V&A Illustration Awards 2013
There’s plenty to see at the V&A without even having to venture anywhere near their pay-for-entry exhibitions. A wealth of art and design mastery is on display and you can lose literally hours wandering through the confusing network of gallery spaces. But by far the best thing I’ve seen there in a while is this year’s illustration awards, only disappointing in the tiny space they dedicated to the entrants.
The winner of the Book Cover, Book Illustration, Editorial and Student Illustration categories are all represented in hardcopy with original artwork while the rest of the shortlisted designs are shown on a rotating screen and have web space on the V&A website. If they’d actually wanted to do more to raise the profile of illustration as they might claim by hosting this annual award, you’d think they’d give it more prominence. The up-coming ‘Pearls’ exhibition (part funded by the Qatar Museums authority…) has got much more of a buzz surrounding it.
Free display, on show until 1st December 2013.