The Bolo Klub

The Bolo Klub aims to support an emerging generation of picturebook illustrators in Switzerland. The club provides a forum for young illustrators to develop high-quality illustrated books and connect with publishers, agencies, and institutions. The Bolo Klub places great importance on fostering dialogue among its illustrators and encouraging mutual, constructive criticism. 

The club was founded in January 2018 in Lucerne by the illustrators from „It’s Raining Elephants“ and initially funded by the School of Art & Design. Two additional Bolo Klubs were launched later that year: one each in the French-speaking and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland. Because it is now registered as an association, the Bolo Klub can focus on the sustainable, longterm development and support of fresh talent, well beyond the 2019 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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Guests and Tutors

Adrienne Barman
Albertine et Germano Zullo
Anne Crausaz
Antoine Déprez
Bernardo Carvalho
Christophe Ronveaux
Elisabeth Eggenberger
Eva Roth
Fanny Dreyer
Francesca Sanna
Francine Bouchet
Hans ten Doornkaat
Herwig Bitsche
Jacky Gleich
Katja Alves
Mladen Jandrlic
Nadine Spengler
Olivia Cupelin
Paola Notari
Paloma Canonica
Pierre Thomé
Sophie Van der Linden
Tom Tirabosco
Yolanda Wehrle

Main supports

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
République et canton de Genève
Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst; Studienrichtung Illustration


Consolato generale di Svizzera a Milano
Hamelin Associazione Culturale
SBVV – Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband
Smart-up der Hochschule Luzern