The Serco Prize for Illustration: London Stories

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The winners of the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 were announced at an award ceremony at London Transport Museum on the evening of Wednesday 12 February. The competition was open to illustrators throughout the world and artists were invited to capture a well-known or obscure story in a single illustration. Over 1,200 illustrations were submitted by professionals and students, and the London Stories exhibition showcases 50 of the best.

The Gold Prize was awarded to Gill Bradley for Monkey Band at large in Notting Hill 1927

The Silver Prize was awarded to Nicholas Stevenson for Frost Fair

The Bronze was awarded to Eric Chow for The Lady Bridge

Gill Bradley’s entry can now be seen on Transport for London services as a poster.

The Serco Prize Winners from right to left: Nicholas Stevenson, Gill Bradley and Eric Chow

The Serco Prize Winners from right to left: Nicholas Stevenson, Gill Bradley and Eric Chow

Bringing a wide variety of visual approaches to the London Stories theme, the illustrations on display at the exhibition reveal the wealth of real and fictional tales that London has formed and inspired. Embracing the quirky, amusing, bizarre and beautiful, the show runs from ghost bears (and ravens) in the Tower of London, sleeping giants and jazz monkeys running amok, to ghost buses, Sweeney Todd and nuns stealing pineapples.

The competition was organised by London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators. The exhibition continues Transport for London’s legacy of design that dates back over 100 years. The Museum’s collection of graphic art is one of the best in the world and includes over 5,000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer.

London Transport Museum's Friday Late Night

London Transport Museum's Friday Late Night

Live drawing by AOI Member Lizzie Mary Cullen

Live drawing by AOI Member Lizzie Mary Cullen

There was also a chance to explore the exhibition after hours and enjoy the opening evening of London Stories during the museum’s Friday Late on 14 February 2014. There evening featured a bar and DJ, story telling for adults on board some of the museum’s heritage vehicles; a chance to illustrate your a London Story with short illustration workshops, and to strike a pose in a photo-booth with a choice of props. There evening also included tours of the museum’s new Poster Parade – I Love London.

For more information please visit the London Transport Museum website.

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