EIF at Bologna Book Fair 2019

EIF will be present at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair sharing a stand with AI. EIF offers talk and business advice by the representatives of the Spanish, Swedish, UK, Italian and Irish association.

Moreover every illustrator has the opportunity to ask for a portfolio review, subscribing to one of the many sessions.

Attending the Fair is an excellent opportunity for illustrators to get a sense of the children’s illustration business, not only in publishing but licensing too.

For more information see the programme here.

AI Annual Awards Call for Entry

Italian Annual Awards Competiton 2019

The Italian AI Associazione Autori di Immagini, calls all illustrators to enter the Annual Italian Illustration Awards 2019.

AI Annual is the most inclusive sourcebook of illustration,  produced in Italy and for the Italian market. If you are living in Italy or have work produced for the Italian market you may apply. All Italian professionals and students can enter work, irrespective of their place of residency.

Annual 2019 offers:

the chance to win the Toppi Award of the value of €1000 which goes to the best overall winner
2 Prizes for Excellence: the Wacom Award for overall best digital award and the Fine Arts Award signed by LYRA – official pencil for the best selected work created in traditional media.
27 Annual Awards Gold, Silver and Bronze for the 9 categories
2 x 1 publications: the Annual book and Annual Digital content presented in the APP AI BOOK
9 categories to enter your best work in: Advertising, Animation, Children’s Books Publishing, Comics, Design, Education/Scientific Illustration, Publishing, Self Promotion, Students
the possiblity to get your work in front of a jury of experts in their field of work,

The jury

Each year AI invites a panel of industry experts to make the selection for the shortlisted works to be published in the Book and select the Award winning entries. For 2019 the jury is composed of:

» President Arianna Papini, illustrators and art-therapist.
» Ada Natale – Editorial Director Barometz Edizioni
» Livio Sossi – author and professor of children’s literature at the University of Udine
» Clara Bolduri – art director Studio Bolduri – educational publishing
» Debbie Bibo – editorial consultant and illustrators/writers’ agent for children’s books
» Ratigher – caroonist and Editorial Director Coconino Press
» Vicky Gitto – president ADCI, Art Directors Clubs Italiano
» Charles Hively – founder and Design Director of 3×3 Magazine, NY
» Marco Zanoni – character e animator designer

Thanks to AI’s partnership in the EIF European Illustrators Forum all members of Associations part of the EIF network can take advantage of the special AI Member discount (€20 instead of €30 per image) to enter the Awards.

Please note that the deadline has been postponed until Monday 10 December.
So don’t hesitate and start submitting your images now – before Monday 10 December: Annual 2019 competition

Associations of Illustrators UK logo

The AOI UK to lead EIF

We are pleased to announce that the AOI, Association of Illustrators UK, has taken up the Presidency of the EIF. This is the first organisational President since our inception.

The AOI was instrumental in the establishment of the EIF and AOI project coordinator Derek Brazell has been an active board member for 13 years.

AOI CEO Ren Renwick says “We are delighted to take on the responsibility of presidents of the EIF.  It is a moment more important than ever to keep our conversations and outlook open, collaborative and positive”.

The AOI presented a ‘best case study’ at the EIF conference Sharing Possibilities, held in Oslo 2017.  These conferences are a vital moment for associations to come together across Europe and share thoughts and practise to further enrich the industry.

Ren Renwick says “We are excited to look at ways we can bring even more benefit to illustrators in these meetings and to work together across geographies for a stronger industry.”

With 18 member associations the EIF speaks on behalf of over 12,000 illustrators. It launched the Price it Right campaign at the Bologna Book fair in 2018, a pan European campaign supporting illustrators and commissioners in their work.
Our aim is to organise more campaigns and events over the years that help illustrators grow their business and improve the standards of the profession.

Price it Right Campaign

EIF are launching Price It Right, a campaign for the whole illustration industry, on 26 March 2018 at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The launch event will take place at 5pm at the Illustrators Survival Corner. The campaign focuses on illustrators and commissioners, with the aim of valuing illustration, supporting negotiation in pricing and increasing the understanding of pricing illustration across the industry.

• Builds on the success of ‘don’t work for free’ campaigns

• Values illustration

• Supports efficient negotiation

Through the campaign we will promote the main concepts across Europe, involving all Association members and individual illustrators. We will develop new resources on our websites. We will to raise the profile of the importance of pricing and illustration.

We invite all illustrators and commissioners to price your work right, and telling everyone about the campaign.
Follow us #priceitright

7th Illustrators – only Dinner Party SELFIE ME!

7th Illustrators – only Dinner Party in Bologna

at Bologna Children’s Book Fair are pleased to invite you to the 7th Illustrators – only Dinner Party


on Tuesday 27 March 2018 from 20:00 at restaurant Golem cucina e dintorni
Piazza San Martino 3/B – 40126 Bologna Tel 051 262620


Menù 20€ (first course + second course with side dish + dessert + coffee) including water and service – drinks and wine excluded

Vegetarian menu available (please mention it when you make your reservation)

Make your reservation at info@autoridimmagini.it as soon as possible

Bring your markers, brushes, pens for the unmissable after-dinner creative activity

Couch grass with sausage
Beef stew with potatoes
Cinnamon apple pie or English custard
Vegetarian Menù 20€ (first course + second course with side dish + dessert + coffee) including water and service

Couch grass with vegetables
Quiche with cheese and vegetables
Cinnamon apple pie or English custard
AOI’s Derek Brazell will be attending the meal

Make your reservation at info@autoridimmagini.it before March 25th 2018, stating your first and last name and email address.

EIF congress Sharing Possibilities_Speaker Beach Gallery

Sharing Possibilities Oslo 2017

This year’s most exiting international congress for illustrators associations will be in Oslo 4th – 6th October 2017!

Last chance to sign-up and join us is Monday 18th of September 2017!

EIF are giving you an excellent chance to meet fellow associations and share your thoughts on Illustration in Europe. We are happy to cover travel expenses and hotel for one person from each European association.

The EIF will refund amounts up to €290 of your travel expenses. Included in travel expenses are your flight, as well as transport to and from the airport (both in Oslo and your departure city).

The sooner you book your ticket, the cheaper the fair is likely to be, so if you can – be an early bird! And to make the offer even better, your hotel is already paid for.

(Picture from Sharing Possibilities Oslo 2014)


> www.sharingpossibilitiesoslo2017.org

World Illustation Awards 2017

World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition, London

The World Illustration Awards Exhibition returns to Somerset House, London.

The Association of Illustrators, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration in California, announces the return of the World Illustration Awards Exhibition to Somerset House this summer. From  31 July – 28 August 2017 the winning illustrations will  be on show at the Embankment Galleries, Somerset House -  Free Admission

With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries for this year’s World Illustration Awards, the exhibition will showcase 50 shortlisted projects across the eight categories, from advertising and design to books and editorial. Original exhibited works on display will include murals, posters, packaging and children’s books by artists from the UK, USA, Italy, The Netherlands, South Korea, Hong Kong and Israel.

Notable shortlisted works include Claudine O’Sullivan’s complex digital illustrations for the Apple Pencil Campaign; a characterful portrait of Bill Murray for the Washington Post by artist Tony Rodriguez; and Lizzy Stewart’s playful illustrations for children’s book ‘There’s a Tiger in the Garden’. A particularly rich selection of socially-engaged and politically-motivated works will be displayed this year, including Jon Arne Berg’s ‘Anti-Washington’ which depicts instability in the American capital. Also of note are Marguerite Carnec’s series ‘Lie de Vie’ which documents the artist’s time spent volunteering in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais, and A. Richard Allen’s ‘Wave’, which portrays a Hokusai-inspired tide bearing resemblance to the U.S. President’s infamous haircut.

An environmental theme also runs through this year’s exhibition, with works including Chen Winner’s educational animation made for CNN titled ‘Econundrum’ showing the consequences of buying bottled water, and the imaginative series of illustrations titled ‘Yen Town – The Last Unpolluted Territory’ by Sam Ki, depicting a unity of humanity and the natural world.

The exhibition offers an accessible introduction to illustration in its many forms, and demonstrates the importance of visual communication in everyday life. This year, The World Illustration Awards are teaming up with Walker Books, the world’s leading independent publisher of English-language children’s books, to offer the Walker Books Family Programme. A series of free family workshops will be available throughout August in the exhibition space. These include workshops with debut author-illustrator, Alice Tait, award-winning author-illustrator of the ‘Julius Zebra’ series Gary Northfield, upcoming artist and illustrator, Elissa Elwick, and debut graffiti illustrator, Sav Akyuz.

Coinciding with the World Illustration Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in August will be the Summer Screen Prints exhibition with Print Club London, which will showcase original screen prints depicting films from this year’s Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House season.

The World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition will tour the UK throughout the year.

For more information please contact:
Sabine Reimer, Awards Manager at The AOI awards@theaoi.com +44 20 7759 1012
Adam Roberts, Somerset House Press Office press@somersethouse.org.uk +44 20 7845 4624

27th European Congress of medical and scientific illustration

All colleagues in illustration are invited to the 27th European Congress of the Association Européene des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques(AEIMS).

This year’s congress will be hosted by Biological and Medical Art Belgium (BIOMAB) at the University of Antwerp, 12-13 October 2018.

At this year’s congress, the AEIMS have an exciting programme with the emphasis on Surgical and Dissection Skills with some promising presentations and workshops.

Student scientific illustrators are especially encouraged to bring their portfolios and present their artwork during the portfolio discussions, as well as during the breaks in between activities.

It is a tradition for the yearly AEIMS Meeting to organize a Salon of student and professional artwork to display and to share what we all have been creating. We invite you all (students and professionals) to submit your artwork for the exhibition digitally. We will take care of the printing.

Continuing last year’s AEIMS congress, we will feature a silent auction of the artwork that is submitted for the exhibition. Furthermore, an AEIMS prize for best entry to the exhibition will be awarded to one student and one professional.

image of the 26th AEIMS conference 2017


AI - EIF Annual illustration dinner party

5th Illustrators Dinner Party in Bologna

AI – Associazione Autori di Immagini and the EIF European Illustrators Forum are are pleased to invite you to the 5th Illustrators-only Dinner Party titled: The Great Instant Moustache Tournament (MI FA UN BAFFO!) on Tuesday 5 April 5th 2016 from 19:30.

This year the dinner party will be held at restaurant Rosso San Martino, Piazza San Martino 3/B – 40126 Bologna Tel 051 262620.

Set price menu 20€ (primo, secondo, side dish, dessert, water and coffee (drinks and wine excluded)
Vegetarian menu available (please mention it when you make your reservation)
Bring your markers, brushes, pens for the unmissable after-dinner creative activity.

Make your reservation at info@autoridimmagini.it before March 27th 2016, stating your first and last name and email address.

Are you attending Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2016?
Come and visit us at our stand AI-EIF Pad.26, B88

Joseph Binder Award Austria

Joseph Binder Award 2016

International Competition for Graphic Design & Illustration organised by Design Austria and Illustria.

«Everything is three-dimensional»

The motto of this year’s call for entries is borrowed from one of Joseph Binder’s quotes, which inspired the graphic designers of the Viennese studio 100und1 in their design for the visual appearance of JBA16.

«What is your dimension?»

We’d like to know from professional designers and design students from around the globe. We look forward to receiving numerous submissions, which must arrive by 17 April 2016.
Early birds will benefit from reduced entry fees until 29 February.

The Joseph Binder Award (JBA) is Austria’s only international competition for graphic design & illustration. Launched by designaustria in 1996, it is now being organised for the 13th time. Designers, illustrators, and students from all over the world are invited to submit their works realised between 2014 and today. The entries will be assessed by an international jury in fifteen categories: Corporate Design, Communication Design, Information Design, Type Design, Poster Design, Editorial Design/Books, Editorial Design/Periodicals, Packaging Design, Digital Media, Book Illustration, Media Illustration, Commercial Illustration, Digital Illustration, Illustration in Miscellaneous Applications, and Design Fiction. In November 2016, trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the best works, which will also be published in a catalogue and presented in an exhibition at designforum Wien.

Detailed information on JBA16 and online registration at: Design Austria
DOWNLOAD call and images
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