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We’re pleased to announce The Batsford Prize 2022 shortlist! Have your say on who wins the People’s Choice Award by voting today.

The theme of The Batsford Prize 2022 was ‘Communication & Connection’ Judges Eleanor Crow, Vaughan Grylls, Anne Kelly, Neil Dunnicliffe and Tina Persaud had the difficult task to select only seven shortlisted entries in the categories Applied Art & Textiles, Fine Art, Illustration and Children’s Illustration. The winners will be announced in June. First prize in all categories, including the People’s Choice Award is £500 cash prize and £50 worth of books.

The People’s Choice Award

There are prizes both for the winning entry and a chance to win books if you vote.

Voting is open until 15th June. You can vote for as many entries you like, but you can only vote once for each entry. We’ll draw one winner among everyone who votes to receive £50 worth of Batsford books.



The Shortlist




1960s nostalgia

Hannah Bentley, BA (Hons) Textile Design, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

This collection is a contemporary twist to 1960s retro textiles. The inspiration is taken from my own family heritage and is based on an archive of domestic home objects from the 60s era. The tweedy weaves and the woolly textures provide a sense of nostalgic comfort.


Beneath the Surface

Grace Faichnie, BA (Hons) Textiles, Arts University Bournemouth

An under the sea themed textile collection for fashion. Inspired by the beauty found beneath us. Created using digital print, fabric manipulation, laser cutting, crochet and stitch. The concept I wanted to achieve was bringing this hidden beauty to the surface.


Moody Astrology

Tilly Ryce, BA (Hons) Textiles, Arts University Bournemouth

This project is made up of a series of wallpaper and fabric prints, meant for a luxury interiors target market. The designs were inspired by the darker side of Astrology, using motifs from Tarot Card readings and a dark colour palette with gold leaf foiling.


Sunny Side Up

Emma Graves, BA Textile Design, Nottingham Trent University 

A collection of art textile pieces, illustrating connections and conversations had in cafe environments. A social commentary project to celebrate moments in casual everyday cafe settings.


The Line Between Architecture and Happiness

Berfin Tepe, Textiles Design BA (Hons), Nottingham Trent University

This project aims to design a collection of textile samples that would be suitable for an application of three-dimensional textile that can be used as a room divider and wall installation pieces. All samples would be repeated into tiles, that is why they are all sized A4-A3.



Ruby Travis, BA (Hons) Textiles, Arts University Bournemouth

Inspired by the fascinating worlds of insect and plant connections that surround us, this project explores the vibrant worlds of the undergrowth, crafted into an innovative collection of accessories using unique techniques and locally sourced waste materials


Wild Beasts

Ena Sugita, BA Textile Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Inspired by Charles Freger’s photographic collections‚ ‘Wilder Mann’ and ‘Yokainoshim’, this knitted textile collection is a blend of traditional European ritualistic costumes and Japanese mythological costumes, and is a reflection of my experience of the East and West crossover.




Allegory of ennui and the rebellious witnesses

Miyeon Yi, MA Painting, Royal College of Art

My project is to make paintings that depicts desire for the unity and freedom within isolated life of individuals. Often the figures are divided by structure of the interior space they are placed in. I think of them similar to the Noh theater or cinematography of film from Ozu.


Artist Objects with the Hair of…

Sadie Downing, Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art, The Glasgow School of Art

The series of handmade paintbrushes use the hair of 20 creatives that have influenced my artistic practice personally in some way. Letters were sent out inviting each person to donate a clipping of their hair and in return, a paintbrush would be made in their honour.


‘Hi Daddy’ (or’If you say the words you don’t need to go back’)

Nelson, Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

This is a short film about a traumatic memory centred around attempting to communicate with a parent about something difficult. In the memory, the phone used for the conversation has become an anchor object, remembered in acute detail, and linked laterally to other memories.


Opus Magnum for A Girl (2020) & Hortus Conclusus for A Woman (2022)

Meichen Iu, Research Degree, Ph. D, University of the Arts London

These two series practice both depicts the menstruation experience of the artist during different age stage. Female genitalia, the vulva, as the main character in both two practice, and the vulva character cerated and constructed from the anatomical genitalia shape by the artist.



Duanqing Wan, MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

The work uses ‘rust’ and ‘sheets’ as the basic elements to establish relationships. The extent to which these mediums occupy the work fluctuates with the environment and the subjective consciousness of the person. to achieve a de-centering of the subject matter.



Jen Fox, MA Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts

A sculptural piece created from a walk, cast in Jesmonite with a natural stone finish


Wu Gui

Xinyao Yu, MA Contemporary Art Practice – Public Sphere, Royal College of Art

‘Wu Gui’ means turtle was stolen from Chinese vocabulary to be my pronoun, redefined by me while I re-identified myself. It broke the boundary of language and identity, which are fake parodies as hegemonic norms, like Wu Gui in the video connected the symbolic with the real.




Covid Tales

Wuon-Gean Ho, PhD in Printmaking, University of the West of England

I made this six minute video in the middle of the first lockdown, when communication and connection were limited to the screen. The images are all two colour linocuts which talk about working from home, the absurdity of contagion, yearning for touch and pandemic life.


How They Met Others

Yujun Qin, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

This project portrays some interesting ways of creating links with strangers.


Navigating Dyslexia

Kate Rolfe, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

This is a series of illustrations I developed to visually represent my own experience of dyslexia, in the hope of providing both a mirror of validation for those facing similar struggles, and also a window through which others can better understand.


Shopping 2020

Becki Harper, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

A wordless book about shopping during covid



Rumin Wu, MA Illustration, Arts University Bournemouth

With the help of modern technology, the way people communicate is no longer limited to face-to-face contact, but more often they use chat and video on their mobile phones, which has changed our habit of communication.


The Queer Closet

Louise Bassou, BA Illustration, Arts University Bournemouth

The Queer Closet is a collection of illustrated outfits in mundane settings. Whether the clothing was chosen as a form of self-expression or a conscious effort to defy gender norms, put in the context of queerness it challenges the cisnormative idea of gender expression.


This Work Book Belongs To Body Image

Emma Raven, BA Illustration, Middlesex University

An animation on the issues of body image in school age girls. Focusing on the insults used to attack and weaken girls at this early stage of their lives. The piece is made in After Effects, Procreate and Photoshop.




Aliens in the Park

Justin Worsley, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

‘Aliens in the Park’ is a dummy picture book that talks about a young child’s imagination, the connection they have with their mother and their growing independence.


Life on Mars

Hannah Sawtell, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Story of a boy temporarily living with his mother and cat on planet Mars, separated from friends and family. Themes explore ordinary life in an extraordinary environment with human connections stretched because of circumstances.



Bruno Valasse, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Shine is a screen-printed concertina book about overcoming one-self’s fears and finding – as well as sharing – a community in doing so.



Frances Ives, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Sometimes is a picture book to help start a conversation about those less easily recognised feelings, that we all experience from time to time. Made with offset monotype, ink, pastels and goauche, it explores creatures as metaphors for mental health.


The Great Bear

Annabelle Booker, Illustration BA (Hons), University of the West of England

The Great Bear is a silent narrative inspired by an Inuit folktale and the real Beaufort sea polar bear- a species needing our help to preserve it, with its population at less that 400 individuals. Polar bears are vital to the arctic and the symbiotic relationships within.


The Lost Viking

Jess Mahy, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

The Lost Viking is a comical historical fable about belonging and finding friendship across the gulf of time. The story is told in a picture book format for children aged 4-6.


Wolf and Bear

Kate Rolfe, MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Wolf and Bear is a picture book about two very different friends as they navigate the impact of mental illness on their relationship. It is a story of misunderstandings, learning to balance compassion with communicating your own needs, and the power of finding common ground.