Reportager Award 2015, University of the West of England, Bristol (group show)

Thomas Spooner

Research output: Non-Textual OutputExhibition


Reportager in partnership with Moleskine announced the first call for submissions for the first Reportager award early in 2015. The award encourages new, existing, and emerging talent and projects in the area of reportage and documentary drawing.

An international panel of artists and academics including Lucinda Rogers, Olivier Kugler, Mel Reim, Prof. Mario Minichiello, Moleskine, and the editor of Reportager juried the work.

The work in this inaugural reportage award exhibition is the result, and comprises a selection of entries from students and professionals. The exhibition is an overview of reportage drawing currently in taking place internationally. Three prizes were awarded to artists for exceptional work in the following categories. Professional, Student, and a Moleskine Special Mention Award.

Drawing is currently undergoing a renaissance in the disciplines of fine art, applied art, graphic design and illustration. There appears to be a drawing zeitgeist taking place in art schools and evidence of a particular interest in documentary drawing and reportage.

The drawing of everyday scenes and situations in an objective way is a very different discipline to the much more dynamic and proactive activity of drawn visual journalism, which aligns itself more closely to photojournalism and the visual essay. Illustrators in effect work as journalists, interviewing, sketching and photographing their subjects, often compositing and interpreting the visual, aural and textual material in a layered interpretive way. Much of the narrative and commentary finds its way to the published artwork through annotated notes and transcribed conversations.

Drawn reportage and documentary illustration is increasingly relevant today especially when one considers the rise and ubiquity of citizen journalism. Practitioners are making self-initiated work, authorially, self publishing or proactively finding a commercial context for their work.

There has in recent years been a notable rise in publicity on and offline concerning drawing and reportorial projects. However, Reportage artists need to take advantage of the opportunities digital media can offer by considering new directions in the way work is produced, recorded and distributed. Inspiration can be taken from the way in which photojournalists and documentary filmmakers are using the ‘Meta Image’ creating multiplatform projects to tell their stories and reach new audiences.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015
EventReportager Award 2015 - UWE Bristol - Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Ln, Bristol BS16 1QY, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 May 201515 May 2015


  • Reportage
  • Drawing
  • Documentary


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