Yasmeen Ismail Wins V&A Illustration Award 2014

last updated 03 June 2014

cover of time for bed fred by yasmeen ismail

The Victoria & Albert Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year, from both seasoned and junior illustrators. Not only is the V&A one of the most prestigious and notorious institutions in the world, it is also a long standing pillar of creative influence for artists.

Therefore we are proud to announce that our very own Yasmeen Ismail has won the V&A Best Book Illustration 2014 for her timeless picture book, Time For Bed Fred!

Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year are recognised at the V&A illustration awards and the three published categories were judged by Art Director for the Telegraph, Gary Cochran, Art Director for Profile Books, Peter Dyer and V&A Director of Design Moira Gemmill.

The Prize is £2000 for each category, plus an additional £2000 for the illustrator who is chosen as overall winner. Yasmeen is one of only three illustrators to have been handpicked from hundreds of potential nominees:

Book Illustration Shortlist

Yasmeen Ismail – Time For Bed, Fred (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Benjamin Parker – The Little General (Jaimimage Publishing)

Finn Dean – Brave New World (Folio Society)


illustration from time for bed fred by yasmeen ismail


Yasmeen’s beautifully inky drawings have earned her a place amongst the creative elite of the publishing industry and we are incredibly proud to support her and her exciting future endeavours! This year is a busy, busy year for our Yasmeen – a Waterstones nomination under her belt, two books coming out this Summer AND finishing/starting an array of exciting picture books for 2015 release.

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Yasmeen Ismail accepting her award, and with Vicki Willden-Lebrect outside The V&A Museum


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Bloomsbury Editorial Director Emma Blackburn, Yasmeen & Bright M.D Vicki Willden-Lebrecht enjoying an amazing night at the awards!


A selection of the winning V&A work will be on display outside the National Art Library from 3 June until 2 July 2014.

illustration from time for bed fred by yasmeen ismail


If you’d like to work with Yasmeen, you can reach her via her agent, Arabella Stein here.

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