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About us

Arena Illustration has become a well-respected go-to agency for the country's most talented creatives. Home to an enviable and carefully crafted list of illustrators alongside an interstellar cast of award-winners and best-sellers in the flourishing Children's Publishing industry. Key to our on-going success is a shared creative vision carefully carving out successful careers for each of the artists that we represent.

The dedicated and passionate Arena team pride themselves on providing an expert and friendly boutique service, supplying beautiful and eye-catching content in a variety of distinctive styles to clients across all genres from children's publishing to sci-fi and fantasy, concept art and character design.

Our Manifesto is to provide the highest quality images by talented individual artists with excellent skills in their field.

Founded in 1968 by John Spencer, then established as 'Young Artists' with the guidence of Alison Eldred and Valerie Paine and evolving into Arena in the early 1990’s when the artists were no longer young. Arena Illustration has been steered by directors Tamlyn Francis and Caroline Thomson since 2001, with the invaluable help of our man in New York Alan Lynch.

The artist retains the copyright in their own artwork, our job is to negotiate a licence for the use of their illustrations, which suits both client and creator, this is a bespoke service and one which is defined on a case by case basis. Arena lllustration is not a charity and our artists are professionals, it is not in their best interests, or the health of the industry, to accept a job with no fee.

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Arena Illustration is a member of:

Society of Artists Agents      Association of Illustrators

Tamlyn Francis


With formal training from Norwich School of Art Tamlyn went straight into the agency environment, learning the business and joining...

Caroline Thomson


Caroline joined Arena in 2001, she has MA in sequential illustration from Brighton and BA Norwich School of Art as well as ten years...

Alan Lynch


After joining Arena (originally Young Artists) in London in the early 1980s, Alan set up shop in New York where he still lives and...