Local Melbourne Students Win Wacom Student Art Competition

Wacom Australia | 20-Aug-2018
Wacom Authorised Training Centres (WATCs) play a key role in developing and nurturing creativity and imagination within schools, colleges and universities across Australia and New Zealand.
Louie Evans Artwork / Kea Tokley-Higgs Artwork
"We believe in the power of creativity and we make it our mission to inspire and equip imaginative minds to unleash their full potential. WATCs allow students to utilise and master the same tools that are the industry standard for creative professionals, as well as granting teachers a richer learning experience in the classroom," says Simon Marshall, Senior Manager Content and Strategy, Wacom.

As part of Wacom's 2018 The Next Level' competition, Louie Evans and Kea Tokley-Higgs, whom both study at Monash University in Victoria, are two of five WATCs winners "“ chosen from a pool of more than 3,800 entries worldwide.

With a passion for design, photography and image-making, Louie from Coburg Victoria, explains "entering Wacom's The Next Level competition was a way for me to evolve on a global scale and give myself confidence in my work. The artwork that I submitted was inspired by the idea of personal identity and aims to visualise how a surrounding environment can shape one's character "“ I'm excited to see this on display at The Next Level exhibition."

For Kea who is based in Belgrave Victoria, "being a part of The Next Level competition was a step forward in my journey of becoming a professional illustrator. I'm originally from the Dandenong ranges, which is inhabited by thousands of fern trees. This illustration is for the EP cover of a local band, Turn South. Some of the songs explore how people can often feel isolated living in remote towns and I enjoyed trying to reflect these feelings in the composition."

Wacom have rewarded all five WATCs winners with a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13" 512GB valued at $3,499 and their individual schools will receive a Wacom Cintiq Pro 24" Touch, also valued at $3,499.

Throughout August to November 2018, the artwork of these talented designers will be displayed at The Next Level' exhibitions in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney alongside renowned artists from across the globe including Kelogsloops, Loretta Lizzio, Mark Conlan, Mateusz Witczak, Nosego and Paul Braddock.

When and where:
Melbourne: 31st August "“ 7th September
Opening Night: 6 "“ 9pm, 31st August at Besser Space, Collingwood

Auckland: 12th "“ 16th October
Opening Night: 6 "“ 9pm, 12th October at Silo Park, Auckland

Sydney: 9th "“ 18th November
Opening Night: 6 "“ 9pm, 9th November at Comber Street Studios, Paddington

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