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Chenyue Yuan (Sharpay) is an illustrator based in London and China. 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. 

Royal College of Art (RCA)

MA Visual Communication  2019-2021 | London, UK

Sun Yet-Sen University (SYSU) 

BA Archival Science 2015-2019 | Guangzhou, CHI

House of Illustration New River Head Graduate Residency | UK | 2021

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

Design 360


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

RCA Creative Research Series: Identity & Performance
Online Webinar | Royal College of Art | 2022
Industry Insight – Illustration First Moves 
In-person Panel Discussion | New Designers | London | 2022
Design a Character
May Half Term Kids Workshop | Eltham College | London | 2022

V&A Illustration Awards 2022
V&A Museum | London | 20 July - 9 October 2022
‘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
Finding Home—Late at Tate Britain: Life Between Islands 
Tate Britain | London | 3-5 December 2021
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

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

New York Times, De Zeit, ‘A Space’ Arts Gallery, Zhejiang Photography Publishing House, Noema Magazine, Ambit Magazine, Golab Agency, etc.

© 2021 Chenyue Yuan