National finals for illustration student

David Baines, 52, from Wellington near Telford, has reached the finals of the Lloyds TSB Art of Nurture contest, which will be held at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London on Wednesday, 6 April 2011.

David, a first Year BA (Hons) Illustration student at the School of Art & Design, has received £500 for his achievement. His design was to illustrate the theme of ‘we succeed together’.

Wolverhampton students were well-represented at the regional finals, held at the IKON Gallery in Birmingham on Tuesday (March 22). Six of the 13 regional finalists were studying Illustration or the Illustration and Graphic Communication subjects at the University, and in addition to David’s success, Joanna Ladowska, 20, won the ‘People’s Prize’.

David said: "Art of Nurture has been a highly rewarding experience and I would advise all art students- be they undergraduate or recent post graduates - to get involved."

John Clementson, Subject Leader in Illustration, said: “The Illustration subject team are delighted not only with David’s achievement but for all of our students shortlisted for the regional finals of such a prestigious competition.

“Experiences like these are invaluable for our students and participating in the finals of national competitions is a terrific boost to everyone associated with the subjects - our standard of entry was very strong this year.”

David will now go head-to-head at the national final for a chance to see his work used in a national Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance advertising campaign and secure a paid work placement with a leading creative agency.

The Lloyds TSB Art of Nurture competition is designed to support and encourage UK creative talent and has been developed in partnership with Arts & Business, a national not-for-profit arts agency.

The regional winners will have their work exhibited at the national finals at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 6 April. A prestigious panel will judge the competition, including Jonny Hannah, the award-winning illustrator, whose work has featured in Vogue and The New York Times and Arts & Business chief executive, Colin Tweedy.

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Picture: David Baines with We Succeed Together

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