THIS YEAR'S EVENT IN A NUTSHELL

Computer Arts - - EVENTS -

Daisy McMul­lan is Awards Co­or­di­na­tor at The AOI. She has an MA in Cu­rat­ing and works as a vis­ual arts pro­ducer spe­cial­is­ing in non-profit and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors.

WHAT WAS NEW THIS YEAR?

The ex­hi­bi­tion at Som­er­set House has evolved with tighter cu­ra­tion and a mod­ern dis­play that cre­ates a sense of where il­lus­tra­tion is right now: vi­brant, dy­namic and all around us. We also made an ef­fort to show­case projects in more depth where we could; in some cases a se­ries in­stead of just a sin­gle im­age re­ally helped to tell the story of the project.

WERE THERE ANY EN­TRIES THAT MADE YOU THINK: 'I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT BE­FORE'?

Olivia Sul­li­van's mul­ti­me­dia work that maps a psy­cho­geog­ra­phy of Cum­bria. It has an­i­ma­tion, sound, wooden sculp­tures and mod­els made from Ken­dal Mint Cake. It re­ally is truly orig­i­nal, and tests the bound­aries of what we think of as il­lus­tra­tion. Tommy Parker's Dy­namic Wall­pa­per is a great use of new tech­nol­ogy, and re­ally demon­strates how il­lus­tra­tion can ad­vance in­no­va­tion. It's a re­ally clever use of soft­ware that helps pro­gramme the im­age to change with the po­si­tion of the sun.

IS DI­VER­SITY IN EN­TRIES IM­POR­TANT TO YOU?

Our en­tries come from all over the world – in par­tic­u­lar the UK and USA as you might ex­pect, as that is where we, The AOI and our de­liv­ery part­ners the Directory of Il­lus­tra­tion are based. But we also re­ceive plenty of en­tries from Europe and Asia too, and now we're see­ing more from coun­tries with a less-es­tab­lished il­lus­tra­tion tra­di­tion such as In­done­sia, Ukraine, UAE, Malaysia and Ro­ma­nia.

YOUR PER­SONAL FAVOURITES?

moooOooons by Pei-Fen Hsieh, made us­ing col­lage, and Anna Mill's win­ning book Square Eyes is also ex­tra­or­di­nary!

This year's com­pe­ti­tion saw a record num­ber of entrants, with 15 of the 16 win­ners at­tend­ing on awards night. Be­low left: Anna Mill's win­ning en­try.

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