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Picture of pageant wins artist place on shortlist

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Sue Prince painting of the Jubilee River Pageant in 2012 which has been picked for the prestigious Serco Prize for Illustration Exhibition at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden.

  • Sue with the her picture where she won the Grand Prix for Naive Work and the Purchase Award in the 16th Biennial of Naïve Art in Serbia. Below, her painting of the Jubilee River Pageant in 2012.

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A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands woman has been picked for the prestigious Serco Prize for Illustration Exhibition at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden.

Staffordshire Peak District folk artist Sue Prince, who also helps to run the family organic dairy farm and eco tourism business at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, is one of 50 chosen from hundreds of entrants in the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014.

The London Transport Museum and Serco, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators (AOI), is to host the 2014 event.

This year the theme is London Stories. Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories.

Fictitious or real characters and events in the city have always held fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend.

The aim of the competition is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates a vibrant, multi-layered London.

Sue, a folk artist who specialises in the ancient Swedish technique of 'bonad' painting, uses egg tempera to create pictures which tell stories.

For the Serco Prize she created an eyewitness painting of the Jubilee River Pageant in 2012.

Her painting captures the atmosphere, the crowds and even the rain!

Sue and her husband Terry will be travelling to London for the private view and awards presentation, and the launch of 'London Stories', on Wednesday February 12.

Sue said: "I am so excited. I already feel as if I have won! Just to have a piece chosen and displayed in this prestigious exhibition in London, is an incredible honour."

The first prize winner will have their image displayed on a London Transport Museum poster, as well as a substantial cash prize. There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise.

Sue, a member of Peak District Artisans and Enjoy Staffordshire Art, has also recently won both the Grand Prix for Naive Work and the Purchase Award in the 16th Biennial of Naïve Art in Serbia. The next chance to see Sue's folk art is her new collection 'The World that Hands Built', a solo exhibition will be at the Museum of Cannock Chase between Monday, March 10, and Sunday, April 27. She and three fellow Peak District Artisans are also putting on a Derbyshire Open Arts exhibition at The Haybarn at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, on May 24, 25 and 26.

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