Illustrators Exhibition @ Bologna Children’s Book Fair
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is preparing for its 61st edition, at the Bologna Fiere Exhibition Centre from April 8-11, 2024.The Illustrators Exhibition, meanwhile, this year has 58 candles of its own to extinguish. One of the longest running initiatives at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Illustrators Exhibition was created in 1967 as a showcase to identify and present the best of global illustration each year. A total of 3520 illustrators had work submitted for the Illustrators Exhibition 2024, with a total of 17,600 works from 81 different countries and regions. This year the selection was performed by a jury that, after meeting online to shortlist 344 illustrators, came together in person in Bologna at the beginning of January to finalise the choice of 78 sets of illustrations, the work of 78 illustrators from 32 different countries and regions. The selected illustrations will be exhibited in their original form at the heart of the fair, on display for the public of professionals from the publishing world, demonstrating once again the role of the Exhibition as a unique showcase, a springboard for emerging artists and an opportunity also for those with established careers to meet and discover new possibilities.