DEADLINE THE 1st OF September 2022!

The University of Gloucestershire's Illustration department have been running the intentionally renowned Cheltenham Illustration Awards for over a decade and produce an annual, each year, alongside the subsequent exhibition.


The theme for 2022’s Exhibition and Annual : 'Digging Deep'.

The focus of the Awards is narrative. Visual storytelling, whether sequential or single image, gives scope to the imagination and opens up possibilities beyond the present moment; what happened  before? What happens next?


There are two sections of the Awards: 'Student' and 'Emerging and Established'. The Student category is open to all students over 18 years of age worldwide. The Emerging and Established category is open to any practising illustrators who wish to gain exposure of their work and to those who are more established and are already a part of the illustration world.


The 60 most highly commended entries entered are chosen by a professional industry selection panel (jury TBA!) for this inclusion in the annual and, from these, 30 for the 2022 exhibition. The Illustration awards receives over 800 entries each year from all over the world and is sent round the globe!


The selected work will be showcased at several galleries and events across the UK in 2023, including the London Book Fair, as well as published in the 2022 Cheltenham Illustration Awards Annual, which will be distributed to educators and publishers, internationally. Past exhibition spaces have been Pitt Rivers Oxford, The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery, The Museum in the Park Stroud and the Chapel Arts, Cheltenham.

NEW for 2022!
There will be prizes!
Paid Contract Award (supplier TBA)
Paid Contract Award (supplier TBA)
Publisher Portfolio Review and mentoring (supplier TBA)
Printed in the CIA 2022 Annual

Exhibited in the CIA 2022-23 tour


The Awards will also be inviting work from established artists and illustrators whose work we admire and that contributes to the theme.


The deadline for submitted entries is 23:59pm 1st of September 2022.

ENTRY is £10 for 5 submissions per artist or collective. 

Keep an eye on our socials @pittvillepress for updates and prize and jury announcements!

Please feel free to circulate the poster!