Peekaboo | exhibition of Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian children’s book illustrations


The exhibition “Peekaboo” at Workshops of Culture in Lublin is an invitation to the magical world of book illustrations and a unique opportunity to become its part. In the nooks and crannies of a beautiful old building in the Old Town we will meet large-format characters, usually hidden inside books. It will also be an opportunity to make up your own endings to well-known stories. With the help of new technologies we will enter literary realms and become protagonists ourselves.

The exhibition will present children’s book illustrations by 15 Polish, 5 Lithuanian and 5 Ukrainian artists. These selected titles showcase their innovation, artistic expressivity, diversity and inventiveness. The arrangement of the exhibition space, inspired by book pages, invites everyone to play and is sure to encourage the next generation of young readers to explore literature.

Books play an invaluable role in children’s development. A book is a child’s first encounter with art, literature and imagery. This is why it is important to make sure that the books we give our children are beautifully and carefully designed so that they inspire, stir the imagination, develop sensitivity, shape the aesthetic sense and encourage children to ask questions and look for answers.

Polish book illustration has a rich tradition, it is nearly 200 years old. In the years 1950-1980 Polish children’s book illustrations were popular all over the world. Our books gained recognition and won awards. They were valued for their sense of artistic freedom, rich form, and innovative approach. This phenomenon owed a great deal to the work of the most acclaimed contemporary Polish artists from the Polish School of Posters, such as Roman Cieślewicz, Janusz Stanny, Henryk Tomaszewski or Jan Młodożeniec. It was then that the term “Polish School of Illustration” entered circulation. Polish illustration, including the picture book, has been a dynamically evolving field of art. The achievements of Polish artists in this field are truly impressive. Aside from the well-known masters of illustration, such as Józef Wilkoń or Bohdan Butenko whose art has just gained a new lease of life, the younger generations of artists are becoming highly successful as well. For over a decade, we have been observing the development of the children’s book market. A large number of new, indie publishing houses have taken the risk of publishing novel and artistically innovative books. Their avant-garde forms have been recognised in the world. For the past several years, Polish books have been winning the most important international children’s books awards, such as the Bologna Ragazzi Award.

Similar processes are taking place in Ukrainian and Lithuanian children’s literature. Books illustrated by both experienced and emerging graphic designers have been winning international awards. These titles are also published by Polish publishers. We hope that our exhibition and related events will lead to new joint projects.

Illustrators participating in the exhibition:
Agrafka Studio (Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv), Edgar Bąk, Katarzyna Bogucka, Oksana Bula, Iwona Chmielewska, Robert Czajka, Inga Dagile, Polina Doroshenko and Vlada Soshkina, Emilia Dziubak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Hanulak, Marta Ignerska, Rasa Jančiauskaitė, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Aušra Kiudulaite, Marianna Oklejak, Paweł Pawlak, Ola Płocińska, Mariana Prokhasko, Dawid Ryski, Anna Sarvira, Elena Selena, Piotr Socha, Studio Acapulco (Agata Dudek and Małgorzata Nowak), Marianna Sztyma

Publishing houses participating in the exhibition:

Albus, Babaryba, Bajka, Baltos lankos, Bratske Publishers, Centrala, Czerwony Konik, Dwie Siostry, Egmont, Ezop, Gallimard Jeunesse, Glowberry Books, Kultura Gniewu, Little Gestalten, Little Wooden Flute, Mamania, Emigration Museum in Gdynia, The Warsaw Rising Museum, Nasza Księgarnia, Nieko Rimto, Nebo Book Lab Publishing, Osnovy Publishing, Papilon, Ringo, Tadam, Tamaryn, Tatarak, The Old Lion Publishing House, Tikra knyga, Warstwy, Wolno, Wydawnictwo Literackie, Wytwórnia, Widnokrąg, Znak, Žalias kalnas

Exhibition space design: KOSMOS PROJECT
Visual identification: ROBERT CZAJKA
Animations: Olga Brańska, Łukasz Mackiewicz, Bartłomiej Ogłoza, Piotr Skulimowski, Karol Szczepankiewicz, Aleksandra Waszczeniuk
Organiser: Workshops of Culture in Lublin
Partners: Lithuanian Culture Institute, Pictoric Illustrators Club (Ukraine)

The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.



Enter the world of illustrations and get to know unique miniature protagonists of children’s literature, created by extraordinary artists.

When: June – October 2019; official opening: 23 June 2019, 16.00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 7