Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011

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The ten Booktrust Best New Illustrators 2011 were announced at an Award Ceremony at the Illustration Cupboard on 22 March 2011. Chosen by a stellar panel of judges, which included Children's Laureate Anthony Browne and best-selling Charlie and Lola author/illustrator Lauren Child, the winners represent the best rising talent in the field of illustration today, who demonstrate remarkable creative flair, artistic skill and boundless imagination in their work.

 

The 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators are: Joe Berger, Claudia Boldt, Katie Clemison, Chris Haughton, Alice Melvin, Sara Ogilvie, Levi Pinfold, Salvatore Rubbino, Viviane Schwarz and Kevin Waldron. One further illustrator - Susan Steggall - was highly commended by the judges.

 

An exhibition of work by the ten winning illustrators has been on display at the Illustration Cupboard, The Gallery at Foyles' flagship Charing Cross Road store and the Free Word Centre and will be on tour across the UK throughout 2011 and 2012.

 

Read an article about the Best New illustrators 2008

Winners

Judges

The judging panel for this year’s Award comprised:

Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne; Director of Literature Strategy at Arts Council England, Antonia Byatt; author/illustrator Lauren Child; founder of the Illustration Cupboard John Huddy and author/illustrator Ken Wilson-Max.

Anthony Browne, Children’s Laureate comments:

 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! As a panel we were awed by the sheer range of styles and were thrilled to see how both classic and modern approaches are being successfully harnessed to bring children and adults alike some of the most innovative, fresh and skilled illustration being published today. When we had finally reached our decision we were left with a palpable sense that these ten are the illustration stars of the future.

About the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011

The Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award celebrates the best rising talent in the field of children’s illustration today. First awarded in 2008, the prize is given to ten emerging illustrators whose work demonstrates remarkable creative flair, artistic skill and boundless imagination.


The Award was established to raise the profile of emerging picture book illustration, as part of the wider Big Picture Campaign. Since the 2008 Awards the sales of picture books have demonstrated healthy growth, despite a challenging period for bookselling.

 

For more information about the prize contact Katherine Woodfine.