On 16th of May, at a ceremony and private view here at the V&A, the winners of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards were announced. The winner in each category received a £3,000 cash prize as well as a trophy and a certificate. As overall winner of the 2017 competition, A. Richard Allen is the recipient of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize and received an additional £5,000.
BEST EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION
A. Richard Allen for ‘Trump Wave’, in The Sunday Telegraph Money
BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK
JARVIS for Alan’s Big Scary Teeth (London: Walker Books, 2016)
BEST BOOK COVER DESIGN
Aino-Maija Metsola for Mrs Dalloway from the Vintage Classics Woolf Series (London: Vintage Classics, 2016)
STUDENT ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Beatriz Lostalé Seijo (MA Children’s Book Illustration, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art) for The Odyssey
STUDENT RUNNER-UP (£2000)
Tom Spooner (Visual Communications, Royal College of Art,) for Towards an Infinite Place
The following student entrants were also Highly Commended:
Lucy Waldman (University for the Creative Arts Farnham; BA Illustration) for Favela Life
Emily Evans (Royal College of Art; MA Visual Communication) for Blood Antiquities
Thomas Hedger (University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins; BA Graphic Design) for Petrol Stations
Special thanks to the judges of the 2017 competition:
- Beryl Kingston – Author
- Jane Scherbaum – former V&A Head of Design
- Jason Brooks – Artist and Illustrator, 2016 V&A Illustration Awards winner
- John O’Reilly – Editor: Varoom magazine
- Loyd Grossman – Broadcaster, Art Historian and Gastronome
The V&A Illustration Awards is supported by the Enid Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial Fund.
All the winning art works will be on display at the Museum, on the landing outside the National Art Library, until 20 August 2017.
Entry for the 2018 competition will open in October 2017. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.
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