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RCA and Tate Christmas cards are a platform for future illustration stars


Mitko Karakolev

Tate has released its annual collection of Christmas Cards designed by students at The Royal College of Art. The nine designs are selected via a competition among its Visual Communication and Animation course students, judged by Andrzej Klimowski and the Tate product development team. This is the fifth year of the project, and as usual is a platform for up-and-coming illustration talent, sure to be ones to watch in the coming years.

The styles are eclectic and “take a fresh approach to Christmas” Tate says, ranging from William Davey’s frenetic scene of shoppers to Mirry Stolzenberg’s black and white, mixed media artwork of a quiet, snowy London street. Mitko Karakolev has two designs, one that “references the visual aesthetic of the 60s, an era I’m fascinated by,” and another applying a different kind of nostalgia, depicting stories his grandmother told him of “mischeivous mice and their adventures”.

The winning students also include Tuchi (Marta Hernandez Galan), Jiun Huang, Rachel Hill and Yiyu Lam. The cards are available in the Tate shop.


William Davey


Yiyu Lam


Mirry Stolzenberg




Mitko Karakolev


Juin Huang


William Davey


Rachel Hill