Ten young illustrators, including artists published by Walker, Simon & Schuster and Tate, have been named as the Booktrust Best New Illustrators 2011.
The 10 were presented with their awards at a ceremony in central London this evening [22nd March] by Charlie and Lola author and illustrator Lauren Child.
The winners included Chris Haughton, whose A Bit Lost is published by Walker, Alice Melvin, whose An A-Z Treasure Hunt and Counting Birds are from Tate and Sara Ogilvie, illustrator of Dogs Don't Do Ballet (S&S). The list also comprised Joe Berger; Claudia Boldt; Katie Cleminson; Levi Pinfold; Salvatore Rubbino; Viviane Schwarz; and Kevin Waldron.
The judging panel comprised Child; children’s laureate Anthony Browne; director of literature strategy at Arts Council England, Antonia Byatt; founder of the Illustration Cupboard John Huddy and author/illustrator Ken Wilson-Max.
Browne said: “Sitting on the panel for the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award has been enormously exciting. In the judging meeting colour popped out at us, detail begged to be pored over, wonderful characters bounded through the pages and words and pictures left enough imagination fuelling gaps in meaning to make us want to instantly revisit them!
“When we had finally reached our decision we were left with a palpable sense that these 10 are the illustration stars of the future.”
An exhibition of the winners’ artwork has gone on display for a week-long exhibition at the Illustration Cupboard, the UK’s first gallery dedicated to illustration. The exhibition will tour Foyles’ flagship store in Charing Cross Road and the Free Word Centre in
Farringdon and other venues throughout 2011.