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Illustration Alumni Kate Channing gains national recognition for her Creative Conscience

BA (Hons) Illustration graduate Kate Channing wins Gold in the Creative Consciousness Awards for her efforts to end drink spiking.

Illustration graduate Kate Channing, has won the Gold Award at the Creative Conscience Awards 2022 for her innovative entry to the ‘Packaging Design’ category. Kate graduated from Arts University Plymouth this summer with a First Class degree in BA (Hons) Illustration.

Already named as one of the Association of Illustrators ‘10 UK Illustration Graduates to Watch in 2022’, Kate won Gold at the Creative Conscience Awards for the brand identity and packaging designs that she created for ‘Angel Shot’. The designs are based on the concept of a microbrewery dedicated to ending the practice of drink spiking, including drink protector stickers and donations to charities working against sexual assault, with an aim of making every night out a safe haven for women in the UK.

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Kate said: “I was absolutely thrilled to find out that I’d won Gold. It was a massive shock! When I submitted my project to the awards, I knew that I’d be up against a ton of immensely talented people. Finding out that I'd won an award really helped to make all the sleepless nights worthwhile. Most importantly, I feel like I’ve been able to bring some awareness to the issues of drink spiking and women’s safety, so it’s amazing news.”

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'Angel Shot' concept by Kate Channing

Freelance illustrator Kate creates bright, eye-catching graphic artwork for a variety of clients across a wide range of projects, from packaging design for alcohol brands to editorial illustrations for publications, to surface pattern design and typography. Kate describes herself as “a firm believer in the healing powers of drawing”, and her illustrative work focuses on how drawing can be used as a method of communication and a form of escapism.

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During her time at Arts University Plymouth, Kate’s inspiring work ethic made her the winner of the university’s Tenacity Award within her cohort and saw her nominated for the 2022 Board of Governors Prize.

BA (Hons) Illustration Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Sam Rowe said: "Kate is a hidden juggernaut of creative achievement and critical, prolific output. She is continuously an extremely hard worker, combining this with a kindness and ability to synthesise feedback in a way that results in connections being made that we couldn't predict. Kate is quiet and kind, and a role model for the potential within those that might not feel they fit within the stereotypical description of an 'art student'. This award helps demonstrate to her and others that there's not just one way to make a difference."

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