There's a new poster on the tube today and fresh merchandise in the London Transport Museum shop as Anne Wilson's 'Winding Through the City' scooped the gold award in the Serco Prize for Illustration last night.
50 of the best entries to the competition are on display in the museum's CBS gallery, showing as many different responses to the River Thames brief. There are some crazily detailed and impressive illustrations to admire — starring many riverside icons — alongside abstract, impressionist and fantastical efforts depicting the river as an exciting and diverse place for Londoners and visitors alike.
We particularly liked the river redrawn as a tree; the madly intricate drawing showing several London landmarks squished together and dramatically reflected in the water; and the runner up, 'Thames People and Tides' by Melvyn Eaves, with its birds eye view of an imagined Millennium Bridge, replete with cross section of Tate Modern and importation of the Gherkin to the north bank.
On Saturday 21 May at 3pm Transport Museum Senior Curator, Claire Dobbin, will give an illustrated talk about how the River Thames has featured in over a century of London Transport posters. Book now: £8 - free to annual season ticket holders.
The Serco Prize for Illustration River Thames exhibition will be displayed in the CBS Outdoor Gallery at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB until 3 June and admission is included in the entry ticket to the main Museum galleries (adults £13.50 or £10.00 concessions). Tickets allow unlimited admission for 12 months. Under 16s free.
Image: Anne Wilson's winning entry 'Winding Through the City'.