The Bright Agency (Children's Illustration blog) The Bright Emporium (STS & Book Launches)

A Celebration of All Things Illustration Up On St John’s Hill…


Why we opened The Bright Emporium:

To celebrate our artists work and share it with the public, the agency has opened The Bright Emporium, a unique space that opens a window for customers into the illustration and children’s book world.

This creative combined gallery, event space, boutique shop and licensing agency champions all things books! Through the Bright Emporium, it is our hope that consumers – both children and adults – can develop a deeper relationship with the picture book characters they love and allow their own creativity to spark into life.


Bright would love to partner with our publishers on their book launches, offering The Bright Emporium as a venue to help launch the work of our artists!

Take a look at our most recent launch with Fiona Woodcock for her debut picture book ‘Hiding Heidi’ by Simon & Schuster:

‘No Wallflowers Here! Behind the Scenes at The Official Book Launch of Fiona Woodcock’s debut; Hiding Heidi.’ Read the blog here.

Watch the trailer here


As well as evening celebrations, Bright offers another two types of launches at the Emporium:


Having built brilliant relationships with our local schools, the teachers, kids and the parents now want to visit the space for a book launch, buy the book and meet the artist. The perfect demographic, this is a great opportunity to bring the book face-face with its true fans!

Bright artist Ben Mantle, The Bright Emporium, Pan Macmillan and High View primary school came together as a force to be reckoned with, to celebrate the launch of Ben’s new picture book series ‘Dinostars‘. Read the blog here.


If a relaxed bookshop environment feels like the best fit for a picture book, we can invite our local community and families along to a Saturday morning book launch in the shop.

Previous Saturday launches include the first of Jenny Poh’s Superfairies series, by Curious Fox Publishers:
Making Magic at the Superfairies Book Launch


Get involved with Storytime Sunday, our popular community event at the Emporium. It allows children a space in which to get creative, meet authors and illustrators, reading the books with craft workshops based on the story and the characters. The Bright gallery and marketing team schedule storytime events with upcoming publications and ‘Behind the Book’ blogs to coincide with other promotional activity:

With a follow up Storytime blog here:
‘Storytime Sunflowers with Fiona Woodcock.’

‘From Art Licensing to Children’s Books and Beyond’ on the making of Hiding Heidi – read the blog here, including extracts from Fiona’s blog tour featuring Picture Books BloggerLibrary MicePlaying by the BookMagpie ThatRead It Daddy

Our supporters include:


With our ‘love the book – buy the print’ offering, children given prints sold in the Emporium from their favourite books, will develop a greater love for a story, a series, and an artist’s future publications.


Bright’s first exhibition Where The Story Began is now travelling – first stop is Craigard Gallery in conjunction with The Wigtown Literary Festival 23rd Sept – 2nd Oct! Here featured artist Benji Davies, will be partaking in the festival activities alongside an exhibition of his own book The Storm Whale, curated by the festival organisers.

Featuring artwork by 10 artists including Benji DaviesYasmeen Ismail and Sue HendraWhere The Story Began shares the inspiration for the artists’ illustrations and highlights how their children’s books come to life. The exhibition will be travelling throughout 2016 and 2017 to various literary festivals, museums and other vibrant event spaces. Find out more here.


The Bright Emporium is launching a new exhibition called The Bright Collection ranging from stunning city scenes, typography pieces, timeless nursery prints, scenes from favourite books and family and home inspired artwork. Including artwork from Jarvis, Clair Rossiter and Fiona Woodcock to name a few.

You are invited to the private opening of The Bright Collection, showing a brilliant range of artwork by illustrators represented by Bright, with 25% off prints at the private opening only!
You can see the full invite details here.

The exhibition opens to the public alongside the St John’s Hill Street Party on Sunday the 11th September. Find out more here.


Family Yoga

All ages and levels come together for one hour to enjoy a fun practise and the opportunity for family bonding.
Using Brights artists books as a story base, these classes give everyone the chance to explore yoga through postures, partner work, breathing techniques and relaxation in an enjoyable environment.

Find out more and book your ticket here

Yoga Classes

With adult classes before and after working hours, ranging from Hatha Yoga to Power Pilates. View and book classes here.

Coming Soon:
Book based drama workshops every other week called ‘Read Make Play.’

Tutus for Tots

Baby Ballet classes provide a magical arrangement of activities. The aim is to capture and nurture young children’s imagination and creativity. An array of different narrative settings, aided by the use of props, is used to enable the children to learn through play and explore through dance.
Find out more and book your ticket here

Sing and Sign

Specifically for babies aged 6 months up to 14 months, Sing and Sign combines the benefits of both music and baby signing. Babies naturally use a combination of gestures and sounds to help their parents understand them. Find out more here.


The Bright Emporium is the perfect space to hire, from making mess at the drawing table for a 2nd Birthday and taking a picture book home as a party bag, to enjoying the artwork and raising a glass of bubbly with friends at a 50th.

With a multi-functional design, bookshelves, flying books and an exhibition hanging, the Bright Emporium offers an exciting introduction to the wonderful world that can be found inside.

Exposing a new generation to art and storytelling is a key aim of the Bright Group, as we believe exposure to the arts is one of the most valuable things a person can experience, shaping their personality and encouraging them to grow creatively. Please get in touch if you would like to work with us on the promotion of your books by Bright illustrators or another industry event.

We hope to see you soon!

Very best, Harriet
Marketing and Gallery Manager | | +44 (0)207 326 9140

Harriet Steger
Marketing and Gallery Manager

Jess Lomax
Gallery Coordinator

Lucy Mayer
Marketing Coordinator

“ The Bright Emporium is a one-of-a-kind space. It gives children and adults the opportunity to see where the magic of stories begins, allowing them to interact with those who create and make stories happen.”  
– Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, Founder & MD of Bright Group