Illustration School - Summer 2017

The Illustration School, based in Porto (Portugal), is an international research and pedagogical platform that aims to investigate the expanded role of the illustrator as researcher, editor, publisher and working across media. Since it was founded in 2016, the school has been providing an environment to examine and explore a variety of different approaches to illustration and the construction of visual narratives, such as calligraphy, architecture, bookbinding, typography, food, collage, textile design, creative writing, printmaking and self-publishing.

With visual research at the centre of its ethos, the school invites various tutors from a diverse range of disciplines and countries, in relation to its multiple objects of study. From conferences, to workshops, seminars, field trips and debate, the courses function as residencies, with tutors adapting to the participants’ needs, education level and expertise. Since 2017, the school is based in the centre of Porto but aims to provide a decentralised education, making use of the city’s many resources and infrastructure.

info [AT] illustrationschool.eu
Porto, Portugal



Making Domains - one-day conference exploring illustration and narrative art

Marking Domains is a one-day conference that explores illustration and narrative art as domain. Examining the contrasting places they are encountered, from the traditional use and location of illustration in print to its new expanded developments beyond the page. Fast developing into a discipline capable of occupying positions once assumed the domain of other practices in art and design, illustration is rarely discussed as a visual form of cultural and social significance. In this conference we will specifically be contrasting illustration in the internal, domestic place of home with the external, public space of the street.
Speakers include Geoff Grandfield, Mireille Fauchon, Graham Rawle, Lotte Crawford, Olivia Ahmad, Paddy Molloy, Robert Sollis and Tom Kelly of the Bogside Artists will deliver a Keynote presentation.
General admission tickets are £10 and are available through Eventbrite.
This conference has been organised by the Department of Illustration Animation, Kingston University and will be held on Friday 7th April 2017, 11.15 – 17.00.
Cinema 1
Institute of Contemporary Arts,
The Mall,
London SW1Y 5AH
For further information please contact Paddy Molloy at p.molloy@kingston.ac.uk
We hope to see you there.


CONFIA 2017 International Conference on Illustration and Animation

11-01-2017 ::: CONFIA'S FIFTH EDITION 
CONFIA is the International Conference on Illustration and Animation at the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, organized by School of Design under the auspices of the Masters in Illustration and Animation.This is CONFIA's fith conference after previous editions in Ofir, Porto, Braga and Barcelos.
It is intended to be a pivotal moment in the contemporary discussion of these areas, which have a long tradition and, at the same time, are pioneers in technological innovation. We intend to broadly explore the multidisciplinary space that includes illustration and the animated image, from the construction of the narrative to character development, from art theory to critical reflection on the objects that populate the market and the industry. The conference seeks quality original submissions from artists, the industry and the market as well as from the academic community. 
All accepted full papers will be in the conference proceedings (with ISBN). You can find a pdf version of previous proceedings on this website.


Illustrating Identity/ies: Illustration and the Construction of Identities

‘Illustrating Identity/ies’
An international conference organised by IDEA (Université de Lorraine, France), Illustr4tio and Illustration Research Network
9th-10th November 2017, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Alan Male
This conference invites participants to explore the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural means through which illustration, in all of its forms, contributes, and has contributed historically, to the shaping of ‘identity/ies’. 
The study of illustration provides powerful insights into not only the representation, but also the construction of identity – including gender identities, national and political identities, subcultures, hybrid identities and performative identities. Illustrators as cultural agents have the power to both reinforce and problematise ‘the visual vocabulary of politics’ (Steven Heller, Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State, 2008; rep. 2010) through their use and manipulation of cultural narratives and stereotypes.
Illustrators often navigate several personas when creating artwork – for example the desires of the client, the reception of the audience, and the voices within the text. They may also produce highly personal and subjective work documenting emergent or performed identities in relation to historical, geographical, social, cultural and phenomenological matrices.
We are keen to encourage critical and theoretical frameworks which foster understanding of the cultural relevance of illustration, and to examine the links between book history, print and digital culture and identity. Both practice-led and theoretical papers are welcome. Papers may cover any form (book illustrations, extra illustrations, press cartoons, digital art, etc.) or type (decorative, narrative, scientific, technical, historical, educational, satirical, etc.) of illustration from the Early Modern period or Renaissance to the present day. 
Subjects for discussion may address (though are not limited to) the following themes and questions:
- The political agenda of illustration/illustrators: illustration as critique and social or political protest
- The illustrator as agitator, mediator, witness and/or opinion former
- The performance and performative aspects of illustration
- Illustrating identity/ies and changing technologies
- The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of individual identity
- The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of collective / cultural / social / political / ethnic identity/ies
- The illustration of historical and ‘grand narratives’ relating to national identity/ies
Please submit 300 word proposals for a 20 minute presentation to Nathalie Collé (IDEA & Illustr4tio) at nathalie.colle@univ-lorraine.fr and Desdemona McCannon (Illustration Research) at d.mccannon@mmu.ac.uk. Proposals for workshops and poster presentations are also welcome. 
Deadline: Monday 15th May 2017. 
EA 2338 IDEA, Interdisciplinarité Dans les Études Anglophones, Université de Lorraine
EA 4182 TIL, Texte Image Langage, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
EA 4343 CALHISTE, Cultures, Arts, Littératures, Histoire, Imaginaires, Sociétés, Territoires, Environnement, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis
EA 4363 ILLE, Institut de recherche en Langues et Littératures Européennes, Université de Haute Alsace