Today through September 12, the city of Tel Aviv is transforming into one giant art gallery in honor of the second annual Illustration Week.

About 40 exhibits, plus seminars, indoor and outdoor group illustration activities, gallery talks and book readings, sales, fairs and meetings with illustrators, are planned in cooperation with the city’s Department of Fine Arts.

“I’m in the Middle of All This” by Asaf Ben-Arush.
“I’m in the Middle of All This” by Asaf Ben-Arush.

All of these happenings (most of them free of charge) “are a celebration of original Israeli illustration — a world of creation that exists on the seam between commercial design and conceptual art,” according to the organizers.

Gift items, paper products, furniture, illustrated t-shirts and more will be available for purchase from emerging and world-renowned illustrators. Corporate sponsor Wix designed the event’s website in collaboration with illustrator Alon Braier.

 

You can buy stationery goods featuring illustrations by Gabriella Barouch.
You can buy stationery goods featuring illustrations by Gabriella Barouch.

Yuval Saar, chief curator and the initiator of Illustration Week, and editor of the online Portfolio design and culture magazine, relates: “Illustration Week, which has become a tradition, has created a platform for displaying illustration that did not exist in the past. The success of Illustration Week [in 2014] and its impact on creativity in the field in Israel can be seen in exhibits that will be held this year.”

“Sketch@Loveat” by Harriet Goitein.
“Sketch@Loveat” by Harriet Goitein.

Saar added that many of the exhibitors for 2015 “dealt in their works with questions of gender, sexual identity, couplehood, family, childhood and technology, and examined the boundaries of the concept of illustration. A great number of exhibits will provide new visual interpretation of stories for children and adults, and some of them will even display original visual books.”

“Craftsmen” by Batya Kolton.
“Craftsmen” by Batya Kolton.

Tzlilit ben Navat, director of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality’s Fine Arts Department, said this year’s Illustration Week has expanded to galleries, cultural centers, schools, stores, coffee houses and bars across the city.

Visitors to Illustration Week who have never before used taxi service Uber can get a NIS 60 discount on rides from September 3-12 by creating an account here  and entering the code “illuweek15” on Uber’s smartphone app.