It’s a clean sweep for Anglia Ruskin illustrators

Published: 2 June 2017 at 10:30

Elina Ellis, winner of the Macmillan Prize, holding her certificate up to camera

MA Children’s Book Illustration students scoop top three Macmillan Prize awards

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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:

“Winning the Macmillan Prize means a lot to me, because it is a recognition of my efforts. I have completely reinvented myself while being on the course, and coming first in such a prestigious competition means that I am moving in the right direction, and all the hard work is paying off. 

“I would also like to thank our tutors on the course. They were absolutely amazing!”

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:

“Cambridge School of Art has a long tradition of success in the Macmillan Awards, and we are delighted to see that this year students from our MA Children’s Book Illustration have swept the board with the top three awards, as well as several other runners-up places.

“It shows the remarkable depth of talent, as well as the quality of the teaching, on this course, which now attracts more than 70 students a year from all over the world.

“Gaining the attention of a major publisher in this way is a great boost to these illustrators’ careers, and we wish them all success as they follow in the footsteps of our previous winners.”