The Saturday Market

A new collection of graphic stories has been created from collaborations between 150 talented young artists and 18 professional illustrators from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the UK.

Through this ambitious international exchange, facilitated by Pop Up Projects, professional illustrators mentored small groups of talented, aspiring young artists (age 16 to 26) at 17 educational institutes and a summer school across the four nations. Through this grand adventure we aimed to seek out hidden talent, nurture emerging artists through rich and immersive artist-led processes, guide them through development of original illustrated stories, shine a spotlight on these stories by taking them to print, and signpost routes into children’s publishing.

Through the mentors, our four publisher partners (Nobrow in UK, Päike Ja Pilv in Estonia, kuš! In Latvia, Vilnius Academy of Arts Press in Lithuania) set participants an especially tough challenge: to transform both sides of an unusually long blank piece of paper (a ‘leporello’, or concertina frieze) into a graphic story in any style, using (or not using) any language, and with no unifying theme or aesthetic.

Artwork from the project was displayed in an exhibition with ROSL ARTS at the Royal Over-Seas League in Mayfair, London, which was co-curated by Pop Up Projects and House of Illustration.

The project coincided with The London Book Fair 2018 Baltic Countries Market Focus, and was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Programme, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Latvia’s International Writers and Translators House and the Ministry of Culture of Estonia, and supported by a number of other partners in each country.