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We’re very excited to announce the shortlist for The Batsford Prize 2020–2021! The judges, Eleanor Crow, Vaughan Grylls, Anne Kelly, Emily Haworth-Booth, Neil Dunnicliffe and Tina Persaud had the difficult job of selecting only 7 entires in each category. The winners will be announced in June, when we will also announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award. This is a new award where we invite the public to choose their favourite from the judges’ shortlist. Vote for the People’s Choice Award here.



Crystalline Florals

Emily Lawrence, BA (Hons) Textiles, Arts University Bournemouth

A floral themed textiles collection for fashion. Inspired by the vibrant energy a small garden can contain during summer; something I hadn’t fully appreciated until the 2020 lockdown began. Created using a combination of digital print, hand painting techniques and embellishments.



Megan Stavaru, MA Textile Design, Norwich University of the Arts

Fragments focusses on a variety of techniques. Inspired by cultural preservation and tradition, this series evidences influences from Romania. The traditional wall carpet has allowed me to develop a sustainable / economical ethos which creates a positive impact on our planet.


I Spy With My Little Eye

Sophie Downes, BA (Hons) Textile Design, The Glasgow School of Art

Playing with the unpredictability and irregular finds of this game, I aim to celebrate the chaotic charm of this childlike pastime through a collection of conversational, printed and heavily embellished textiles.


Still Here Still Life

Tianna Pepe, BA (Hons) Textiles, Arts University Bournemouth

A collection of screen prints and digital prints on fabric alongside UV printed tiles and laser cut and UV printed placemats.


The Great Outdoors

Wiktoria Godzik, BA (Hons) Textiles, Arts University Bournemouth

A textile project exploring the theme of the outdoors through the use of digital print techniques and illustrative drawing. Inspired by personal travels to National Parks in Britain and abroad. Aimed at an interiors context with the intention of inviting nature into the home.


Through the forest

Molly Clarke, Textile Design, Norwich University of the Arts

Screen-printed repeat design inspired by the British countryside, plants and insects. The design aims to capture the feeling of walking in nature and colours reflect the natural environment. 1.2m x 2m repeat length, hand-drawn motifs printed onto silk twill.


Wood Industry

Vanna Paabor, MFA Performance Costume, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University

The costume represents the ‘Wood Industry’ using over 1000 pieces of wood, paper and cork assembled using techniques including moulding and veneering plywood. The 18th century shape references the industrial revolution and mass production in a project inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production. Photo: Beni Sanchez.




A Conversation between Dinosaur and Eve in the Garden of Eden

kblick, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Chapter I: The Guilty Pleasure / A Conversation between Dinosaur and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Total 113 x 230 cm, Each panel 113 x 70.5 cm, Porcelain on the wooden board, Ceramic pigment, Plaster. My practice is an allegory that creates a paradoxical mythology between humans and animals. It is expressed through distortion, discontinuity and dynamic movement in the Baroque form.



Mark Andrew Chamberlain, MA Fine Art, University of Lincoln

Our Planet: Broch Oil on canvas, 36″ x 28″, completed March, 2021. The painting is part of a body of my work focused on the landscape and wilderness qualities of the far north of Scotland.


Fertility Revolution – Surrogacy

Yu Shang, Visual communication, graphic design pathway, Royal College of Art

When the uterus becomes a tool or commodity, women are then again objectified.


Fun in the Streets

Calum Stevenson, Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice (Painting), Glasgow School of Art

Fun in the Streets is influenced by a trip to Nantes, France where I was inadvertently caught up in street riots. I recall the feeling of confusion and tension as the landscape that I walked quickly became a battleground depicting the raw political tension of modern times.


The Echo of Our Breath

Yifeat Ziv, MA Sound Arts, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

The Echo of Our Breath is a CO2 sensor-based multimedia installation, comprised of sound and video materials that were captured in the Amazon rainforest. Constantly affected by the changing amount of CO2 in space, as a result of people’s breathing, this installation offers a timespace where the unseen impact of our own presence can be sensed through sound.


The Regenesis of Energy

Katerina Evangelou, PhD in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

This Art Series symbolises the Regenesis/Rebirth of Our Planet. Regenesis can only be achieved through Renewable Energy. In the Series each different Artwork represents a different type of Renewable Energy. The Artworks are abstract because Energy is an abstract force. Energy is visualised in vibrant, dynamic compositions through colour/texture/fluctuating forms.


The Spirit of Autumn

Svetlana Ochkovskaya, MFA Fine Art Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths University of London

I want to make familiar things unfamiliar and strange. The displacement of things gives it new meaning and provides new ways of seeing things. View the video here.




Happy Days?

Liam Tooher, Graphic Design, Nottingham Trent University

A selection of Black and White illustrative posters designed on photoshop depicting the sad ironies of our planet today, from rising food waste correlating with rising food bank usage to overcrowded refugee boats and billion pound oligarchic yachts.


It’s as if skin contains land and birds

Daniel Converio, BA Illustration, Falmouth University

Mixed process, designed traditionally and then coloured digitally. A picture inspired by a quote from the book ‘Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World’, by Linda Hogan.



George Reynolds, BA Illustration, Arts University Bournemouth

Pencil drawings, edited and arranged digitally. Inspired by the murmurtions and migrations of birds.


Bird Brain

Ellie Lonsdale, BA (Hons) Illustration, Falmouth University

Bird Brain is a wordless graphic novel/zine that explores the way that our memories are distorted over time. It investigates this theme through the mindscape of the main character; we traverse through their internal ‘planet’ of forests and mountains trying to locate a lost memory. See more here.


Personal planets

Emilie Peaker, BA Graphic Design, Nottingham Trent University

Digital illustration – the concept for these pieces is that our personal planets have gotten a lot smaller since COVID hit, because of this I decided to use my home town as a case study of our planet and explore how our home towns contain similarities to some extent.


Tinkle tinker

Elsy Bao, BA Illustration and Graphic Design, Teesside University

Cotton Carpenter, part of a series of work exploring the disappearing craftsmen on the planet. This project shows scenes of repair craftsmen of my father’s generation. Times have changed. Now when we have broken objects, we don’t want to send it to a repairman, instead, we throw it and buy a new one.



Daniela Sosa, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

A wordless love story about returning to nature.




A Book of Biophilia

Cathy Eliot, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

A children’s picturebook showing hard-to-translate words from different languages, describing special experiences in nature.  Video of the dummy book can be found here.


Hello Nomads

Kin Choi Lam, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

These illustrations are part of my non-fiction book about three nomadic families. They are Mongolia, Nenets and Berbers.


Moon Tales

Ema Ferreira, BA (Hons) ComDes Illustration, Glasgow School of Art

Moon Tales is a children’s book that tells the stories of planet earth from the perspective of the moon. See more here.


Sometimes I Am

Sidsel Lindhagen, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

A poetic illustrated book about Alzheimer seen from the perspective of the sufferer. The text and images are well suited to many ages and also as a conversational piece on the theme when reading for younger children. Some of the artwork is finished. The visual language is not traditionally cohesive. Video of the book can be found here.


That Night

Evie Fridel, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Two sisters find out their father is in hospital and go on a journey through a long dark night. The ocean around them reflects their emotional state. See more here.


The Black Cloud

Jihye Seo, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

This is a children’s picture book made for my master stage project. Mixed Media (Gouache, mono printing and pastel)


The Rock Giant

Joanna Ghosh, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

The Rock Giant – A children’s picture book about finding your place in the world.