Current Exhibition

SCBWI-logo-100Pictures at Play
by members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
6 September – 21 December 2017

A vibrant exhibition showcasing winning entries from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) biennial competition.

Children’s picture book illustration is one of the most innovative and creative areas of the current publishing industry. Pictures at Play celebrates this talent, comprising stunning artwork from the prestigious SCBWI 2017 competition.

Chosen by a jury including published illustrators, art directors and Half Moon, Pictures at Play covers an array of genres and showcases some wonderful work by published and unpublished artists in the field today. All the illustrations are aimed at young people, from work for babies through to graphic style work for teenagers.

SCBWI is the only professional organisation dedicated to serving people writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television and multimedia. Find out more at

Fine art prints of the exhibits and books by the exhibitors are available to purchase. 10% of all prints sold will be donated to the charity War Child.





Free Artist Events
Alongside our exhibition we have series of free events with some of the children’s book illustrators featured in Pictures at Play. Many of the artists will also be at our Winter Arts Fair on Saturday 2 December.

Sat 30 Sep, 12pm & 1.15pmBridget Marzo (Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw)
Sat 14 Oct, 11.15am & 12.45pmJo Byatt (Busy Little World series)
Sat 28 Oct, 12pm & 1.15pmJohn Shelley (Will’s WordsStone Giant)
Sat 25 Nov, 12pm & 1.15pmPam Smy (ThornhillLob)

Pictures at Play runs from 6 September – 21 December at Gallery @ Half Moon during the theatre opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4.30pm. 

There will be an official opening party and panel event on Thursday 28 September, between 5.30pm – 8.30pm, where you can chat to the artists about their work in a relaxed atmosphere.

Beneath the artwork, there are chalkboards for visitors of all ages to make their own responses to the art. For all our exhibitions, we provide a gallery trail for children and special events. School and community groups can visit free of charge by prebooking and can use our gallery trail to support Arts Award Discover and Explore. For details contact Androulla on 020 7709 8908 or via email.

Gallery @ Half Moon schools workshop programme generously supported by The Finnis Scott Foundation.

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