We are delighted to announce the winners of the prestigious Prize for Illustration 2017 awards on 24 May 2017. The competition, which is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world, is organized by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and London Transport Museum.
Artists were invited to respond to the theme of Sounds of the City and capture sounds heard in our UK cities in a single illustration – from loud and frenetic urban noise to the more quiet and relaxing sounds of nature.
100 illustrations, which were shortlisted from over 2,000 entries by an independent panel of judges, will be on display at London Transport Museum until 3 September 2017. Visitors will be able to enjoy a breadth of interpretations of Sounds of the City including lyrics and language; hubbub and stillness; heritage and science; wildlife and nightlife; transport and sport. Each of the illustrations is accompanied by a short description about the inspiration behind their work.
The winning illustrations will be displayed on London Underground poster sites during the summer and each winner will a cash prize:
• Bronze Prize was awarded to: Paul Garland, for Sound of the Underground (right)
• Silver Prize was awarded to: Julia Allum, for Surprise City Sounds (left)
• Gold Prize was awarded to: Chiara Ghigliazza, for Solo (below)
Sam Mullins, Director of London Transport Museum, said: “We are delighted with the incredible variety of interpretations of the Sounds of the City brief which together make a lively and varied exhibition. The Prize for Illustration is important as it helps us to continue Transport for London’s legacy of art and design that dates back over 100 years. London Transport Museum’s collection of graphic art is one of the most important in the world and includes over 5,000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer.”
Ren Renwick, Managing Director of the AOI, said: “We received over 2,000 entries from across the world. I’m grateful to all the judges who had to select work which was generally of a very high standard. The interest in the Prize for Illustration and the quality of work submitted, demonstrates the rude health of the illustration industry and this exhibition helps us reflect on the significance of Illustration and the relevance it has on our lives.”
The Prize for Illustration 2017: Sounds of the City is on display in the Exterion Media gallery at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Tickets cost £17.50 (£15 concessions) and allow unlimited daytime entry to the Museum galleries and temporary exhibitions for a whole year. Visitors can save money with advance online booking £16 (concessions £13.50) at www.ltmuseum.co.uk
More on the exhibition events programme: https://theaoi.com/blog/?p=13211