The Brno Biennial was established in 1963, and is thus the oldest exhibition of graphic design in the world. It regularly alternates between two subjects. The 24th year is dedicated to corporate, informational and advertising graphics and posters while the 2012 Biennial will focus on graphic design and type in books, magazines, newspapers and the digital media.
Apart from the main competition show, the Brno Biennial features a specialist symposium and a number of accompanying events, thanks to which Brno becomes a major center of contemporary graphic design for four months.
The International Biennial of Graphic Design is held every other year in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic – right in the heart of Europe. The main organizers are the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Moravian Gallery in Brno, in the buildings of which the Biennale takes place.
The event covers two regular themes that are alternated with each other – one includes posters, corporate identity and advertising graphics, while the other deals with graphic design and type in books, magazines, newspapers and new media.
Although many renowned artists participate, the Biennial is also open to young fledgling designers. The only priority is the quality of work. The volume of submissions is usually about 3,000 works by several hundred designers, from virtually every continent. From these, items for exhibition are chosen by the selection committee.
The main exhibition is accompanied by a number of associated events – in particular the symposium dealing with major contemporary issues in graphic design. Each Biennale is supported by a colour catalogue in which all of the exhibiting artists have one page with their brief details and a reproduction of their best exhibit. Each Biennial presents the most interesting ideas produced during the previous four years.
Submit your art in the following categories:
- Posters (ecological, cultural, political, advertising, social and others)
- 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 DVD.
All of the accepted designs are displayed and the International Jury then awards the Grand prix, prize for the best work in each category, as well as other prizes. The works on display at the Brno Biennial 2010 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 other special prizes of institutions. Upon conclusion of the Biennial, the Visitors’ Award shall be awarded following a vote by the public.
- Each participant may enter a maximum of four submissions.
- Only works conceived or created between 2006–2009 will be accepted.
- 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.
- The exhibits must reach the organiser by 31 December, 2009 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.
- 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.
How to enter?
Please fill-in the entry form directly in your Acrobat Reader application, re-name the file with your name and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.