Press Release: V&A Awards
Folio Society editions honoured with top prize two years running
The Folio Society is delighted to announce that for the second year running illustrators of their books have won the V&A Illustration Awards’ leading prize.
David McConochie has won the Book Cover Illustration Award and is the inaugural recipient of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize for his work on The Folio Book of Ghost Stories, a new collection from The Folio Society. The prizes were awarded in an exclusive ceremony held at the Museum on 23 May 2016.
The V&A said that ‘the judging panel were struck by the boldness of the composition and the way in which it set the tone for the unnerving stories within the book’.
McConochie, who was awarded the commission as winner of the Book Illustration Award (BIC) run by The Folio Society in conjunction with House of Illustration, was delighted with the win. He said: ‘Working on this book was a fantastic experience and something that I am very proud of. It was a very special commission for me, and to have it capped off in this way with two V&A Awards is such an honour. It’s also great that the Folio Society are so well represented again as it reflects the massive contribution they make to illustration.’
Sheri Gee, Art Director at The Folio Society, applauded the panel’s choice, saying: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled for David! His cover spoke to us so much when we judged the Book Illustration Competition and it’s clear that we weren’t alone. The image is haunting in the extreme and rightly deserves the award. As ever, we’re so proud of the achievements of our illustrators. There is such a strength in illustration at the moment and it’s a joy to commission and nurture great talent.’
The Folio Society also won the overall prize in 2015 for Sterling Hundley’s Treasure Island. Other winners for Folio editions include Anne-Marie Jones, winner of the Book Cover Award for Sons and Lovers in 2014; Anna and Elena Balbusso, winners of the Book Illustration Award for Eugene Onegin in 2013; Matthew Richardson, winner of the Book Cover Award for The Outsider in 2012 (also a BIC winner); and Tom Burns, winner of the Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner in 2009 for The New York Trilogy.
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