ICOGRADA ENDORSES THE 22ND INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN 2006 IN BRNO

05 September 2005
Brno (Czech Republic) - The Brno International Biennale of Graphic Design is one of the longest running events of its kind in the world.
Brno (Czech Republic) - Founded in the same year as Icograda (1963), the Brno International Biennale of Graphic Design is one of the longest running events of its kind in the world. Held every other year in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, the event features two alternating themes. The first theme, which will be the focus of the 2006 Biennale, includes posters, corporate identity and advertising graphics; while the other theme, to be covered in 2008, includes graphic design and type in books, magazines, newspapers and new media.  
 
Organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Moravian Gallery in Brno, in collaboration with the City of Brno, the Design Centre of the Czech Republic, the Brno Biennale Association, the Union of Visual Artists of the Czech Republic and the Brno House of Arts, the 22nd International Biennale of Graphic Design will be held from 13 June to 15 October 2006 with the deadline for entries being 15 January 2006. 
 
Many renowned artists participate, but the Biennale is also open to young fledgling designers. The only priority is the quality of the work. There are usually about 3 000 works submitted from designers practicing in virtually every continent. Once the entries are selected, they are displayed for exhibition and judged by an International Jury, who determine the recipients of the Grand Prix, the main and special awards in each category and the Icograda Excellence Award. After the Biennale, a Critics Award is also awarded on the basis of votes placed by journalists and critics. 
 
A colour catalogue dedicating one page to each exhibiting artist is also produced with every Biennale enabling the exhibition to continue in print form beyond the time frame of the Biennale itself.  
 
The conditions for participation are as follows: 
 
Terms of participation: 
 
/1/ - Exhibition categories 
 
1. Posters  (ecological, cultural, political, advertising, social and others) 
 
2. Corporate identity, promotional and advertising graphics 
- corporate identity (companies, institutions, cities); trademarks, logos, symbols; corporate printed matter; stationery, business cards; annual reports; yearbooks; design manuals etc. 
- orientation, communication systems for public space; direction, street, and building markers etc.; public transport markings, maps and timetables; pictograms etc. 
- promotional design; leaflets, prospectuses, commercial catalogues, advertisements; invitation cards; calendars etc. 
- other applications   large, three dimensional and experimental projects, in photographic documentation only (e.g. banners or billboards as A2 prints); if a project includes a signature tune, video clip or display of experimental visualization   the printed material can be extended by a video cassette in VHS format, CD-ROM or other, for example a computer sequence; advertising web design. 
 
The exhibition will not include: book, magazine, CD and cassette covers; graphic design and illustrations for books, newspapers and journals; packaging design; labels and stickers; postage stamps; exhibition and TV design   unless being part of one of the category 2 projects (above). 
 
/3/ Number of submissions 
Each participant may enter a maximum of 4 submissions. Category 2 unit will be considered as one item. The total area of all exhibits must not exceed the limit of 3 square metres. Submitted works should preferably be printed. Marks and symbols should be sent in as photographs or printed matter, their dimensions being approx. 15 x 15 cm, the dimensions of the documentation (cat. 2) should be approx. 30 x 40 cm.  
Only works conceived or created between 2002 and 2005 will be accepted. 
 
/4/ Delivery of submissions 
Each submitted exhibit should bear a label including data identical with that in the Entry Form. Two copies of each work shall be sent, unframed and unmounted, in a hard protective cover together with a signed entry form and photographs (See /5/). The exhibits must reach the organiser by 15 January 2006 at the latest. Any package burdened by any outstanding customs or postal fees shall not be accepted. That is why NO INSURANCE VALUE should be stated on any packages in any case. 
 
/5/ Exhibition promotion and catalogue 
It is desired that each entrant provide colour slides, or CD-ROM (solution - 300 dpi.) of two or three exhibits to assist the organizer in the promotion of the exhibition. A condition of entry is that the organizer is entitled to freely use any submitted photographs and/or slides (including the making of photo/slide reproductions and video recordings of the exhibits) in order to promote the exhibition, produce the catalogue, and for educational purposes. The illustrated catalogue, published by the organizer, will be available to each entrant at a 50% discount. 
 
/6/ Return of exhibits 
The works submitted for the competition shall not be returned nor insured, unless a special request is received from the entrant concerned, and then only after the full payment of all related costs. The prize winning and some other selected works shall become part of the Moravian Gallery s collection. Each exhibitor shall receive a certificate of participation after the exhibition. 
 
/7/ Selection of exhibits 
The Pre-selection Committee shall make selections from the submitted works in accordance with its professional experience, and with regard to the entrant having complied with the terms of participation, and space available.  
 
/8/ Awards 
The works on display at the 22nd International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 2006 shall be judged by the International Jury that shall award the Grand Prix, main and special awards in the two exhibition categories. In addition to these, the jury shall also confer the  ICOGRADA Excellence Award  and other special prizes of institutions. Upon conclusion of the Biennale, the Critics  Award shall be awarded following a vote by journalists and critics. 
 
Pre-selection Committee: 
 
Petr Babak 
Adam Machacek 
Petr Knobloch 
Babeta Ondrova  
Marek Pokorny  
Michal Richtr 
Marta Sylvestrova  
 
Foreign jury members 
Vladislav Rostoka (Slovensko) 
Jacek Mrowczyk (Polsko) 
 
International Jury: 
 
1. Reza Abedini (Iran)  
2. Karel Haloun (CR)  
3. Tomas Machek (CR)  
4. J. Abott Miller (USA)   
5. Peter Saville (UK)  
6. Ung Vai-Meng (Macao-China) 
7. Catherine Zask (France) 
 
Board of the Organization Committee: 
 
Ales Najbrt, graphic designer, Prague (Chair) 
Tomas Machek, graphic designer, Prague (Vice-Chair) 
Petr Knobloch, graphic designer, Prague (Vice-Chair) 
Jan Rajlich sen., graphic designer, Brno (Honorary Chair) 
Marek Pokorny, Brno, Director of the Moravian Gallery and the Brno Biennale 
Marta Sylvestrova, art historian, Brno, Curator of the Brno Biennale 
Peter Bilak, graphic designer, The Hague, External Curator of the Brno Biennale 
Miroslava Pluhackova, head of exhibitions and publications, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Organization Secretary 
 
Closing date for entries 
15/1/2006 

 
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