27th Bienal of Illustration Bratislava 2019 - 2020 Bratislava Slovakia

🔴Application DeadlineMay 31, 2019. Deadline for Sending in the IllustrationsOct. 20 – Oct. 23, 2019. The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2019 (BIB 2019) is organized in October 2019 – January 2020 in Bratislava, Slovakia. 


27th Bienal of Illustration Bratislava 2019 Bratislava Slovakia..

The organizers of the BIB are the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic providing financial sources for the entire event, the Slovak Commission for the UNESCO and BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children. The organization and installation is done by professional sections of BIBIANA and the BIB Secretariat..

Time schedule- April 30, 2019
Application deadline- May 31, 2019
Deadline for sending in the illustrations- Oct. 20 – Oct. 23, 2019
Session of the BIB 2019 International Jury- October 25, 2019
10:00 international press conference
12:30 – 14:30 session of the BIB
International Committee- 17:00 BIB 2019 festive opening
19:00 reception- October 26, 2019
10:00 – 18:00 symposium- October 27, 2019
10:00 – 12:00 symposium- October 27 – November 2, 2019
BIB-UNESCO Albín Brunovsky Workshop- January 6, 2020
BIB 2019 closing-  February 2020 – April 2020
returning of the originals- 25. 10. 2019 – 6. 1. 2020
ŠTATÚT / Organizacny poriadok
STATUTE / Organization order

Adresa / Address:
BIBIANA, medzinárodny dom umenia pre deti
BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children
Sekretariát BIB / BIB Secretariat
Panská 41 / Panská street 41
815 39 Bratislava
Slovenská Republika / Slovak Republic

kontakt / contact:
Tel.: +421 2 54 43 35 50, +421 2 20 46 72 43-5

STATUTE OF THE BIB Basic provisions
Article 1 / The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) is a regular international competition exhibit of original book illustrations for children and youth. The title of the exhibit is
“Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava” abbreviated as the BIB with addition of the year of its

Article 2 / The BIB in compliance with the decisions, tasks and objectives of the UNESCO
and its associated international organizations, especially in cooperation with national sections of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), national commissions for the UNESCO as well as organizations of fine artists – creates conditions for their evaluation and competition and thus supports the multilateral development of this kind of art.

Article 3 / Beside the competition, other exhibits and events related to the BIB mission
may be also organized within the BIB exhibit. Albin Brunovsky’s Working Seminar for illustrators coming from developing countries is organized by the BIB Secretariat in cooperation with the UNESCO.

Article 4 / The BIB exhibit takes place in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic.

Article 5 / The organizers of the BIB are the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic providing financial sources for the entire event, the Slovak Commission for the UNESCO and BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children. The organization and installation is done by professional sections of BIBIANA and the BIB Secretariat.

The organization of the BIB

Article 6 / The supreme body of the BIB is the BIB International Committee composed
of representatives from international and national organizations involved. Chairman of
the International Committee is appointed by the Minister of Culture of the SR. The BIB International Committee meets once in two years. The BIB Commissioner General appointed by the Minister of Culture of the SR is a permanent member of the BIB International Committee.

Article 7 / The steering body of the BIB is the BIB Executive Committee participating
in the preparation and organization of the BIB. The Director of BIBIANA, International House
of Art for Children is heading it. The BIB Executive Committee has the right to award the BIB
Honorary Plaque.

Article 8 / The Club of the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (K-BIB) associates friends of 
the BIB in Slovakia and abroad. The K-BIB members are individuals and organizations. The
details are defined by the Principles of rights and duties of the K-BIB members.
Participation in the BIB

Article 9 / The participation of illustrators in the BIB is organized through relevant central
organizations, cultural institutions, associations of illustrators, the IBBY national sections and national committees of the BIB, national commissions for the UNESCO, publisher’s institutions and by inviting individual illustrators.

Article 10 / The competition part of the BIB is the exhibit of works of individual artists. The
BIB Secretariat accepts the selection done in states in which the participation of illustrators
in the BIB is organized through a commission, jury or by an appointment of the commissioner. The illustrations are shown at exhibits according to the state citizenship. The organizers from individual states are responsible for a correct categorization of the illustrator.

Article 11 / The illustrator may sent 10 illustrations maximum to the competition part of
the BIB, and namely from two books. The condition to accept the illustration to the competition is its book publication in the period defined.
The BIB prizes

Article 12 / Prizes award the best works within the BIB competition part. The BIB
International Jury awards the prizes. The members of the BIB International Jury for a
relevant year are appointed by the BIB Executive Committee based upon proposals by
organizers from individual countries. The publisher, whose works are registered for the
competition, cannot become a member of the Jury. At the head of the Jury is the Chairman, elected from the Jury members. The BIB Commissioner General takes part in sessions
of the BIB International Jury.

Article 13 / The BIB International Jury awards the following prizes and awards:
One Grand Prix BIB as the highest award of the BIB with the financial grant 3.000 USD, five
Golden Apples BIB maximum with the financial grant 1.500 USD each, five BIB Plaques
without any place determination with the financial grant 1.000 USD each. The BIB International Jury has the right to award the Honorary Mention to a publishing house for the
initiative development in the children’s illustration related to the quality of the book published and shown in the competition. The BIB International Jury has got right to award no
more than three Honorary Mentions to publishing houses in countries with short tradition
of publishing books for children and youth. The publishing house the illustrations of which
are awarded in the competition receives a certificate on the awarded prize.

Article 14 / The “Grand Prix BIB” award entitles the illustrator to present an individual
exhibition in the next year of the BIB.

Final provisions

Article 15 / The BIB Executive Committee issues the Organization Order for every year of
the BIB based upon this Statute.

Basic provisions

§ 1 / The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2019 (BIB 2019) is organized in October 2019 –
January 2020 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

§ 2 / The BIB organizers in respective countries as well as international artists will obtain the
Statute and Organization Order BIB 2019 and questionnaire from the BIB 2019 organizers
by November 30, 2018 at latest. The deadline for returning completed questionnaires to the organizers is 31 January 2019.
Participation in the BIB 2019

§ 3 / Application forms, books and illustrations to the BIB 2019 should be sent to
the address: BIBIANA, the International House of Art for Children, BIB Secretariat,
Panská street 41, 815 39 Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

§ 4 / The application forms for BIB 2019 and all books containing the
selected illustrations shall be delivered in Bratislava by 30 April 2019. Illustrations selected for the contest shall be marked. Each country can only enter a
maximum of 15 participants. Each participant can enter a maximum of 10
illustrations which are from a maximum of two books. Sending one copy of
the book, from which selected illustrations are required, is a condition of
participation in the BIB competition. The second copy (is not compulsory) of
the book is sent for the purpose of exhibiting all books for the public during
the BIB 2019. One copy of each book will be available to the public during the entire BIB
exhibition in the library set up in the BIB exhibition premises. BIB organizers in respective
countries are responsible for making sure that artists entering the contest are nationals
of their respective countries. Artists shall submit their completed entry form filled in by
computer or block letters and personally signed by hand to BIB 2019 by the deadline. Entry
forms sent by electronic mail shall be signed, scanned and then mailed by snail mail to
BIBIANA. Book titles in the entry form shall be in both the original language, transcribed in
the Latin alphabet, and in the English language. The entry form is a supporting document
for publication of the BIB 2019 catalogue.

§ 5 / The sender of the originals of the illustrations and books will send them to the organizer at his own expense. They also provide customs and insurance on their own expense.
The organizer covers the costs of insurance coverage of all illustrations from their receipt
from a forwarder up to their handover to a forwarder for the return shipping. The BIB 2019
organizer will, at his own expense, arrange the shipment and insurance of all returning
illustrations. Every shipment of original works and books shall include a declaration of their
value, namely a QUOTATION - PROFOMA INVOICE (SYMBOLICAL AMOUNT) intended for customs and not for commercial purposes. By returning illustrations and catalogues, the
recipient of illustrations in each country is responsible for the customs clearance. This does
not apply to submissions from EU member states, including Slovakia, which are under the
scope of the Community Customs Code and free movement of goods.

§ 6 / Every illustration must be an original work with the respective section of the entry
form with the required data attached to its reverse side. Illustrations are to be sent without
passe-partouts or frames. Submitting illustrations just on various (electronic) carriers or by
electronic mail is not permissible. All illustrations for BIB 2019 must be in Bratislava by 31 May 2019. Submissions delivered after that deadline will not be accepted and will be returned to sender at her/his cost.

§ 7 / Artists participating in BIB for the first time can select their book illustrations from their previous five years’ period. Artists who have participated in the contest previously can only submit works published in books in 2017- 2019 for BIB 2019.

§ 8 / By participating in BIB, artists give their consent to make their submitted illustrations
and its part available free of charge to be filmed and published for BIB promotion, and be
reproduced in theoretical documentary materials, print and electronic media and other
print materials including stamps, posters and postcards. The same applies for publishing
illustrations on the web sites of BIBIANA. The BIB Secretariat is authorized to exhibit reproductions of original works and the originals of illustrations from property the BIB Gallery.

§ 9 / The artist agrees with the exhibition of her/his submitted illustrations in October
2019 – January 2020 at BIB 2019. The decision concerning how many and how extra-sized
illustrations will be exhibited is made by the BIB Executive Committee. The International
Jury BIB 2019 evaluates all submitted illustrations.

§ 10 / BIB organizers are not liable for any damage to illustrations during the exhibition that
occur as a result of light effects due to use of unstable colours or paper and that occur due
to an inadequate surface finish of the illustration. The organizers are not liable for any possible damage to relief illustrations or glued plastic fragments. The organizers are not liable for any damage that occurs during transportation due to inadequate packaging.
Activities of BIB bodies and staff

§ 11 / The Chairman convenes the sessions of the BIB International Committee once
in two years. The BIB Executive Committee and BIB Secretariat submit a report to the BIB
International Committee concerning the preparation works of the BIB 2019.

§ 12 / The BIB International Jury is composed of members proposed by the BIB organizers
the BIB Executive Committee sets up its number and composition. If the organizers from
respective countries nominate the previous year’s Grand Prix winner as a member of the
International Jury, the BIB Executive Committee appoints the winner to serve as an International Jury member. The Jury decides by more than a half majority of votes of its members present and at equal number of votes, the Chairman’s vote decides. In the case that a member of the BIB International Jury exhibits his works, he withdraws from the competition. The Chairman of the BIB International Jury submits the information on results of the competition part of the BIB 2019 to the BIB International Committee.

§ 13 / The mayor of the capital city of Slovakia awards the PRIZE OF THE MAYOR OF BRATISLAVA to a Slovak illustrator participating in the BIB international contest.
The Mayor's award includes a EUR 1,000 prize.
§ 14 / The Children’s Jury, whose composition is approved by the BIB Executive Committee, grant its award.

§ 15 / Poštová banka grants THE POŠTOVÁ BANKA AWARD to a living Slovak illustrator
for an original and extraordinary contribution to illustration art in Slovakia.

§ 16 / The resource center for illustration research is the BIB Secretariat, the BIBIANA Informatics, Documentation Centre and Library and the BIB Gallery.

§ 17 / BIB Gallery is an integral part of BIBIANA that acquires the original illustrations
by purchase or as a gift from the artists and from the BIB-UNESCO workshops
of A. Brunovsky, and organizes exhibitions of the collected art.

§ 18 / The BIB Secretariat prepares and publishes the BIB 2019 catalogue and a book
of proceedings from the international symposium BIB 2019 in cooperation with
the BIB Commissioner General.

§ 19 / The BIB languages are English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Slovak.

§ 20 / Working stays of members of the International Committee BIB 2019, International
Jury BIB 2019, International Symposium BIB 2019 and International BIB-UNESCO Workshop of A. Brunovsky 2019 are covered by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

Final Provisions
§ 21 / All illustrations delivered to BIB 2019 will be shipped back to the specified addresses
no later than four months after the conclusion of BIB at the cost of the BIB organizer. Every
BIB co-organizer abroad and artist whose illustrations were exhibited at BIB 2019 is entitled
to obtain a catalogue.

§ 22 / All books delivered to the BIB 2019 organizer become the property of BIBIANA and
are available to the expert public for study purposes in the BIBIANA library. The BIB 2019
awarded illustrators, in cooperation with their publishers, provide two copies of the books
to the BIBIANA library for study and promotional purposes.
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