The Face of the Festival

Bloomsbury Festival is fast approaching, taking place from 22nd – 25th October, and for the first time in it’s history, this year the event has teamed up with reputable design school Central St Martins, offering it’s talented students the chance to design the lead image for this year’s festival.

Entrants were informed that their designs had to be inspired by Bloomsbury, and connect with this year’s event theme of Light, inspired by UNESCO’s Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. Other than that, the designers were given little guidance allowing them freedom to create which ever style of design they wish. As a result the entries were beautifully varied, each portraying a new perspective of charming Bloomsbury.

The five judges – famous artist Rob Ryan, Bloomsbury Festival Director Kate Anderson, The Duchess of Bedford, Senior Lecturer at Central St Martins Val Palmer and Head of Arts and Tourism at Camden Council Caroline Jenkinson – had the hard task of selecting the winning design from the array of fantastic designs.

After much deliberation, Andrew Long, a first year Graphic Design student, was selected as the worthy winner, submitting a picture of an illustrated traditional Bloomsbury door projecting beams of light from within. Rob Ryan explained that the design “responded to the festival and theme in an original way” and was particularly fond of the way “it captures everyday life in Bloomsbury but transforms it with light – a great parallel for the festival’s four day transformation of Bloomsbury.”

Eva Davidova and Kyra Nicholson were announced as the two runners up, submitted a colourful festival scene simple bunting-adorned lamppost respectively. If you’d like to see all 10 shortlisted entries up close and personal, they will be displayed at Senate House throughout the duration of the festival.

Congratulations Andrew – we can’t wait to see your wonderful design all over Bloomsbury!