Art Awards

MASK Awards 2021

Media Partners Citizen TV and The Star

Open on 4 January 2021

Enter online by 1 April 2021

All entries are free

Enter if you are under the age of 25,

or a school (whether state or private)

and based in Africa.

Art Awards

The Brief

Did you know that creative people - be it artists, scientists or entrepreneurs - primarily think in images? When they make creative connections and generate new ideas they actually connect images in their minds. This is known as visual thinking. Visual thinking is critical and essential to generating new ideas. It is what makes innovative problem solving possible. 

Art - is the home of the visual thinking. Practicing art teaches us to think in images - to process complex visual information and transform it into ideas and concepts. The better individuals are at visual thinking, the more creative they are.  

MASK Art Awards celebrate visual thinking, and we encourage you to be as creative - as original and inventive - as you possibly can in the works that you enter!

Enter your best works of art for any of the following categories and medium:

  • Painting, drawing, collage, print and graffiti
  • Sculpture and installations
  • Digital art and graphic design
  • Photography, film, video and animation
  • Architecture, fashion and furniture design
  • Advertising
  • Poetry
  • Performance art and happenings

Search your creative mind and experiment with possibilities. Do not hold back or criticise your ideas. Remember, with creative thinking there is no idea that is ‘too wild’, ‘absurd’, ‘impossible’ or ‘half-baked’.

Judging criteria

Your art will be judged on its creativity and innovation. That is - how original, new, inventive, and groundbreaking it is.

The following questions can guide your thinking about your work:

  1. Ideas. 

Every picture has meaning. It is a statement about the world around you. And every subject in an artwork represents a set of ideas. Compared to traditional art, contemporary art (art produced by artists today) is about creative thinking and ideas, not just manual/technical skills of an artist.

Judges will assess:

  • What are the ideas your artwork tries to get across?
  • How successfully do the images in your artwork represent these ideas?
  • How emotionally powerful is your artwork?

    1. Visual language/expression. 

    Highly creative artists use all sorts of methods and materials to get their ideas across. By doing so, they often challenge traditional beliefs and break conventions. This practice is incredibly valuable to our society as it drives cultural and intellectual thought forward.

    Judges will assess:

    • How original/unusual is your visual language: the structures, symbols, shapes, colours, or metaphors that you use?
    • How original/unusual are your techniques, textures, and materials?
    • What are the overall aesthetics of your work of art? I.e. How does it look and feel?

      Enter your works of art now.Think differently. Imagine freely. Dream big. Be brave. Be bold. Push boundaries.

      How to enter:


      1. Create your account, or login if you already have an account with MASK 
      2. Upload your works of art after 4 January 2021 and before 1 April 2021
      3. Winners will be informed and invited to Award Ceremony that will take place in Nairobi on 20 May 2021.

      You can also enter the Innovation Awards here:

      The prizes

      Winners will be:

      • Awarded with cash prizes

      • Given their own 'art gallery' on our online MASK Art Gallery

      • Exhibited in our national and international exhibitions.

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