pre-school age children and parents/carers. Free, no booking required.

Wednesday 21 June, 2-4pm, Middlesbrough Central Library

Afternoon illustration workshop for people with dementia, family and carers. Free, no booking required.


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Fashion Illustration with Frances Moffatt

Date:  Saturday 10 June

Location: Middlesbrough Central Library

Time: 10am – 12 noon

Cost: Free

Frances Moffatt is a freelance illustrator and Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration for Commercial Application programme at CCAD. She has worked for a range of high profile clients across editorial and publishing, and is the author/illustrator of Fashion Exercise Book, a colouring in and doodle book published by leading art and design publisher Batsford.  Participants will work with Frances to produce their own fashion illustrations. Suitable for ages 7-12. Booking essential.

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Illustration using monoprinting with Rosie Faragher

Date:  Tuesday 13 June

Location: Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Darlington

Time: 11am-4pm


Date:  Wednesday 14 June

Location: Middlesbrough Central Library

Time: 11am-4pm

Cost: Free

Artist Rosie Faragher is currently studying an MA in children’s book illustration at The Cambridge School of Art. Her work explores the possibilities of mono-print in illustration and she uses printing alongside coloured pencils, felt tips and watercolour paint. Rosie makes picture books about magic in ordinary places – designing characters and exploring colour, pattern and texture are some of her favourite things. You can see her work at:


Over the course of this one-day workshop, Rosie will take participants through character design and monoprint, starting with an example and the different ways in which she develops her characters. Participants will engage with quick exercises to help them to come up with their own characters, before exploring colour and mark-making using monoprinting. By the end of the workshop, participants will have been through the process of designing a character and produced further designs showing their character interacting with others and/or with objects. Book essential.

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Printmaking workshops with Northern Print

Date:  Thursday 15 June

Location: Mobile Library, Egglescliffe Community Centre car park

Time: 3.10-4.30pm

Cost: Free

Northern Print, an open access print studio based in the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle, is running a series of workshops for adults exploring the use of traditional printmaking within contemporary illustration.

Northern Print will be travelling with Stockton Mobile Library on Thursday 15 June, working with school groups during the day and finishing with a free family focus drop-in between 3.10 and 4.30pm in Egglesclife Community Centre car park.

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Printmaker Cath Hodso

Date:  Thursday 22 June

Location: Hemlington Community Hub & Library

Time: 10am-12 noon


Date:  Friday 23 June

Location: Stockton Central Library

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: Free 

Cath Hodson will run two workshops for adults exploring illustration using a combination of drypoint and monoprint. Participants will work with specialist materials and equipment to create their own print work to take away. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as people with some experience. Booking essential.

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Image credit: Northern Print

At selected libraries

Alan Vest is producing new black and white outline illustrations for large scale colouring-in activities to actively engage children and families in libraries across the Tees Valley. The illustrations will feature local buildings, heritage, stories, people and characters particularly relevant to the Tees Valley, as well as some famous and well-loved children’s book characters, such as Paddington and The Gruffalo. Colouring in materials will be provided at each participating library. Free – no booking required.

To book any of the events listed, visit the Festival of Illustration website and follow the appropriate links.