Falmouth students go big at the V&A Illustration Awards

17 June 2022

An abstract illustration of a woman - her body is covered in animal faces
Sarah Edge

'My cancer scars map the pain of animals held in research labs' © Sarah Edge

Three Falmouth students and a Falmouth graduates have been shortlisted at the 2022 V&A Illustration Awards.

This year, the V&A are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their prestigious awards, which celebrate excellence in student illustration. There are three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism.

Huge congratulations to Sarah Edge, Amy Sutton, Sara Parodi and graduate Owen Davey for being shortlisted in the Student Illustrator of the Year category and the Book Cover Award respectively.

Sarah, Amy and Sara have already secured a victory of sorts; as all shortlisted student entries will feature in a display of digital prints in the V&A South Kensington galleries. It could get even better for the students, as each category winner will receive £3,000, with the runner up receiving £2,000.

The overall 2022 winner of the competition will also be awarded the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize, receiving an additional £5,000 and seeing their work enter the collection at the V&A.

Mandy Jandrell, Director of the Falmouth School of Art, was delighted to see a strong Falmouth presence at one of the most respected illustration awards in the country.

“We're thrilled to see a strong presence on the V&A Illustration of both current Falmouth Students and our distinguished alumni”, Mandy told us.

“Our BA Illustration course at Falmouth has a strong reputation for delivering excellence - not only in developing illustrators with highly competent portfolios, but also in equipping our graduates with strong industry knowledge, connections and networks, which helps our graduates gain a foothold in the creative industries.

“We are delighted to see the broad range and breadth of practice of both students and alumni who have been shortlisted. This is, again, testament to the development of the unique visual languages the course equips students with.”


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