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
The Batsford Prize 2015 winners

The theme for the Batsford Prize 2015 was ‘Past and Present’ and in addition to prize for Applied and Fine Arts, this year also had a Batsford Prize for Fashion, again open to students. We started the prize for applied and fine arts because Batsford is well known for its applied art and particularly its textile books. However, we have been publishing books on fashion for almost just as long so to have a separate prize for fashion definitely feels right.

This year we had a record number of entrants for the Applied/Fine art prize and very, very encouraging numbers for the fashion prize.

The judges – Vaughan Grylls, Jean Draper, Thomas Makryniotis and Dierdre Clancy, Katie Cowan – and I have enjoyed the process of considering all the entrants, which were of a very high standard and produced some ding-dong discussions which only calmed down on the intake of lunch and some Prosecco.

But that is the point of the prize (arguing rather than drinking): to give all the entrants our full consideration. Each of the judges found something different in the entries and championed elements not considered by others. All sorts of things jumped out of us as we went through the entries. Sometimes it was the humour of the piece, sometimes the sadness. Sometimes it was the kinkiness – one judge particularly liked the latex corset for men. Sometimes it was the unusual technique that caught our eye, such as the etching on Emily Godden’s piece, or the plasterwork on the sculpture by Elyse Bennett.

But the thing that the judges always noted and wanted to applaud particularly was the sheer amount of work that had gone into the entries. A huge congratulations to all the entrants for the work and the quality. And a special thanks to all the tutors that encouraged their students to apply.

After some arguing, closer inspection and thought, we managed to reduce the shortlist down to three final entries in each category. So, many, many congratulations to:

Fine/Applied Arts:

Constantin Malmare, Coventry University, for Past Present (winner)
Katrina Ellis, Norwich University of the Arts, London Edit 6 (runner up)
Cara Green, Plymouth University, Stitched Self (runner up)

Fashion:

Ella Seal, Nottingham Trent University, Captain Duffle Cape (winner)
Tarsianna Nkuranga, Coventry University, Past and Present (runner up)
Katherine Taylor, Loughborough University, That which is Absolutely Still or Absolutely Perfect is Absolutely Dead (runner up)

 

Winners

I would like to send a big thank you to all the entrants for sending in their entries and to the judges for their time and enthusiasm in judging the work.

– Tina Persaud, Publisher, Batsford

Fine/Applied Arts:

Constantin Malmare, Coventry University, for Past Present (winner)

Constantin Malmare

Katrina Ellis, Norwich University of the Arts, London Edit 6 (runner up)

Katrina Ellis

Cara Green, Plymouth University, Stitched Self (runner up)

Cara Green

Constantin Malmare, Coventry University, Past Present

Fashion:

Ella Seal, Nottingham Trent University, Captain Duffle Cape (winner)

Ella Seal

Tarsianna Nkuranga, Coventry University, Past and Present (runner up)

Tarsianna Nkuranga

Katherine Taylor, Loughborough University, That which is Absolutely Still or Absolutely Perfect is Absolutely Dead (runner up)

Katherine Taylor

 

The Batsford Prize 2014 winners

The theme for this year’s Batsford Prize (2014) was ‘Working in Three Dimensions’ and entry was again open to students studying textiles, design, fine art, photography and illustration. The deliberations have been as much fun as last year. The judges – Vaughan Grylls, Jean Draper, Katie Cowan and myself – had quite a heated debate over lunch, coffee, tea and sticky chocolate biscuits, as there were some very interesting and provocative entries. They made us smile, nod, wrinkle our brows, look again, and even laugh.

The standard of the work was once again extremely high and all the judges were impressed by the range of the work as well as their quality. There was some very accomplished technique on display as well as original creative concepts. The work ranged from sewing your clothes around your body as you are wearing them, 3D printing, knitted sculpture to cast pewter work and detailed goldwork embroidery.  As the publisher of a book list on textile art, I was delighted to see so much stitch and fabric on display.

After some agonizing, we managed to reduce the short list down to three final entries. However, we were unable to decide on the ultimate winner as two entries stood out so strongly. So we have decided to award joint first prize to two entrants. So, many, many congratulations to:

Waikeung Lam, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, for The Use of Useless (winner)

Hyeyoung Maeng, Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts in Lancaster University, for Big Bracelets (winner)

Hannah Newton, Falmouth University, for Mark of the Maker (runner up)

Fiona Ward, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, for Floating (special commendation) 

I would like to send a big thank you to all the entrants for sending in their entries and to the judges for their time and enthusiasm in judging the work.

Tina Persaud

Batsford Publisher

 The winners of the Batsford prize 2014

Winners

Hyeyoung Maeng, Hannah Newton, Waikeung Lam and Fiona Ward

Waikeung Lam, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, The Use of Useless

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Huyeyoung Maeng, Lancaster University, Big Bracelets

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Hannah Newton, Falmouth University, Mark of the Maker

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Fiona Ward, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Floating

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The Batsford Prize 2013 Winners 

As one of the judges for the Batsford Prize, open to undergraduates in applied and fine arts, I have spent the last couple of weeks looking at some thought-provoking and innovative applied and fine art from the entrants. The theme of the entries this year was ‘The Written Word’ and entry was open to students studying textiles, design, fine art, photography and illustration.

The standard of the work was very, very high and all the judges were impressed by the calibre of the work, both creatively and technically. We thoroughly enjoyed the process of looking through and discussing the entries (and the lunch that went with it). The work ranged from an alternative publication format that was sewn, collage, stitched writing, ‘painted’ writing to reworkings of a dress pattern.  As the publisher of a book list on textile art, I was delighted to see cutting-edge use of stitch and cloth in so much of the work.

The judging panel, after some deliberation, whittled the entries down to a shortlist and then down to the final three: one winner and two runners up. While there were slight differences in our preferences, there was one stand-out  entry that was highlighted by all the judges. The two runners-up entries were also strong pieces of work that were selected by the judges.  So many, many congratulations to:

Jessica Kopka, University of Huddersfield, for Overcoming 2012 (winner)

Kate Whitton, Norwich University of Arts, for A Polish Narrative (runner up)

Victoria Pickering, University of Ulster, for A Package of Dreams (runner up)

I would like to send a huge thank you to all the entrants for sending in their entries and to the judges for their time and enthusiasm in judging the work.

Tina Persaud

Batsford Publisher