MASK Prize

Artwork by Edwin Wainaina, 18, Kenya

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CELEBRATING CREATIVITY OF YOUNG AFRICANS

THE MASK PRIZE

 

Media Partners:

The Star, the leading national newspaper in Kenya

Informer East Africa

 

The MASK Prize celebrates its 5th year!

 

The MASK Prize is the renowned creativity competition with prizes for schools and young people in Africa.

 

This is not a usual art competition. The MASK Prize encourages creativity - the 'outside-box' problem solving skill - in young people to empower them to find better jobs and become stronger leaders. It challenges them to rethink such attitudes as ‘This is how we have always done things’ and replace it with ‘How do we change things to achieve the improvement or breakthrough?'. Learn more about creativity

 

“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 Curriculum Reform for Basic Education has recently made creativity a ‘core competence’ young people must develop to bring it to the marketplace to drive Kenya’s productivity and economic growth. But, for creativity education to be effective, there must be a strong appreciation of creativity and innovation culture in society. Art, that is integral to creativity learning, must be considered as a necessity, not ‘idle’ or ‘luxury’. The MASK Prize hopes to increase people's understanding and belief in the positive force of creativity.

 

Partnered by the leading Kenyan newspaper The Star, the MASK Prize has attracted thousands 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).

 

 

Participants enter their artworks and ideas in any medium online in five categories: 'Visual Art under 13 y/o', 'Visual Art under 25 y/o', 'Schools', 'Music/Videos/Performance', 'Entrepreneurial Ideas'. Prize-winners are selected by the Judges comprised of leading creativity specialists.

 

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). Although the MASK Prize awards prizes for the submitted works, the MASK Prize is encouraging young people to take part in the creative process. It is during the process when they learn creativity.

 

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 honourable guests David Kimathi, Marketing Director of Mabati Rolling Mills, and Majani Alex Tom, the Senior Assistant Director of Quality Assurance in the Kenyan Ministry of Education, who came as an official representative of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Belio Kipsang, and more than 400 guests who came from all parts of Kenya. Read more.

 

The MASK Prize at Turner Contemporary, UK

To celebrate its 5th year, the MASK Prize has paired up with the Portfolio competition of Turner Contemporary, a leading public gallery in the UK. Sharing the theme, 'Making a Change', the winners of the 2017 MASK Prize will exhibit together with the winners of the Portfolio at Turner Contemporary in Margate from 25 May to 25 September 2017, and at the Michael Joseph Center in Nairobi on 27 April 2017. "It is important for young people to come together and exchange their ideas for the changes they wish to see in the world." Alla Tkachuk, the Founder of the MASK Prize.

 

 

The MASK Prize at The Satchi Gallery, UK

The 2016 MASK Prize exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery in January 2017 in London. Read more here

 

 

APPEAL

 

As the world undergoes deep transformational changes, ‘investments in creativity is as important as infrastructure, skills and markets’ say the World Economic Forum. If you believe that the future depends on the ability of creative people to generate new solutions for more peaceful and prosperous life, sponsor one of the MASK Prize awards. Contact the MASK Prize organisers.

 

'YOUNG PEOPLE -

THE CREATIVE NATION'

HOW TO ENTER

 

CATEGORIES

TO WIN PRIZES

ENTER ANY NUMBER OF WORKS

IN ANY CATEGORY

ONLINE FOR FREE

ENTRIES WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2018

 

 

 

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

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WHAT IS CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?

Read our article in The Star

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

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