Beatriz’s Odyssey artwork results in epic success

Published: 23 May 2017 at 11:09

Beatriz Lostalé Seijo with her award

Prestigious V&A Award is won by Anglia Ruskin student for second year running

The prestigious V&A Student Illustrator of the Year Award has been won by an Anglia Ruskin University student for the second year in succession.

Following Kate Milner’s victory last year, Beatriz Lostalé Seijo was presented with this year’s prize, and a cheque for £3,000, at a ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The awards were introduced by the Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, and took place alongside another event with close connections to Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art; an exhibition celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd.

Beatriz, who has recently graduated from the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at Anglia Ruskin, won the prize for her screen-printed imagining of Homer’s epic The Odyssey.

Produced in an unusual concertina format, Beatriz’s work began as a student project to illustrate a classic tale for a young audience.

The judges singled out Beatriz’s technical approach for special commendation, praising her confident and distinctive use of colour, her bold design sense and the seemingly effortless control of her drawing technique.

Originally from the Galicia region of Spain, the 24 year old now lives in the Petersfield area of Cambridge. She said:

“When I learnt I had won the V&A Student Illustrator of the Year Award I was very surprised. I feel not just flattered, but honoured to have been chosen from such a range of brilliant work.

“It goes without saying that it is a privilege to be exhibited in one of the world’s foremost design museums. In practical terms, the prize money will make a very real difference during my transition from student to illustrator.  It also encourages me to keep working hard on the projects I am now developing.”

Martin Salisbury, Professor of Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“We are extremely proud that one of our MA Children’s Book Illustration students has been awarded the V&A Student Illustrator of the Year prize for the second year in succession.

“The V&A Illustration awards attract around 800 entries so this is an exceptional achievement.  Beatriz has been an outstanding student who fully deserves this award. Her work attracted a great deal of interest at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair.”

V&A Director Tristram Hunt said:

“The V&A’s Illustration Awards is rooted in the V&A’s founding purpose, to celebrate and promote the highest standards of creativity.  This prize shines a light on our illustration industry and supports the emerging talent of tomorrow through the Student Illustrator of the year prize.

“The extraordinary response to our competition is testament to the buoyancy of the creative talent we have here in the UK, so I’m delighted that the V&A will display all the winning artworks in the Museum for everyone to enjoy.”

The winning art works, including Beatriz’s illustrations, will be on display on the National Art Library landing at the V&A until 20 August. More examples of Beatriz’s work can be found at