UWE illustration team celebrate competition hat trick

Issue date: 30 April 2009


University of the West of England A student from the University of the West of England has won a prestigious illustration prize. Richard Partridge, a second year Illustration student has won third prize in the national heats of the Art of Nurture competition organised by Lloyds TSB.

Richard's win completes a hat trick for the UWE illustration teaching team who have now had winners in the top three for the past three consecutive years.

Richard is delighted to win, he said, “It means a great deal to me as I've never won anything before. It's excellent for my portfolio and great to get the exposure which will help in my future career.

Richard chose innovation as the theme for his winning entry. His illustration features penguins with balloons strung to their backs so they can fly over an icy area of the world. Richard said, “Penguins can't fly so I thought a good way of showing how innovation works in a quirky and amusing way would be to tie balloons to their backs. It gets the key message across and shows how an illustration can speak a thousand words when attempting to convey an idea.”

Gary Embury is the lecturer who coaches the students for the Art of Nurture competition each year, he said, “The Illustration team are very pleased to have won first, second and third in the regional heats and third in the Nationals Lloyds Art of Nurture competition. Following on from last year's third place and first place win the previous year, confirms the courses continuing success in gaining awards for students in national and international competitions.”

The Art of Nuture is an annual competition organised by Lloyds TSB who work with Arts and Business in a quest to find new talent through the competition. The aim is to find the UK's most creative art student and then to give them the opportunity to present their work to the business world as part of one of Lloyds TSBs current marketing campaigns.

The national final was judged at the ICA, London, by a panel including Simon Featherstone, managing director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance; Lucian Camp, Chairman and Executive Creative Director at Tangible Financial; Verity Haines, Arts Director at Arts and Business; Marion Deuchars, Illustrator and Francis Outred, Head of Contemporary Art at Christies.
Simon Featherstone, Managing Director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance, said, “The quality of the entries we received this year was outstanding and all the regional finalists had clearly put a lot of effort into following the brief accurately and producing work of an incredibly high standard.”

Professor Paul Gough, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts at UWE is delighted, he said, “This years win by Richard Partridge really is the icing on the cake and confirms that the illustration team at UWE are getting something very right. The University is obviously attracting students who are of very high calibre and by entering their work for competitions like the Art of Nurture they are pitching themselves against a national platform of very talented people. This kind of exercise is excellent practice for the students as it presents them with the chance to try their hand at working to a commercial brief.”

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