Students from tertiary institutions and aspiring artists from across the globe have entered the Red Bull Doodle Art competition. September saw South Africa’s turn to showcase its local talent. Red Bull set up Doodle Art Lounges throughout the country that consisted of spaces where participants could doodle and enter the competition. The lounges had live music and a doodle mat (4×4 metres) which anyone could doodle on. Doodle Art lounges were set up on 4, 9 and 18 September outside the Art Building and the piazza at Tuks.
Many UP art and architecture students submitted entries at the Doodle Art lounges. Lebitsi Ntoele, a final-year law student, is impressed with South Africa’s talent and says that the country’s standard is on par with the global entrants. “I checked out the global campaign online and South Africa has very gifted artists. Watching the students in the lounge was incredible because at some point the work stops being a doodle and becomes a work of art,” says Ntoele. Over 20 countries are participating in the competition. Finalists with the most “likes” on Facebook will be reviewed by Red Bull.
The city of Cape Town was named 2014’s Design Capital of the World through its successful “Live Design. Transform Life.” campaign. The Mother City will play host to the final event, a global gallery which will take place from 24 to 26 October. The top 20 finalists (including an artist from South Africa) will be given the opportunity to exhibit their work at the global gallery in Cape Town. The overall winner will be announced in Cape Town.
At the time of going to print, the South African winner had been announced as Kingsley Chere Palime of the Vaal University of Technology. Kim Morrow, a Tuks student was named as one of the 20 national finalists.
Doodle Art Competition entries from Tuks: Gideon Nel. Photo: redbulldoodleart.com