Published: 2 June 2017 at 10:30
MA Children’s Book Illustration students scoop top three Macmillan Prize awards
Students on Anglia Ruskin University’s MA Children’s Book Illustration course swept the board at the prestigious Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2017, winning first, second and third prizes.
The first prize was won by Elina Ellis. Her work ‘The Truth About Old People’ uses illustration to dispel popular stereotypes about the older generation and was praised by judges for its “joyous celebration of life”.
Elina, who is originally from the Ukraine but now lives and works in Ely, said:
Second prize went to Flavia Zorrilla Drago for her piece entitled ‘Where Do The Lost Things Go’, while fellow Anglia Ruskin student Fifi Kuo won third prize with ‘Everyone Can Draw’.
Anglia Ruskin has a rich history of success at the Macmillan Prize, with former students winning the top prize five years running from 2010-2014. It is also the second time, the first time being 2013, where Anglia Ruskin students have won all prizes available.
The Macmillan Prize was established over 30 years ago by Macmillan Children’s Books in order to stimulate new work from young illustrators in art schools, and to help them take the first steps in their professional lives.
Chris Owen, Head of the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, said: