World Illustration Awards show comes to Cambridge

Published: 22 November 2017 at 16:09

The front cover of Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Prestigious exhibition will be on display at the Ruskin Gallery until 21 December

A collection of the world’s finest new illustration is sure to warm hearts in Cambridge this winter, with the prestigious World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2017 going on show in the city from Thursday, 23 November.

The exhibition, which was originally on display at Somerset House in London over the summer, has a new home at the Ruskin Gallery on Anglia Ruskin University’s East Road campus until Thursday, 21 December.

The World Illustration Awards is the annual competition of the Association of Illustrators (AOI), and this year attracted over 2,300 entries from artists and illustrators from 64 countries.

The exhibition showcases 50 shortlisted projects across eight categories, including advertising, design, books and editorial. Original exhibited works on display will include murals, posters, packaging and children’s books by artists from the UK, USA, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Hong Kong and Israel.

The exhibition includes work from Bethan Woollvin, who graduated in 2015 from Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus with a First Class BA (Hons) Illustration degree and was the winner of this year’s New Talent (Children’s Books) category.

Bethan, whose debut book Little Red was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016 and follow-up Rapunzel was published this summer, said:

“I was really excited to enter the World Illustration Awards 2017 as it was something I had aspired to do ever since being at university. 

“While studying, my course leader would frequently use the AOI website to show us interviews and portfolios of contemporary illustrators, along with the important business side of the trade like invoicing and contracts. The AOI is such a strong community of illustrators, I felt privileged to simply be considered. Winning my category was more than I could have wished for!” 

Chris Draper, Course Leader for Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“We are incredibly proud of Bethan’s achievements, both while she was on the course and since leaving. It is real credit to her hard work and gentle sense of mischief that she was nominated and won this globally recognised award.”

Further information about the exhibition, which is open to the public and free to attend, is available here /arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/ruskin-gallery