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Global digital art competition is back for 2017

In 2017, more than 40 artists have been selected as winners from the Wacom The Next Level competition and will have their artwork exhibited alongside national and internationally renowned artists including David Milan, Rik Oostenbroek, Lauren Carney, Merda, Gemma Correll and Sha’an d’Anthes.

The competition attracted 1900 entries worldwide, 700 more than in 2016.

“Every year we are absolutely blown away by the calibre of entries The Next Level draws. This is the best part about our job, we love seeing the amazing work people are able to produce and knowing that we play some small part in that. There is nothing more inspiring to us here at Wacom and it helps to push us further as a company,” says Simon Marshall, Marketing Manager at Wacom ANZ.

The chosen winners will not only have their work exhibited and published in The Next Level publication featuring artwork from across the globe, but if purchased at the exhibitions, will receive profits from the sale, less the production costs.

One of the renowned artists that will be showcased at the exhibitions is Sydney based illustrator and artist Bill Hope.

“Exhibiting with The Next Level Competition allowed me to show my work alongside some of the best talent in the digital arts scene. Wacom consistently brings together artists committed to expanding the realms of what is possible in the medium and it’s an exciting cohort to be represented amongst,” says Mr. Hope.

The not-to-be-missed exhibitions will be held in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney throughout September to November 2017.

When:

Auckland: 21 Sept – 5 Oct 2017 @ Silo Park, Beaumont St & Jellicoe St, Auckland
Opening Night: Friday 29th September 2017 6-9pm

Melbourne: 31 Oct – 13 Nov 2017 @ Besser Space, 15-25 Keele St, Collingwood
Opening Night: Friday 23rd November 2017 6-9pm

Sydney: 22 Nov – 3 Dec 2017 @ M2 Gallery, 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Opening Night: Friday 24th November 2017 6-9pm

The Australian winners of The Next Level competition are:

Adam Dunt
KatArt Illustrations
Alex Solis
kelogsloops
Andrew Kostakis
LEWDALA
Andy Sutton
Little Fox
Anemites
MarivArt
Angelo Konofaos (knf)
Matthew Heath
Ark Eleven
Meg Theodore
Bill Hope
Michelle Webb
Billelis
Mitch Revs
Binger
monstery and me
Brodee Leonard
Nelson Nokela
CASIEGRAPHICS
O’Malley
Clare Brady
PEPUE
Colorbot/Ricardo Juårez
RoqDraw
David Johnston
Rosie Apps
Dean A Jones
Scott Gessler
DKCarp
SILLY PEAR
Elen Winata
Sophie Melissa
Freddy Bustamante
Stephen Mooney
Furry Little Peach
Thayne Abraham
Greg Martin
Tobe Fonseca
Grizzly Street
Tolio
HezronH
Vivian Mineker
Janine Millington
Wiswid
Josh Thorsen
Yung Jiz Grafix
Kalliopi Lyviaki
Zheng Qu

Source: Wacome Australia

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