The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories exhibition opens with a bang on Friday 8 February 2019 at the London Transport Museum (LTM) with a Friday Late

Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 – London Stories
London Transport Museum, Exterion Media Gallery, Covent Garden, London
Open 8 February – 14 July 2019

A new exhibition featuring 100 illustrations opens with a Friday Late on 8 February at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and celebrates one of the world’s greatest cities – London, and reveals some of the fascinating tales of London life past and present.

Check out the names of featured artists here

From urban myths, historic events and remarkable characters, to daily lives and adventurous animals, the exhibition offers new perspectives and insights into the cultural history and heritage of London. London Stories reveals the wealth of real and fictional tales and events inspired by, or having taken place in, London and embraces the quirky, amusing and bizarre as well as the day to day aspects of life in the capital.

Some of the illustrated stories include the Cross Bones Graveyard, a ghost bus, St Pineapple’s Cathedral, the Faceless Woman of Becontree, and the baffling story of an intrepid rabbit travelling alone on the London Underground. From Tottenham Marshes and Tooting Lido to Kew Gardens and the Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks, the exhibition is inspirational for both the savviest of Londoners and those wanting to learn more about the real and fictitious stories and events that give London its identity.

The Poster Prize for Illustration competition was open to illustrators throughout the world. Artists were invited to create an illustration that visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined. Over 1,500 illustrations were submitted by professionals and students. The London Stories exhibition will showcase 100 of the best which were chosen by an independent panel of judges made up of experts from the art and design world.

The winners were announced on 8 February at the London Transport Museum.

Gold Winner: Eliza Southwood (AOI Member) – on the left
: London is the Place for me

Silver Winner: Anna Steinberg (AOI Member) – middle
Illustration: The Cokeney

Bronze Winner: Mobb – on the right
Illustration: The Faceless Woman

LTM Public Vote winner: Chloe Isteed

Read more about these works and their creators in our winner news announcement.

The winner will receive £2,000 and their illustration will be displayed on London Underground as a poster. The Silver and Bronze prizes are £1,000 and £750. For the first time ever there will be a fourth prize which will be chosen through a public vote by visitors to the galleries. The winning illustration will be permanently accessioned into London Transport Museum’s collection. Winners will be announced at a special awards preview on the opening night on 8 February 2019.

The Public Vote winner was announced on 13 June 2019: Chloe Isteed: Mind the Gap No. 78
Read more about it here in our news section.

Each illustration is accompanied by a short text written by the artists summarising the inspiration behind their creation.

The Poster Prize for Illustration continues the AOI’s long-standing partnership with the museum and Transport for London’s legacy of design that dates back over 100 years. London Transport Museum’s collection of graphic art is one of the best in the world and includes over 5,000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Dora Batty, Paul Nash and Enid Marx.

A series of talks and events will happen alongside the exhibition. More information

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