By offering this programme, the Ukrainian Institute regards Ukrainian illustrators as players in the publishing sector with the potential for international cooperation who can boost Ukraine’s visibility in the field of book arts.
In 2020 five Ukrainian illustrators presented their works during online programme of the biggest literature events in the world — Frankfurt Book Fair.
The participants of this year programme were Romana Ruban, Kate Didyk, Tetiana Zahachevska (Tsyupka), Oksana Drachkovska, and Polina Doroshenko.
They had an opportunity to establish contacts with representatives of foreign publishers, and institutions cooperating with book illustrators; to present their portfolios, exchange professional experience with peers from other countries. Illustrators also took part in a number of masterclasses and professional discussions.
Within the Illuminate programme, the professional visit of five Ukrainian illustrators was also planned in March 2020 to the Livre Paris — the biggest book event in France. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled due to the pandemic and the quarantine limitations.