1. We launched this blog to share the process of creating 26 illustrations to 26 Wikipedia articles (alphabetically ordered).
  2. We discuss the drafts through the comments and iterate on each of the illustrations.
  3. When an illustration is ready we contribute it to Wikipedia and follow the wiki edits on the blog.
  4. We run workshops to further explore the questions of visual free culture through practice.


While we’re celebrating the explosion of open source software and collaborative projects like Wikipedia, visual art has not been enjoying similar levels of passionate and generous online contribution. Open culture have developed inspiring text-based collaborative models, but have yet to develop successful models for open collaboration on visual culture. Wikipedia Illustrated seeks to develop such models. Through a 26 illustrated articles, a blog that follows the production and a set of workshops we hope to develop a methodology for contributing creative-commons licensed illustrations to Wikipedia.

Is the visual aspect of Wikipedia so lacking and dated because it could only use freely licensed images? Or is it that images have to become “historical” to become removed, objective, factual, and therefore applicable to the Wikipedia guidelines? Is the Wikipedia project really inviting visual artists to contribute their work to the commons? Or is visual work inherently less collaborative? As the project evolves it exposes the myths and biases behind these questions and reveals the surprising and complicated dynamics of open culture.


Wikipedia Illustrated was initiated by artist/illustrator Galia Offri and by designer/educator Mushon Zer-Aviv.

Exhibitions, Workshops & Presentation

December 7, 2012

The Limits of Collaboration, panel discussion at Mutamorphosis, Prague, Czech Republic.

September 20, 2012

Presentation & discussion, Open Knowledge Festival, Helsinki, Finland.

May 21, 2012

Pecha Kucha Presentation, #13 Pecha Kucha, Tel Aviv, Israel.

February 18 – April 14, 2012

Deviants Exhibition, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel.

August 5, 2011

Presentation/Workshop at Wikimania 2011, Haifa, Israel.

June 6, 2011

Lecture at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

February 2011

Wikipedia Illustrated launched at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin with a creative workshop, a panel discussion and a project presentation.

January 2011

Pre-launch workshop, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Contact Us

  1. By commenting on the posts published on the blog
  2. By mail: imagine(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)wikipediaillustrated.org
  3. On Twitter @mushon