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Student shortlisted for prestigious V&A Illustration Awards 2017

A UCA student has been identified as one of the best emerging creative talents, after being shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards 2017.

Final-year Lucy Waldman, who is currently completing her BA (Hons) Illustration at UCA Farnham, stood out for her 3D paper designs which explore buildings and architecture in Brazil.

“I am really chuffed,” Lucy, who is 22 and from Sutton, says on being named a finalist. “It is such a prestigious award and so to be shortlisted is really amazing.”

The awards celebrate the best illustrated books, cover designs, student and editorial illustrations published over the last year, with former winners including Sir Quentin Blake and Yasmeen Ismail. The winner of each of the four categories receives £3,000 and a trophy, while the overall winner is awarded an additional £5,000 and is honoured with the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize.

“I think it was the bright colours that caught the judges’ eye,” Lucy adds. “My buildings and the way I have put them together is unsystematic, just like the buildings in the favelas in Rio. I hope I have portrayed how cramped and confined the favelas are, but also how this community is close knit.”

Crediting her UCA experience for uncovering her interest in 3D design, Lucy continues: “My course has been amazing and I don't want it to end. My tutors have encouraged me to explore new ideas and find alternative outcomes. I would never have started working in 3D if I had not attended UCA.”

The awards have been running since 1972 and this year’s ceremony will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Tuesday 16 May.

Lucy Waldman