Artists bring children's stories to life

Published: 7 March 2006 at 13:22

Graduates of the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University are exhibiting their children's book illustration work at the University's Ruskin Gallery this week (until 15 March 2006).

The exhibition brings together work from a selection of graduates of the MA Children's Book Illustration programme, a mixture of students who have just graduated (February 2006) and some graduates from the previous two years. Some of the work presented is original artwork while others are presented as digital prints or outputs.

Associate Dean of the Cambridge School of Art, Professor Anthony Harrild said:

"This show is demonstrating the immense diversity and outstanding creativity that flows from this wonderful degree programme.”

"Visitors to the exhibition will find the work captivating. It is truly amazing to see the way these students take on a narrative and produce such top quality illustrative work to spark the imagination of children. It is not only the emblematic book cover that impresses the reader but the entire illustrative content of the book."

The programme, run by MA Programme Leader Martin Salisbury, was validated by the Cambridge School of Art in 2000. It is thought to be one one of the first courses of its kind not only in the UK but worldwide. It has quickly attracted applications from all over the UK and abroad. Techniques can vary from hand-crafted illustration to computer generated work.

Students who apply for the course will normally have a good first degree in illustration, graphic design, fine art or similar. Applicants are invited to interview with a portfolio of their work. Interviews are staged after Easter with the next start date being September 2006. The course can be completed full-time in a year and part-time in two.

The publishing world has already benefited substantially from the flow of talent which has emerged from the programme. The main graduation show is always held at a gallery in central London in February which is attended by a throng of children's book publishers and agents. Often graduating students are signed up to book contracts at, or shortly after, the show.

Anglia Ruskin University has a 150 year art tradition. The degree level courses offered within the Cambridge School of Art offer all the flexibility of modular based programmes. There are currently 460 students at the school.

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