Dear East and West artists,

It has been already 7th years since I was asked by EWAAC to select art works as a head judge in back in 2010, and this year EWAAC is proudly celebrating its 7th anniversary.

I am very glad to announce this annual art competition has been expanding worldwide rapidly and believe it is due to its uniqueness, not just an art competition, but they provide artists with opportunities to meet people and create friendships through various EWAAC events.

As judges, we are always excited to see many excellent works by emerging artists around the world as well as to encounter shining hidden talent.

EWAAC is calling for artists in all fields, so not only painters and photographers but also sculptors, filmmakers, animators etc., who will make the competition versatile and interesting.

We look forward to seeing challenging and individual entry works for EWAAC 2016.

All the best,

Colin Wiggins
EWAAC Head Judge
Colin Wiggins
EWAAC Head Judge 2016
National Gallery London, Special Projects Curator

Colin Wiggins is both art historian and artist. He began his career as a Research Assistant in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum before moving to work in the Education Department of the National Gallery, London, where he spent the last three years as Head of Education. 

He has played a key role in the involvement of living artists in the life of the Gallery and has curated exhibitions there of artists such as Peter Blake, Paula Rego, Anthony Caro, Ed and Nancy Kienholz and, most recently, Bridget Riley. A practising printmaker, he attempts in his work to bridge the gap between the artistic traditions of Europe and Japan.

Professor Dan Fern is an award-winning graphic and multimedia artist as well as being an influential teacher. 

Trained at Manchester College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Fern has worked extensively across all areas of visual communication, including a set of postage stamps for the Royal Mail, posters for the London Underground, book-jackets, magazine covers, record sleeves etc; his graphic work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona , Tate Liverpool and the Smithsonian Institute in New York, as well as being in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

As a video artist working collaboratively with musicians, his work has been performed in front of audiences at the Bath International Music Festival, London’s South Bank Centre and the Hamburg Philharmonie. 

In September 2010 he was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to produce large-scale multimedia installations for the Deloitte Ignite Festival, curated by the musician Joanna MacGregor. He has regularly exhibited non-commissioned work in galleries in the UK and overseas, most recently in solo shows in London and Munich.

Dan Fern was made a Professor Emeritus of the Royal College of Art in July 2010, following his retirement as Head of the School of Communications there. He continues his connection with the RCA as a supervisor of research students.

With a long-standing interest in mountaineering, Dan Fern’s work as an artist and film-maker for the past 10 years has been focused on the landscape of the Vercors region of south-east France, where he has a studio. 

'This is a fascinating and valuable competition, which invariably surprises me with its range of exciting and sometimes innovative work. It links the UK with a country I'm very fond of; I've often visited Japan, and its traditional art and architecture have been an inspiration to me for many years. What I would particularly like to see in the competition entries in 2014 is more work which expresses a point of view, which can show us new things about the world we live in; work which is individual, thoughtful and possibly even provocative.' 


Prof. Emeritus Dan Fern
Royal College of Art. Award-winning graphic and multimedia artist.

 Johannes von Stumm
President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (2009 – 2012)
President of the Oxford Art Society
President of Open studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire
Johannes was born and studied sculpture in Munich, Germany and
moved to UK to open his current studio in 1995.
Johannes von Stumm¹s unique combination of three different materials has attracted public and critical acclaim in a decade of successful exhibitions, both in Britain and abroad. His startlingly original sculpture, which engages continually with risk and a defiance of accepted laws, joins iron, granite and glass to create abstract or reduced figurative works in which apparently conflicting materials exist in complex harmony. 
In twenty five years of combining metal with glass and stone, von Stumm has expanded the boundaries of expression by fusing the strong and the fragile, the solid and the liquid, the dark and the transparent.
Recent developments in von Stumm¹s work have taken him further from those early artistic influences, from the earthbound suffering of Rodin¹s figures and from the work of the Italian Impressionist sculptor, Medardo Rosso, with its intense manipulation of light and shade.
He made many commission works and the most recent work is two five meter high figures for Changsha in China

Johannes Von Stumm 
President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (2009 - 2012)

Rosie Leventon makes Sculptural Installations Land Art and drawings. She makes interventions into the fabric of a building such as floating floors and corridors, as well as smaller sculpture and permanent outdoor environmental artworks of earth, stone, water and wood.

Exhibitions include: Serpentine Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery , The National Maritime Museum and Nettie Horn gallery in London. Internationally , Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale Venice, Prague Festival of Contemporary Art, Czech Republic. The Dostoyevsky Museum Russia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, and Der Pfalzgalerie, Germany.

Commissions Include: The Woodland Trust. National Maritime Museum Greenwich Convergence Int. Arts Festival USA, The Irwell Sculpture Trail, Manchester and Camden Arts Centre. 

She has won several Awards including the Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture. and has sold drawings to the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust in Leeds.

Using her background in archaeology she creates work which re-appraises our historical provenance – Her psychological approach to the archaeology of a space implies that she will often peel back layers of modern day living to reveal things that have been lost or forgotten. 

Her outdoor installations are often grounded in a sensitive concern for the natural environment and how we use it. For example they often have a functional regional element providing water for animals or promoting biodiversity and regeneration.

Recently she was commissioned by the Woodland Trust to make a large scale Earthwork for their flagship Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Woods in Leicestershire. 

She featured on BBC1 Countryfile ( 23/2/2014) and in several books, most recently, Thinking is Making Presence & Absence in Contemporary Sculpture. Black Dog Publishing. 2013. The State of Art   Installation & Site Specific # 2' Published by bare hill publishing 2015


Rosie Leventon
Award winning Installation and Land Artist

Shai Ohayon

Shai Ohayon is an independent curator with international repertoire, and the director of the exhibition space ‘The Container’ in Tokyo. 

His curatorialship focuses on contemporary western and Japanese art that defy conventional practices and seek to democratise art. He is the producer of a series of themed art happenings, ArtGigTokyo, which present internationally renowned artists side-by-side with emerging artists in public venues. 

Both his ArtGigTokyo events and his gallery, The Container, earned him national (Japan) and international exposure, with reviews in ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, Glass Magazine, Dazed & Confused, ArtINFO, Art-iT, Bijutsu-Techo/BT, The Japan Times, and Asahi Shimbun, to mention only a few. 

Shai Ohayon
independent curator and director of exhibition space 'The Container' Tokyo

Peter Zhao graduated from The University of Western Ontario,Canada with over ten’s years management experience in global top 500 corporations. Thus he fuses the different mindsets of eastern and western cultures through this experience. 

After earlier retirement in 1997, he devoted himself into a round-world art trip with the enthusiasm and passion for art. During his trip, he visited those nations and cities bearing ancient history and culture in Europe, America and Oceania, and experienced local customs and culture, browsed through various treasures of art, and absorbed nutritious of art from this trip. During his years of travels around the world, he built up relationships with many international art organizations and had frequent interactions with a lot of international art masters. Through these actions, he has gathered rich resources of art works and artists. After he returned to China in 2006, he founded Purple Roof Art Gallery and focused on investment and cultivation of domestic contemporary artists with potentials; he also devoted to promoting excellent foreign artists to China. 

After founding Purple Roof, Peter Zhao then set up first international standard foundry art factory CFAF(China Fine Art Foundry). Up to now this factory exclusively possesses ‘silicon bronze and color copper processing’ technique. 

With a keen eye on public art and sculpture, he curated Shanghai Art Fair theme sculpture in three years’ run and also participated in the curation of Expo 2010 Shanghai Jing’An International Sculpture Project (biennial). He promoted the art works of Purple Roof artists to become public environment sculptures of 2010 Shanghai EXPO and these works permanently exhibit in Shanghai EXPO park river area. 

Peter Zhao possesses absolute professional and mature enterprise management experience and capability on one hand, and on the other hand he is gifted with in-depth culture deposit and art work creation capability with distinctive personal style. His creation ‘Bronze Bench and Bird Statue/Bronze Installation Series’ reinterprets history and narrates his unique understanding and brand-new expression of Chinese ancient culture. In 2009 he was elected as the bid winner of ‘Glorious 60 years – the most influential athletes of New China’ trophy design. 

Peter Zhao
Art Director and founder of Purple Roof Art Gallery in Shang Hai, China

Heike Brachlow 

Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Heike Brachlow discovered glass while living in New Zealand, where she worked as a glassblower in a small studio in Rotorua. She received her BA in 2004 from the University of Wolverhampton and her MA and PhD from the Royal College of Art in London in 2006 and 2012. Heike draws her inspiration from her travels, human interaction, architecture and geometry. Due to a love of colour and a frustration with the limited palette available in glass, she makes her own coloured glass.

A liking for the unexpected results in sculpture that works on different levels and somehow transcends objecthood: the work physically engages the viewer. Monumental solid cylinders move effortlessly when touched, delineating time and space. Forms stacked on top of each other might fall at any moment to create chaos, geometric shapes precariously balance on a single point of contact.. 

Instructor: Glasswork Frantisek, Czech Republic
Instructor: Coning Museum of Glass, New York, USA
Instructor: Pilchuck Glass school, Stanwood, Washington, USA

Speaker: Symposium, Hangzhou, China

Heike Brachlow
Experienced Glass artist as well as instructor of various museums, Glass schools worldwide

Toshihiro Asai

Having involved in project management for Art Tower Mito as a museum  curator during its opening preparation period, Toshihiro Asai was appointed to his current position since 2009.

He has managed numerous number of exhibitions and outreach projects ever since his first project: MITO ANNUAL '92, followed by ‘Private Diary 10 - - Japanese Young Artists’, ‘KAWAGUCHI Tatsuo 1990-1998’, ‘PRIVATE ROOM II -- Photographs by a New Generation of Women in Japan’, ‘BIT GENERATION 2000 -- TV GAMES’, ‘PROMENADE IN ASIA – CUTE’, ‘The Chronicles of KAIYODO’, ‘Taku Satoh -- DESIGNS IN ORDINARY LIVES’, ‘Tatsuya Matsui -- Flower Robotics’, ‘Tse Su-Mei’ etc. 

His research subjects include contemporary art, photography and aesthetics. He also currently teaches part-time at the Iwate University and Kansai Gakuin University. 

Toshiaki Asai
Artistic Director, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito

Tina Tsang graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2005 in illustration and animation. 

Her diverse background that includes film, painting, animation, photography, costume design, fashion design and trend forecasting has enabled her to have a broad understanding of aesthetics and trends within the design world. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to designing and feels that her experience in many design disciplines helps enrich the quality and depth of her work. Her work was awarded ‘Best in Ceramic’ in 2009 for the hidden art awards.

She has launched her own brand ‘Undergrowth Design’ for series of tableware that started in 2007 which has been featured in around 350 press articles worldwide and owned by celebrities such as Tracy Emin, Stella McCartney, Vivienne westwood via the Last supper LTD, Russle Brand via libertys, Andy bell of Erasure and many more. 

She has had her creative base in London since 2001 but frequently travels back to South East Asia and Singapore to gain inspiration for her work. We work with both catering and retail clients both in UK and internationally. Undergrowth has around 200 stockists worldwide. 

Tina Tsang
Ceramic Artists, Owner of Undergrowth Design, UK /Singapore

Michael Freeman is an internationally renowned photographer and author, who has produced more than 100 books, including a number of well-respected volumes on the practice of photography. Following an M.A. in Geography from Oxford, and several years in advertising, he began his photographic career in London with the the encouragement of Time-Life, his first client. 

Principal photographer for the Smithsonian Magazine for many years, Freeman’s work has been widely published internationally in all major magazines, as well as a large number of illustrated photographic books that include Shaker (Stewart Tabori & Chang), Angkor:The Hidden Glories (Houghton Mifflin), China Contemporary (Thames & Hudson and Rizzoli), and Sudan: Land and People (Thames & Hudson, reviewed by Paul Theroux: “This magnificent book .... gives the country a face - irresistible, photogenic, bewitching and profoundly human.”

For his photographic writing, with two million books sold in many languages, he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc fromn the Musée Française de la Photographie in Bièvres, France. He was consultant for, and appeared in, a BBC Television photography series. He has also judged the Nikon Press Awards and has designed, written and continues to supervise all of the British Open College of the Arts photography courses (which now accumulate to a BA Honours degree, the first photography degree available through distance learning in the UK).


Michael Freeman
Internationally renowned professional photographer and author

David Stetson

London-born photographer David Stetson launched his career as a Fashion Photographer in London during the early 1970's, later moving to New York, where he established his own studio on Manhattan’s Park Avenue South. More recently he has lived and worked in Tokyo, but has now relocated back in England. David's outstanding body of work includes portraits of Sophia Loren, Alfred Hitchcock and the late Princess Diana among many others. 

He has shot for leading magazines worldwide including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar, in addition to acted as Creative Director on advertising campaigns for luxury brands such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain, Guy Laroche, Hugo Boss, Yves Saint Laurent. 

He has also worked as Director / Cameraman on TV commercials & music promotion videos. His artistic sensibility and impressive portfolio has earned him awards in photography, global magazine & television interviews, and he has lectured at photography institutes. David's art photography work has been exhibited on numerous occasions at leading galleries in London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Cologne and two pieces hanging permanently in the Malcolm Forbes Private Art Collection.

David Stetson
Award winning British fashion, portrait and commercial photographer

Mineko Orisaku

Trained under Shoji Otake, a prominent figure in Japanese photography, Mineko Orisaku has successively won prizes in the photographic division of the National Nika Exhibition in 1985 and 1986. 

She became independent in 1987. She has been capturing some beautiful landscapes and moments of human figures from all parts of the world, with her tender female point of view.
She holds photo exhibitions in Japan and abroad as well as appearing on TV and giving lectures extensively. 

Currently she is a .professor, Osaka University of Arts / Faculty of Arts/Photography Department.

She has unique background that she was chosen to represent Japan in Miss Universe 1981, held in new York

Mineko Orisaku
Professor, Osaka University of Arts / Photography,Japan
Professional Photographer

Marty St. James

Forty of his video pieces have been archived by the British Film Institute in the UK including Mr and Mrs (1976) his first video work based on a television game show appearance and Metamorphosis (Headcake 1998). During the 1980’s a number of his video works were broadcast on national television including Timecode (Heartbeat 1988) shown in a number of countries worldwide.

The Video Portraits of the 1990’s are some of his best known works including The Swimmer an 11 monitor installation work in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. These works ranged from miniature single monitor video objects to large multi-monitor installations.

He has represented Britain abroad in a number of exhibitions, performance art events, video screenings and festivals via the British Council and Arts Council, including, Electronically Yours at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo (1998) and Artec Nagoya, Japan (1995). During 2000 his year- long inter-active digital work Picture Yourself showed at the Scottish National Galleries celebrating the millennium with the public able to see themselves projected on the museum walls. In 2000 his Boy / Girl video diptych showed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Painting the Century, 101 Portrait Masterpieces from the 20th century including Picasso, Freud, Bacon, Warhol, Munch etc… Running through St.James’ works there has been a sense of self-portraiture or the portraiture of others. In his recent shows in Moscow, The Journey of St Maurin (2002) and New York Somewhere or Between (2005) there has been a sense of the artist involved in a struggle to locate an inner sense of self and being. And a serious attempt to try and convey this to audience rather than ignore their presence or pander to our obvious emotions. Too much video art has tended to rely on the obvious, cheap tricks and gimmicks; St James has begun a process of real engagement between self, medium and viewer. 

On the subject of his drawings St.James describes his paper works as ‘thinking actions’, things that land and are fought onto the paper via thinking.

"Marty St.James believes that art only matters if the artist has something important to say, that his or her work is not simply an item of commercial transaction. His is an Apollonian discourse rather than a Dionysian one. For him art is a way of thinking in the visual rather than the making of a heroic statement or precious object. He is in tune with Bachelard’s notion that the embodiment of knowledge exists in the action of making, rather than in the object of the finished piece. His intention is to investigate “the stringing together of moments in frame type form to explore surface and time.”-by Sue Hubbard Arts Editor The Independent Newspaper, London


Marty St. James
Award winning and practicing Performance Video and Multi-media artistr

Yonguk, LEE 

Born in Korea, Imigrated to Japan in 1990. After studying CG designing, he went on to study experimental film and media art at a graduate level. Since then, he started exploring the possibilities of 'images as art'.

Having sorely understanding the historical experiences of inter media and multi media, Li's wide range of expressions from his cross-media angle include two dimensional, three dimensional, installation and event.

Recently he collaborates with a lot of physical expressionists such as contemporary dance and other dances in general.

Li's academic activities in seeking the current media art is going strongly, holding the International meeting on art and aesthetics annually (The 2nd International Conference on Media Art and Information Aesthetics was held in 2010 ).

Currently, Professor of Tokyo Polytechnic University, Faculty of Arts Department of Imaging Art. Head of Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, The Study of Cross Media. 


Yonguk Lee
Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University. Dep. of Imaging Art

JC Little is The Animated Woman: mom, animator, award-winning blogger... cartoon speaker and social media minx! Always playful and often poignant, she blogs her life with unique drawings and animation at TheAnimatedWoman.com." 

She's a happily married mother of three and a director whose 30+ year career in animation has spanned commercials, feature films, TV series, new media, and mobile apps. JC is a Wacom-featured artist, she delivers illustrated keynotes on leadership, visual storytelling and empathy, and has created and directed a Disney-syndicated, Gemini-nominated kids TV show, My Life Me. 

A busy entrepreneur, JC's Montreal based company Little Animation produces earth-friendly animated media for kids. Her latest adventure is launching the PickleWeasel iPad drawing app, designed specially to get people laughing, drawing and sharing. Stylus in hand, she can be found drawing and engaging with her tribe throughout the week on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. 

JC Little
The Animated Woman.

Tsukasa Kishimoto started his music career at the age of 16. He was a singer in a rock band while at university in Ehime, Japan, as well as organising various events. He worked on all the aspects of the projects including directing, set decoration, lighting, flyer designing, VJing and making their own music videos. 

After that, he has been involved in a wide range of music and visual projects as an audio visual engineer, such as getting production credit on major label albums and supplying sound effects for computer music composing software 'DTM' (Desktop Music). At ‘DESIGN FESTA NO.17’, international art event held at Tokyo Big Sight, his work was chosen as the top picture of the event recording video and he provided his film and music.

In recent years he has moved his base to Tokyo focusing on more VJ events. While playing as a VJ for parties at many clubs, he creates various kinds of video ads and animation videos with his speciality in VJ techniques. In 2012 he won the Best Category Prize of the Video/Animation Category at EWAA 2012 which was held in London, UK.

Also in 2012 he joined the Projection Mapping project on 'Shaka-do', wooden temple built in Muromachi-era, which is designated as a National Treasure. He is now working hard to give help and advice to young talents in Japan for video and animation creation. 



Tsukasa Kishimoto
Award Winning Animator and VJ artist in Japan