EIF - European Illustrators Forum

Established thanks to Valencia's APIV, its aim is the safeguard of illustrators' rights and the continental promotion of illustration through the co-ordinated action of member associations on a local level and with a series of common initiatives on an international level, beginning with the First Illustrators Transnational Rendezvous held in Valencia in October 2003.

Frankfurt Book Fair and Bologna Childrens Book Fair have been selected as the most efficient locations to use for main activites and meeting points.

The European Illustrators Exhibition is the first major activity in collaboration of EIF members.

For more informations please contact Gert Gerrits (BNO): info@euoropeanillustrators.eu

Programme of EIF at Frankfurt Book Fair:

Wednesday, 14th october

12:45 - 13:45

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – The world’s largest children’s literature award
The Swedish government annually awards 500 000 EUR to a writer, storyteller, promoter of reading or illustrator who works in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren. What is the objective of the world’s biggest award for children’s books? How and by whom are the winners selected? This talk takes a look behind the curtains of a very ambitious project.

Participants: Lennart Eng, board member of Svenska Tecknare and member of the Jury
Prof. Bernd Mölck-Tassel, HaW Hamburg
Erik Titusson, Director ALMA
Moderation: Jens Balzer, Berliner Zeitung

Location: children´s books forum
(english language)


15:00 - 16:00

Illustrations have always inspired humanity in telling a story or explaining a phenomenon; from the famous Bayeux tapestry and the drawings of Leonard De Vinci to animated reconstructions of a news event. Using infographics is an increasingly popular method to visualize and clarify any kind of information. Unfortunately illustrators are seldom interested in doing research and designing infographics.

Organized by BNO
Frederik Ruys, Illustrator BNO, tries to convince you why you should.
Location: room „Effekt“ hall 3.C, east foyer
Entree fee: 15 Euro
(english language)


16:00 - 18:00

Meeting of EIF-Delegates
Non-public meeting of delegates of European associations of illustrators.

Location: room „Effekt“ hall 3.C, east foyer


Thursday, 15th october

9:30 - 10:30

Guided tour to children books publishers for journalists
Guide: Dorothée Boehlke, Illustrator IO
Organized by Frankfurt Book Fair and IO
Registration requested: poczka@bbok-fair.com


9:30 - 10:00

Finish Illustrators meets german publishing houses
Organized by Frankfurt Book Fair and IO
Registration requested: fricke@book-fair.com

Location: children´s books forum


10:00 - 12:00

Meeting of EIF-Delegates
Non-public meeting of delegates of European associations of illustrators.

Location: room „Facette“ hall 3. via west foyer


12:00 - 13:00

From idea to form
Step by step will be shown how an artist find his way from the first idea to the finished children book.

Organized by Svenska Tecknare
Lennart Eng, member of board Svenska Tecknare

Location: room „Effekt“ hall 3.C east foyer
Entree fee: 15 Euro
(english language)



Reception at the stand of IO
Location: IO-Stand in hall 4.1 Q 548





European Illustrators Exhibition

  • from 4 - 8 october 2006 on Frankfurt Book Fair
  • from 19 january to 4 february 2007 on cruising ship MS Europa
  • autumn 2007 in Beijing, China
  • from 15 january to 5 february 2008 in Groningen, The Netherlands

Illustrators increasingly move on an international circuit. Their work, however, is often influenced by local mindset and culture.

The exhibition features a colourful and sophisticated cross-section of the diverse spectrum of European illustration. As a special highlight, each illustrators organisation will introduce itself, promoted jointly since April 2004 in Europe under the umbrella organisation EIF.

DRAW LOCAL. THINK EUROPEAN! is the first joint exhibition of the EIF.

Participating countries:

  • Germany - Illustratoren Organisation (IO)
  • Finland - KUVITTAJAT
  • UK - Association of Illustrators (AOI)
  • Italy - Associazione Illustratori (AI)
  • The Netherlands - Association of Dutch Designers (BNO)
  • Spain - FADIP
  • Switzerland - AUTILLUS

The exhibition catalogue is available in the International Booksellers & Trade Visitors Centre.

Organized by Illustratoren Organisation (IO), Germany and Frankfurt Book Fair.

The member associations of EIF

  • AESOPOS - Greece
  • AI Associazione illustratori - Italy
    Viale Col di Lana, 12
    20136 Milano
  • AOI Association of Illustrators - United Kingdom
    150 Curtain Road
    London, EC2A 3AR
  • AUTILLUS - Switzerland
    c/o Schweizerisches Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien
    Zeltweg 11
    8032 Zürich
  • BNO Association of Dutch Designers - The Netherlands
    Danzigerkade 8a
  • FADIP Federaciòn de Asociaciones de Ilustradores Profesionales - Spain
    Calle Mayor 4, planta 4ª, oficina 6
    28013 Madrid


    APIM Associaciò Professional de Ilustradores de Madrid
    Dirección c/Mayor 4 4ª planta
    oficina 6
    28013 Madrid
    www.apimadrid.net APIC Associaciò Professional de Ilustradores de Catalunya
    Balmes, 205, 1r 1a B
    08006 Barcelona

    APIE-EIEP Associaciòn Professional de Ilustradores Euskadi
    Picasso 2-1ª dpto.11
    48012 Bilbao

    AGPI Associaciòn Galega de Profesionais da Illustraciòn Galitia
    Apartado de Correos 799
    A Coruña

    APIV Associaciò professional d'illustradors de València
    c/o Pes de la Farina
    5 baix
    46003 VALÈNCIA

  • GRAFILL Organisasjon for visuell kommunikasjon - Norway
    Kongens gate 7
    0153 Oslo
  • IGI Illustrators Guild of Ireland - Ireland
  • IO Illustratoren Organisation e.V. - Germany
    Mergenthalerstraße 4
    60388 Frankfurt am Main
  • KUVITTAJAT - Finland
    Liisankatu 7
    L 100170 Helsinki
    127 rue du Chevaleret
    75013 Paris
  • Magyar Illusztràtorok Tàrsasàga - Hungary
  • SVENSKA TECKNARE - Schweden / Sweden
    Gøtgatan 48
    118 26 Stockholm
  • VIC Flemish Illustrators Association - Belgium

Contact us at one of the next events:

IO-Stand in hall 4.1 Q 548
Frankfurt Book Fair
14 - 18 October 2009