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Illustration Exhibition, Ampersand poster

Year 3 Illustration students curate ‘Ampersand’ exhibition

NUA Illustration Year 3 students in collaboration with University of East Anglia Year 1 Creative Writing students present an exhibition dedicated to the conjunction of illustration and writing. The exhibition named Ampersand explores the relationship between character and narrative through mutual exchange. The exhibition runs on Thursday 2 March, 6-8pm and Friday 3 March, 5-7pm at Dove Street Studios, Norwich.


Students illustrate for BBC’s 100 Women

In December 2016 two illustration students, Vicki Bass (Year Two) and Chloe Dennis (Year Three) were chosen to take part in the BBC’s 100 Women event in London celebrating the lives and experiences of women across the world. As part of the day’s reportage the BBC selected a team of four students to illustrate the stories of women through the events of one particular day, broadcasting the vivid sketches across social media to a global audience. Vicki and Chloe were tasked with becoming part of the event room team at Broadcasting House, which included two other student illustrators, capturing and recording everything going on in the room around them. Their work was used to make visual elements in the profiles of women the BBC team added Wikipedia. You can find out more about 100 Women on BBC iPlayer.


Student wins Hallmark ‘Gifted’ design competition

Year two Illustration student Lily Lambie-Kiernan has won the 2016 New Designers, Hallmark and Tigerprint ‘Gifted’ competition. Lily responded to a daily brief (pictured) set by Hallmark and Tigerprint studios, in the ‘Design-A-Day’ theme. Lily said of her win, “I responded to each daily theme with ideas that I thought reflected my own personal connections. I thought ‘what is this word? What does it mean to me?’ My ideas came from specific personal attachments and connections, creating unique results”. Deeming Lily’s entry a ‘clear’ winner, the judges commented, “Lily’s work stood out due to her distinctive style. We loved the simplicity, limited colour palette and drawing technique as well as her attention to detail. We are looking forward to seeing how Lily’s work translates across our varied portfolio.” As the competition winner, Lily will receive a prize of £500 and an exciting internship at Hallmark.

Digital screen in shopping centre showing Tom Abbiss Smith's work

‘Rising star’ graduate has work showcased in national adverts

2016 Illustration graduate Tom Abbiss Smith has been named a ‘rising star’ by Creative Review and advertising giant JCDecaux, selecting Tom’s work for showcase on 900 digital advertising screens across the UK. Tom’s work is displayed across multiple main transport hubs including London’s King’s Cross, Victoria and Paddington stations to millions in summer 2016. Further locations across the country include retail screens in major shopping destinations such as Metrocentre Manchester, Brent Cross London and Bluewater and busy motorways. Tom said about the exciting opportunity, “My work takes an experimental, intuitive and playful approach to image making. I feel extremely lucky to have my work seen by so many people.” See more work by Tom on Creative Review.

Illustrations drawn at Norwich Illustration Festival

NUA BA (Hons) Illustration win Best Stand at New Designers 2016

Illustration staff and recent graduates were presented with the Best Stand Award at industry showcase, New Designers 2016. Presenting the award to the team, New Designers judges commented; ‘This is a multi-disciplinary presentation that uses a variety of different display methods to maximum effect. It is cohesive, creative, original and professional – a fantastic stand.’ New Designers showcases work by over 3,000 recent graduates at London’s Business Design Centre to industry attendees and the public.

Illustrations drawn at Norwich Illustration Festival

NUA hosts Norwich Illustration Festival

Second year NUA students organised the Norwich Illustration Festival, held in the centre of Norwich at The Forum in April 2016. Students invited alumni, artists, industry specialists and lecturers to take part in the festival exploring all aspects of Illustration, including printing, illuminating and drawing. NUA Graduate Illustrators, Jess Nash and Charlotte Reeve presented their printed illustrative items and Scott Grandison, (NUA Teaching Fellow for Creative Coding) created an exclusive interactive public artwork piece, that evolved over the entirety of the day. Nick Pearce from ‘Note Well Press’ also talked to the students about RISO printing, small run publishing and editioning.

Photo showing Peter Nencini's 'Radar' commission

NUA Course Lecturers featured in renowned illustration periodical, ‘Varoom!’

Peter Nencini, Senior Lecturer in BA Illustration, is featured in the Association of Illustrators periodical, Varoom! Interviewed by editor John O’Reilly, the magazine explores, ‘Radar’; the research project and commission that Peter is collaborating on with graphic design agency, Europa with funding from Arts Council England. Peter’s collaborative group show ‘Mut Mut’ was also featured in the magazine. As leading experts in their fields, BA Illustration lecturers, Sinead Evans and Dr Catrin Morgan were also featured, asked by Varoom! to comment on five integral works that could set a new precedence for ‘how illustrators engage with the world’. The article discusses animation, virtual reality and social media. Issue 32 of Varoom! is available now.

Being a Girl

NUA Graduate Gemma Correll interviewed by Creative Boom

Internationally published illustrator Gemma Correll, who studied at NUA has been interviewed by Creative Boom. Gemma started on the Graphic Design course at NUA but specialised in illustration and now works in California illustrating for major clients and expanding her own portfolio including her Four Eyes Magazine. Gemma’s unique illustrative style ( her pug characters are infamous) has seen her work for clients such as Hallmark, The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Knock Knock, Chronicle Books and The Observer. She is also the author of many books, such as A Cat’s Life, A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette and The Worrier’s Guide to Life, Read Gemma’s Creative Boom interview.


Turner Prize nominated collective visits NUA

Turner Prize nominee’s, Assemble delivered a Professional Practice lecture to illustration students in November. Assemble are a London based collective who work across the fields of art, design and architecture, to create projects in tandem with communities. The collective also visited work by our illustration students currently on display at the Build Your Own exhibition at Norwich Castle. Find out more about Assemble and their nomination for the Turner Prize 2015.

Year 2 students present Storyville

Year 2 Norwich University of the Arts Illustration students present ‘Storyville’, an exploration of narrative form through objects, images, film and sound. The work is the result of creative investigation and adaptation of short stories and classics, including On The Road, A Clockwork Orange, Orlando, Brighton Rock, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Moby Dick, Dracula, Robinson Crusoe, The Grapes Of Wrath and If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller. Open 26 and 27 November, 10am to 5pm at St Margaret’s Church of Art, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich.

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Lecturer presents paper on the visualisation of JG Ballard’s ‘Concrete Island’

Illustration Lecturer Matthew Richardson delivered a paper at The Association of Adaptation Studies conference ‘Adaptations and the Metropolis’ which was held at University of London in September. His practice-based paper was titled ‘Marooned in the future-present: A speculative adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s Concrete Island using Google Street View’ that discussed the visualization of ‘Ballardian’ place and time through a current film project. Matthew is also delivering the paper at ‘Visionaries’, an illustration Symposium hosted by Varoom Lab Journal and Birmingham City University on November 5-6.


Graduate featured on Grafik

Illustration graduate Evie May Adams has been featured on Grafik’s website talking about her experience at NUA and her current and upcoming projects. Read Evie’s article and see her featured work: www.grafik.net/category/talent/evie-may-adams


Students work with Norfolk Heritage Centre

Illustration students have been visiting and using The Norfolk Heritage Centre as an important primary resource and as an introduction to research methodology to provide starting points for projects. During the second year of the course, students act as ‘visual researchers’ to investigate a current social, cultural or political theme – to tell stories about people and place, culture and society. Year Two students have developed an exhibition of their work alongside items from the centre’s archive in The Forum, the NUA Library and at The Norfolk Heritage Centre (5–14 June).

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Student and staff shortlisted for illustration prize

Year Two student Anthony Stephenson and regular visiting lecturer Leah Fusco were shortlisted for this year’s Reportager Awards 2015. The award recognises excellence in documentary drawing. Anthony’s and Leah’s work were exhibited at the University of the West of England in Bristol.


Student selected for Multiverse at Wysing Arts Centre

Year Three student George Harding has been accepted to be part of the ‘Multiverse’ project at the Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge. He will be an Artist in Residence at the Leverhulme Arts Scholars Summer school for young artists between 18-25, culminating in an exhibition of work by the 5 selected artists in Residence.


Graduate wins Open award

2015 graduate Gabrielle Walker has been selected as the recipient of The Ashton KCJ Award in the Smiths Row Open exhibition for her hand-cut collage series ‘No Place to Stay’. Gabrielle Walker received a prize of £250 plus three Artist Surgeries. Alan Brown, a partner at Ashton KCJ, said: “Gabrielle Walker’s collage stood out for its originality. Although we did not have details of the artists until after we had made a decision, we are particularly delighted to have chosen an artist in the early stages of her artistic career.”


Grafik profiles graduate

2014 graduate Nick Pearce has had his work profiled on the Grafik magazine website. In the accompanying interview he talks about how he became interested in design for print in his third year at NUA and was inspired to launch his studio Note Well Press. Read the Grafik interview or visit Nick’s website.

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Graduate business launches website

The Bean Creative, an ethically sourced t-shirt design company launched by Illustration graduate Albert Clegg, has launched its website. Albert won NUA’s Brainchild business ideas competition last year and used some of his business mentoring prize to develop the site with digital agency Selesti. Visit the site at www.thebeancreative.co.uk.

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Graduate’s work displayed on narrowboat

2013 graduate Jason Billman has designed and airbrushed artwork to the sides of a restored 70ft traditional style narrowboat moored off the River Soar at Thurmaston near Leicester. Jason spent six days applying his design, which includes illustrations of a horse-drawn boat, a former coal pit, factory chimneys, a cotton mill, a church tower, historic boats and working horses. His artwork will be seen when the boat travels along canals and waterways and at rallies. Read more in the Lynn News.


Lecturer presents paper in Bangalore

Lecturer Matthew Richardson gave a paper ‘In Praise of Folly: a Palimpsest of Foolery’ at The Itinerant Illustrator symposium taking at Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore in December. The paper considered the form of the palimpsest and the use of visual rhetoric in relation to development and research undertaken for the book. Matthew’s illustrated In Praise of Folly by the 16th Century Dutch humanist reformer Desiderius Erasmus was recently published by Folio.


Graduate commissioned for Barbican poster

Illustrator and 2012 alumnus Stacey Knights has been commissioned to create a poster to publicise a one-off screening of a series of shorts starring Charlie Chaplin to be shown at the Barbican, London, in November 2014. Stacey was approached for the commission after her portrait of the actor Gary Oldman was featured on the Association of Illustrators (AOI) website. View more of Stacey’s work.


Graduate interviewed about new business launch

Albert Clegg (2014 graduate), who won NUA’s Brainchild student enterprise competition earlier this year, has talked to the Student Pocket Guide about his t-shirt business Bean Clothing which showcases up and coming artists. Read the interview.


Illustration lecture programme announced

NUA has announced its programme of visiting illustration lecturers for the 2014-15 academic year. Among the guest speakers are illustrator and book designer Bee Willey, artist Peter Knock and Sinead Evans from Studio Operative. For a full rundown visit Course Content.

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Student’s work shortlisted for Masters of Art International

Year Two student Kathrina Wainstok has had her painting ‘Smoking Kills’ shortlisted for the Master of Art International 2014 competition. “This is the first competition I have submitted work for and I am lucky enough to have been shortlisted,” says Kathrina. “Win or lose, this is a great opportunity to have this kind of exposure and to have my work showcased. I’m very excited to see where it will take me.” Her work will be on show to the public as part of the The Master of Art International exhibition at the Great Yarmouth Racecourse from 22 September.

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Student wins Penguin book design award

Ellen Rockell has been named as the winner of the Penguin Adult Prize at the Penguin Random House Design Awards for her submission of a reimagined cover of Jonathan Coe’s contemporary classic What A Carve Up. She wins £1,000 plus a four week placement. See Ellen’s winning design.

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Student collaborates on Somme battlefield recreation

BA Illustration Jason Billman worked with a MA Fine Art student to design, build and paint a two-thirds scale profile of a Mark V tank and a replica 20 foot section of a Somme battlefield trench for an exhibition at Holkham Hall in Norfolk commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. The exhibition will run all summer and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors. The project was commissioned via the University’s commercial department ideasfactoryNUA, which undertakes a diverse range of projects each year involving students, from fine art commissions through to the creation of animations or commercial games design. Read the press release.

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Nobrow illustrator Nick White visits NUA

Illustrator and animator Nick White delivered a lecture on his career in the freelance illustration industry to BA Illustration students before critiquing students’ current projects one to one. Nick’s clients include Time Out London, Eye Magazine, The New York Times and the V&A.

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Graduates team up for Bilbao residence

BA Illustration graduate Tom Richardson and MA Fine Art graduate Verónica Domingo Alonso have been selected as artists in residence at the BilbaoArte Centre for Contemporary Art in Spain through a joint proposal. They plan to access the centre’s 3D, printmaking and photography workshops as well as benefiting from studio space and publicity. Their activities will culminate in an exhibition in December 2014.


Graduate interviewed by Design Juices

Creative blog Design Juices has featured the work of 2013 BA Illustration graduate Jake Holmes alongside an interview about his work on projects involving illustration, print making, collage, painting, drawing and digital artwork.

“It was during my final year of study that I realised that my true passion was in traditional drawing. I try to draw on a large scale when I can so that every mark I make can be expressive.”

Jake Holmes
BA Illustration graduate

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