UH Arts + Culture are delighted to host a touring exhibition of the World Illustration Awards 2023

From book covers to newspapers, packaging to murals, illustration is the visual language of everyday life. This touring exhibition celebrates the engaging artform with a diverse range of styles, materials, and topics – featuring an extraordinary range of illustration practice.

The World Illustration Awards are the illustration industry’s most prestigious showcase of the very best work being made by emerging talent and professional illustrators across the globe today. We are thrilled to bring this exciting touring exhibition to campus, containing over 40 works of art from Category Winners, Overall Winners and Highly Commended projects.

Illustration of a pair of hands cutting a steak on a plate with a knife and fork, on top of the steak sits a tree, with elephants, a cheetah and parrots fleeing from fire.

Sara Neuhart, 'Visual Thoughts on Current Affairs'

Please join us for a special Opening Reception

Thursday 22 Feb 2024, 17:00–18:30
Free entry – everyone welcome! Refreshments will be on offer. Please RSVP by emailing us at uharts@herts.ac.uk

The Art + Design Gallery is open Mon-Fri: 10:00–16:00

We are also open one Saturday during the exhibition for our Sat-ART-day: Saturday 9 March 2024 11:00–15:00


Mon-Fri:  Free for the first 2 hours, with £2 thereafter. Sat: Free

Please park in Student Car Park E or The Forum Multi-storey. At the University of Hertfordshire, we use Hozah, which makes paying for parking quick, easy, and convenient. More information can be found here: Parking at UH

Accessible parking and toilets are available and the entrance to the Art + Design Gallery is at ground level.

Minimalist illustration of a white human-like blob character with a blank expression, sitting on public transport, warm sunlight shines through the window onto the character.

Heovers, "It Is What It Is"

About The World Illustration Awards 

The World Illustration Awards are delivered by the Association of Illustrators in partnership with the Directory of Illustration. This unique touring exhibition is a varied and vibrant survey of illustration at the cutting edge.

There are ten award categories including Advertising, Animation, Book Covers, Children’s Publishing, and Design, Product & Packaging, Editorial, Exploration, Publishing, Science and Technology and Site Specific.  The call for entries runs from December to February in each award year.

Each category has a New Talent and a Professional award, with 20 Highly Commended Projects, 20 Category Winners and two Overall Winners were announced at the online Awards Ceremony in September 2023.

In addition, four Cross-Category Awards were announced, including the SAA Award for an unrepresented Student, The Directory of Illustration (DI) Award for a professional artist, the AOI Award for the best member entry, and an Innovation Award for the most cutting edge project.

Two bold pink matchboxes on a green background, one matchbox is open and shows a black and brown excited dog on the packaging. The other matchbox is closed and shows an orange basketball bouncing.

Stav Assis, 'FETCH!'

The World Illustration Awards 2023 are supported by:

Black and white logos for Association of Illustrators, Directory of Illustration, The London Book Fair, Procreate, Society of Artists Agents, Rebelle and Huion