Thursday, 24 September 2009

Macmillan Prize 09 successes

While I was updating the blog about our students' successes I realised that I should give a mention to Suma Matanhelia, Kayleigh O' Mara and Steph Dominguez who were all highly commended in this years Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration back in May. Their work was exhibited at Foyles Gallery in London and they received their commendations from illustrator Nick Sharratt.

Kayleigh O Mara

Steph Dominguez

Bolognafiere 09

Back in March when I had very little time for blogging a few important news events slipped through the net.
The first being that recent (Jan 09) MA Children's Book Illustration graduate Esther Hall had been selected for the prestigious
Bologna Children's Book Fair Exhibition held in Italy every year in March.

As a result of which she has been signed up by illustrators agent Plum Pudding Illustration you can have a look at her portfolio, and their full roster here:

Also Esther was selected as highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration last year, since when Esther has been working on a book for Macmillan. We hear that she will be published, and we look forward to posting some images of that book as soon as it becomes available!

Dave Poland is a Top Man! Ha Ha!

The biggest Topshop / Topman outside London has opened in Church Street, Liverpool. It links the old city centre with Liverpool ONE. It’s massive and includes a hair salon, beauty spa and style advisors.

There was a call for artists to create art for the central walls of the store and former UCLAN illustration student, Dave Poland, was selected to carry out the work. You can see his works running along the walls from the basement up to the top floor.
He only had about a week to complete the project but with the help of family and friends he managed it.

Well done Dave.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The Fourth Manchester Artists' Book Fair

Saturday 7th November 2009

10.30am Guest Speaker David Faithfull

12 noon - 6pm Fair open to the public

11am - 4pm MMU Artists' Books special collection open

Sir Kenneth Green Library and Holden Gallery
Manchester School of Art
Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints Campus
Oxford Road

Guest Speaker David Faithfull 'Inkubator Project' at 10.30am in the Sir Kenneth Green Library, Lecture Theatre. See

Lucy May Schofield will host her very successful Bibliotherapy sessions throughout the day. See and

Fair opens 12 noon in the Holden Gallery, Grosvenor Building, Manchester School of Art

40 stands and the MMU special collection of artists' books



Images 33 Best of British Illustration 2009

Its that time of year September is here and I find a brand new copy of Images in my pigeonhole. Who has entered and made it into the annual...

Images for the uninitiated (is there really such an illustration student?)is the only jury selected annual of illustration in the UK. Images can therefore rightly lay claim to be the nearest thing to a Best of British Illustration selection.

This year there are three former UCLAN students selected for the book:

Jay Taylor, Danny Allison and Debbie Greenaway who has been selected for the New Talent section.
Well done to all three!

In addition the following friends of the course; former part time Illustration lecturer at UCLAN Kevin Hauff has been selected for the annual. As have these recent visiting lecturers: Jill Calder, and Dettmer Otto, also selected were Toby Morison, Chris Vine and David Humphries who all gave great visiting lecturer talks to the students only last academic year.