We are delighted to announce that Wies van der Wal, an exchange student from the Netherlands in her second year of BA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, was unanimously selected as the winner of the Bloomsbury Festival design competition this year. All the judges agreed that the design cleverly combined the celebratory essence of the Festival with this year’s theme, language.

image is a hand drawn bunch of balloons with teh strings all held in the teeth of a small dog. Colours are autumnal.
Festival image competition winner 2016

The competition was conceived by the Duchess of Bedford who was on the judging panel with Director of the Bloomsbury Festival Kate Anderson, artist Alan Baines, Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins Val Palmer, Development Officer of Arts and Tourism for Camden Council Charlie Levine and new Steward at The Bedford Estates Simon Elmer.

Alan Baines, artist and competition judge, said: “It was a great pleasure to view all entries to the competition, which included many great designs. The winner produced an image that possesses artistry in its execution and humour in its content, while communicating the theme of this year’s festival by the clever use of quotes floating as colourful balloons. Congratulations to the winner and to all the Central Saint Martins students who entered.”

Kate Anderson, Director of Bloomsbury Festival, comments: “Wies van der Wal’s entry was most definitely a worthy winner; it captured the creative and fun nature of Bloomsbury Festival, and we’re delighted to have her design as the official image for the 2016 edition.  This competition has become an important part of Bloomsbury Festival, which is a celebration of arts, science and emerging creative talent in one of London’s most vibrant quarters.”

Wies van der Wal, the winner said “I am thrilled and honoured to be selected as the winner of this competition, it’s a fantastic opportunity to be a part of such an exciting event. This competition has given me the chance to apply into the artwork the inspiration I drew from this year’s theme as well as the Festival itself. I’m excited to see my creation on posters and invites around Bloomsbury and across London.”

The image will be used across all the marketing of the festival from the brochure to posters, the website and social media.

image is a hand drawn bunch of balloons with teh strings all held in the teeth of a small dog. Colours are autumnal.
Wies van de Wal Festival competition winner 2016