Our approach to artists
We have always been recognised for our role in developing artists and have discovered and launched the careers of some of the best unpublished artists to hit the scene in recent years.
As agents, we see it as our responsibility to give help, encouragement and direction to our artists and the Bright Group exists to do just that. We influence and encourage our artists on the direction of their careers – helping them to tailor their work to the needs of the market, without losing touch with their creative personality.
Above all, we listen to our artists – some desperately want to be trade picture artists, others are financially driven or solely work on decorative/stationary books, whereas some just want to draw dragons! Whatever direction our artists want to take we work tirelessly to help them achieve their aims and find the right work from the right clients. If this means working directly with them to create the perfect portfolio pieces to win a particular commission, then our in-house art director is on hand to help.
The Bright Group is also available to help established artists looking for a change in direction – many artists who have already enjoyed a successful career may look to follow a different creative path and when that happens, we are right behind them. We have resurrected big name artists and re-launched them with new styles and pseudo-names. We have been able to triple the income of established professionals by seizing opportunities that may exist outside that artist’s main creative channel. For example, we have helped a stationery artist move into decorative gift books, and moved a top picture-book artist into children’s packaging and clothing ranges.
Whether you are just starting out, or are at the peak of your career, the Bright Group is here to help and guide you. We work with and for our artists and that’s why we have been able to deliver the most creative results in artist representation that the children’s market has seen in recent years.
Carole Edwards (Oxford University Press)
bq<.’Creativity and innovation is at Brights core and these qualities are evident in their portfolio of artists and their willingness to work with both clients and illustrators to develop a project for everyone’s benefit. None of this is at the expense of schedules, they consistently manage to deliver great work on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to recommend working with their vibrant team and superb illustrators’.
Emma Layfield ( Hodder )
‘Bright is a young, innovative agency that is passionate about the new talent it encourages and nurtures. They are a delight to work with as they are so proactive.’
‘For me Bright have always shown a great interest not only in the present, but the future. My career objectives were discussed and together we’ve worked hard to achieve them. After a relatively short period I find that my career has progressed and my schedule is full with extremely exciting projects.’
’I love being represented by Bright because if I need help with anything there is always someone at the end of the phone ,as soon as is humanly possible. It’s always good to have an email back from my agent Lucie which makes me giggle ,it gets me through my day!’
‘Bright are brilliant! I joined Bright as an experienced illustrator with twenty years in the business. Their friendly, dynamic approach was instantly appealing and refreshing. Bright are always looking for new opportunities for their artists with a tireless enthusiasm that really gets results. And with Bright looking after my clients, I can get on with my drawing. It’s the perfect match!’
‘In the relatively short time I have been represented by Vicki, my work has taken leaps forward that could never have been achieved alone. She and her agents have secured book contracts (most of which are my own texts) with publishers that before I would never have dreamt of working with. Vicki has given her support and advice whenever it was needed, and has also given freely of her extremely valuable time for the pastoral care that is so important as a solitarily working freelance. Illustrators, almost by definition, can be a somewhat ’challenging’ group to work with, (not me obviously) and it is testament to her patience and belief in both myself and my work, and her incredible skills as an agent, that my career is set on the path that it currently is.’
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Meet the team
Director and Founder
Vicki is the founder and the engine that powers Bright; her enthusiasm is infectious and she is passionate and believes in everyone involved in The Bright Group. She is straightforward to work with, direct and good fun. She loves what she does and Bright is her creative playground. Bright is where Vicki makes things happen.
Agent - Publishing
Lucie is delighted to be working for Bright and loves the world of Children's Books!
Lucie’s experience with both artists and clients spans over nine years and she relishes the challenge of making sure everything runs smoothly and successfully. When not working Lucie’s other passion comes into play, that being the outdoors which compliments her day to day ‘Bright’ life!
Agent - USA
Kirsten has worked in the publishing industry for 15 years. In this time, she has risen from editorial assistant within a major publishing house to senior editor at a leading book production company. On the side, Kirsten has written more than 130 published books, most of which are for children. To date, Kirsten has been involved in the pairing of hundreds of artists and projects. She is excited to take this passion and make it her full-time focus as the U.S. publishing agent within The Bright Group.
Agent - Bright Represents
James joined The Bright Group, straight out of the creative world of Central Saint Martins and has quickly become an integral part of the agency. James believes in what the group does and how they do it…
No matter what project is throw at him, James is able to come up with an effective and speedy solution and always works with a smile.
James excels is finding illustrators for trade picture books and the digital platform.
Head of Finance
Steven is the brains of the bunch, having worked in accounts for over 14 years he is well qualified, diligent and attention to detail is amazing! Steven brings a great attitude to work, always ready to help artists and clients with any queries. In Steven’s spare time he manages his own allotment and loves gardening!
Art Licensing Agent
Hannah Curtis - With over 6 years experience in Art Licensing and with a brilliant creative eye, Hannah has worked directly with the largest publishing houses worldwide, as well as small design teams & award winning artists.
With extensive knowledge of the Greetings & Stationery industry, Hannah is hoping to help find and develop new greetings card artists and develop Bright’s wonderful catalogue of existing artists.
Hannah has an art degree and an art & framing background and has also worked with some of the largest print & canvas customers worldwide, she is keen to follow trends & pour knowledge into creating ranges for clients.
Suzie joined Bright just under a year ago having studied English Literature and Cultural studies at Glasgow University. Suzie has a great attitude and having worked in publishing for over two years her enthusiasm and experience is invaluable! She has a growing interesting in developing texts and making them come to life- and she’s great at it! Suzie is also an incredible dancer!
Agent - Literary
Lauren began her children’s book career over 10 years ago, gaining a wealth of editorial, publishing and licensing experience, as a writer and editor at top publishing houses. Having written hundreds of children’s books, and worked with award-winning names, she has an eye for recognising talent and prize-winning masterpieces, and a big heart for representing Bright Academy’s authors and illustrators.
Head of Security
It's quite remarkable how much Monty looks like a moving soft toy, not so remarkable when you realise he was found in the toy department of Hamley's, was sprinkled with magic dust and came alive. Monty's pack leader Vicki appointed him head of security after he showed a keen interest in the buzzer and visitors. He prowls bins, snores in the office and sleeps with his legs in the air.
Monty's Wing Girl
Coco is one foxy chocci lab, with extended legs and an elegant nose. Coco has become the love of Monty's life - they play together, run together and snooze together... Monty being the alpha male does sometimes like to assert territorial rein over his castle of which Coco delightfully ignores, she's a stunner and utterly fabulous!