London's Museums And Galleries Reimagined In Paint And Ink

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London's Museums And Galleries Reimagined In Paint And Ink

Londonist is proud media partner to London Transport Museum's Prize for Illustration 2015. We will be bringing you snapshots and stories behind the illustrations throughout the exhibition’s run.

Alex Jeffries, Tate Modern In Autumn
Alex Jeffries, Tate Modern In Autumn
Eleanor Taylor, The Royal Observatory Greenwich
Eleanor Taylor, The Royal Observatory Greenwich
Elisa Cunningham, Noble Steed
Elisa Cunningham, Noble Steed
Lizzie Mary Cullen, The Operating Theatre
Lizzie Mary Cullen, The Operating Theatre
Miranda Sofroniou, The Horniman Museum
Miranda Sofroniou, The Horniman Museum
Thereza Rowe, Day Trippers
Thereza Rowe, Day Trippers
Tate Modern tote bag, available on the museum online shop
Tate Modern tote bag, available on the museum online shop

London Transport Museum and the Association of Illustrators (AOI) asked 100 talented artists to depict their favourite spot in the city, as part of the Prize for Illustration 2015. This year's exhibition theme is London's places and spaces, and focuses on representing the essence of London's streets, squares, alleyways and public spaces.

Museums and galleries were a popular subject amongst entries, showing the importance of these cultural places in shaping Londoners' lives. A museum was also the subject of the winning illustration; Eleanor Taylor scooped the first prize with her artistic representation of The Royal Observatory in Greenwich (the second one in the gallery above).

We love the intricate representation of the Operating Theatre by Lizzie Mary Cullen, whose light colour tones contrast with the vivacity of Miranda Sofroniou's illustration of the Horniman Museum. A double decker is at the centre of Thereza Rowe's illustration, dedicated to the V&A Museum of Childhood. And with these words, artist Alex Jeffries describes the chosen subject for his illustration:

"My London place is Tate Modern. The vivid colours and shapes are influenced by some of my favourite artists who have had, or currently have, exhibitions at the gallery, including Malevich, Delaunay, Martin and Riley."

Love his artwork? You can find it printed on a lightweight tote bag, on a mug, travel card and in poster form, at the museum's online shop. All of the 100 illustrations featured in the exhibition are available as print to order posters.

What about you — which is your favourite museum or gallery in London? Let us know in the comments below.

We’re delighted to be media partner to London Transport Museum and will be bringing you snapshots and stories behind the illustrations throughout the exhibition’s run.

The Prize for Illustration 2015: London Places and Spaces exhibition is at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, until 6 September 2015. Entry to the museum costs £16 or £13.50 for concessions and allows unlimited daytime access to all exhibitions and events for 12 months from date of purchase. Children go free.

Last Updated 18 August 2015