The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 – London Stories
Exhibition opens Friday 14 February 2014
Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious and real characters and events in this amazing city have always held fascination, from anecdotal urban myths to grand tales of historic legend.
London Stories, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014, opens on 14 February 2014 and will feature 50 works of art.
Entrants were asked to create an illustration which visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined.
The shortlisted illustrations celebrate a vibrant, multi-layered London – urban myths, historic events, remarkable characters and London’s animal population. From ghost buses, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show of 1887 and Lenin’s ‘love letter to London’ to a Pearly King and Queen, and an escaped Monkey jazz band. Other entries depict the ravens and the white bear of the Tower of London, Tin Pan Alley as well as literary and musical references such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Girl from Petrovka, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd and Oranges and Lemons. For the first time the exhibition will feature five short animated films. From the rise and fall of high rise tower blocks, LDN Flying machine to the animated video about “Our Town”.
There’s also a chance to explore the exhibition after hours and enjoy the opening evening of London Stories during our Friday Late on 14 February 2014. There will be a bar and DJ and story telling for adults on board some of our heritage vehicles; a chance to illustrate your own London Story with short illustration workshops, and to strike a pose in our photo-booth with a choice of props. There will also be tours of our new Poster Parade – I Love London.
BackgroundThe Serco Prize tor Illustration continues Transport for London's legacy of design that dates back over 100 years. The Museum's collection of graphic art is one
of the best in the world and includes over 5.000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer.
This is the fourth year that Serco, who operate the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme and Docklands Light Railway, has supported the competition. Both these transport modes provide an opportunity to discover some of the Capital's most famous stories and for new ones to be created.
The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a non-profit trade association with a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, clients, students and colleges. Established in 1973, it is the only organisation to represent illustrators and campaign for their rights in the UK and has successfully increased the reputation of illustration as a profession as well as improved the commercial and ethical conditions of employment.