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Past Exhibition - The Serco Prize for Illustration 2012

The Serco Prize for Illustration 2012

13 November - 10 December 2012
Secret London, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration, opens at London Transport Museum on 13 November 2012. This year’s theme is Secret London and there will be 50 works of art on display, each showing a hidden aspect of the city.


The illustrations have been chosen from entries submitted by professionals and students for the The Serco Prize for Illustration 2012 – a competition open to leading illustrators throughout the world. This is the third year that Serco have sponsored the awards and exhibition.

Entrants were asked to create an illustration which depicted little known or unusual aspects of the capital’s history, culture, characters and communities – past or present.

The illustrations vary in media used and the subjects and ideas they interpret. Some are place specific showing surprising and little-known aspects of the capital including the last working Sewer Gas Lamp in Carting Lane, a Russian Orthodox Church in West London, and part of London’s forgotten riverscape. Others take a playful, humorous approach showing wildlife in the context of famous London icons – foxes commuting on the London Underground and a ‘pigeon disco’ inside Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

Alongside these are illustrations that capture the hustle and bustle of the capital, juxtaposed against others depicting calm and tranquil aspects of city life– a busy, multi-layered market scene, a solitary figure ascending the steps of Piccadilly Station and narrow boats on a canal.


The winners were announced by Richard Williams, Serco’s Managing Director of Transport, at an award ceremony on Monday 12 November. They were:

First place: Finn Clark, Temple Bar
Second Place: Christopher King, Pigeon Disco
Third Place: Guy Roberts, W4

The winning entry can also be seen as a poster on Transport for London services.


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Organised by London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators (AoI) and Serco, all of the illustrations are accompanied by a short text by the artists summarising the inspiration behind their creation.

The Serco Prize for 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.

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