6th June 2000




The European Illustration Collection Hull prize for outstanding achievement will awarded for the first time this year at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Alice Beasley’s illustrations for a children’s book and Derek Holmes’ irreverent caricatures of the Royal Family formed part of the portfolios which were selected for the award by the London-based Association of Illustrators.


Hull-born Alice, aged 22, was praised for her professionalism and the marketability of her work. “It’s absolutely fantastic, it hasn’t really sunk in yet!” she said.


Part of her final assessment was to write and illustrate a children’s book, which is her main area of interest. ‘Charlie’s Box’, which uses ink drawings, is about a little boy whose imagination runs wild as he wonders what could be inside the box.


In 1999 Alice was highly commended by London publishers Macmillan for her entry in their annual children’s book competition. She hopes an interview with a top London agency this week will help get her on the career ladder.


Derek Holmes was selected for his work which was described as an innovative exploration of media and illustrative skills’ by John Longworth, head of Illustration at ULH.


The EICH Gallery is based at the university’s city centre campus and curator Kathie Jenkins said the prize-giving would be in recognition of the outstanding achievement of the students involved.


“It was an extremely difficult decision, and in end it was decided to offer the prize to two students,” said Kathie.


Alice (from Newland Avenue) and Derek will receive their prizes at the university’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday 19th July.




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