Tutor and student shortlisted for AOI Illustration Awards

Georgia Elliott's shortlisted AOI Illustration Awards 2013 work

A student and lecturer from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) received nominations for this year's prestigious Association of Illustrators (AOI) Awards.

Georgia Elliott, a third-year BA (Hons) Illustration student based at UCA Maidstone, and Mireille Fauchon, a lecturer on the same course, were both nominated in the Book: New Talent category.

Georgia Elliott said: "Being shortlisted was incredibly exciting. It gave me a huge boost to know that I am making work which the judges found appealing, especially given the recent expansion to include international artists.

Nominated lecturer, Mireille Fauchon, said: "I was ecstatic when I found out that I had been shortlisted but I think I was more delighted for Georgia because she is still at university. It proves that her work is considered to be of a high standard, which in turn, is a good reflection on UCA.

"As illustrators, we are constantly breaking new ground in the type of work we do and it is fabulous that our work being taken more seriously."

The AOI Illustration Awards, known as 'the Oscars of illustration,' are the most comprehensive and highest profile international illustration awards based in the UK.

Mireille Fauchon's work shortlisted for the AOI Illustration Awards 2013 Jane Cradock-Watson, BA (Hons) Illustration course leader, said: "I am thrilled that both Georgia's and Mireille's books have been shortlisted this year. Both books, in different ways, question our accepted understanding of what an illustrated book or narrative could be.

"The AOI Illustration Awards have been called the 'Oscars of Illustration' for good reason: the shortlisted entries are chosen by high-profile industry professionals from a huge pool of entries.

"To be shortlisted in one of the categories, whether you are a student or a professional is a great achievement."

UCA Maidstone hosted the AOI's 2012 Illustration Awards exhibition in April and May as part of its national tour.

Jun Cen, from the Maryland Institute College of Art in the USA, was recently announced winner of the Book: New Talent category but Georgia and Mireille's work will be showcased in the Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, from 2-27 October 2013.

The overall AOI Illustration Awards winners will be announced on 8 October 2013.

UCA Maidstone has produced a string of famous artists and illustrators, including Tracey Emin, Tony Hart, Paul Blow, Geoff Grandfield, Russell Mills and Where's Wally? creator, Martin Handford.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939
E: dreilly@ucreative.ac.uk

Twitter: @UniCreativeArts

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