2024 ‘Making Waves’ Creative Competition

13 May 2024

Making Waves competition entry
Making Waves competition entry
Type: Text
Category: Student work

Following the success of last year’s ‘Postcard Challenge’ which was limited to students in Cornwall and Devon, this year the 'Making Waves' competition has been delivered on a national scale with over 180 entries!

The chosen theme this year was Ocean Ambassadors: Sustainability and the Sea. As Falmouth is a coastal university, the ocean is a big part of who we are/our way of life here in Cornwall. We also want to draw attention to the threat the ocean is under. 

When will the Exhibition take place? 

We will be running the ‘Making Waves’ exhibition from 20th May – 3rd June in the Lower Fox Gallery on Falmouth Campus. All entries with prizes will be exhibited, and there will also be a digital exhibition of all entries at the exhibition (slideshow on a screen) and this will be available to watch via our website soon. 

The exhibition will also be open during the Open Day on 25th May and Community Day on 1st June, which are open for the public to visit. 

Competition entry from year 12 student


Judges and Entries

Entries were judged by Mandy Jandrell, Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts & Communication and Jake Causley, Sustainability Coordinator (judge of the Sustainability Award).

We had a total of 188 entries from state schools and colleges across the country and the calibre is truly brilliant, with so many skills and techniques on show! 

Art mediums have included painting, illustration, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, photography, lino print, film, drawing and more.

Competition categories

This year, there are three prize categories: 

  • Years 9 and 10 
  • Years 12 and 13 
  • Award for Sustainability 

Prizes include first place, two runners up and a selection of highly commended. For the Sustainability award, there is a winner and two highly commended prizes for each year category.  

Competition entry from year 12 student

Competition prizes

Years 9, 10, 12 and 13:

  • 1st place - £250 of prizes linked to the winner’s chosen art discipline/medium
  • Runner up - £100 worth of Falmouth University art supplies
  • Highly commended - a Falmouth goody bag of prizes

Sustainability award: 

  • 1st place - £50 worth of sustainability prizes
  • Sustainability award highly commended - £20 worth of sustainability prizes. 

In total 36 prizes were awarded across all categories!

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