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Illustration Biennial 5th edition

27th May 2018 @ 11:30 am - 6:00 pm

10 years of illustration in the spotlight

From album covers to fashion and from botanical prints to book covers. The versatility of illustration is the theme of the fth edition of the Illustration Biennial. Again, the Toneelschuur in Haarlem will be the meeting point for illustrators, clients, art-directors, publishers and anyone interested in illustration and graphic art.

In the Toneelschuur, 27 May 2017 at 11:30 – presenter Jellie Brouwer (Radio Kunststof) will interview among others the Ukrainian fashion illustrator Masha Reva, the illustrator Ludwig Volbeda – recently awarded the Grand Prix in Bratislava – and Claudie de Cleen, known for her fun editorial work. In the large hall illustrators will talk about their work. Other activities will take place in the foyer and in the theatre cafe.

There will be an exhibition of album covers especially designed for this edition of the Illustration Biennial by 11 illustrators.


The biennial festival offers inspiration and diversity. ‘Illustration is an umbrella term for a wide-ranging discipline. There is a treasure-trove full of images, from which we select several things each time. This jubilee edition will also show that diversity,’ says Marlies Visser, graphic designer and founder of the Illustration Biennial.

‘The past ten years we have seen a growing interest in illustration. It would be wonderful if we could create a permanent exhibition space for the originals and sketches in the future. We’re currently trying to nd partners for that.’


Besides Masha Reva, Ludwig Volbeda and Claudie de Cleen, also presenting their work are Douwe Dijkstra (animation), Medy Oberendor (scienti c, botanical), Paul Barritt (GB, scenic design and animation), Krista van der Niet (photographic), Gijs Frieling (muralist, autonomous) and Gerda Dendooven (BE, illustrator, author).

Gijs Frieling


● Vinyl is hot and deserves attention. Illustrators show album covers especially designed for their favourite piece of music or album. Among others Eline Jetten, Sasa Ostoja, Aart-Jan Venema and Tja Ling Hu;
● Students of art academy AKV | St. Joost in Breda have created a special exhibition about ‘resistance’ in collaboration with Drawing the Times;
● Leave your mark on this edition and have your portrait drawn by illustrator Gijs Kast; ● Live screen-printing on T-shirts;
● In a pop-up gallery & store Boycott Books from Amsterdam will sell work by the participating illustrators. Prints on paper, limited editions and books etc.

Sunday 27 May 2018 11:30 – 18:00
During the breaks and after the programme: DJ & exhibition of illustrated album covers

Programme and information: illustratiebiennale.nl

Image by Ludwig Volbeda


27th May 2018
11:30 am - 6:00 pm