This is the second year the University has partnered with Giant Kitten, an independent store specialising in kitsch and quirky gifts, situated in the Corn Exchange, Leeds. The theme of this yeas brief was Comic Kitten; students were asked to design a design a four-panel kitten inspired story/comic strip which could be printed on a t-shirt.
First place was awarded to was Hannah Watts, final year BA (Hons) Animation student, with runner up places being awarded to Megan Godbold, BA (Hons) Animation and Caitlin Williams, BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art. An additional award was made to Mobarake Hadi Doost MA Worldbuilding and Creature Design for the course specific Kitten Creature competition.
"One of the things we love most about running our business is being able to collaborate with upcoming artists. Recycling some of our profits back to people in the arts community is very satisfying. We have made great ongoing connections with Leeds Arts University through this project and we even have a wonderful in-store mural painted by one of last year's winners. We'd like to wish all of the students all the best for their future careers!"
The winners each received a £50 voucher to spend in store, a t-shirt printed with their design and a designer’s commission for any winning designs sold in store