The Illustrators Survival Corner

The Illustrators Survival Corner is the BCBF’s space dedicated to professional illustration, conceived for the many artists who, each year, come to the Fair looking for job opportunities or to showcase their portfolios to publishers.

Here, illustrators can compare experiences, hone their skills and find practical solutions to professional problems by talking to international experts. The Illustrators Survival Corner hosts internationally-renowned artists as well as leading publishers, agents, editors and art directors from around the world, who share their expertise through masterclasses, workshops and portfolio reviews.

In partnership with BCBF, the Illustrators Survival Corner program is curated by Mimaster illustrazione, a leading international educator on the illustration scene.

The Illustrators Survival Corner program for the 2021 online edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair kicked off owith the return of the 24H MARATHON – The Worldwide Illustrators Portfolio Review, a 24-hour, non-stop portfolio review with 24 international publishers. This second edition brought a great new feature: people who signed up for a free review had the option of signing up to the new Publishers Annual Review Illustrators Program.

The Illustrators Survival Corner will be among the protagonists of BCBF's activities during the next edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse from 20 to 23 October and subsequently from 3 to 6 November will animate the "Children's Literature and Publishing Industry Days" program in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In both appointments, an international program of masterclass workshops and portfolio reviews dedicated to the profession of illustrator and image design.
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The Illustrators Survival Corner, the story so far...

survival cornerThe activities of the Corner are aimed at young emerging artists and professionals, offering a daily line-up of events that includes:  

  • Portfolio Reviews: an opportunity for inexperienced illustrators to present their portfolios to important publishers, illustrators, authors, agents and art directors in order to receive opinions and suggestions.
  • Workshops: tips on design and planning for illustrators held by international artists.
  • Masterclass “Survival Tools for the profession”: seminars on the basics of working in publishing: from self-promotion to managing interviews with the publisher, from the contract to social media.
  • Meet the jury: cycles of meetings, workshops and portfolio reviews with the Illustrators Exhibition jurors (in 2019: Diego Bianchi, Alessandro Sanna, Harriet van Reek, Macjek Byliniak).
  • Red Carpet: masterclasses and workshops with international artists such as - in 2019 - Lorenzo Mattotti, Klaas Verplancke, Beatrice Alemagna, Emilio Urberuaga, Roger Mello, Kestutis Kasparavicius.

During  the last edition (2019), the Illustrators Survival Corner achieved some outstanding results: 105 guests among artists, authors, publishing and visual communication professionals; 36 masterclasses and 8 workshops held by internationally renowned illustrators; 50 portfolio reviews. The Corner saw around 6,300 visitors overall, with over 5,300 participants involved in its activities, while around 1,000 attendees visited the Shanghai Impressions exhibition which was held at the Corner.

Guests who took part in the activities of the 2019 Survival Corner were: Adolfo Serra, Alessandro Sanna, Alla-Lina Mattar, Amma Mas Blasco, Ana Zavadlav, Anna Castagnoli, Anna Desnitskaya, Aretha Campbell, Arianna Squilloni, Ayami Moriizumi, Barbara Rigon, Beatrice Alemagna, Caco Bressane, Chiara Richelmi, Chiara Zarmati, Chih-Yuan Chen, Christopher Myers, Clara Jubete, Conc Corrado Rabitti, Cristina Angelucci, Cristina Portolano, Daisy Zuo, Daniela Valente, Daria Kirpach, Davide Bonazzi, Diego Bianchi, Davide Calì, Derek Brazell, Ekua Holmes, Elenia Beretta, Elisa Macellari, Emiliano Ponzi, Eva Jimenez, Evelyn Daviddi, Emilio Urberuaga, Elisabetta Bianchi, Federico Maggioni, Flavia Bomfim, Francesca Chessa, Francesco Chiacchio, Georgia Luckman, Géraldine Alibeu, Giovanni Munari, Gianluca Folì, Giovanni Scarduelli, Heimi Ilaria Tontardini, Guido Scarabottolo, Ilaria Urbinati, Martoz, Harriet van Reek, Irene Penazzi, Iris Samartzi, Isaak Friedl, Joan Negrescolor, Johanna Schaible, Maria Ballarotti, Katsumi Komagata, Miguel Pang Ly, Kestutis Kasparavicius, Lucie Luddington, Klaas Verplancke, Paola Parazzoli, Lorenzo Mattotti, Laura Re, Macjek Byliniak, Paolo Rui, Monica Monachesi, Maria Russo, Madeleine Frochaux, Maria Sole Macchia, Marina Marcolin, Masha Titova, Polina Plavinskaya, Miguel Tanco, Ramón Parir, Thomas Baas, Sergio Ruzzier, Raquel Bonita, Monika Vaicenaviciene, Sandrine Bonini, Roger Mello, Spela Frlic, Silvia Razzini, Vendi Vernic, Vania Trolese, Susanna Gentili, Yi Yang, Vicky Willden-Lebrecht, Toyohiko Kokumai, Walter Fochesato, Viviana Donella, Xavier Zabala.