The Batsford Prize 2016 winners

This year’s Batsford Prize has been the biggest one yet, with a record number of entries and the addition of Cass Art sponsorship and prize money. Cass Art joining us in sponsoring the overall prize was a natural fit as they share our commitment to encouraging art wherever we can.

At Batsford, we publish – day to day – a variety of fine art, illustration, fashion design and applied art in our books. I see new art on a daily basis as we commission, design and shape our books. However, the entries we get in for the Batsford Prize still stand out, they still manage to excite us, showing originality, endeavour and skill that confirms our optimism for the future of art and indeed art publishing.

We have been enjoying the Batsford Prize for several years now and it’s growing, last year we added the Fashion category and this year we have added again another category, that of Illustration.

So, we now have three categories of prizes: Fine and Applied Art; Fashion; and Illustration. Plus we have the Cass Art prize (which is the overall winner from the three categories).

With hundreds of entries this year, it was a mammoth judging session and I would like to thank again our judges for their stamina, enthusiasm and restrained biscuit-eating on the day. My thanks to judges: Michael Foreman, one of Britain’s most celebrated children’s illustrators; Vaughan Grylls, fine art photographer and former Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design; Gemma Williams, a leading fashion writer and author; Jean Draper, one of the world’s best textile artists and lecturer in textiles; and Katie Cowan, the Publishing Director at Pavilion Books.

The theme this year was ‘Reuse, Recycle and Reclaim’ and produced some terrifically original entries. The art we saw included everything from discarded buttons to old books, from car doors to coat hangers, from mashed up papers to marshmallow sweets.

Some of the entries interpreted the brief by the theme of recycling and some interpreted the brief by both theme and the media used to make the artwork.

All the shortlisted entries were very, very accomplished but I would like to send a huge thank you to all the entrants as we enjoyed so many of them and the shortlisting in itself was a tough choice.

From the shortlist we had to pick a winner and two runners up from each of the categories. Robust discussion is the best way to describe the judging but we wanted to give full appreciation of the qualities of all the shortlisted entries. They were all very strong entries and in many ways all of them could have been the winners. But our final choice of ultimate winners and runners up was made and a huge congratulations to:

Illustration:

Winner: Kaye Lindsay, University of Derby, ‘Rejuvenation’

Kaye Lindsay’s Rejuvenation was a delicate and heartwarming animal illustration that reminded us why we must reuse, recycle and reclaim.

Runner up: Aiden Moore, University of Hertfordshire, ‘Secret London’
Runner up: Karl Ricardo, University of Derby, ‘City of Ruin’

 

Fashion:

Winner: Stine Sandermann Olsen, Chelsea Collage of Arts, ‘Shedding My Skin’

Stine Sandermann’s Shedding My Skin was a beautiful collection of wool textiles that could grace any catwalk. It was the most determined reclamation of discarded sheep wool and the final artwork was stunning.

Runner up: Hendrickje Schimmel Royal College of Art, ‘Storage’
Runner up: Joao Elias, London College of Fashion, ‘From landfill to luxury’

 

Fine and Applied Arts:

Winner: Joonhong Min University College London, Slade Scool of Fine Art, ‘Urban Methodologies’

Joonhong Min’s Urban Methodologies was a feat of construction and beautiful obsessive attention to detail. We loved the detailed ink work and the ambition of the work.

Runner up: Josephine Dove, Arts University Bournemouth, Untitled
Runner up: Megan Fatharly, Falmouth University, ‘Organic Chaos’

 

The Cass Art Award:

Winner: Joonhong Min University College London, Slade Scool of Fine Art, ‘Urban Methodologies’

 

Tina Persaud, Publishing Director, Batsford

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Photographs by Bella Cockrell.

Illustration:

Winner: Kaye Lindsay, University of Derby, ‘Rejuvenation’

Kaye Lindsay

Runner up: Aiden Moore, University of Hertfordshire, ‘Secret London’

Adien Moore

Runner up: Karl Ricardo, University of Derby, ‘City of Ruin’

Karl Ricardo

Fashion:

Winner: Stine Sandermann Olsen, Chelsea Collage of Arts, ‘Shedding My Skin’

Stine Sandermann Olsen

Runner up: Hendrickje Schimmel, Royal College of Art, ‘Storage’

Hendrickje Schimmel

Runner up: Joao Elias, London College of Fashion, ‘From landfill to luxury’

Joao Elias

Fine and Applied Arts:

Winner: Joonhong Min University College London, Slade Scool of Fine Art, ‘Urban Methodologies’

Joonhong Min

Runner up: Josephine Dove, Arts University Bournemouth, Untitled

Josephine Dove
Runner up: Megan Fatharly, Falmouth University, ‘Organic Chaos’

Megan Fatharly