Class Clowns artwork competition

The search is on for Australia’s sketch-iest teen!

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national development program for teens. A competition, workshop and mentoring program, Class Clowns plays a valuable role in supporting the confidence and creativity of young Australians – a channel for self-expression, a platform for amplifying the voices and perspectives of young people, and a pathway for developing emerging Australian talent.

Each year hundreds of secondary school students from Years 9-12 participate in Class Clowns across the country – discovering and refining their skills in writing and performing comedy and taking it outside the classroom to a wider audience.

Watch previous Class Clowns alumni on the Class Clowns YouTube channel.

We’re looking for a new creative artwork (icon, illustration, image) to be the face of Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns Program – and inviting year 7-12 students (or 12-18 years olds) across Australia to submit their best illustration, design or creative artwork.

Entry is free. Submissions have now closed, and we are in the exciting (and difficult) process of shortlisting finalists. A winner announcement will be made shortly, 


What we’re looking for (the brief):

The best and most creative icon/artwork/illustration that brings to life all that the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns Program stands for.

An image for Class Clowns should be alive and uplifting, representing young voices rising up and having a platform for speech. The artwork should be optimistic, fun, cheeky, inclusive and expressive.


What do you need to consider (dos):

Designs or illustrations need to be able to be used in a range of sizes, formats and applications. It should:

  • Be something that we can use mono or colour
  • Be easily understood, visually compact and simple, with a clear focus on one element/item/character
  • Be creative, joyful and an original artwork
  • Be supplied as digital artworks, scans or photos of original artworks.

If successful you will be required to provide artwork in the preferred file format of Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, as a scalable vector/EPS file or an image 300DPI at A3 size.


What you should avoid (don’ts):

Designs or illustrations should not:

  • Include the words “Melbourne International Comedy Festival” or “Class Clowns”
  • Be in any particular format/proportion – we don’t want it to have a defined border/edge – we’re going to use it wide, tall, square, round!
  • Be offensive in any way
  • Use images that are not your own


How will it be used?

The winning design/icon/artwork will be used for a new Class Clowns logo, as well as across the Class Clown website, marketing materials, socials, set design and more! The winner will have the opportunity to also work with our set designer and graphic designer to contribute to the final usages!


What’s in it for me?

A $2,000 cash prize and your designs on the country’s only comedy program for young people!

For more info and competition terms and conditions click here.