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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
25–28 May 2023

The Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG) is a key feature of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. It showcases the best picture book illustrations by illustrators and artists from Southeast Asia, those based in Asia and in the global Asian diaspora.

This year, the gallery is divided into two main sections: one, the Open Submissions gallery that features more than 270 illustrations by 62 illustrators from 16 countries; and two, a specially curated gallery that features close to 250 illustrations from AFCC Country of Focus Vietnam.

The BIG exhibition will be available online, as well as a physical exhibition at the National Library Building.

Pankaj Saikia
Open Submissions Gallery
Ponyo Nguyen
Country of Focus: Việt Nam
BIG Illustrators Directory
BIG Illustrators Directory
BIG Curators
BIG Curators

Essays by the Curators

Curating BIG 2023: Curators Insights

by Beth Parrocha, award-winning illustrator (Philippines), David Liew, SCBWI Regional Advisor (Singapore) and Turine Tran, award-winning illustrator (Vietnam)

The children’s book illustrator is a nursemaid to a future generation of would-be parents and educators.

Curators Insights: International Youth Library - Munich

by Lucia Obi, Chinese and Korean Language Section | International Youth Library Foundation

We have to ask ourselves the question of whether we make our decision for or against an illustration on the basis of our “gut instincts.”