Two AUB Illustration graduates have taken top prizes at this Bournemouth and Poole College’s Dorset Art Prize 2019.

Printmaker Robin Mackenzie and his partner, artist Katy Harrald, who graduated from AUB in 2013 and 2014 respectively, have taken top prizes at this year’s Dorset Art Prize.

Established in 2014, the Dorset Art Prize aims to reward and celebrate excellence in art from across the county of Dorset. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. Since its launch in 2014, the Prize has given away more than £33,500 in prize money, and this year focused on interpreting and exploring the theme of reflection.

Based at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne, Robin’s illustration and printmaking focuses around wood engraving, lino-cutting and printing using a traditional iron Albion Press.

Robin said: “It’s an honour to have been selected as a prize winner for my large linocut, ‘The Pinnacles at Old Harry.’  The standard of work was extremely high and I feel very privileged to have been able to show my work alongside  such a wealth of talent.

After graduating BA (Hons) Illustration at AUB in 2013, Robin has gone on to create prints for products, books, magazines such as The National Trust Magazine and a range of exhibitions, including Durlston Castle’s Jurassic Coast Solo Show and the Annual Society of Wood Engravers exhibition at North Wall Gallery in Oxford. He was also recently commissioned to make a series of large scale prints for SAGA’s new liner ‘The Spirit of Discovery.’