Bridgeman Studio Award 2016: the final cover

After winning the £1,000 book cover commission, illustrator Aitch designs the final book cover for Rosie Garland's 'The Night Brother'.

Aitch, winner of the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 has designed the final cover of 'The Night Brother', Rosie Garland's new book published by the The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. The book will be released in both hardback and paperback in mid-2017.


The commissioned cover


Author Rosie Garland on the commission cover

Author Rosie Garland with the winning competition entry


"I love the cover. No – that’s an understatement. I almost cried when I saw it for the first time. It is absolutely beautiful - and captures something intriguing about the novel itself…

I’m stunned - that my book sparked Aitch’s imagination to create this amazing artwork. By the meticulous care put in by the design team at HarperCollins. It’s incredibly moving.

Judging the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 entries

The judging took place in London on 14 July with Rosie Garland (Author), Claire Ward (Creative Director Fiction and Non Fiction - HarperCollins), Susie Doore (Publishing Director – The Borough Press), Patrick Burgoyne (Editor – Creative Review),Victoria Bridgeman (CEO Bridgeman images) and Lucy Baxter (Commercial Director – selecting from a shortlist of 80 entries. 

Aitch's entry instantly captivated the judges, convincing them that they’d found an artist that could offer a commercially-driven and visually eye-catching cover design commission.  

The winning entry by Aitch


Aitch on winning the Bridgeman Studio Award

Winner, Aitch




"Winning the 2016 Bridgeman Studio Award was such a wonderful surprise. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to work with The Borough Press and Rosie Garland, superdupercurious about the manuscript!"  



Bridgeman Studio - a growing portfolio of contemporary art for licensing & commissions

Bridgeman Studio provides licensing and management for contemporary artists, offering copyright clearance, reproduction and marketing services for their images. It was launched in April 2014 and has a growing portfolio of accessible contemporary art for image licensing and creative commissions. Two years on they have 200 artists and nearly 14,000 images.  

The Bridgeman Studio Award was launched in 2014 to uncover emerging image-making talent supported by Creative Review. Selected artists entering the competition have consequently been offered representation on the Bridgeman Studio platform.  





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