Learn from industry experts at The Art Department 2023

The Art Department festival
(Image credit: Playgrounds)

Get ready to join the internationally acclaimed festival on concept art, design and craftsmanship in film, animation and games. Playgrounds will host its annual The Art Department festival in Eindhoven (20 and 21 April) and Berlin (13 and 14 May).

Visitors can expect a smashing program packed with artist talks, demos, a free exhibition, interactive installations, panel discussions, screenings, live sketching sessions, portfolio reviews, recruitment, art market, book signings and much more.

Launched in 2017, The Art Department quickly became one of the leading events for filmmakers, concept artists and other creatives from all over the world. Set up as a two-day festival and conference with a focus on art and design for film, animation and games, it welcomes a few thousand makers in each city, all eager to dive into the creative process of artists that are responsible for the creation of world, characters and stories.

The Art Department festival

The Art Department Festival (Image credit: Playgrounds)

Confirmed artists for this year's events include art director and production designer Curt Enderle (USA / Pinocchio, Isle of Dogs), illustrator and author Beatrice Blue (ES / Wolfboy and the Everything Factory), creature FX designer Gustav Hoegen (NL / Star Wars), illustrator and concept artist Zeen Chin (MYS / Legend Of The Cryptids), character designer Loish (NL / Horizon Zero Dawn) and character designer John Nevarez (USA / Coco).

Also confirmed are visual development artist Angela Sung (USA / Legend of Korra), design and motion graphics studio 2Veinte (ARG / Love, Death and Robots), design and animation studio Le Cube (ARG/BRA/ES / MTV, Nike, Spotify) and concept artist and illustrator Nikolai Lockertsen (N / Troll), among others.

Don't miss the chance to join this inspirational playground for the creative industry! Find out more at weareplaygrounds.nl/the-art-department/

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.