Press Releases 2014-2015

The AOI Awards Exhibition visits UWTSD Swansea as part of its UK tour


The winning work from the UK’s prestigious Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) Illustration Awards 2014 will be exhibited at UWTSD Swansea’s Dynevor building from 23 January – 27 February 2015.

As one of Wales’ oldest and most respected Art Schools, UWTSD’s Faculty of Art and Design is delighted to host this Exhibition for the second year running.

The AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the annual competition.

The Shortlisted work includes illustration from across the world, recognising the exceptional work produced by illustrators internationally and promoting illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture.  The exhibition will feature a unique range of work from the UK to USA, and South Korea to France, covering a wide breadth of practice, including books, design and editorial.

The AOI Illustration Awards is the only independent jury-selected illustration competition in the UK and this year’s winning work was chosen by a panel of esteemed judges from all aspects of the industry including commissioners, publishers and artists.

The winning work from the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 was exhibited at Somerset House in London during October and November 2014 and will now tour to four different venues across the UK, including Swansea.

“UWTSD Swansea is delighted to be hosting this exhibition once again this year,” says Derek Bainton, Head of the School of Visual Communication at UWTSD.

“It’s an honour to host the exhibition and it’s a great opportunity for our illustration and graphic design students to have an exhibition of such a high calibre visit the campus.”

UWTSD offers courses in a range of Visual Communications disciplines, including BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, BA Advertising and Brand Design as well as postgraduate opportunities ranging from Masters degrees to PHDs.

Admission to the exhibition is free and the exhibition will be open weekday, 10am – 5.30pm and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

For more information on the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 and the Exhibition Tour, please visit

Note to Editor

  1. 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 leading body to represent illustrators in the UK and campaign for illustrators’ rights, continually working to increase the professional standing of illustrators, commercially and artistically. The AOI works to improve contract content and contracting practice extended to illustrators by commissioners. It publishes a quarterly magazine, ‘Varoom!’ and produces the annual ‘AOI Illustration Awards’ competition and touring exhibition, which celebrates the best in contemporary international illustration. The competition has been rebranded as the Illustration Awards following 36 successful years as Images.
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.


Further Information

For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / / 07449 998476