Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Yesterday Chris Howker and Ian Murray attended the prestigious D&AD student award ceremony at Spitalfields Market in London. It was announced that Chris came 1st! He is pictured above with 'the pencil' and alongside with Patrick Burgoyne editor of Creative Review and Phil Nutley from Corridor.

The entrants were asked to create an image on the theme of Resistance, with the winning design printed on 80,000 of the iconic Don’t Panic pack posters.

Phil Nutley from Corridor and one of the deciding judges explained why he felt Chris’ entry deserved the prize, “For me the piece had a strong process of thought and ideas. The final execution was witty, bright and challenged social paradigms.”

For an interview from the man himself click

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Mr Thomas's Art Fair

Illustration BA(hons) graduates from this year have found success in a new regional event:

Mr Thomas’s Art Fair at Mr Thomas’s The Chop House 52 Cross St Manchester: 24 June – 1 July

This event is run in conjunction with co-founder and Creative Director of The Chase, Ben Casey. It is an affordable Art Sale & Auction in support of the North West Air Ambulance featuring the best in striking new illustration- shown in Manchester’s oldest and most atmospheric bar. There were over 160 entries of a very high standard submitted from eight northern colleges, which were judged by a panel made up of professional illustrators including Ian Pollock, agents, gallery owners and designers.

Original artwork and limited edition prints will be sold at the week-long event followed by website sales. ALL revenue from the student work is to be split 50/50 between the charity and the student. There will also be cash prizes for the best in show, media exposure and opportunities for networking and placements.

The event culminates in an auction on the 1st July of the shortlisted top twenty pieces, and the invited audience are leading figures from the region’s legal, corporate, property, media and design companies as well as artists’ agents and Art College lecturers.

Carrie-Anne Brown, Chris Madden, Natalie Wood, Libby Vickers & Alan Dalby all submitted work.
Carrie-Anne Brown, Chris Madden & Natalie Wood have all made it to the Top 20. With 2 pieces of work each being selected!
Chris Madden and Natalie Wood have been whittled down to the Top 6! We will find out the winner on 1st July.

Visit for more information.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Emperor's Castle

I have just been watching the Culture Show and was completely awe-stuck by this wonderful work of architect Thomas Hiller. He creates these intricate and imaginative origami landscapes inspired by the work of Japanese artist Ando Hiroshige. Look at this site for a deeper understanding of content and see his sketchbooks For more of his work see here. This made me think of the new Year 2 students and the 'Las Meninas' project....

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Outdoor Painting anyone?

Just stumbled upon this "competition" through One69A screen printing studio, manchester...

"Our friends over at MadLab on Edge street in the Northern Quarter are running a competition for you to have your very own design on the shutters of their HQ.

If you are interested in designing and painting something please follow the link below..."

information here...

deadline is June 30th

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Packing Up Moving On

We would love to see you all at the Preview Night:
Friday 11th June 6 - 8.30pm