Competitions Prize of Illustration 2017: Sounds of the City
International Deadline: September 26, 2016 – The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM), is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for The Prize for Illustration 2017.
This year the theme is Sounds of the City – an illustrated interpretation of urban sound.
We are surrounded 24/7 by sound in our cities. It shapes our experiences and our moods. Whether it’s the sound of people going about their daily lives – living, working, visiting or enjoying cultural, sporting or musical activities – or the sounds of nature within the city, the exhibition will show the artist’s relationship with sound, heard within the environment of a city context.
The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of independent judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open in May 2017 and run until September 2017. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in May 2017.
The aim of The Prize for Illustration 2017 competition is to attract artwork for display in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates or is inspired by the sounds heard in the hubbub and quiet spaces of the UK’s vibrant, diverse, multi-layered cities. The exhibition will feature 100 shortlisted illustrations.
It is desirable, but not essential, to include within the submitted artwork a representation of a mode or modes of transport. These modes include: Buses, Coaching, Cycling, Dial-a-Ride, Docklands Light Railway, Emirates Airline, London Overground, London Underground, River, Roads, Taxis and private hire, TfL Rail, Trams and Walking. The use of appropriate logo/s in lieu of vehicular/mode of transport portrayal is acceptable.
Prizes are awarded in three levels:
- First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground.
- Second prize: £1000
- Third prize: £750: There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museum’s shop.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of illustration and the relevance of the image and caption to the ideas above.
Entries will be judged by a committee of independent judges. The judges’ selection will be final. Correspondence regarding the judges’ decisions will not be entered into.
• Award winning right holders are required to grant a one year exclusive license to TfL and LTM for the use of their image in publicity/advertising materials and for the potential use on posters, postcards and merchandise for sale in their online shop and Museum shops, and thereafter a non- exclusive licence for the period of copyright.
• TfL and LTM may also wish to licence, on a non-exclusive basis, images selected from the shortlisted illustrations for use on merchandise, such as print to order posters.
The artist shall agree to receive 30% of the net profit from any sales administered by LTM. The winning poster displayed on TfL services and for sale by LTM is exempt from the above clause.
- Deadline for entries Monday 26, September 2016
- Notice of selection End of November 2016
- Delivery of digital high res files for merchandising Friday 16 December 2016
- Loan agreement return deadline Friday 6 January 2016
- Delivery of framed artwork to the AOI Monday 3 – Friday 7 April 2017
- Award Ceremony Early May 2017 (date to be confirmed)
- Exhibition May–September 2017
- Collection of artwork from London Transport Museum September 2017, 10 -5pm
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