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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.

The winner of the 'Book Cover' category: Pietari Posti (represented by Début Art), Swallows and Amazons.

The winner of the ‘Book Cover’ category: Pietari Posti (represented by Début Art), Swallows and Amazons.

Winner of the 'Book Illustration' category: Anna and Elena Balbusso, Illustrations for Eugene Onegin.

The winner of the ‘Book Illustration’ category: Anna and Elena Balbusso, Illustrations for Eugene Onegin.

The winner of the 'Editorial' category and 'Overall Winner': George Butler, Illustrations for ‘Syria: the point of no return’.

The winner of the ‘Editorial’ category and ‘Overall Winner’: George Butler, Illustrations for ‘Syria: the point of no return’.

The winner of the 'Student Illustrator' category: Grace Helmer, The Fugitive.

The winner of the ‘Student Illustrator’ category: Grace Helmer, The Fugitive.

Free display, on show until 1st December 2013.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/b/villa-2013

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2 comments
  1. I didn’t know about the illustration awards, so I think you’re right that the V&A could do more to promote them.

    • They had more press about it in 2012 but it mustn’t be their focus this year, which is a shame as illustration is underrepresented in gallery shows.

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