UWE Bristol students reach top five in House of Illustration Competition

Issue date: 11 March 2015

'The Tale of an Empty House' - by Imogen Clifton

Two students currently studying Illustration at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have won the runners-up prize (£500) in the House of Illustration Competition, run in partnership with the Folio Society. This competition is open to professional illustrators as well as students, consequently they were up against some tough and talented competition. The other three finalists are all professional illustrators.

Emma Buckley, a second-year Illustration student, likes to experiment with a variety of traditional media to create her work, and enjoys exploring macabre subject matter. Her art reveals a passion for gothic literature which begun when she read Wuthering Heights at school. Her favourite author is Angela Carter, who inspired her to pursue magic realist themes in her art, particularly the concept of reconstructed memories which was the primary focus of her latest project – 'Memento'.

Imogen Clifton is in the final year of a BA (Hons) in Illustration at UWE Bristol. She has always excelled at art; she was awarded the Art Scholarship at school and then, in her Art Foundation year, the prize for the most outstanding student.

Imogen is inspired by atmospheric landscapes and is currently working on two children's books that she has written herself. In her work, she aims to transcend the boundary between children's and adults' illustration. After graduating, Imogen plans to move to San Francisco, where she hopes to immerse herself in the illustration scene and get her books published.

Rachel Mills, Associate Head of Department, said, “The students were up against 400 entries from 24 countries and of the five runners-up awards they were the only students amongst the professional winners. To be named in such company and to have two students from the same University is a fantastic achievement for them and the course.”

Mandy Ure, Head of Department, said, "This is another fantastic result for our practice-based programmes in Art and Design. Our engagement with such competitions through live briefs and real world projects ensures tangible professional benefits for our students."

To find out more about the studying Illustration at UWE Bristol please visit the course homepage.

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