The participants must be over 18 years old and below 30 years old at the starting of the selection process.
Invisible Lines is an international project on comics, graphic novels and illustrations developed by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, (Italy – coordinator); Central Vapeur, (France); Hamelin Associazione Culturale (Italy); Baobab&Gplusg s.r.o. (Czech Republic); and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The project foresees the organization of three workshops, which will take place between June and July 2021. In the workshops, titled Revelations, Landscapes and Borders, the artists will explore the invisible in its variety of meanings, through the guidance of the mentors Stefano Ricci, Juraj Horváth and Yvan Alagbé. The artworks created during the three workshops will be featured in public exhibitions throughout Europe between 2021 and 2022, and a selection will be included in a book to be published.
Here you can find the full description of the project, the three workshops and the profile of the mentors.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The project is aimed to young European artists, mainly illustrators and comic book artists. The participants must be over 18 years old and below 30 years old at the starting of the selection process, which will be 1st January 2021. So, any young artist with date of birth between 1st January 1990 and 1st January 2002 is allowed to participate. The participants must be European to participate in the project, which means having a regular citizenship or a valid Residency Permit in at least one of the following Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Moldova, Monte-negro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE APPLICATION?
Applicants that fulfil the requirements described in section “3.1 Who can participate” must compile and submit, before the deadline of 31st January 2021, what follows:
• The online application form, available in the Invisible Lines website at the following link (https://invisiblelines.eu/call)
• A full Curriculum Vitae, written in English, complete with studies curriculum, work and personal experience in the field of comic books and illustration, complete list of published, self-published and online works
• The copy of a valid ID document (identity card or passport)
• A motivational letter, written in English, highlighting the reasons why the applicant wants to participate in the project
• A personal portfolio of published on unpublished artworks (see section “3.2.1 Format and contents of the port-folio” for more details)
The application form must be compiled online with all the aforementioned attachment before the deadline of 31st January 2021. At the end of the submission, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicants. A physical copy of the portfolio and all other documents is not required to complete the application, which is complete upon receiving the confirmation email.
Shipment of the physical portfolio is therefore optional and up to the applicant, and will not result in a greater chance to be selected. Any delay in filling the application form or in the shipping of the aforementioned documents and portfolios (with postmark date exceeding 10th December 2020) will result in exclusion of the applicant from the selection process.
Format and contents of the portfolio
The digital portfolio attached to the submission form and the physical one must contain the same 8 artworks, divided as follows:
• 4 consecutive pages of a comic book story (they can be a short story of 4 pages or a consecutive selection of pages from a longer story). If these pages are part of a longer story, a written abstract of the story must be included. The abstract must be written in English and must not exceed 2000 characters (including spaces)
• 4 additional artworks, which can be both illustrations or comic book pages (but from a different story from the previous 4 consecutive pages)
• a page of labels of the previous artworks, this page must be text only with clear references to the 8 artworks specifyng for each one: the title of the artwork; the technique used; ISBN number and publisher’s name in case of published artworks
Texts are not admitted if they are not an integral part of the illustrations or comic book pages. If any non-English text is present, an English translation of just the text must be included. The 8 illustrations or comic book pages composing the portfolio may be in any technique.
The digital portfolio must be a multi-page pdf of high-quality scans, with a total dimension not to exceed 25MB.