Illustrative is the leading European forum for contemporary illustration and graphic arts. Every year at two different creative cities in Europe, the exhibition displays an inspiring collection of current graphical art with over 400 works from more than 60 artists.
Over the course of two weeks, the festival will celebrate the illustrative arts, discover new talents, exchange ideas, marvel at progressive technologies, and rediscover forgotten styles. Illustrative will feature an exclusive exhibition and show of works from 25 internationally recognized illustrators as well as conferences, a film program, and parties; it will display not only the quality and fantasy of the latest graphic arts but also show how the visual effects of graphic design, illustration, book art, comics, concept art, and animation spill into and influence the field of art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a Young Talents Contest.
Transmittals in the categories of illustration, animation and bookart will be appraised. The 20 winners of the „Young Illustrators Award“ are shown in a separate section on the Illustrative in october 2008 in Zürich. The exhibit of the contest winners will display the most intuitive tendencies of the genre and is an exciting measure for new trends. Established in Berlin in 2006, Illustrative has been held twice in Berlin (2006/2007) and once in Paris (2007).