The Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the power of art to fight oppression, break down stereotypes and build trust in societies where the social fabric has been ripped apart by conflict, violence and misunderstanding.
Established in 2008, the Freedom to Create Prize is a celebration of the courage and creativity of artists around the world who use their talents to promote social justice, build the foundations for open societies and inspire the human spirit.
* artists or groups whose work promotes social justice, builds the foundations for an open society or inspires the human spirit are invited to submit an entry;
* the Prize encompasses all forms of art in any creative field and is open to any individual or group of any gender, religion or nationality;
* entries may be of a single piece of work or a body of work;
* past applicants can enter again but must submit a different piece of art from a different body of work.
Categories and award
Each year, US$125,000 in prize money is awarded across three categories:
1. Main Prize
This prize is open to artists or groups whose participants are over the age of 18. The first place winner will receive US$ 50,000 which will be shared with an organisation nominated by the winning entrant to further the cause the artwork has highlighted. The second place prize winner will receive US$ 15,000. The third prize winner will receive US$ 10,000.
2. Youth Prize
This prize is open to artists or groups whose participants are under the age of 18. The US$ 25,000 prize will be divided into two components. The winner will receive US$ 10,000. The remaining US$ 15,000 will be given to an organisation nominated by the winning entrant to further the cause that the artwork has highlighted.
3. Imprisoned Artist Prize
This prize focuses on artists who are imprisoned as a result of their art and the role of their work in highlighting injustice. It differs slightly from the other categories, in that the panel will place less emphasis on the artists’ work and more on the personal risks incurred by them, the message conveyed through their work and its impact. A single prize of US$ 25,000 will be directed towards securing the artist’s release, advocating on behalf of them and their cause and offering support to their family.
All interested participant should register at Freedom to Create Prize web site to be able to register and submit entries to competition.
The submission deadline is 15th August 2010.
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