V&A Illustration Awards 2020

Running since 1972, V&A’s Illustration Awards 2020 winners are announced.

Ann Kiernan has been awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year and the Illustrated Journalism Award 2020. Kiernan’s winning illustration was commissioned by Open Democracy to accompany an article by Wael Eskandar entitled ‘How Twitter is gagging Arabic users and acting as morality police’. Kiernan impressed the judges with the fluidity and drive of her brushstrokes creating a sense of urgency.

Winner of Book Cover Award was awarded to Eva Eland for When Sadness Comes to Call (Andersen Press). Eva Eland’s debut picture book is a poignant yet uplifting look at dealing with a universally felt emotion. An important subject to explore with young readers, the judges admired the soft, non-threatening portrayal of sadness.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins has been awarded the Winner of Book Illustration Award for Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes, written by Simon Armitage, Art Direction by Laurence Beck (Design for Today). The judges admired the illustrations for enriching, rather than merely representing the written word.

Winner of the Student Illustrator of the Year Award was awarded to Sally Dunne for Home in Kakuma Refugee Camp (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art). Dunne’s pastel drawings aim to convey the vibrancy of the Kakuma refugee camp, while highlighting the difficult reality of displacement as many await resettlement or to return home.

Student Illustrator of the Year was awarded to Runner Up: Vyara Boyadjieva for The Wave (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art). Boyadjieva’s jubilant illustration is part of a wordless picture book entitled Induli, meaning hill in Xhosa, a South African language. The Wave’s infectious joy and exhilarating sense of energy enthralled the judges who admired Boyadjieva’s lively use of colour and form.

Three Highly Commended Student prizes  were awarded to Kate Winter for Lascaux (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art), Laura Winstone for The Catmolean Museum (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art) and Ruo Hsin Wu for Starring Night (Royal College of Art).

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A said: “The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate outstanding creativity by working artists, who use the fierce power of illustration to illuminate all the complexity of contemporary human experience. The winning entries speak perfectly to the V&A’s founding mission to support artists, embed design in everyday life, and showcase imaginative brilliance.”

Image: Clive Hicks-Jenkins

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