The Times did well at the Political Cartoon Society awards bash last night!
Peter Brookes was awarded Cartoonist of the Year and the runner-up in the Cartoon of the Year category.
I won Cartoon of the Year for my drawing of Obama/Brown (above), so between us we made a clean sweep!
Alan Duncan MP handed out the awards in jolly self-deprecating style, and other than my own pathetic non-attempt at a speech (nothing new there), there were good performances all around.
The do at the Political Cartoon Gallery is a great chance to catch up with fellow cartoonists. (Particularly when the gallery’s drinks cabinet has been well and truly drained, and we drift across the road to The College Arms.) But apart from the gallery being a brilliant meeting place for established cartoonists and other followers of the art form, the PCS is an important organisation in British cartooning in that it’s open to much wider selection of cartoonists than anywhere else. It’s a good chance to discover works that might have otherwise have passed you by. Whether it’s at the awards or at one of the many exhibitions Tim Benson and the PCG puts on every year.
At the events such as the one last night, every cartoonist has one cartoon exhibited and The Cartoon of the Year award is voted on by the people present. This makes it brilliantly democratic and particularly exciting to win, as many of those voting are your peers. It also means that someone relatively unknown has got the same chance to win on the night as the more famous names.
With the prospect of a glorious year for politics coming up, it will hopefully prove to be a good one for the PCG too!