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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 … who’s next?

9 Book Illustration Award Jason Brooks Bedford Square

Last week, in prepping for the opening of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards, we found ourselves browsing through previous winners of the competition. The breath and scope of illustration styles is still astounding and every year, as the entries start rolling in, we often find ourselves wondering …which one of these artists will be next […]

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Installation of the ‘Oculus’ – a window into the new Exhibition Road Gallery

Oculus Visual

    Over the past six months, the team has enjoyed watching the construction of the oculus develop and take shape on site. Now that work has completed on the concrete structure, the Exhibition Road building project is ready for bespoke steel and glass elements to be installed, and installation of the Oculus has begun. This eye-catching structure […]

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Goethe V&A Photography Resident: Helmut Völter


  April 2016 to end of September 2016 In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London Goethe V&A Photography Resident: Helmut Völter   The Goethe-Institut London and the Victoria & Albert Museum are collaborating on a new long-term residency programme, the Goethe V&A Residency.
German artist Helmut Völter has been selected to be the first Goethe V&A Resident […]

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Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri

Julian Melchiorri portrait 1

  April 2016 to April 2017 Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund Exhibition Road Engineering Resident: Julian Melchiorri   Julian Melchiorri is a design engineer, biotechnologist and entrepreneur based in London. Internationally known for his visionary ‘’synthetic leaf’’ projects, Melchiorri proposes radical environmental solutions for urban and industrial settings through an […]

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V&A Illustration Awards: Interview with David McConochie – winner of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize


What is David McConochie’s secret? In the space of a year, he’s bagged two prestigious illustration awards and a lucrative commission for The Folio Society. He’s just been crowned Winner of the V&A Illustration Awards and to mark the opening of the 2016 Illustration Awards display, I caught up with David to find out more […]

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HOW TO WIN the V&A Illustration Awards! An interview with the judges

2016 VILLA shortlist

It’s an enduring mystery of art competitions: what exactly do the judges want? As the shortlist for the V&A Illustration Awards is announced, I caught up with the judges of the Student Prize, Rafi Romaya & Ruth Prickett, & quizzed them on their choices, trends in illustration & their views on why Student Competitions matter.

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The new V&A website


We relaunch vam.ac.uk today and we know – and hope – that there’ll be lots of questions about the new website. In the meantime, we wanted to give you an overview of what we’ve done and why. Why have we overhauled the website? It was time to rethink the V&A’s digital presence. Our website was […]

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Guest Post: Exhibition Designer Gitta Gschwendtner Reflects on a Job Well Done (and takes a video)

Installation view of 'The Fabric of India' exhibition, 3 October 2015 - 10 January 2016

Gitta Gschwendtner was the Exhibition designer for The Fabric of India, and worked with the V&A’s team over the past two years to design the delivery of the show. Gitta’s immersive design was integral to the show, and received rave reviews by industry professionals and visitors alike. She now takes a moment to reflect on her […]

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Joubert: Life of Joubert and Conference


In 2016, an eighteenth-century manual will be revived here, in London. This manual is Le Dessinateur pour les etoffes d’or, d’argent et de soie, which in English would more or less mean The Gold, Silver, and Silk Fabrics’ Designer. Its author was the adventurous Antoine Nicolas Joubert de l’Hiberderie. I have branded him adventurous because […]

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BEST OF THE BEST: TOP 5 Illustration Award BOOK COVER Design winners

2010 Winner Cover Design Marion Deuchars Burmese Days

How do you sum up a 400 page novel in a single image? How do you design an object to be both a work of art and a consumer-good? Continuing with our Best of the Best series of V&A Illustration Award winners, here we list 5 of our favourite Book Cover Designs.

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