**The Batsford Prize 2017 is closed for entires. View the Batsford Prize 2017 winners here.**

The Batsford Prize 2017 judges

The judges for the Batsford Prize 2017 are:

Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves is a children’s author and illustrator. The son of Roger Hargreaves, he continues his father’s popular Mr. Men series of children’s books which has sold over 200 million copies worldwide. His new children’s book series Molly Mischief is being published by Pavilion Children’s Books in August.

Alice Pattullo
Alice Pattullo is a London-based illustrator and printmaker. Research is at the heart of her practice and her work frequently explores themes of folklore, tradition and superstition. She has solo exhibitions and runs workshops and also takes on commissions. Her book An Animal ABC is published by Pavilion Children’s Books

Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes is one of the UK’s most renowned textile artists. She exhibits widely and runs courses at West Dean College. She has authored several books for Batsford, including Stitch Stories.

Gemma A. Williams
Gemma A. Williams is a fashion curator and writer living in London and holds an MA in Fashion Curation from London College of Fashion. She has worked for prestigious museums internationally including the Modemusuem, Antwerp (MoMu), and The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum on Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition. She has programmed and co-curated the academic programme of events and exhibitions at London College of Fashion’s flagship gallery, Fashion Space Gallery, and runs the website fashionnarratives.com

Vaughan Grylls
Vaughan Grylls is a photographer, author and artist. His photography has been shown in the Photographers’ Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Arnolfini. He is represented in several public collections, including the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, the Contemporary Art Society, Pfizer, Unilever and the Arts Council of Wales. From 1996 to 2005 Grylls was Chief Executive of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he founded the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester. He is the author and photographer of several books in Pavilion’s ‘Then and Now’ series.

Neil Dunnicliffe
Publisher, Pavilion Children’s Books

Tina Persaud
Publishing Director, Batsford


The Batsford Prize is an annual competition for all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Following the success of the new illustration award last year, we are expanding the competition with a children’s illustration category for the 2017 award, presented by Pavilion Children’s Books.

The categories are:

Applied and Fine Art – £500 cash prize

Fashion – £500 cash prize

Illustration – £500 cash prize

Children’s Illustration – £500 cash prize

The Batsford Prize is supported by art supplier Cass Art who are offering The Cass Art Award, a prize of £500 going to the overall winner across the four categories.

In addition, winners and runner-ups of each category will receive £50 worth of Batsford books. New for this year is that the winners will also get £500 worth of books for their college.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students across these subjects and related fields, studying at UK institutions.

Theme ‘Interpreting Nature’

We are looking for entries that show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of nature in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two. The work should reveal something about nature and our relationship to it.

The last day for entries is 4 April 2017.  Shortlisted candidates and winners will be announced in April/May 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the award event in London.

Click here for more information on how to enter and to download the entry form.

Discover our great student resources

Batsford has been publishing books for art students, professionals and enthusiasts since it was established in 1843. Over the last 170 years, Batsford has developed an enviable reputation in the areas of fashion, design, art and textiles. Click on the links below to view the latest books in each category:

Fashion & Design
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