Opening 8 February 2019
Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious or real characters and events in this amazing city have always held a fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend – from the everyday to the curious, and from the past to the present. The aim of the Poster Prize for Illustration competition 2019 is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the vibrant, multi-layered city that is London.
The exhibition will display 100 illustrations chosen from a competition and chosen by an independent panel of judges.
Artists were invited to visually capture a familiar or lesser-known narrative in a single image - current or historical, real or fictional which feature London. Stories could be those seen in a film or play, heard in poetry or music, or read in literature. They may be family anecdotes, or an impression of the artists' daily observations, or of London's history or contemporary city living. What stories does London have to tell?
Artists that impress the jury with their illustrated interpretation of a London story are in with a chance of having their work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.
The top 100 entries selected by a panel of judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will run from February to Summer 2019. The winners will be announced at an event during the exhibition opening week.
Join us for the launch of the exhibition at a special Friday Late, as we bring the city’s stories to life, engaging the senses through captivating talks, workshops, and activities. Expect Victorian romance and rejection, contemporary collecting of LGBT+ stories, love in image, scent and sound, and much more
Our upcoming talks will welcome well-known commentators on London to tell their own stories, in their own words, about the city we live in. Featuring Iain Sinclair, Travis Elborough and Joe Kerr, and Robert Elms.
London Stories is organised by the Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators (AOI).