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.’