UWE Bristol academic receives The Birgit Skiöld Trust Memorial Award

Issue date: 12 November 2012

An image from Jonathan Ward's collaborative artists' book 'Home'

UWE Bristol academic Jonathan Ward has been awarded The Birgit Skiöld Trust Memorial Award for his collaborative artists' book 'Home', at this year's London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery.

'Home' is a boxed set of 50 die-cut, home-based, visual narratives by 50 UK based Illustrators including Ward himself and his colleagues from the UWE Bristol Illustration Programme, Chris Hill, Gary Embury, Colum Leith and Phil Wrigglesworth.

Jonathan Ward said, “I am delighted that 'Home' has received this award. It is great recognition of the high quality work of all the illustrators involved in the publication and ensures that their work will be able to be seen by future generations visiting the V&A special collections.

“All 50 home-based memories in the publication, package personal echoes from the past in a narrative structure that allows the viewer to explore the intimate, warm and sometimes disturbing resonances that form our understanding of what a home was, is and may become.”

The selection panel for this year's award was made up of Elizabeth James, Senior Librarian, National Art Library Collections at Victoria and Albert Museum, Richard Price, Head of Content and Research Strategy at the British Library, Gill Saunders, Senior Curator (Prints) Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum and Victoria Bartlett, Artist and Trustee of the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust.

Birgit Skiöld, born in Sweden, was a modernist printmaker who lived and worked in Britain from 1948 onwards. She ran the highly successful Print Workshop, 28 Charlotte Street, London, which was established in 1958 and operated until 1983. Print Workshop became a destination for international artists needing open access to a professional printmaking studio.

'Home' will be donated by The Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust to The National Art Library Collection at the V&A Museum, London.

Victoria Browne, Founder of KALEID editions, said, “Home was selected for KALEID 2012 London, an annual curated exhibition showcasing the best of European artists' books. The edition is both original in form and content, and demonstrates the broad scope of contemporary graphic artists in Britain today. KALEID editions selected the book to represent at The London Art Book Fair and was delighted to receive the Birgit Skiöld Award for excellence on behalf of Jonathan Ward. The judges immediately recognised the educational potential that 'Home' offers visitors to The National Art Library and its accessibility in a public collection will benefit generations to come.”

'Home' will be on display at the Arnolfini on Wednesday 14 November, 14:00-17:00 as part of the Open Table session preceding Comic Creations – an evening with Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels (18:00-21:45).

A copy is also lodged with the Bower Ashton Library as part of the hands-on artists' book collection and educational resource for UWE students.


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