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The MASK Prize

The MASK Prize celebrates its 5th year!  The MASK Prize is the renowned pan-African annual creativity competition for schools and young people under the age of 25.

The competition engages creative skills of young Africans, encouraging them to think ‘outside the box’, and celebrates their creativity at key cultural centres around the world: Nairobi National Museum (Kenya), Nairobi University (Kenya), Michael Joseph Art Center (Kenya), The Saatchi Gallery (UK), Turner Contemporary (UK), University for the Creative Arts (UK), Royal Overseas League (UK), and The Library of Congress (USA).

It hopes to foster a wider awareness of the critical importance of creativity and innovation in the 21st century: as prosperity and transformation are driven by creativity and innovation, creative people are critical to a nation’s success. Creativity is a skill and should be fostered from the early age.

Participants submit their works online in any art media in five categories:

  • ‘Visual Art under-13’,
  • ‘Visual Art under-25’,
  • ‘Schools’, ‘Music/Videos’, and ‘Entrepreneurial Ideas’.

The MASK Prize is not a ‘usual’ art competition; the entries are not judged on the artistic skills alone, but more importantly – how inventive they are.

Prizes totalling 300,000 Ksh (about £2500) are awarded at the official Prize-Giving ceremony in Nairobi. Prizes are supported by Rivers Foundation (UK) and The Nobelity Project (USA).

More than 4,500 young people have participated in the competition since it was established in 2013. The participants say that the competition ‘motivates them to be even more creative’, and makes them ‘better for it’. The MASK Prize exhibitions have been seen by more than 350,000 people worldwide.

The MASK Prize is a non-for-profit programme pioneered by a UK education charity MASK School for Creativity and Innovation (initially known as Mobile Art School in Kenya) that strengthens young people’s creativity and innovation for successful employment and leadership.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:   Saatchi Gallery, UK. The 2016 MASK Prize exhibits at The Saatchi Gallery in London on 11-29 January 2017.

Turner Contemporary, UK. To celebrate the MASK Prize’s 5th year, the MASK Prize is pairing up with the Portfolio, an art competition of Turner Contemporary, art gallery in the UK. Sharing the theme – ‘Making a Change’ – winning entries from the both competitions will be displayed together at Turner Contemporary in Margate 27 May-27 September 2017, and at the Michael Joseph Art Center in Nairobi on 27 April 2017.

“This is a great opportunity for young people across the two continents to come together and express their ideas and thoughts on the changes they would like to make in the world to better their lives. This is important. In the time of rapid global change, our future is dependent on creativity of young people who is able to think of new solutions to build the more peaceful and prosperous future”, Alla Tkachuk, the Founder of the MASK Prize.

To win prizes submit any number of works in any category (see all the categories below) for free before 1 april 2017

 The theme:  this year’s theme is ‘making a change’. make your works to reflect something new and different

 Who can enter:

  • anyone under the age of 25 y/o living in africa, and
  • any school, college, university, whether state or private

Works can be in any medium:

  • paintings, drawings, collages, prints
  • installations, sculptures
  • graffiti art
  • digital/computer art
  • photographs, photo-
  • singing, dancing, performing, playing music instruments
  • works should be original and unaided

Prizes: prizes totalling ksh 300,000 are awarded at the oficial prize-giving ceremony  at michael joseph art center in nairobi on 27 april 2017

How to submit:

  • submit works using this entry form
  • please note: emailed works will not be reviewed.
  • the winners will be asked to bring their original works to the award ceremony in nairobi and shipped to the uk for the exhibition at turner contemporary in may for enquiries contact

Categories

  1. young artists under 13 y/o: for visual art – take a photograph of your work and save it on your smart phone or computer as jpeg file of 300kb-4mb in size. you need this file when you submit works throught the Entry form.
  2.  videos of music, dance, or performance: for music/dance/performance – upload your videos – of any length – on youtube first, and than enter the youtube url link when submiting your work through the entry form
  3.  artists under 25 y/o: for visual art – take a photograph of your work and save it on your smart phone or computer as jpeg file of 300kb-4mb in size. you need this file when you submit works throught the entry form
  4. entrepreneurial ideas: entrepreneurial ideas – ideas for new/better ways of doing/using things – should be either typed up or painted, drawn, video-ed, and submitted as a jpeg file or video url through the entry form
  5. schools: for visual art – take a photograph of your work and save it on your smart phone or computer as jpeg file of 300kb-4mb in size. you need this file when you submit works throught the entry form

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