Hachette launches free portfolio sessions for BAME creatives

Lucy Nathan
News - Publishing Wednesday, 23rd September 2020

Employee network THRIVE is aiming to improve diversity in the the creative industry

THRIVE, the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employee network at Hachette UK, has launched a series of free portfolio sessions for designers and illustrators from BAME, alongside the design teams in its trade divisions. The programme opens for submissions on 28 September and aims to help improve diversity in the creative industry. Designers and illustrators will be able to meet with a Hachette UK in-house designer for a one-to-one virtual session, and will be offered feedback on their work. 

Those wishing to apply must submit a portfolio or up to six artworks to ThrivePortfolioSessions@hachette.co.uk, with the email subject header 'Portfolio Session submission'. Candidates must be over 18 and no prior book design experience is necessary. 

The scheme is led by THRIVE co-leaders Ebyan Egal and Joelyn Rolston-Esdelle alongside designer Alice Duggan, who said: "We're really excited to launch this initiative in partnership with the divisional design teams. We hope that the sessions will allow our design colleagues to offer advice and support to BAME creatives, whilst also engaging with them to better understand and break down the barriers they may have faced in the creative industry, particularly in book design. The need for more diversity within our industry is one of the reasons we exist as an employee network and we encourage anyone to apply for our scheme - regardless of what stage they are at in their career."

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