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Northern Illustration Award - Winner

Winner of the 2021 prestigious Northern Illustration Award for entry, ‘That Place’ (pictured below). The theme for the 2021 competition was ‘Renaissance’. Laura Watkins artist brief statement: “From the starting point of ‘Renaissance’, I was drawn to the idea of learning and starting anew. For this piece, I focussed on what you learn at the end of a relationship, the sadness of it not going as you hoped, but the positivity of the right thing to come in the future. In this image, a couple have come together at the end of something beautiful. They embrace and look out to the fading sun in a space they walked often and know well, ending something but ready to start again.” The Northern Festival of Illustration director and Vice Principal of The Northern School of Art, Pat Chapman, said: “Laura’s work stood out in a very crowded field of high quality entries. The image has emotional depth and really nails the brief, pulling us into the picture and making us look ahead.”


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