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‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ creator donates work to NUA student auction

Students studying BA illustration at Norwich University of the Arts have received a welcome boost to their fundraising efforts by the donation of artworks by a series of renowned professional illustrators.

Nativity scene illustration

Nativity by Eric Carle

Among the illustrators supporting the auction are Eric Carle (creator of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’), Rob Ryan (who has illustrated for The Independent, Vogue, Elle and Fenchurch) and Matthew Richardson (whose client list includes Penguin, BBC, Volvo and Coca Cola).

These works will join prints by the students themselves, alumni of the course and academic staff in a public auction at The Gallery at NUA on Tuesday 29th March (starts 6.30pm prompt). The works to be auctioned go on display on Friday 25th March and are open to public viewing between 12pm and 5pm every day except Sunday. Pre-bids can be accepted up until 2.30pm on the day of the auction.

All funds raised through the auction will support the students’ end-of-year BA Degree Show in June (22nd-28th), when the NUA campus will be opened to the public to display the final works of graduating students. This show will provide essential experience of showing work in a professional event setting and an opportunity to meet potential buyers, employers, gallery owners and critics.

Illustration Course Leader Glyn Brewerton says: “Professional and business skills are embedded throughout the course and by managing the entire event themselves the students are testing their own abilities in the professional sphere. We have been tremendously well supported by industry in both the delivery of the course and the generous response to the student’s requests for donations of work. We are also indebted to fine art auctioneers Keys who have provided a professional auctioneer to run the event free of charge. The standard of the work on sale is excellent and will provide an eclectic mix of styles for prospective buyers to consider.”

Two professional illustrations

You are my universe by Rob Ryan (left) and Untitled by Matthew Richardson

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