Roe Valley Arts Centre are the only venue in Ireland/Northern Ireland to host this amazing touring exhibition organised by the Association of Illustrators, UK and The Directory of Illustration, USA, which showcases the very best of international illustration.
With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries for this year’s World Illustration Awards, the exhibition showcases 50 shortlisted projects across eight categories, including advertising and design to books and editorial. Original exhibited works on display will include murals, posters, packaging and children’s books by artists from the UK, USA, Italy, The Netherlands, South Korea, Hong Kong and Israel.
Notable shortlisted works include Claudine O’Sullivan’s complex digital illustrations for the Apple Pencil Campaign; a characterful portrait of Bill Murray for the Washington Post by artist Tony Rodriguez; and Lizzy Stewart’s playful illustrations for children’s book There’s a Tiger in the Garden.
A particularly rich selection of socially-engaged and politically-motivated works will be displayed this year, including Jon Arne Berg’s ‘Anti-Washington’ which depicts instability in the American capital. Also of note are Marguerite Carnec’s series Lieu de Vie which documents the artist’s time spent volunteering in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais, and A. Richard Allen’s Wave, which portrays a Hokusai-inspired tide bearing resemblance to the U.S. President’s infamous haircut.
An environmental theme also runs through this year’s exhibition, with works including Chen Winner’s educational animation made for CNN titled Econundrum showing the consequences of buying bottled water, and the imaginative series of illustrations titled Yen Town - The Last Unpolluted Territory by Sam Ki, depicting a unity of humanity and the natural world.
The exhibition offers visitors an accessible introduction to illustration in its many forms, and demonstrates the importance of visual communication in everyday life.