Today the V&A announces the shortlisted artists for the V&A Illustration Awards 2018, a celebration of the best of book, editorial and student illustrations published over the last year. From a dystopian interpretation of the Vatican to a moving depiction of cyber-bullying, this year’s entries are broad in scope and ambitious in imagination.
The winning published entries will be judged by Frank Skinner, writer and comedian, Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, and Sally Hales, Editor of Artists & Illustrators Magazine. The 2018 Student Illustrator of the Year Award judging panel comprises A. Richard Allen, V&A Illustration Awards 2017 winner and Martin Colyer, writer, art director and musician.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the V&A on 15 May 2018, the evening before the works go on display at the museum.
The winners of each of the four categories – best illustrated book, book cover design, editorial illustration and student illustrator – will each receive £3,000 and a trophy. The overall winner will receive an additional £5,000 and will be honoured with the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize, named in memory of the late Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s former Director of Design.
Previous winners of the Illustration Awards include Sir Quentin Blake, Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Sara Fanelli, and Yasmeen Ismail. The competition has been running since 1972. The 2018 shortlist is as follows.
2018 Student Illustrator of the Year
- Alva Skog, Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design (Illustration): The Explorer, The Thinker and The Leader
- Emily Hill, Royal Drawing School Postgraduate programme: The Diamond Primary School Days
- Fay Troote, Arts University Bournemouth, BA Illustration: The Diving Pool -Joseph Namara Hollis, Anglia Ruskin University, MA Children’s Book Illustration: The Big City
- Sinae Park, Norwich University of the Arts, BA Illustration: Orlando
- Benji Davies for The Grotlyn (London: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2017)
- Jason Brooks for New York Sketchbook (London: Laurence King, 2017)
- John Vernon Lord for Ulysses (London: The Folio Society, 2017)
Book Cover Design
- Suzanne Dean for Bluets (Penguin Random House, 2017)
- Will Web for Anquetil, Alone (Pursuit Books, 2017)
- Calum Heath for Cyber Bullying, published in Vice
- Cat O’Neil for RSA Benefits, published in Libération
- Martin O’Neill for Virtual Vatican, published in Garage Magazine