La Mercè 2023

From La Mercè to Braves Il·lustrades

The field of illustration is in constant movement.

An intense activity that is reflected in the many projects in which teachers and former students of the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques, coordinated by Philip Stanton, are involved.

La Mercè, Barcelona's main festival, is held on between 22 and 25 September. For the 2023 edition, the poster has been designed by Chamo San, featuring imaginary characters representative of La Mercè, of all ages and sensibilities, and we can also identify unique people from Barcelona's culture. The poster is a tribute to the richness and cultural diversity of Barcelona's artists and citizens.

Joana Santamans is the author of the new mural at the Japanese restaurant Kintsugi, located in the luxurious Ohla Hotel in Barcelona.

Pedro Espinosa presents the comic 'Diario del dibujante sudoroso' on Wednesday 4 October at 19h at the Real Círculo Artístico de Barcelona (C/ Arcs, 5), an event in which there will be a pleasant talk about the vicissitudes of the elaboration of the book with the editor Jordi Coll and the illustrator Lluïsot, professor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Narrative Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications at EINA.

Paloma Valdivia has managed to capture the attention of the international publishing market for being the illustrator of the first bilingual illustrated edition for children of the 'Book of questions' by Echanted Lion Books, the enigmatic collection of poems written by the Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda a few months before his death. A publication that has been awarded a prize and has also been the subject of an exhibition.

Luciano Lozano recently took part in the Setmana del Llibre en Català, held from 8 to 17 September at the Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona, where he signed copies of 'Temps de Haikus', a finalist for the Atrapallibres Prize. Coaner Codina was also at the Setmana del Llibre en Català to present the story 'Un talp a l'Antiga Roma' written by Martí Gironell.

The illustrator Anna Font, together with the writer Núria Figueras, have won the 16th Compostela International Prize for Illustrated Albums with the project 'La visita', which deals with the theme of silence.

Mariona Cabassa, lecturer on the postgraduate diploma in Creative Illustration, is exhibiting her work in the group show 'Alquimistes d'Imatges. De l'esbós a l'encanteri', which can be seen until 31 October at the Centre Cívic Urgell (C/ del Comte d'Urgell, 145), and which celebrates the centenary of Editorial Joventut.

And to keep up to date with the creative scene, follow Braves Il·lustrades, the podcast in Catalan with interviews with creative women hosted by Marta Bellvehí, a former student of the EINA Bachelor of Degree.