The Bolo Klub

The Bolo Klub is a long-term project that supports an emerging generation of picture-book artists in Switzerland. 

The path is long and sometimes difficult between the first ideas at the origin of a project and its concretisation in a publication. This is why the Bolo Klub proposes several activities by organising exchanges between peers, meetings with more experienced authors and illustrators as well networking with publishers. In short, the Bolo Klub enables the developing of an engaged and self-supportive community for the making of high-quality picture books. Join the Bolo Klub and…

… become a Bolo member

Every two years, the Bolo Klub invites to apply for the Bolo Klub Program, a program reserved for eight illustrators chosen by a jury. The Bolo members are accompanied over the course of a year by established illustrators and authors from throughout Switzerland that help them develop an illustrated book. Besides this mentorship, the Bolo Klub Program enables the Bolo members to exchange, provides networking opportunities with professionals from the publishing world, and sets deadlines for completing a book.

→ interested? The call is launched every two years. The new call for applications is now available here. Deadline is January 31, 2022. Send your application to

The mentors for the Bolo Klub Program 2022/2023 are:  Francesca Sanna, Johanna Schaible, Isabelle Pralong, Nadine Spengler and Katja Alves.

… or be part of the Amici

Amici can attend the Jour fixe meetings, a platform for picture book illustrators that provides room for meetings and encourages the exchange of feedback, ideas and know-how between peers. Anyone who attends can present a work in progress and receive feedback from the group. Jour fixe take place every two months approximately, each time in a different location across Switzerland’s linguistic regions, in the studio of an illustrator.

→ interested? Apply any time here by sending an email to and we will keep you informed about the dates of the Jour fixe.

Supports

Supports 2020/2021

Supports 2018/2019

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

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

Thanks

Guests and Tutors

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