creativity and innovation competition
for young people of Africa
MASK Arts and Innovations Awards are dedicated to creativity and innovation of young Africans.
Since 2013, MASK Awards received more than 8,500 entries from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Seychelles,
Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa. The works were seen by more than 650,000 people at the top cultural institutions around the world such as the Nairobi National Museum (Kenya), Turner Contemporary, Saatchi Gallery (UK),
and Library of Congress (USA).
"MASK Awards experience was an absolute game-changer for my creative occupation"
"MASK Prize is the driver of change in our society", "I gained a lot from the competition", "I urge you to continue inspiring us"
"I saw the MASK Prize exhibition and could not believe that we have so many talented young artists in Kenya"
In partnership with the Kenyan national newspaper The Star
and the Kenyan number 1 TV channel Citizen TV
WHO CAN ENTER:
1. Anyone who is aged 4-25 and lives in Africa
2. Any school, college or university (whether state or private)
The MASK Prize Alumni artists - those who had participated in MASK Prize in the past but now are older than 25 – enter your new work to be considered for artists list of our new and upcoming Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY). Enter good quality files via online Entry Form indicating your current age. Also make short films/videos about yourselves and your art that MOCAAY can upload to engage with your audiences.
WHAT TO ENTER:
Enter your creative and innovative artworks or entrepreneurial ideas on any theme and in any of these medium:
Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, graffiti
Digital or computer art, animations
Architecture, furniture and fashion designs
Performance art: videos of dancing, acting, playing music instruments and singing
Entrepreneurial ideas (ideas that can be put to practice to improve our lives)
PLEASE NOTE: All artworks or ideas must be original. Entering someone's work as your own is illegal.
Prizes are supported by Rivers Foundation (UK), The Nobelity Project (USA), Mabati Rolling Mills (Kenya), Unilever (East Africa), and Tribes Hotels Group (Kenya)
Winners are selected by Judges. Prizes totaling 300,000 KSH (Kenyan Shillings) will be awarded
at Award Ceremony at Trademark Hotel in Nairobi.
1. Best Creative School
2. Best Artist in 2 age groups: 'Under 15' and '16-25' years old categories
3. Best Innovator in 2 age groups: 'Under 15' and '16-25' years old categories
HOW TO ENTER
Enter any number of works, it is free, using this online
The Entry Form will be activated in January 2021
Meantime, join our social media platforms:
HELPFUL INFORMATION. HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ENTRIES:
By entering you accept Terms and Conditions.
Do not hesitate to contact us for help with the entering process.
WHAT IS CREATIVITY?
Creativity is the ability to solve problems with new solutions.
Creativity is visual thinking, therefore, art better than any other subject teaches young people to innovate.
Creativity is synonymous with:
technological advancement, innovation, inventiveness, resourcefulness, adaptivity, ingenuity, imagination, changing paradigm, unconventional and independent thinking, 'eureka!' and 'aha!' moment, initiative, value-creation, visionary, talent, genius, individuality and team-creativity, risk-taking, personal effectiveness, bringing change.
“MASK Prize grows creativity of the younger generations to encourage innovation and a creation of a better future.”
Caroline Wachira-Wanyama of Kenyan Citizen TV, 2018
"Governments do not support art in Africa. MASK Prize gives young Africans their humanity back."
Pioneer of Modern African Art and MASK Patron artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, 2014
Art by some of our artists is owned by Barack and Michelle Obama.
In JUne of 2013, they wrote to MASK a thank you letter and hand signed it:
"As our world grows increasingly interdepended, we look forward to working together
to the benefit of all nations and to strengthening the bonds between people."