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Prestigious Illustration Competition Exhibited at The Hive

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Illustrations of evacuees during World War II, by a University of Worcester student, are among a prestigious exhibition, which has opened at The Hive as part of a worldwide tour.

The International Lemniscaat Illustration Competition Exhibition shows off a magical world of picture books with work by 12 prize winners. Their work was selected from over 700 entries, encompassing a rich variety of techniques, subject matter and media and was first presented in Rotterdam.

Among them is the creative and unique work of Amanda Summers, who is a final-year Illustration student at the University of Worcester.

The 20-year-old artist from Luton, said: “I was really surprised when I found out I was one of the winners of the Lemniscaat 2014 competition, considering how many people submitted their illustrations. It was a fantastic experience to get to travel to Rotterdam for the opening of the exhibition, meet the other 11 finalists and attend the master class by my lecturer Piet Grobler.” 

The competition is the first collaboration between Lemniscaat, the largest publisher of internationally acclaimed children’s books in the Netherlands, the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, the University of Worcester’s Illustration course and its International Centre for the Picture Book in Society.

Jean Christophe Boele, Director of Lemniscaat, who attended the opening of the exhibition at The Hive, said: “Picture books are a child’s first entrance into the realms of art and imagination. Everyone, young or old, no matter what circumstances he or she lives in, should be able to enter the wonderful world of picture books.

“This is why the University of Worcester’s International Centre for the Picture Book in Society is unique and indispensable - it strives to make this world accessible to everyone across the globe.”

Joint Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Illustration, Piet Grobler, said: “The exhibition, as a first collaborative project of the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society and the Illustration Course, is a great success. The space in The Hive lends itself so well to an exhibition of this nature and guarantees many visitors because of the importance of The Hive as a social centre.

“The fact that Amanda is one of the 12 winners is a wonderful bonus. Her work is interesting and is also of academic interest, as it is a response to the stories by evacuees of World War II.”

The exhibition is open daily at The Hive until the 10th November, and will then tour to Shanghai and The Hague.

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