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Chenyue Yuan (Sharpay) is an illustrator of Chinese heritage based in London. She explores illustration practice as a retroactive, multi-voiced narrative by combining field visiting and archival methodologies to reflect on social histories of sites. Her work is primarily drawing-based, using both traditional and digital media. Currently she is working on a Children’s Book titled Partridge on the Pasture, which will be published by the end of 2023 in China.

Royal College of Art (RCA)

MA Visual Communication  2019-2021 | London, UK

Sun Yet-Sen University (SYSU) 

BA Archival Science 2015-2019 | Guangzhou, CHI

Associate Lecturer at Universtiy for the Creative Arts | UK
Guest Lecturer at Royal College of Art | UK

Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration  Graduate Residency | UK | 2021

Centre In Progress
Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration | London | 8-18 September 2022
V&A Illustration Awards 2022
V&A Museum | London | 20 July - 9 October 2022
Finding Home—Late at Tate Britain: Life Between Islands 
Tate Britain | London | 3-5 December 2021

Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

 A Q&A with illustrator Sharpay Chenyuè Yuán

It's Nice That

Illustrator Chenyue Yuan digs deep into social histories to tell the story of Chinese labourers living and working in factories

Creative Boom

 Illustrator Chenyue Yuan tells the story of Chinese factory workers in Pearl's Daughters

英国VA博物馆 (V&A Chinese Official)


Design 360


Messimage Talk | Sharpay Yuan在叙事图像中体验微妙又实在的刺痛感

Live Talk | TodayDesign  | China | 2023
Strategies of Narratives: Labouring and Communities
Artist Talk | Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU  | Hong Kong | 2023
Archival Methodologies in Illustration Practice
Artist Talk | Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design  | Sweden | 2023
Colouring In -- The Past 
Symposium | Chelsea College of Art | 2022
Chenyue (Sharpay) Yuan, Retroactive Narrative Practice 
Professional Practise Talk | University of Brighton | 2022
RCA Creative Research Series: Identity & Performance
Webinar | Royal College of Art | 2022
Industry Insight – Illustration First Moves 
Panel Discussion | New Designers | London | 2022

Visual histories of labour: Imagining, archiving and interpreting illustrations of Chinese workers from the 1880s and 1980s
collaborative, featured in Colouring in -- The Past, ISSN 2752-9533

4th Young Battle Awards  Young Jury | China | 2022

New York Times, Die Zeit, ‘A Space’ Arts Gallery, Zhejiang Photographic Press, Noema Magazine, Ambit Magazine, Golab Agency, etc.

V&A Illustration Awards  
Student Runner-up
World Illustration Awards    Alternative Publishing Shortlist
Signature Art Prize    Drawing and Print Finalist
Graduate 360
    Top 10 Annual Graduate
Young Battle Award     Top 10 Annual Graduate
World Illustration Awards     Book Cover Longlist  
The Cheltenham Illustration Awards    Highly Commended
IJUNGLE Illustration Awards     Comic Merit Award    
Communication Arts - Illustration Annual Award   
Personalized Award of Excellence Trophy
The Cheltenham Illustration Awards    Highly Commended
IJUNGLE Illustration Award     New Talent Merit Award  

Shaping the Marginal
125 New Bond Street | London | 30 March - 7 April 2023
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Via della Fiera, 20 | Bologna | 6 - 9 March 2023
‘I am Many Stories/The Stories of a Better Tomorrow’
Chapel Arts | Cheltenham | 23 February - 5 March 2022
Tell Us a Story...  
Gerald Moore Gallery | London | 13 January - 19 February 2022
Yilooook Art Festival 2.0—Collective Exhibition
LINKHEAD Gallery | Suzhou | October 2021
Ugly Duck | London | June 2021
RCA 2021
Online | Royal College of Art | June 2021
Work in Progress Show 2021

Online | Royal College of Art | January 2021
Confession of Shanghai - Illustrator Collection II
The Mix Place | Shanghai | August—September 2020

Create Scary Wrapping Papers for Halloween
October Half Term Kids Workshop | Eltham College | London | 2022
Design a Character
May Half Term Kids Workshop | Eltham College | London | 2022

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