Tales of the City

Tales of the City

Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2015

Exhibited from Saturday 23 January - Sunday 28 February, 2016

We run to the city to find fame and fortune, we run from the city to find peace and identity. Cities are made of steel and glass but also of cardboard; they create unity amongst people but also isolation; they are the crowning glories of man’s imagination but also of his greed. There are lost cities, mythical cities, cities of the imagination, cities of the future … Come and explore this inventive collection of new (true and fictional) Tales of the City!

This exhibition showcases the winning entries from the 2015 Cheltenham Illustration Awards. Organised by The University of Gloucestershire, this annual competition invites submissions from all over the world and attracts students, established, and emerging illustrators.

The successful entrants in this internationally known open competition are shown in an exhibition and published in a hardback, full colour annual. The chosen theme has always been one of narrative, to encourage visual storytelling. This leaves the artist free to explore their imagination and experience to create all sorts of stories, imaginary worlds or documentary chronicles which may be conveyed in one illustration or a number of sequential images.  The 2015 competition attracted 800 images submitted from more than 20 countries around the world. The exhibition first showed at The Wilson, Cheltenham, last October.

Look out for our half term holiday happenings which will accompany this show.

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