Winner Key Colours 2016

Winner Key Colours 2016

On the 17th of September the prestigious international illustrator award Key Colours has been handed out to a children book’s illustrator with a dream: the dream of making a children’s book that will be published. It was the eleventh time the competition took place and there were a hundred participants out of fifteen countries.

The international Key Colours competition for (beginning) children book’s illustrators is held every two years and is organized by the city of Hasselt and Clavis Publishing. In this way Hasselt promotes itself as a cultural, creative and child friendly city.  For Clavis Publishing the competition is helpful in scouting talented illustrators.

There is one winner and this winner gets 7.500 euros and an editing contract at Clavis Publishing. The winning book can count on extensive international attention. In 1998 the Flemish illustrator Guido van Genechten won Key Colours with his picture book Rikki. It was the start of a blossoming career as a children’s book illustrator. Of Rikki until now more than 180.000 books have been sold in up to 26 countries. Besides the winning book other projects out of this competition are being edited by Clavis Publishing. 

Exhibition of the most beautiful entries

The most beautiful entries of the Key Colours competition are being exhibited at the municipal museum The Stadsmus in Hasselt. The exhibition is called Kleurboel (meaning Colorful things, or Colorful business) and runs from the 17th of September until the 6th of November 2016. Kleurboel is an exhibition suitable for children from 3 years up to the age of 8. Children can look at the illustrations, but there is also the possibility to listen to stories or to make an illustration by yourself. Life size figures, reading chairs, illustrations at children’s height and a colorful decoration make sure it is a child friendly exhibition, where the illustrations come to life. The children also get a chance to choose their own favorite picture book. The illustrator that gets most of the children’s votes, will win the Kleurboelprijs.

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