Winner of an AOI Illustration Award 2013

Entries for the Association of Illustrators Awards 2013
Entries for the Association of Illustrators Awards 2013

I entered two of my drawings in the From the Loft Floor series into the Association of Illustrators Award competition. They were ‘Johnny Fabricating the Gudgeons’ and ‘James Finishing the Mast’. I was very pleased to find out that my work had been short-listed for a prestigious AOI Award and didn’t imagine that I would go on to be chosen as the winner of my category, professional /self-initiated. The judges were particularly impressed that this extensive body of work has lead to a major exhibition in a national museum. For more information on this see my previous post.

The AOI Illustration Awards are the most comprehensive and highest profile illustration awards based in the UK. There will be a month long exhibition of all the category winners and selected short-listed work at Somerset House in London in October and an award ceremony, where the overall winner will be announced. Last year over 16, 000 visitors attended the AOI Awards exhibition at Somerset House, and many more were able to see the selected work during its nationwide tour. In addition all the winning artists will be featured in the Awards catalogue.

Heng Khoo, AOI Managing Director says, ‘The awards are about celebrating the work of great illustrators and the art of illustration itself.’

News: Illustration project is the inspiration for a major exhibition.

Photographs of the National Maritime Museum cornwall
Photographs of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Little did I know when I first started my project From the Loft Floor in September 2010 that it would lead to such a large body of work, with 50 drawings completed in 20 months. Now those drawings have become the inspiration for a four month long exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall about building wooden pilot cutters.

Starting in September 2013 the exhibition From the Loft Floor will be displayed in the Quarter Deck gallery. The drawings are a visual diary of the building of a traditional wooden pilot cutter by Luke Powell of Working Sail. I am incredibly excited that this exhibition will not only feature my drawings, but also details of a boatyard with tools, workbenches, boat plans and half models. Tom Cunliffe the well known yachtsman, author and television presenter will be giving a lecture on pilot cutters to accompany this exhibition on 25th September 2013. Tickets will be available from the National Maritime Museum.