Estonian illustrators at the Pop Up festival (UK)

Written by Kadri Naanu on . Posted in News, News of Centre

Estonian illustrators Ulla Saar and Kertu Sillaste will participate in the children’s literature festival Pop Up in the UK in June 10–11. Artists and illustrators will conduct workshops for students from 3rd to the 6th grade. 

Sillaste will introduce her book I am an Artist. The book caught the eye of the festival organizers who liked the concept. Sillaste will conduct workshops based on the Estonian version of the book, as it has not been published in English. The festival will provide all the participating classes with 15 copies of the book.

The workshops will be held in the Waddesdon manor in Buckinghamshire on June 11th at 10:00–11:30 and 12:30–2:00. It is an ideal environment for making art as the manor also hosts an art collection. Additionally, the festival artists will be featured in the Pop Up Magazine. The target audience of the magazine is school children and libraries and it has more that 12 000 readers.

Ulla Saar will hold two workshops for 60 students from 3rd to 6th grade on June 10th, 2019. The workshops will be held in the St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School. Saar will introduce the book Everyone is the Smartest written by the poet Contra and featuring her illustrations. The book was published in English last year by the Emma Press. The festival will provide workshop participants with copies of the book.

Pop Up festival is a celebration that inspires children across the UK to read for pleasure and engage in creative writing and visual storytelling. Students from primary, secondary and SEND schools will meet many authors and illustrators. Young readers will read books by more than a hundred writers and illustrators. In June, they will participate in workshops by those authors and illustrators delivered in many in local libraries, museums and galleries.

Participation in the Pop Up festival is a continuation to the international illustrator exchange project Pop Up Baltic Exchange held during 2017–2018.

Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh and private collection