Issue date: 08 May 2007
A student from the University of the West of England has won first prize in the Student Illustration Final of the Lloyds TSB Art of Nurture competition.
Zara Picken, who is in the second year of the UWE BA Illustration course, won the coveted award for her entry, entitled 'New Ideas', at the award ceremony at The Galleria, London SW1 on 3 May.
Zara was presented with the award, a cheque for £3,000 and a placement for 8 weeks in the summer at an agency to be negotiated. Her work will also be used in a national campaign by Lloyds TSB with full credits.
Zara said, “I am over the mooon about winning this award! My winning image shows a row of three robots, the central robot is highlighted in a different colour and I've given him a smile and light bulb to llustrate that moment of inspiration or enlightenment”.
"My design combines painting with new media. I started off by painting an image using flat bold colours then I scanned the image so that I could manipulate the textures on the computer."
Gary Embury, Senior Lecturer in Illustration at UWE, said, “This is great news for Zara and we are all delighted for her to have done so well in this hard fought competition. Her work is very original and the idea combines humour with an innovative technique.”
Professor Paul Gough, Dean of the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, said, “Zara is showing great talent and we wish her well for the future. The fact that this year three of our students got through to the regional finals and that we now have a overall winner from UWE demonstrates that the illustration tuition is giving students the grounding they need to become successful in this highly competitive field.”
2nd prize went to Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art came 3rd.
The Lloyds/TSB Art of Nurture Competition aims to involve art colleges and their students in a commercial environment, through sponsoring an art competition. The winners and runners up of the competition will see their art featured as part of a future advertising campaign. Artists had to create a piece of visual art that would illustrate one of the following themes; leading the way; working together; support; innovation; flexibility; cultivation; manufacturing; getting results; rebuilding and new ideas.
A jpeg image of Zara Pickens's award winning entry is available. Please call the press office.