Freedom to Create announced the opening of the nomination process for this year’s prestigious Freedom to Create Prize. Participants from all creative fields are being encouraged to enter the international US $125,000 prize.
Freedom to Create champions artists from around the world who are harnessing the power of creative arts to build positive social change. The organisation celebrates artists who utilise their talents to promote social justice, build the foundations for open societies and inspire the human spirit.
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. History shows that prosperous societies are founded upon creativity.
Freedom to Create Prize is open to all forms of art. It celebrates the power of art to:
- Promote social justice
- Build the foundations for an open society
- Inspire the human spirit
There are three categories: Main Prize, Youth Prize and Imprisoned Artist Prize.
Entries will be judged on:
- The artist’s use of the arts to promote social justice, build the foundations for an open society and inspire the human spirit
- The message in the piece or body of work
- The personal risk incurred by the entrant/s in creating and/or disseminating the artwork
- How the piece and the message was disseminated to the public and its impact in the community
- The bravery of the artist to use the arts to protest and highlight oppression in the human rights context (for the Imprisoned Artist Prize category)
- Main PrizeThis 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.
- Youth PrizeThis 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.
- Imprisoned Artist PrizeThis 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.
- 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.
- Journalism pieces will not be considered.
- Entries must be accompanied by photographs and/or video and/or samples of the art work.
- Photographs must be in high-resolution of at least 300dpi (when printed in A4 size) and in the following format only: jpeg, tif, gif.
- Videos will only be accepted in the following formats: wmv, mpeg, mp4
- Freedom to Create will not return any materials posted for consideration of the Prize.
- All entry costs (including postage) will be borne by each entrant or the nominating parties.