MASK Prize

Artwork by Edwin Wainaina, 18, Kenya

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CELEBRATING CREATIVITY OF YOUNG AFRICANS

'YOUNG PEOPLE -

THE CREATIVE NATION'

THE MASK PRIZE

 

Main Media Partner: The Star, the leading national newspaper in Kenya

Other Media Partners: Informer East Africa, UK

 

 

The MASK Prize celebrates its 5th year!

 

 

The MASK Prize is the renowned creativity competition with prizes for schools and young people in Africa. It ignites and celebrates creativity - the 'outside-box' problem solving skill - of young Africans. Young people need to strengthen their creativity skills set to be well-prepare for the jobs and life of the future. Read more: What is and why creativity?

 

The MASK Prize encourages experimental and innovative entries that challenge the attitudes such as "this is how we have always done things" replacing them with the "how do we change things to achieve the improvement or breakthrough?" attitudes. Entries are made online in any medium in five categories: 'Visual Art under 13 y/o', 'Visual Art under 25 y/o', 'Schools', 'Music/Videos/Performance', 'Entrepreneurial Ideas'. Prizes totaling KSH 300,000 are awarded at the official Award Ceremony in Nairobi, and supported by Rivers Foundation (UK), The Nobelity Project (USA), and Mabati Rolling Mills (Kenya) Prize-winners are selected by the Judges comprised of leading creativity specialists.

 

 

“To take part in the MASK Prize you do not need to be a 'good artist', you need to be a good thinker."

 

"The MASK Prize motivates us to be even more creative, and makes us better for it."

 

The Kenya Ministry of Education has made creativity a ‘core competence’ school education must instil in students. But for creativity education to be effective, society must appreciate creativity, and understand that art is integral to creativity learning. The MASK Prize increases people's understanding and belief in the positive force of art and creativity.

 

Partnered by the leading Kenyan newspaper The Star, the MASK Prize attracts hundrends of young people across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa. Up to a half million people have seen its exhibitions at the Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi University, Michael Joseph Art Center in Nairobi, and some of the leading cultural centers around the world: Saatchi Gallery (UK), Turner Contemporary (UK), University for the Creative Arts (UK), Royal Overseas League (UK), and Library of Congress (USA).

 

The MASK Prize is a non-for-profit programme pioneered by a UK education charity MASK.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

2017 MASK PRIZE Award Ceremony, 27 April , Nairobi

More than 70 prizes totalling 300,000SH were awarded at the 2017 MASK PRIZE Award on 27 April 2017 at the Michael Joseph Center in Nairobi. Jeff Koinange, the Kenyan leading broadcaster, opened the Ceremony in presence of the Senior Assistant Director of Quality Assurance in the Kenyan Ministry of Education.

 

The MASK Prize at Turner Contemporary, UK

2017 MASK Prize is exhibited for the second year at one of the UK leading public art galleries Turner Contemporary, a leading public gallery in the UK, in Margate, as part of its major exhibition 'Every Day is a New Day', from 25 May to 25 September 2017.

 

APPEAL

 

As the world undergoes deep transformational changes, "investments in creativity is as important as infrastructure, skills and markets" (World Economic Forum). If you believe in the ability of young people to generate new solutions to ensure our more peaceful and prosperous future, please sponsor the MASK Prize. Contact the MASK Prize organisers.

 

 

CATEGORIES

HOW TO ENTER

(Entry to 2018 MASK Prize will re-open in January 2018)

TO WIN PRIZES

ENTER ANY NUMBER OF WORKS

IN ANY CATEGORY ONLINE FOR FREE

Your entries should be experimental and innovative.

Try to challenge the "this is how I have always done things" attitude with the "how do I do things differently?"

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORIES AND PRIZES:

UP TO 30 PRIZES TOTALING KSH300,000

AND UP TO 30 COMMENDATION CERTIFICATES

ARE AWARDED IN 5 CATEGORIES:

 

SCHOOL CATEGORY - 100,000 KSH

ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS - 50,000 KSH

VISUAL ART UNDER 13 Y/O - 50,000 KSH

VISUAL ART UNDER 25 Y/O - 50,000 KSH

MUSIC/VIDEO/PERFORMANCE - 50,000 KSH

 

PRIZES ARE AWARDED AT THE OFFICIAL AWARD CEREMONY

AT MICHAEL JOSEPH ART CENTER IN NAIROBI ON 27 APRIL 2017

 

 

THE THEME:

MAKE CREATIVE WORKS, i.e. INVENTIVE, INNOVATIVE, NEW, DIFFERENT, UNUSUAL. EXPERIMENT WITH SURFACES, TECHNIQUES, MATERIALS AD IDEAS. THE MOST CREATIVE WILL BE SHORTLISTED FOR EXHIBIRTIONS AND NOTED BY PRIZES

 

 

 

WHO CAN ENTER:

ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 25 Y/O LIVING IN AFRICA AS INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS

and

ANY SCHOOL, COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY (WHETHER STATE OR PRIVATE)

 

 

 

 

ENTRIES CAN BE IN ANY MEDIUM:

PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, COLLAGES, PRINTS - EXPERIMENT WITH SURFACES, TECHNIQUES, MATERIALS

INSTALLATIONS, SCULPTURES

GRAFFITI ART

DIGITAL/COMPUTER ART

PHOTOGRAPHS

SONGS, DANCE, PERFORMANCE, PLAYING MUSIC INSTRUMENTS ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS

 

 

 

HOW TO ENTER:

SUBMIT WORKS USING THIS ONLINE ENTRY FORM

WORKS SHOULD BE ORIGINAL AND UNAIDED. 

 

 

 

FOR INQUIRIES CONTACT

 

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

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

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

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

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

GOOD LUCK!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read here

WHAT IS CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?

Read our article in The Star

CONTACT US

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Read the article 'MASK Prize: Inspiring creativity of young Africans for prosperity' in The Star (Kenya)

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