Monday, 18 September 2017

Explorers Against Extinctions "Sketch For Survival" Campaign

A little while ago, Plum Pudding were contacted by the charity "Explorers Against Extinction", who are raising money through their campaign "Sketch For Survival" by asking artists and celebrities to donate artwork to be put into their auction. A few of our artists have donated some fabulous pieces!

The charity raises awareness of a very important cause - to quote their website:

"One elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes. That's 100 a day. An average of three rhinos a day are killed for their horn. To raise awareness of these shocking statistics we asked artists & celebrities to do a simple 15 minute sketch to support our campaign."

As well as the auction, an exciting event is being held on the 12th October at the Royal Geographic Society in which leading experts in the wildlife field will come together to "make a stand against extinction". 

An exciting evening with some famous faces including Ranulph Fiennes will be attending - to get your ticket follow the link below:

To bid on and maybe nab one of our artists lovely pieces visit:

(More artists to follow)

There will also be a tour of the donated work:

"The collection will also be on display to the public in the form of short pop-up exhibitions, opening in Norwich on World Rhino Day on Friday 22nd September. Venue details below:

The Crypt Gallery, Norwich School, Cathedral Close, NR1 4DH: Friday 22nd September 10am - 5pm and Saturday 23rd September 10am - 4pm

The Crypt Gallery, Dukes Road Entrance (off Euston Road), London, NW1 2BA: Tuesday 26th September 2pm - 8pm (private view 6pm - 8pm), Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September 10am - 7pm

Walcot Chapel Gallery, Walcot Gate, Bath BA1 5UG: Wednesday 4th October 12pm - 7pm and 

Thursday 5th October 10am - 4pm
Entry is free."

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Progressive Preschool Awards 2017

Some very exciting news year at Plum Pudding HQ!

"All You Need To Know before you Start School", the book illustrated by our very own Marina Aizen has been nominated for the Best Preschool Written, Listening, and Learning Range category of "The Progressive Preschool Awards" 2017!

We are very excited here at PP and have all our fingers crossed for Marina!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Some new Plums to add to the Pudding!

We have had two new lovely additions to the Plum Pudding team this month which is very exciting news!

Below, they have written two little bios to introduce themselves...enjoy!

I am Star, I am the new marketing manager here at Plum Pudding and I am wonderfully fantastically excited to be back! I studied Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University and my hobbies include covering myself in glitter, boogying and being silly. My (and my lovely mothers) favourite children’s book is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and my favourite style is hand drawn and a little bit messy! If I could be any animal it would be a male silverback gorilla. 

Hello, my name’s Beth and I’m super excited to be starting as an agent here at Plum Pudding. I’ve recently graduated from the University of Leeds where I studied Graphic and Communication Design and have a background in designing for kids! I have a massive sweet tooth and love baking and devouring all things chocolatey. I love all illustration and envy all our artists’ talents but particularly enjoy papercutting and collaging myself. In the age old debate of cats or dogs I will always argue that rabbits are underrated!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

What PPs Mark got up to on holiday.....

After all his recent hard work, PP's Mark went off to Center Parcs, Holland for a much needed family holiday! 

Although by the looks of this video it does not seem as if there was much relaxation time! 


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

What has Paula Bowles been getting up to...?

A few days ago, the fabulously talented Paula Bowles was invited along to Bristol Children's Hospital's 'Arts Week'. She moseyed on down with her sketching equipment and spent the day alongside storyteller Wilf Merttens, who is part of a charity called 'Read For Good' - a charity that provides the opportunity, space, and motivation for children to develop their own love of reading. 

Together they visited lots of different wards and helped the children make up their own stories. With Paula sketching alongside, Wilf asked the children to make up 3 different characters, asking their name and a little about the characters personality!

All the children got to keep Paula's drawing as a memory of their story. She said of the day "It was lovely to see the children laugh and smile as their stories came to life!"

What a fantastic event to be part of! Well done Paula!

Below are links to the various people and charities that made this event come to life and some pictures taken from the day!

Many thanks to:

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children:

Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal:

Read For Good:

Wilf Merttens: