The Batsford Prize is an annual student award organised by art publisher Batsford. Now in its fifth year, the award is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of fine and applied art, fashion and illustration. There are four categories, Applied/Fine Art, Fashion, Illustration and Children’s Illustration and £4900 of prizes to be won.
The theme for the 2016 prize was ‘Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim’. Take a look at the 2016 winners’ work, read about this year’s theme and find out how you can enter below.
Winner 2016: Kaye Lindsay, University of Derby, ‘Rejuvenation’
Kaye Lindsay’s Rejuvenation was a delicate and heart-warming animal illustration that reminded us why we must reuse, recycle and reclaim.
Winner 2016: 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.
FINE AND APPLIED ARTS
Winner of the Cass Art Award 2016: Joonhong Min University College London, Slade School 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.
THEME FOR 2017: INTERPRETING NATURE
This year’s theme is ‘Interpreting Nature’. Entries should show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of nature in terms of subject or materials used, and the work should reveal something about nature and our relationship to it.
There is a £500 cash prize for the winner of each category, and the overall winner will receive a £500 cash prize from Cass Art! Plus each winner will receive £50 worth of Batsford books for themselves and £500 worth of Batsford books for their college. Runners up will also receive £50 worth of Batsford books.
HOW TO ENTER
The Batsford Prize 2017 is open for entries now. Entries close 4 April 2017, the shortlisted candidates will be announced in April and the winners will be revealed at an awards event in London in May 2017.
Batsford was founded in 1843 and has an illustrious heritage as a leading publisher in the areas of fashion and design and textile art.