UWE Bristol Illustration student wins prize at Cheltenham Illustration Awards

Issue date: 16 November 2011

A student from UWE Bristol has won the student prize at the internationally acclaimed Cheltenham Illustration Awards.

Brittany Molineux, a year 2 Illustration student, was presented with first prize for her winning entry, "Heavenly Reindeer Tale" at a recent awards ceremony hosted by the University of Gloucestershire and received an Apple IMac computer.

Brittany is delighted to have received the award, she said, “I still cannot believe how well my piece did! My tutors were fantastic with their advice and the whole event was a great experience.”

The theme of this year's awards, judged by Oscar winning illustrator, Shaun Tan, was 'Tree Time Tales' with an emphasis on narrative illustration. The competition saw entries from more than 250 artists and illustrators in the student and emerging talent categories.

Describing the piece, Brittany's inspiration was the Siberian tale of two star constellations. She said, “For half the year the country is cast into darkness when one of these constellations steals the sun. I wanted to explore how I could express a storyline without using the traditional structure of a book. The Globe, which is featured in the piece is a handmade, interactive 3D object. The narrative can be turned slowly in the top half of the globe which is lit up to pick out the constellations in the sky. For the entry I described the tale by positioning the globe amongst the artwork from throughout the project. ”

The award ceremony also coincided with a one-day illustration symposium at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham where prize-winners had the opportunity to meet industry professionals including celebrated artist, illustrator and Royal College of Art tutor Anne Howeson and graphic novel and comics expert, journalist Paul Gravett.

Jonathan Ward, Senior Lecturer in Illustration, said, “We are all extremely proud of Brittany and what she has achieved. Her work has been acclaimed by highly respected figures within the industry. By entering work developed in her first year of study Brittany demonstrated that there are no boundaries to acknowledging and rewarding talented visual communicators at any stage of their career. ”

UWE Illustrators, Laurie Rollitt, Katie Harnett, Ian Moore and Jay Wright who graduated in the summer, also enjoyed success in the competition, their entries were rated in the Highly Commended Category. Jay Wright was also the winner of the Sponsors Award from Westonbirt Arboritum and will receive his award at a separate ceremony at Westonbirt.

All five illustrators had their entries displayed at a two week exhibition at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.

For more information on studying Illustration at UWE see: Illustration

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