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Free State Young Artists Awards Competition 2021

The National Museum, Bloemfontein will host the Free State Young Artists Awards in celebration of Youth Month again in 2021.

The art competition will be open to all learners in the Free State under the theme “Restoring damaged ecosystems.”

The Museum will join the international community in celebrating World Environment Day 2021, by placing emphasis on restoring our eco systems. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. World Environment Day takes place annually on 5 June and the theme for 2021 is about restoring damaged ecosystems and how we focus on resetting our relation with nature.

With this competition the museum also aim to highlight the importance of creative activities within arts and culture to children’s cognitive and emotional development. Children who are given opportunities to create and appreciate visual aesthetics often show improved academic performance, motor skills, language development, problem solving capabilities and decision making processes. Art also promotes cultural awareness and an openness to understanding others, as they are taught to recognize the choices an artist will make when deciding how to portray a subject and why.

This competition has become an annual event for the National Museum that celebrates and encourages the creativity of our budding Free State artists. Children view art from a unique perspective which broadens their horizons and develops their innate curiosity about our world, this special ability should be nurtured and developed from a young age. 

The three categories to participate in will be:

Category A: open to preschool learners ages 5 to 9 years old with a prize money –

First prize:       R600-00

Second prize:  R300-00

Third prize:      R150-00

Category B: open to school learners 10 to 14 years old with prize money –  

First prize:       R1 000-00

Second prize:  R  600-00

Third prize:      R  300-00

Category C: open to High School learners 15 to 19 years old with prize money – 

First prize:       R1 700-00

Second prize:  R1 000-00

Third prize:      R  750-00


Only original artworks created in 2021 can be entered. Artworks must speak to and highlight the theme. Artworks can be two or three dimensional and be made from a variety of mediums.  Artworks may not be larger that 1m x 1m x 1m or weigh more than 30kg.

All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Competition closes 23 July 2021. No late entries will be accepted.  

Collection point:  The National Museum, 36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein 9300

Download Entry Form: Click here

Competition Poster: Click here

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