Inspired illustrator wins The Linbury Trust prize

Rachel Hunt, illustration student from Putney School of Art and Design, wins The Linbury Trust Highly Commended Prize

Rachel Hunt, an illustration student at Wandsworth Council’s Putney School of Art and Design, recently won the Linbury Trust Highly Commended Prize as part of the ‘Inspired by…’ exhibition at Morley Gallery. Rachel’s piece ‘Natural World Playing Cards’ has been inspired by the Victoria and Albert’s Museum of Childhood. The ‘Inspired by…’ exhibition is an art competition and exhibition for people in adult education in the UK, inspired by exhibits in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections.



Rachel describes what inspired her:©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

“Throughout the Museum of Childhood various card games are displayed, from ‘Snap’ to ‘Happy Families’. These all stem from the standard pack of playing cards which use the Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades. The playing card has been developed over centuries and continents into a game played by adults and children alike. Playing with them presents so many possibilities, from use as an educational aid to great family entertainment. A pack of cards is small and portable; you can build with them (and knock them down), create your own games or play a family favourite. Everyone has a favourite card game.”



Rachel Hunt ‘Natural World Playing Cards’

Using the ‘French’ suits as inspiration Rachel gave them a modern twist. Inspired by the natural world, the four environments and the diverse creatures who live there: the forest; the jungle; the polar regions; and the ocean. The traditional suit symbols have been incorporated into the images as a reference to the history of the game. The ‘Kings’ of each of these environments have been selected as the King card: Stag; Tiger; King Penguin; and the Blue Whale. This piece of work was created as part of Rachel’s course in illustration at Putney School of Art and Design, which, in addition to helping her to generate ideas has given her the opportunity to get feedback on work and learn new techniques.







IPostcards from the Beuaties of the Japanese Collection Mark Funk-Butterworthllustration student, Mary Funk-Butterworth, and Ceramic Sculpture student, Paula Fitzgerald, who also attend Putney School of Art and Design are also on display as part of the exhibition. You can see all their work at the Morley Gallery between Tuesday 17 May – Friday 17 June 2016.





Atavistic study Paula Fitzgerald









Further information:

Rachel Hunt:

 The Morley Gallery:

Dates: Tuesday 17 May – Friday 17 June 2016

Times: Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm; Saturday 12pm to 4pm (closed 4 June 2016); Sunday closed.

Where: Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT

Cost: Free 

Inspired by… is an exhibition showing artwork made by adult learners from all around UK, inspired by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections. Inspired by… 2016 is organised and hosted by Morley Gallery in collaboration with V&A Museums and supported by NIACE, craft&design magazine, the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and the Linbury Trust. Inspired by…was run successfully by the V&A for a number of years and the competition has been organised by Morley since 2014.


Putney School of Art and Design

Putney School of Art and Design is managed and delivered by Enable Leisure and Culture on behalf of Wandsworth Council.

Putney School of Art and Design was originally founded in 1883, and has been in Oxford Road, Putney since 1895. The main benefactor of the original Victorian school was Sir William Lancaster, an eminent local politician and philanthropist.

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The Linbury Trust:

The Linbury Trust is a charitable trust; it was established by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG (John Sainsbury) and his wife Anya, Lady Sainsbury, CBE, the former ballerina Anya Linden. The name ‘Linbury’ is thus derived from the names Linden and Sainsbury.

The Linbury Trust was founded in 1973, since when it has made grants totalling more than £100 million. It is one of the group of grant-making foundations that are collectively known as The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

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