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Digital Arts blog highlights student’s work

Digital Arts has selected work by Year 3 student Katie Jane Murray in its round up of the best work at D&AD’s New Blood showcase.

Illustration for Matilda

Two students commended in Macmillan Prize

Year 3 students Rebekah Cranch and Lucy Wooler have received Highly Commended awards for their submissions for the MacMillan Prize for Children’s Book illustration. Lucy’s work for ‘Matilda’ by Hilaire Belloc and Rebekah’s illustration for Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ are on display at the Foyles Gallery in London from 27 May to 1 June. View both illustrations in Student Work.

Exhibition poster

Students show work at gallery

Year 2 students curated ‘Limbo’ – a show of new work at Stew in Norwich. The exhibition ran for a week in May.

Work by visiting lecturer

Foz gives NUA lecture

Artist and illustrator, Foz (Andrew Foster) visited NUA in April to give a talk to students about his working practice. Foz has worked for clients such as Liberty’s, London Fashion Week and The Lancet and recently had a major exhibition at Jackson’s Hall Gallery, New York.

Mixed media work

Computer Arts profiles graduate

The Any Warhol inspired work of 2010 graduate Joe Cruz has been featured on the Image of the Day blog of Computer Arts magazine. Joe discusses the workflow and influences of his mixed media work, more of which can be seen on his website.

3D illustration work

Graduate included in Suffolk Showcase

A 3D piece by 2012 graduate Scott Johnson has been selected through an open submission process for inclusion in the Suffolk Showcase 2013 at the Smiths Row contemporary art gallery in Bury St Edmunds. His work, entitled ‘The Beauty of Disease: Coloboma’, is on display from 6 April to 8 June.

Student to design logo’d angel for church

Year 2 student Amy Higgins will design an angel featuring 100 names and logos for St Peter Hungate Church in Princes Street, Norwich, as part of an internship. The scheme has been launched by the church to attract 100 donations of £100 each for a fundraiser for four exhibitions planned for the space. The angel will be displayed at the entrance of the church and also on its website. Read an Eastern Daily Press article about the scheme.

Students present paper at international arts conference in Turkey

Two NUA students have given a 15 minute talk at the Maltepe University International Fine Arts Student Congress 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. Samantha Pillow (Year Two BA Games Art and Design) and Phillipa Bradley (Year Two BA Illustration) delivered a paper on ‘Newly emerging topics in the future of art and design’.

Work by NUA BA Illustration graduate Guy Roberts

Double win for NUA at Serco Awards

Two NUA graduates won awards at the Serco Prize for Illustration 2012. The winners were announced in November at the London Transport Museum, organisers of the prize in partnership with the Association of Illustrators and Serco. The brief, ‘Secret London’, asked entrants to depict little known or unusual aspects of the capital’s history, culture, characters and communities – past or present. Chris King, who graduated in 2012, won second prize worth £1000 for his illustration titled Pigeon Disco. 2011 graduate Guy Roberts was placed third place for his piece titled W4. The two works were included in an exhibition of 50 of the best entries at the museum.

Illustration of an Olympic weight lifter

Graduate shows off his work online

Graduate Adam Avery has launched a website to showcase his work. Adam, who graduated in 2011, is now working as a commercial illustrator and is represented by Eastwing Illustration Agency.

Student drawing an illustration of Natalie Portman's character in Black Swan

D&AD Yellow Pencil win for NUA student

NUA student Rupert Smissen has added a D&AD Yellow Pencil to the plaudits he has earned for his illustration of Natalie Portman’s character in the film Black Swan. He created the drawing to fulfil a brief to design a cover for film magazine Little White Lies.

Norwich Market booklet

Degree show work commissioned by Norwich City Council

Graduate Nicola Jones has had her degree show work commissioned by Norwich City Council. Her colourful and quirky drawings will be used as merchandising to promote the city’s marketplace. The council hopes that the contemporary images will promote the largest Monday to Sunday Market in the country.”

Student receiving £4,000 illustration prize

£4,000 illustration prize goes to NUA student

NUA student Rupert Smissen has won the first Hermione Hammond Annual Drawing Award, earning a prize of £4,000. The Year Three BA Illustration student won the prize for his drawing of Natalie Portman’s character in the film Black Swan, which has also been nominated for a prestigious Yellow Pencil in this year’s D&AD awards. His work has been described by the judging panel as “very beautiful and strikingly original” and will be featured on the awards’ website alongside nine other shortlisted pieces.

Illustration of Nelsons Column by day and night

Student selected for Serco Illustration Prize exhibition

Year Three student Chris King has been chosen to exhibit his entry for the Serco Illustration Prize at the London Transport Museum.

D&AD Student Awards 2012 logo

Student work shortlisted for D&AD Yellow Pencils

Two Year Three BA Illustration students have earned national recognition for their work through nominations for prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil awards. Stacey Knights and Rupert Smissen both submitted entries under the illustration brief, set by film magazine Little White Lies, to create a cover illustration from one of the year’s top five films. Rupert’s image depicts Natalie Portman’s character in Black Swan and Stacey’s cover shows Gary Oldman in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Stamp presentation

RSA student award shortlists NUA student

Gary Hunt has been shortlisted in the final five, down from a longlist of 79, for the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce student award under the Postage Stamps brief. Winning and commended work will be shown on the RSA Student Design Awards Exhibitions page and the winning piece will earn a cash prize of £5,000 plus a £2,500 12-week internship at Lewis Moberly and/or Pentagram.

Work on display in The Gallery at NUA

Quentin Blake shows new illustration work at NUA

The BA Illustration course held a symposium to mark an exhibition by a group of professional illustrators in The Gallery at NUA. The Magic Theatre was an exhibition of works by the Time and Being collective as well as other invited illustrators and graphic artists, including renowned artist Quentin Blake. The symposium included a talk in the gallery by NUA Lecturer Rachel Gannon followed by a guest lecture by Catherine Anyango, a Tutor in the Communication Art and Design department at the Royal College of Art. Catherine talked about illustration practice and her own recently published graphic novel adaptation of Heart of Darkness, before providing workshops with small groups of students.

Illustration from the works exhibited in The Magic Theatre

Exhibition of illustration works opens at NUA

The Gallery at NUA has opened a new exhibition of illustration works called The Magic Theatre. The show includes works by the ‘Time and Being’ collective and other invited illustrators and graphic artists, including Glyn Brewerton, Course Leader BA Illustration at NUA and Rachel Gannon, Illustration Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts.

Graduate profiled in Creative Review

2011 graduate Matt Craven has had a three page spread profile of his work published in the September edition of Creative Review. The magazine’s Graduate Special profiles Matt alongside four other “young talents who we feel have a very bright future”, describing his work as “raw and expressive…blackly comic.” In his interview Matt reflects: “It’s all about creating work that exists in a universe that I know through and through. University really opened my eyes to the place I left behind.”