BIG kids magazine

by kath_red on 13/07/2011

in Books, Kids Crafts

The inaugural edition of this Australian art magazine for kids is due to be published early 2011. So far it looks like it is going to be beautiful, breathtaking and bold. BIG stands for Bravery, Imagination and Generosity – the magazine aims to promote creativity in children and create opportunities for innovative collaboration.

Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue and Australian artists and parents who are passionate about art as a holistic way of thinking and an everyday way of engaging viewing and responding to the world. You can find out a little bit more about them here. And you can find Lilly Blue and her illustrations here and an interview with Jo Pollitt here.

I asked Jo and Lilly what we can expect in the first edition of BIG and this is what they said:

  1. BIg Kids Magazine has the contemporary art world at its core, and many drawn and sculpted pathways for kids to respond, interact and participate in it.
  2. Our main point of difference is that we publish the work of children and artists/adults side by side, acknowledging the importance of the conversation between the two, and the interesting outcomes when kids respond to artists work, and vice versa.
  3. The theme for the launch issue is First Flight and it is full of winged creatures, feathered flocks, flying fiends and caped heroes.
  4. The cover image is a collaboration between Lilly and a very cool 6year old young artist that will set the tone for a wondrous shared adventure on the BIG ship sea!
  5. Artists, both emerging and established, will be featured with a related activity for children to immediately respond to. For example kids will be able to compose poetry out of  a page filled with the most delightful bird names selected from a field of over 10,000. A palate of words for a child to instantly black out and create their own ‘micro poems’ by using a black marker or highlighter.
  6. People who grew up to become who they wanted to be when they grew up will feature a ballerina interviewed alongside a ornithologist.
  7. Interviews with kids on their current adventures in art and the world will feature in each issue and for the launch issue we are very excited to share the wild caravan adventures of BG, who is on our Junior editorial team.
  8. The junior editorial team will be introduced and we will reveal their first (currently top secret) BIG collaborative project with 6 local and international artists.
  9. What’s BIG right now will be for kids to record their current interests, friends and feelings which can be kept and collected with future issues (we find it is getting harder to keep a record of the changes in the personal world of our increasingly ‘busy’ kids, and see this as a quick response, reflective and fun way to remember special times).
  10. The pull out print to keep is by an Australian artist and we will feature a new artist in each issue so that kids can collect the prints to frame, or keep, or alter.
  11. Also there will also be pages to colour, cut and stick and a tiny sized section of miniature worlds.

BIG magazine is offering ONE reader the opportunity to win a subscription to BIG magazine, this includes the launch issue and the second edition for themselves as well as securing a subscription for a child in need. Please leave a comment here to be in the running – you have 48 hours to enter. Now Closed – Congratulations Caleb – you have been contacted via email.


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1 emma July 13, 2011 at 6:30 am

How fantastically creative is that idea for a mag! I know many kids who would love this!

2 Caleb Brown July 13, 2011 at 6:33 am

Hey exciting! I am the dad of two 10 year old super-creative sons, and this post catches me at a good moment, as my wife and I are pondering whether to open our house to occasional/afterschool/workshoppy crafting and kids yoga. Very interested in this magazine (I’ve done magazine-making online and off with kids for years, love the process and result), and am so inspired by Action Pack as well. Thanks for keeping the faith,

3 Maggie July 13, 2011 at 7:12 am

what a great thing! yes please!

4 Leah July 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

Big looks fabulous!

5 Aly July 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Looks and sounds like it will be gorgeous!

6 Rebecca July 13, 2011 at 9:30 am

This is wonderful, just what my kids need. This is a niche that needs to be filled!

7 Carrie July 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

Inspiring! I can hardly wait to see more. The illustrations made my day.

8 kelli July 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

That looks really great!

9 Lisa July 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

Wow- I’d love to win. Maybe I’d even share it with my kids. :)

10 Denise July 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

This is definitely inspired! I would love to see the “kids” in my life enjoying this wonderful magazine!

11 Amy July 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I found out about this magazine not long ago and I have been so excited for it to launch! I can’t wait to see the first issue!

Crafting by Candlelight

12 Kathy July 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Please enter me in the drawing! The magazine sounds very exciting!

13 connie July 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

ooooh buddy. i know a five year old who would LOVE this!

14 Liz M July 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Wow – this looks like just the magazine to inspire my daughter!

15 Sharonnz July 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Sounds amazing!

16 Meremade July 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I would love to win a subscription!! It sounds just delightful!!

17 Marsha July 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Wow, this looks like a fabulous magazine! My six-year-old is passionate about making art and would love this, I’m sure.

18 Kristel July 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Yes, indeed, like all the comments say: would love to win! Sounds like a fanastic magazine! Very curious.

19 Iona July 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Brilliant! It sounds a little like the approach to art my kids’ beautiful Montessori school takes and it would be so wonderful to have that at home. And better to know it would be shared with another less fortunate.

20 Ann July 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

this looks like such an amazing magazine.. exactly what i needed when i was a kid! thank you for the giveaway.

21 Tania July 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Everything about this makes my heart SING!

22 kathleen July 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm

holy smokes! this looks amazing and perfect and gorgeous and just, whoa! my young artists would love to get there hands on this! so inspiring!

23 Jean July 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

sounds really great! can’t wait to see it.

24 zoe July 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Oh, my niece needs something like this. She lives in a fairly uninspiring town, goes to a school where art is not appreciated and her mother has a hard time finding things to keep her busy! This would be PERFECT! She is 8 and last week sat next to me in my design studio and illustrated for over an hour non-stop while I worked on another illustration. She needs all the encouragement she can get! Thanks for sharing this!

25 Holly Keller July 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

wow! would lovelovelove this to share with my boy. lovely.

26 Rachael July 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

It sounds magical! I would love a chance to win :).

27 Camille Wilson July 14, 2011 at 12:31 am

I LOVE THIS! I can’t wait until it’s in circulation!

28 Kirsten July 14, 2011 at 1:57 am

Sounds exciting!! xx

29 Heidi July 14, 2011 at 3:30 am

Oh I’d love to be considered. Thank you!

30 Michelle M July 14, 2011 at 5:37 am

this sounds awesome. Fingers crossed!

31 Susan July 14, 2011 at 7:14 am

Sounds like a great magazine – my 10 year old is highly imaginative and loves to read, especially when he gets something in the mail. Plus I really like the idea of giving to another child.

32 chandra July 14, 2011 at 7:18 am

sounds interesting!

33 Tahnea July 14, 2011 at 8:07 am

What a fabulous idea. I can’t wait for the first issue.

Tahnea, Melbourne

34 Jennifer Idleman July 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi! This magazine looks adorable! My stepdaughter would love the magazine, and knowing we gave one to another kid. Great giveaway!

35 Marsy July 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

This looks terrific. I love doing artwork with my daughter, and will definitely check it out.

36 Beth July 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

This new magazine sounds awesome. There aren’t any art type magazines for kids (at least not in my neighborhood). Can’t wait to see it. In the mean time, I get to peruse their wonderful website. Thanks for the opportunity!

37 Deanne R. July 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

What a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to see it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a subscription.

38 amber July 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

looks amazing…thanks for the offer!

39 Carly July 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Looks fabulous – such an exciting way to allow kids to be inspired by the inspiration of others. Fingers crossed!

40 Erika Balla-Harper July 16, 2011 at 12:42 am

Thankyou for a mag that addresses the issue of status within the art making process. I love that you address interrelatedness of art making. Why do we treasure of childhood things? There’re powerful-its here that the artist begins. Adore to see some “artist families”;-youngest to oldest-such rich stories to be told.

41 Emilia July 16, 2011 at 12:48 am

Its good idea-so kids, normal kids can show off their ideas as well as artists. Kids should be allowded to this-i like seeing how good other kids work is. Thanks Emilia, eight turning 9, mum helped me write this.

42 Merryn July 16, 2011 at 2:41 am

These illustrations are amazing. What a vision/

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