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A free exhibition at Somerset House, London
3 28 October 2012
Somerset House hosts Images 36: Best of British Illustration exhibition, organised annually by the Association of Illustrators (AOI).
Image by Anuska Allepuz
Kick-starting Somerset Houses blockbuster autumn and winter season, Images 36: Best of British Illustration presents the winning work of over 50 artists from the length and breadth of the UK, who entered the AOIs flagship competition, Images.
The gold, silver and bronze award winners from each of the eight competition categories (Advertising, Books, Childrens Books, Design, New Media, Editorial, Self-Promotion and New Talent) will be showcased in Somerset Houses Terrace Rooms.
The exhibition features exciting new talent and established names such as Rod Hunt (Wheres Stig?), Chris Haughton (Booktrust best new illustrator), Lizzie Mary Cullen (Design Weeks 50 Hot people), Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape/ Observer Graphic Short Story Prize, 2010), Steve May (shortlisted for British Animation Award, 2008) and Olaf Hajek (AA Directors Club, Europe Gold Award, 2003).
Work by the following artists has been selected for the London exhibition.
Lizzie Mary Cullen
Peter MacEri Griffin
Kanitta Meechubot Julia Midgley
Nicola L Robinson
The award winners are selected by a specially chosen jury who represent all aspects of the industry including agents, publishers and artists. Internationally acclaimed artists such as Noma Bar and David Foldvari are amongst this years judges alongside Art Directors from Guardian G2, Granta Publications, Hodder & Stoughton and Random House, as well as Creative Directors from leading design and digital agencies.
To coincide with the exhibition, an accompanying book Images 36: Best of British Illustration 2012 will also be launched. The book brings together the shortlisted 350 artworks and profiles from 240 illustrators, including those featured in the exhibition, as well as an editorial section with a series of specially commissioned essays by cultural commentators.
After Somerset House, the Images 36 exhibition begins a national tour continuing into 2013.
Venues confirmed so far include Blackpool & Fylde College, Swansea Metropolitan University, Middlesex University and University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone.
Images is the flagship programme for the promotion of contemporary British illustration produced by the AOI since 1976. It is the only independent, jury-selected illustration competition in the UK.
Images 36: Best of British Illustration
Opening hours: 2 28 October 2012, daily from 10.00 to 18.00 Address: Terrace Rooms, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600 www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/images-36-best-of-british-illustration Admission: Free Transport: Nearest Underground Stations are: Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment