Illustrators Inc.

Illustrators Inc. a professional development day for illustrators 8th Nov 2013, Malahide Castle.

A seminar event for professional illustrators exploring the range of opportunities available within illustration. Illustrators Inc. sets out to explore the many paths available to illustrators in developing their careers across a variety of sectors including publishing, licensing, technology and animation, as well as provoking a wider discussion about the place of illustration and illustrators within the visual arts locally and internationally. A packed room was in attendance for a range of inspiring talks from both Irish and international speakers, a flavour of their presentations and talks is presented below, click on the links below to upload presentations from the event. Many thanks also to Philip Barrett, our graphic reporter for the day who produced some very memorable pieces!

10.45am Licensing

This panel discussion featuring Rod Hunt, Fig Taylor and Anna Hewitt led to a wide-ranging conversation covering how an illustrator can get involved in licensing their work across a range of formats.

11.45am Irish Funding Opportunities

A session on the plethora of funding, both bursary and project, available to Irish illustrators here at home.

• Catriona Ryan- Director of Grants, Culture Ireland

• Mathilde Veldt- Literature Officer, The Arts Council

• Sinead Connolly, Dublin City Arts Officer

12.30pm The Role of Illustration and Illustrators in the Visual Arts

With the popularity and renown of exhibitions such as Pictiúr, the new exhibition of work by leading Irish children’s book illustrators, shortly going on view at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, illustration is finding its way as part of the fine art canon. How can illustrators make the most of this? Fiona Kearney, Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork spoke about this.

2.30 Banking on Bologna

An introduction to the elements of Bologna Children’s Bookfair including how to submit for the open competitions, what to do in advance of the fair, how to approach attending the fair and what to expect when you get there with David Maybury, Chris Judge and Warren Buckleitner.

3pm Illustrating for Interactive Design

Warren Buckleitner joins to us to talk about how good illustration and design translates into quality apps and other interactive digital media, for adults as well as children.

4pm Animating your Illustrations

How Irish illustrators can make the leap into become internationally renowned filmmakers with Paul Young, co-founder and CEO of Cartoon Saloon and Pauline MacNamara, Commissioning Executive in RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes. Pauline spoke about Cartoon Forum as well as cartoons Joe and Jack, Tilly and Friends, Nelly & Nora and The Day Henry Met?

Many thanks to all our inspiring speakers and engaged attendees!