Alumni success

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Many of our students not only find work that directly relates to their studies, but continue to set the high standards in their professional life that they showed during the course.

Here are some of our most notable success stories of recent years:

In 2021, recent BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation graduate Hannah Lane’s short animated film "A Snowy Surprise" (pictured) was shortlisted for the @cinemagic_filmfestival Young Filmmaker Award, as well as being selected for @ourculturemag and the @bitesizefilmfestival; Steven Goodison's short film "Wee Shadows" was selected for screening at @frightfestuk and various other festivals; and Velina Garabedyan's film "Wherever I Wander" was selected for screening at 5 festivals.

Book cover of The Grumpy Fairies


Bethan Stevens (MA Children’s Book Illustration) won the Illustrated Books category at the prestigious Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2021 for her debut book The Grumpy Fairies. The six-person shortlist also included Eva Eland, another graduate of the course.




MA Children’s Book Illustration graduate Kate Milner made the shortlist for the 2021 Kate Greenaway Medal for her book It’s A No-Money Day, having previously won both the Klaus Flugge Prize and the V&A Illustration Awards. Both Kate and her fellow alumnus Kate Read also made the shortlist for the UK Literary Association Book Awards 2021.


Eva Eland (MA Children’s Book Illustration) won the Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration for her book When Sadness Comes to Call. Fellow alumni Kate Read and Puck Koper also made the shortlist.

Ayeshah Zolghadr


MA Printmaking alumni Ayeshah Zolghadr (pictured) won the Trinity Wharf Buoy 2020 Student Prize for her work Circling the Square I, which represented the therapeutic walks taken by her father. Both Ayeshah and MA Fine Art graduate Joe Dean were selected from among more than 4,000 submissions to display their work at the exhibition.


In July 2020, MA Children’s Book Illustration alumnus Alice Courtley took first prize in Picturehooks' 'From Seed to Table' competition with her illustration 'The City Garden'. She received a prize of £1,000 and will have her illustration displayed online, though Picturehooks are also hoping to eventually exhibit the winning entries in a physical space as well.

Umbrella book cover


MA Children’s Book Illustration alumnus Elena Arevalo Melville was the inaugural winner of the Queen’s Knickers Award 2020 for her book Umbrella. The prize was awarded to an outstanding children’s original illustrated book for ages 0-7, and was funded by Nicholas Allan, with a first prize of £5,000.




In 2020, BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Elizabeth Eade exhibited her work at a solo show at the Hix Art Gallery in London, as part of her prize for winning the £10,000 Hix Art Prize 2018.

Paula White with her award


Graduates from our MA Children's Book Illustration course achieved a clean sweep of the top three prizes in the Templar Illustration Prize 2019.  Paula White (pictured) won the first prize of £750 and the chance to be published by Templar Publishing for her submission Bread, Buns and Biscuits.



Bust of Save the Children founder Eglantyne Jebb by Anglia Ruskin University BA Fine Art graduate Ian Wolter


In 2019, BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Ian Wolter was commissioned by Save the Children to create a bust of their founder Eglantyne Jebb (pictured), which was unveiled at the Royal Albert Hall in London to mark the organisation's centenary celebrations. He was also awarded the RomArt 2017 Sculpture and Installation Prize for his work 'The Ectoplasm of Self-Delusion', and the previous year won the Venice Arte Laguna video art and performance prize.


In 2018, Ian also had his public sculpture ‘The Children of Calais’ unveiled in Salfron Walden, Essex by Lord Alf Dubs in 2018. The sculpture is a reworking of Rodin’s ‘The Burghers of Calais’ near the Houses of Parliament, and made in response to the children caught up in the current refugee crisis. This artwork was also selected for the 2019 Florence Biennial. Ian has now been commission to create a memorial statue for the Kindertransport Memorial, The Quay, Harwich.



MA Printmaking graduate Salvador Jiminéz Donaire Martinez won the 25th European Plastic Arts Contest at the University of Seville in 2019, and followed it up by securing a 12 month residency award at the Residencia de Estudiantes de Madrid - considered one of the most prestigious research centres in the country.


Ramona Zoladek receiving the 2014 Supanee Gazeley Prize


BA (Hons) Fine Art alumnus Ramona Zoladek (pictured) won the Elephant x Griffin Art Prize in 2018, receiving a £5,000 cash stipend;£2,000 of studio rent at a UK location of her choice; £3,000 RRP value of art materials from fine art brands and a professional support and mentoring programme from the Elephant team.  She also picked up the Woon Art Prize in 2014 (a £20,000 national art prize for Fine Art graduates, including a one-year residency), as well as the Supanee Gazeley Prize for her graduating project.



In 2018, MA Children’s Book Illustration graduate Kate Milner won the £5000 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting newcomer in children’s picture book illustration. She began working on her winning book, My Name is Not Refugee, in the final months of her course.

Cover of The Bumblebear


Nadia Shireen, who graduated from our MA Children's Book Illustration in 2010, was chosen by children's reading charity Booktrust to have her book The Bumblebear (pictured) sent to every reception-age child in the UK in Autumn 2017. The book was chosen because of its strong storytelling attributes, clear message about inclusivity and realistic school setting.



Soon after graduating from our BA (Hons) Photography in 2017, Amber Schormann established Amber Magazine, a print and digital publication that aims to to create new, positive and broad representations of women. Her photography has also featured in exhibitions in London, France and Amsterdam.


Another of our MA Children's Book Illustration graduates, Julia Woolf, inspired the design of a new building at Ivydale School, London in 2017. Her Fox in the Forest illustration, created during the course, "informed both the design of the bold triangular brick pattern and the interior design strategy” according to architects Hawkins\Brown. Julia has also worked as an animation artist for Dreamworks on films including Madagascar, Shrek and Shrek 2.

Micaela Sapinho outside King's College, Cambridge


Micaela Sapinho (pictured) graduated from our BA (Hons) Fashion Design in 2016, and went on to show her third year collection, along with the first collection from her own label, at Lisbon Fashion Week the same year, followed by her second collection in 2017.




BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Tania Khan published her final project Package of Hope in 2016. Featured on BBC news in April 2017, it provides practical information and inspirational stories for parents of children with Down Syndrome.


Painting of a woman in a brown jacket


Julia Moscardó i Chàfer, MA Children's Book Illustration graduate, won the £5000 Brian Botting Prize for Elfe (pictured), an outstanding representation of the human form described by judges as 'reminiscent of early Picasso.'




2016 MA Fine Art graduate Ellie Breeze was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 and shortlisted for the Marmite Prize for Painting.


In September 2016, BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Michalina Paveley won the Art Gemini Sculpture Prize for her artwork ‘Torus II’, a large copper wire sculpture in a semi-organic, circular form. This was selected from 941 applicants across 34 countries, with the finalists exhibiting at the Asia House Gallery, London. This followed her winning the Supanee Gazeley prize for the best Fine Art exhibition in the 2016 CSA Degree Show.

Maisie with Luis Fernando Crespo, President of the prize sponsors Ediciones SM


MA Children's Book Illustration alumnus Maisie Shearring (pictured) won the International Award for Illustration at the annual Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy, the largest and most prestigious children's book event in the world. Her project Susan's School Days landed her US$30,000 and the opportunity to illustrate a book published by the SM Group.



Another MA Children's Book Illustration graduate Dan Ungureanu was runner-up in the Student Illustrator of the Year category of the V&A Illustration Awards 2015 for his work Nara and the Island. The awards are organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.

Kavinash Thomoo


MA Fine Art alumnus Kavinash Thomoo (pictured) was selected as one of six artists to represent Mauritius for the 2015 Venice Biennale. Kavinash exhibited his video projection '...again and again' at the Biennale, which has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world for over a century.




David Barrow and Matty Long, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin’s MA Children’s Book Illustration course, made the shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 for their books Have You Seen Elephant? (Gecko Press) and Super Happy Magic Forest (Oxford University Press). The 2015 shortlist featured three graduates from the course (Suzanne Barton, Victoria Turnbull and Steve Anthony) as did the 2014 shortlist (Courtney Dicmas, Elys Dolan and Gemma Merino).


MA Printmaking graduates Mustafa Sidki and Jane Stobart and former PhD student Andrea Medjesi-Jones were three of 55 artists whose work was displayed at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in 2014.

A female model wearing an oriental-inspired shirt and trouser design


BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate Thanh Vu has now established himself in London as label Thang Cong Vu. In 2014 he exhibited at Pure, London, the UK’s leading fashion buying event. His student designs (pictured) were also featured in Urban Coco magazine.




Immediately after graduating from our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course in 2013, Asia Prusinowska was invited to display her work at a prestigious felt show in Amsterdam and secured sponsorship from Cambridge Style Week to set up her own business. Her new collection was featured in Jute magazine in January 2014.