World Illustration Awards 2016
18 February - 18 March

world illustration awards 2016

free admission

We are delighted to host the significant World Illustration Awards for a second year, maintaining a platform for this international exhibition in Northern Ireland.

Developed by The Association of Illustrators in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, California, this unique exhibition, now in its 40th year, presents over 50 of the very best artworks across
the diverse field of illustration. Selected from submissions to this year’s World Illustration
Awards, the breadth of work is celebrated across 8 categories, including advertising,
children’s books, editorial and public art. The shortlisted and winning pieces comprise
posters, book illustrations, animations and GIFs to sculptural pieces and textiles.

Entries were received from 66 countries and while a number of the entries exhibited are from
the UK and America, there is also a strong representation from South Korea, Australia, Israel,
China, Japan and illustrators across Europe.

Curator Sabine Reimer said: “Submissions can give an indication of the current themes
preoccupying illustrators. This year is notable for darker, more challenging work, exploring
areas such as the refugee crisis. The exhibition balances these serious works, such as David
Foldvari’s evocative image of the migrant crisis commissioned by Save the Children, with
lighter works such as Richard Lewington’s stunning depictions of bees for Royal Mail and
Levente Szabo’s arresting BAFTA Award brochures”.

Also of note is Balbusso Twins’ Portrait of Richard II commissioned by Penguin Press for its
series of books on Britain’s kings and queens. Ella Cohen’s Playground Israel image,
commissioned by Berlin based Theater an der Parkaue and the Israeli Embassy, exemplifies
the ability of illustration to communicate compellingly across boundaries. While the exhibition offers an invaluable oversight of the sector, it is also an accessible
celebration of our increasingly image led society.

*Creative learning activities for adults and children accompany this exhibition. Please see our Make & Do page for more information.

Daria Petrilli, 'The Lady of the Ibis'

Daria Petrilli, ‘The Lady of the Ibis’

Balbusso Twins, 'Richard II'

Balbusso Twins, ‘Richard II’

Levente Szabo, 'The Revenant'

Levente Szabo, ‘The Revenant’

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  • Fabulous exhibition 'The Show' featuring work by students attending the local campus of the North West Regional College on now on our first floor galleries until 3 February! This year, students adopted the theme of 'From the Waters to the Wild' #art #artexhibition #drawing #painting #northernireland #supportlocal #studentart #northwestregionalcollege #nwrc #limavady #exhibition #showcase #roevalleyarts

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