National Illustration Day, on November 24, was launched by the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration to celebrate the pictures that are part of our lives and the people that make them.
The idea to celebrate the course past and present came to course leader Roderick Mills when he was thinking how to mark the day. He said: “It is great to acknowledge the legacy of illustration that has emerged from the University of Brighton. As the second oldest Illustration course in the UK, it has been a place for innovative and experimental image makers for over 40 years.”
Alumni of the course have also used the occasion to celebrate the course. Award-winning author and illustrator Emily Gravett said: ‘I’m privileged to be part of a long tradition of Brighton illustration alumni who showcase just how varied, exciting and innovative illustration can be.’
Finnish artist Sanna Annuka said: ’The Illustration course at Brighton is where I discovered my love for printmaking which has been the foundation of my practice ever since.’
‘Brighton gave me the space to discover the joy of seeing a print organically grow.’