The Cheltenham Illustration Awards


University of Gloucestershire (UK)

Submission of work is free!

The theme for 2019’s Exhibition and Annual : All Together Now: Tales of Unity.

The focus of the Awards has always been one of narrative. Visual storytelling, whether sequential or single image, gives scope to the imagination and opens up possibilities beyond the present moment; what happened  before? What happens next?

'All together now – Tales of Unity
Despite possessing the technology that makes universal communicators of us all, we still suffer the great disconnects of our modern world; the great geographical, political, economic and spiritual divides. Yet, whenever we meet across these gulfs, we find we have so much in common. Alongside all that separates us, there are the great connectors – music, comedy, cuisine, the natural world and, of course, the need to draw; to examine and explain our lives through pictures.
All together now. Because at this moment so much of the world appears to be entering a period of introspection and national separatism; one of materialism and protectionism.
You are asked to make an illustration that uses narrative to celebrate our universal humanity and our collective experience; one that celebrates illustration and storytelling as dynamic influencers for unity.'
Andrew Morrison.

Open to all students, emerging and established illustrators.

An academic and peer selection panel will assess the entries for inclusion in the exhibition and Annual.

The selected work will be showcased at the Museum in the Park, Stroud, UK, other venues such as the London Book Fair, and published in the 2019 Cheltenham Illustration Awards Annual, which will be distributed to educators and publishers, internationally.

The Awards will also be inviting work from established artists and illustrators whose work we admire and that contributes to the theme.
The deadline for submitted entries is the 1st June 2019.

The Awards are administered by the University of Gloucestershire, UK . There are two titled loose sections, 'Student' and 'Emerging and Established'. The Student category is open to all full time students over 18 years of age worldwide.The Emerging and Established category is open to any newly practising illustrators who are wishing to gain exposure of their work and to those who are more established and are apart of the illustration world.
A public exhibition will be held in Autumn/Winter of 2018 on behalf of the University of Gloucestershire. 
The selected work will be showcased at the exhibition and published in the Annual which will be distributed to institutions and industry publishers. 
The exhibition then travels to other venues for the year. Past exhibition spaces have been the likes of Pitt Rivers- Oxford, The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery, The museum in the Park Stroud and the London Book Fair.
The University of Gloucestershire reserves the right to cancel the event should sufficient entries not be received for this competition. Artwork must be supplied digitally via the transfer service WeTransfer.
Judging of entries will take place in August by a professional committee. Successful applicants will be notified by email mid September.


Opportunity Opens

Friday, May 17th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Saturday, Jun 1st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists