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World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2016 at Somerset House – 1st to 29th August 2016



Returning to Somerset House for a fifth year, the World Illustration Awards Exhibition highlights the emerging and established talent who entered the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition.


This unique free exhibition, now in its 40th year, presents over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. Selected from submissions to this year’s World Illustration Awards, the work is celebrated across 8 categories, including advertising, children’s books, editorial and public art. The shortlisted and winning pieces comprise posters, book illustrations, animations and GIFs to sculptural pieces and textiles.

Entries were received from 66 countries and those exhibited are from the UK ,America, South Korea, Australia, Israel, China, Japan and illustrators across Europe.


The exhibition includes serious works, such as David Foldvari’s evocative image of the migrant crisis commissioned by Save the Children, with lighter works such as Richard Lewington’s depictions of bees for Royal Mail and Levente Szabo’s BAFTA Award brochures.

Also of note is Balbusso Twins’ Portrait of Richard II commissioned by Penguin Press for its series of books on Britain’s kings and queens. Ella Cohen’s Playground Israel image, commissioned by Berlin based Theater an der Parkaue and the Israeli Embassy, exemplifies the ability of illustration to communicate across boundaries.

Two overall winners will be announced by illustrator David Hughes at the awards evening on Wednesday 3 August

On display will be original artwork and, whenever possible, the work is in it’s original context or published form.

For more information and book tickets, visit the Somerset House website here

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