Sunday, July 17, 2011


Illustration (BA) Degree Show - UWE (University of the West of England)
Tuesday 12th – Sunday 17th July

Monday (closed)
Tuesday – Friday:  11am – 7pm
Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday:  11am – 4pm
Gallery in Redchurch Street
50 Redchurch Street
London E2

Break-a-Lead brings you the latest and greatest from Bristol, the heart of British illustration. This year’s graduate exhibition from UWE Bristol Illustration students encompasses a wide variety of styles and approaches, embracing both traditional and contemporary practices.

All artists work starts from the humble beginnings of a lead pencil, but quickly grows into new, inspiring and diverse avenues. Break-a-Lead demonstrates this, presenting a collective of driven, exciting and passionate artists united in their enthusiasm and talent for their craft. The Artists take pride in their diversity, but are unanimous in their ambition and expertise. They are bold, they are brave: they are Break-a-Lead.

The UWE Illustration programme is unique as it places equal emphasis on both technical training and personal style, nurturing each student’s individual approach to the subject. It has a long history of success and is highly regarded within the industry, with students frequently winning awards such as the MacMillan and Penguin/Puffin prizes. 

Students go on to work in all areas of the visual arts, from the animation industry to curatorship. UWE Illustration is proud to present its latest up and coming graduates, and invites you to sample Bristol’s brightest and boldest artistic delights this July at the Gallery in Redchurch Street

This year a number of students in the group were highly commended at the MACMILLAN PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS including Jay Wright who came third. Jay is also the winner of the prestigious Ligatura Comics festival. Other members of the class worth noting are:
- Chloe Giordano who was highly commended at the Penguin Design competition
- Ben Goodman who was accepted into the Association of Illustrators annual TFL exhibition in Covent Garden
- Kate Baylay who is now working on a large commission for the prestigious Folio Society
- Liam Barrett is now producing regular commissions for East London’s NoBrow publishers.

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