European Illustrators Visit Aotearoa

Illustration of a picture frame with the word "picture" in it, and illustration of a book with the word "me" on the cover. Illustrations are whimiscal and colorful in nature.

Wellington 10–20 September 2024
Christchurch 27–28 September 2024

Picture Me, a celebration of illustration for children,
brings the rich tradition of European children’s books
to Aotearoa New Zealand in a lively festival of art and ideas.

With events for adults and children, Picture Me will include discussion panels, networking,
an illustration exhibition and a mural painted by the illustrators over the course of the festival.

Workshops will engage children in the world of books through drawing, humour
and reading—in multiple languages.

Festival Guests

Aurore Petit illustrates for adults and children, and her many children’s books include the explorations of family A Mother Is a House and My Baby Sister Is a Diplodocus. Antje Damm is a celebrated children’s writer and illustrator whose picture book The Visitor was a New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book. Piotr Socha is a graphic designer and illustrator, and the son of a beekeeper. His books published internationally, notably The Book of Bees and The Book of Trees.

Wellington events

Festival Gala Day at National Library 14 September
Illustration exhibition at Te Auaha Gallery 12–28 September
Watch the illustrators paint a mural for Wellington
Illustration workshops at the Porirua Public Library
Readings and drawing sessions at Te Awe Library Brandon Street
Events at the Goethe Institut and Alliance Francaise
Talks at Unity Books
Illustrators in the wild at Innermost Gardens, Mt Victoria


Christchurch events

Gala Day at Tūranga Library 28 September


Illustration exhibition

As part of the Picture Me festival, we invite Aotearoa New Zealand’s children’s book illustrators to submit work for inclusion in the exhibition alongside our international guests.

The works to be shown will be selected by New Zealand illustrator Gavin Bishop and Julia Marshall, founder of Gecko Press. They will show at Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington, from 12 to 28 September.

To submit for inclusion in the exhibition, please select one illustration from a published or unpublished picture book that connects to the festival theme of identity—for example a portrait of a character, a place, or a symbol of identity.

Submissions should be email resolution files or links to high resolution, for eventual printing at A2 or A3 dimensions. We also ask for a maximum of 50 words explaining why you have chosen this illustration for the theme.

Images should be submitted by 26 July to with ILLUSTRATOR EXHIBITION in the subject line.

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Supported by the Franco-German cultural fund, the Polish Book Institute and Creative NZ, Picture Me is a collaboration between Gecko Press, the Goethe-Institute, the French Embassy, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and the Alliance Française.





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