UWE Bristol hosts international Reportager Award 2015

Issue date: 07 May 2015

Drawing by Joe Munro

Some of the best reportage drawing from across the world comes to UWE Bristol this May, as the winners of the Reportager Award 2015 are announced on Monday 11 May 2015 at Bower Ashton campus.

This inaugural award is intended to encourage new, existing and emerging talent and projects in the area of reportage and documentary drawing.

Reportage is a series of images which record, scrutinizes or examines an issue, activity or location using drawing, painting, collage, assemblage or a combination of these. Over 60 artists from Australia, Africa, Europe, South East Asia and the Far East have entered the competition organised in partnership with Moleskin.

An international panel of artists and academics including Lucinda Rogers, Olivier Kugler, Mel Reim, Professor Mario Minichiello, Moleskine, and the editor of Reportager juried the work.

The work in this inaugural reportage award exhibition comprises a selection of entries from students and professionals. The exhibition is more of an overview rather than a short list, and three prizes will be awarded to artists for exceptional work in the following categories. Professional, Student and a Moleskine Special Mention Award.

The category awards will be announced at an exhibition private view on Monday 11 May at 18.00.

Joe Munro, a Final Year Illustration student at UWE Bristol has been selected for the final exhibition. He said, “I am excited to have been shortlisted for the Reportager award and feel privileged to be exhibiting my work with other reportage artists from around the globe.

“The work for this exhibition derives from the correlation between the increasing prevalence of food waste and hunger within the UK. Recognising this as a global issue reinforces the importance of documenting the innovative steps such projects are making locally within Bristol.

“The work presented utilises primary, visual journalistic principles of illustration; documenting, interviewing and investigating different projects that are combating food waste at different stages of the food cycle. The drawings highlight the significance of the ramifications of the way in which we, as a nation, are dealing with food waste and bring the issue into greater public focus.

“I believe that the true significance of the issues that I have documented through my project can only be fully appreciated when viewed collectively, with each separate image amalgamating into a more poignant visual essay. These works form a platform of multi-layered drawings that depict resilience, protest and solutions to the issue. I am greatly inspired by cultural explorers and social commentators who use different art forms to capture social stratification and interaction. I often find the illustrative practise of reportage drawing to be both technically and physically demanding. However, in geographically immersing myself into the subject matter for extensive periods of time, I have found that it can sometimes lead to getting behind doors that would otherwise have remained closed. It is in such moments that you can achieve a level of authenticity of the subject matter that cannot be matched by other disciplines. The raw data that exists beneath the surface is a source of constant motivation. In addition, my tutors have provided a structural framework through which I have been able to exercise my artistic ambitions with confidence.”

Gary Embury, Senior Lecturer in BA(Hons) Illustration at UWE Bristol and Editor of Reportager, organised the event. He said, “I have been overwhelmed by the response to the first reportager award. The entries from across the globe have been of a very high standard and report on diverse issues, activities and locations internationally. This has demonstrated to me the renewed interest in Reportage and documentary drawing. I'd like to thank the jury for their time in judging the entries and Moleskine for their financial support for the category awards which will be announced at the private view.”

From 8–15 May 2015, there will be an opportunity to view an exhibition of all the entries at the F Block Gallery on Bower Ashton Campus.

Opening Times

The show opens Friday 8 May 10.00 – 17.00 (closed over the weekend)

Monday 11 May until Thursday 14 May, 10.00-20.00

Friday 15 May, 10.00 – 16.00.

For more information, visit the Reportager Award 2015 website.

For more information on studying at UWE Bristol, see: BA(Hons) Illustration.

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