By Creative Review

The grand prize for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2015 goes to illustrator Nik van Es. He wins a commission for this year’s Wilderness Festival plus a Bridgeman Studio subscription

Bridgeman Studio provides licensing and management for contemporary artists, including illustrators and photographers, offering copyright clearance, reproduction and marketing services for their images.

For the second year running, CR has partnered with Bridgeman Images, the art licensing specialists, for the The Bridgeman Studio Award. The scheme aims to uncover new and emerging talent which might benefit from the services that the Bridgeman Studio platform has to offer. For 2015, two additional partners were brought on board: online gift and art platform and the Wilderness Festival.

A Riso-printed illustration for Planet Tropicana magazine by Nik van Es plus, top, one from a series of illustrations by him on life as a writer

Tying in with the Wilderness Festival’s support, this year’s theme was The Great Outdoors. Entrants were asked to provide images which summed up exploration, travel, freedom and wild nature. Our grand prize, a paid commission to create a map for this year’s Wilderness Festival, plus a one-year subscription to Bridgeman Studio (worth £100), goes to Dutch illustrator Nik van Es.

“It wasn’t easy picking a winner from this year’s highly talented entries,” says Paul Mulvey, senior designer at the Wilderness Festival. “Nik’s work jumped out and said, ‘I will do something original’. He has a storytelling illustrative style that is perfect for a festival where fantasy forms part of the narrative and the experience. We are all very excited about this artist and it was a real honour awarding him the commission.”


Lily Pond by Laurie Hastings


There were also three winners of the prize – a product range on consisting of a limited edition print, scarf, deckchair, tea towel and tote bag featuring the winners’ designs. In addition, all three also receive a year’s free subscription to Bridgeman Studio.

Our winners were: Laurie Hastings, Rosie Emerson and Yoko Honda. “We were delighted by the exceptional quality of entries and would like to thank everyone that entered. Judging was no easy feat as each artist had their own captivating style and unique interpretation of the Great Outdoors brief,” says Lucy Baxter, commercial director of “Nevertheless, the three CultureLabel winners stood out for their strong talent and distinctive individual styles and interpreted the brief in such different, innovative ways. We are truly excited to be working with these emerging artists and look forward to launching the limited edition product line featuring their exceptional artwork.”

Cyanotype print by Rosie Emerson


“I have had the joy of discovering hundreds of exciting artists and illustrators over the last couple of months,” adds Bridgeman artists manager Lucy Innes Williams. “The award was grasped with such enthusiasm and I think that the sheer quality of entries is testament to the creativity of the awards our sponsors offered. My name is already on the waiting list for a Rosie Emerson deckchair and a Yoko Honda scarf!”

Video Shop by Yoko Honda



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