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Prestigious Illustration Exhibition Opens at The Hive at Start of Worldwide Tour

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A prestigious illustration exhibition has opened at The Hive as part of a worldwide tour.

The International Lemniscaat Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Exhibition shows off a magical world of picture book illustration and features work by five UK prize winners, encompassing a rich variety of techniques, subject matter and media. Among the prize winners is University of Worcester Illustration and Graphic Design student, Lauren Susman.

It is the second consecutive year the exhibition has been hosted at The Hive and will be on display until Saturday, October 31st.

Lemniscaat, one of the oldest and best-known children's book publishers in Holland, took the initiative to begin a picture book illustration competition in the UK, The Netherlands and Belgium in 2014. This proved to be a great success and this year, the competition has been extended to include academic partners and publishers in Germany (Boje Verlag) and South Africa (Protea Publishers). Walker Books in the UK partnered with the University of Worcester’s International Centre for the Picture Book in Society to promote the competition to universities and colleges in the UK.

Five winners from each participating country were selected to have their work included in the exhibition, which will also be displayed in Groeneveld Castle in Baarn, The Netherlands; Pretoria in South Africa; The Picture Book Museum in Troisdorf, Germany and the Shanghai library.

Alexis Deacon, renowned and award-winning British illustrator, presented the UK winners at the opening event at The Hive.

Joint Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Illustration, Piet Grobler, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition at The Hive for the second year and even more so that yet again one of our students has been chosen as a prize winner.

“Lauren is one of the most versatile students that I have ever come across. She is an excellent designer and researcher and these qualities are always demonstrated by her work. Her understanding of the theory that underpins contemporary narrative illustration of a more experimental nature, becomes evident in her intriguing entry for the competition.”

The other winners in the UK section were Roisin Swales, Reece Wykes, Hannah Blackman-Kurz, and Reza Dalvand.

The University of Worcester’s International Centre for the Picture Book in Society is dedicated to developing picture book talent, but also to bringing picture books to society and especially to the children who have little access to this art form.

Jean Christophe Boele van Hensbroek, from Lemniscaat Publishers, 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 world of wonders that picture books are shaping. That is why the University of Worcester’s International Centre for the Picture Book in Society in unique and indispensable; it strives to make this world accessible to everyone across the globe.”