Monday, 8 November 2010

Illustration student National award success

A talented Illustration student has won the opportunity to exhibit his work at the Saatchi Gallery in London after reaching the final of a national art competition.
Carlton Smith, 26, from Wolverhampton, was named as one of three regional finalists in the Art of Nurture competition held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in March. He was delighted to win £250 for himself and £250 for the University. 
Carlton, who is in the second year of a BA (Hons) in Illustration will now go through to the national final on April 13 which will see him exhibit his artwork at the famous Saatchi Gallery in London.
He will go head to head with students from across the UK in a bid to have their designs used in a high profile national advertising campaign for Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.
Another second year Illustration student, 19-year-old Mandeep Seehra, from Newbridge, Wolverhampton, also reached the regional final of the competition.
Students were given a brief to create a design to illustrate the 2012 Olympics and its sponsorship from Lloyds TSB.
Carlton’s idea for his piece developed from looking at the consequences of investment, with his conclusion being growth. He used images of photosynthesis to illustrate his idea in relation to the 2012 Olympics. Mandeep focused on how Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance would help prepare athletes and facilities for the London Games.
Carlton said: “I’m so pleased to have got this far in the competition and I am very excited about the prospect of having my work shown in a national gallery. 
“I have gained so much valuable experience already and being able to put a commercial marketing campaign in my portfolio will look really professional.”
John Clementson, from the University’s School of Art & Design said: “The whole illustration department is thrilled with the students’ success. It is a fantastic achievement for Mandeep to be recognised regionally as and upcoming illustrator and to be shortlisted out of over a thousand entries. We will be rooting for Carlton in the final."
The national winner of the competition will receive £5,000 and £5,000 for their university, while the person in second place will get £2,000 and £1,000 for third place, plus matched amountsfor their college or university.
In addition to seeing their work used in a campaign, the three national winners will also be given the opportunity to take paid work placements.
Carlton will be joined by staff from the Illustration department at the national final.
For more information about the competition, visit

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