Five-star success at V & A Illustration Awards

ARU student wins Student Illustrator of the Year for fifth successive year

The prestigious V&A Student Illustrator of the Year prize has been awarded to an Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) student for the fifth successive year.

Sally Dunne, who graduated earlier this year from the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU, received £3,000 after being named as the leading student at the annual V&A Illustration Awards, organised by the world-famous design museum.

The victory continues ARU’s remarkable run of success at the V&A Illustration Awards, with students from the Children’s Book Illustration MA course having won the Student Illustrator of the Year category for the last five years (2016-2020).

Sally, who is originally from Ireland and had also studied for a BA (Hons) in Illustration at ARU, impressed the judges with her work Home in Kakuma Refugee Camp, which highlights both the vibrancy of the camp and the difficult lives of the people living there.

Vyara Boyadjieva, from Bulgaria, who graduated from ARU alongside Sally earlier this year, received £2,000 after being named as the student runner-up, while ARU’s Kate Winter and Laura Winstone were both highly commended by the judges.

The V&A Illustration Awards have been running since 1972 and previous winners have included Sir Quentin Blake, Ralph Steadman and Posy Simmonds. Prizes are presented in four categories and this year Eva Eland, another recent ARU graduate, claimed the V&A’s Book Cover Award.

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