Of the thirteen regional finalists, four Illustrators and two illustration/Graphic Communication combined students were chosen for this prestigious national competition. Wolverhampton students were competing with students from all over the midlands area, other finalists are studying as far afield as Loughborough, Nottingham and Derby as well as more local institutions such as Birmingham and Coventry.
The student’s work will be showcased in the regional final at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham’s internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue. The private view and final selection will be held on the evening of Tuesday 22nd March. Two selected finalists from each regional final will have their work on show at a London Gallery (to be announced, the 2010 final was held at the Saatchi Gallery) for the National final in April, with the eventual winner receiving the £5,000 first prize, the runner up will receive £2,000. Additionally the national winners will be given the opportunity to attend an optional work placement during the summer of 2011
This is the fifth year of the Lloyds TSB student art competition, which has been developed in partnership with Arts & Business; a national art based charity that brings together the worlds of art and commerce.
Wolves Illustrators have been represented in the last three regional finals, but the number of successful selections this year is unprecedented. This has been a real team effort and we are rightly proud of our student’s achievement.
The staff team are delighted to have had so many of our students recognised in this prestigious national competition. It is encouraging for the team and more importantly our students that their efforts, enterprise and talent is being rewarded.
The experience of having your work shown at the IKON and to be in the regional final is invaluable.
We also had a number of students who didn’t make the regional final and some of those can feel disappointed they didn’t make it, our standard of entry was very strong this year.