The Northern Illustration Prize is back for 2021! Calling for entries.

Identity illustrated by Chris Chatterton

The Northern School of Art, supported by the AOI, announce the Northern Illustration Prize 2021 – now calling for entries.

This being its second edition, the first in 2019 attracted hundreds of entries from across six continents . The Prize aims to celebrate the very best in illustration across the globe and is open for entries today (Monday 1 March) from emerging and professional illustrators. The prize is delivered in partnership with the AOI.

The Prize heralds the start of the countdown to the award-winning biennial ‘The Northern Festival of Illustration’ which it is hoped will return to Hartlepool and other venues this summer.

The Northern Illustration Prize will be judged by prominent illustrators and staff at The Northern School of Art as well as the AOI. All shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the festival and the two winners will be announced in early June.

The Northern Illustration Prize is open to entries in two categories: established illustrator and emerging illustrator. The winner of each prize will each receive £1,000 cash. 

Pat Chapman, Vice Principal at The Northern School of Art, says: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of this major international art prize to celebrate the contribution of illustrators to the creative arts and to our own enjoyment throughout our everyday lives.

“The purpose of the Prize is to celebrate the diverse world of illustration and provide a platform to celebrate the many different careers for illustrators – from product design through comics, cartoons, gaming, literature and the movie industry. 

“We are very excited to see how our illustrators interpret our theme ‘Renaissance’ and, in these strangest of time, celebrate the much-hoped for emergence of the global community from a year of pandemic. Now, more than ever, we must celebrate and support the contribution of the creative arts to our wellbeing as a community and a wider society.”

Full details of ‘The Northern Illustration Prize’ can be found here, including full guidance on how to enter and the terms and conditions.

The deadline to enter is Sunday 11th April 2021.


1st March 2021
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