Young artists invited to enter competition

Athena Su – second place Category A and Zoey Su – winner Category A, in last year’s FS Young Artist Awards competition.

Young artists in the Free State are invited to enter the Free State Young Artist Awards, which will once again be celebrated during Youth Month this year.

Hosted by the National Museum in Bloemfontein, this competition is open to all learners in the Free State under the theme: “Restoring damaged ecosystems”.

The competition closes on 23 July 2021 and no late entries will be accepted. The collection point of the art is at the National Museum, 36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein.

According to a statement by the National Museum, there will be three categories to participate in:

  • Category A: Open to preschool learners ages 5 to 9 years old. Prize money: 1st: R600; 2nd: R300, 3rd: R150.
  • Category B: Open to school learners 10 to 14 years old. Prize money: 1st: R1 000; 2nd: R600, 3rd: R 300.
  • Category C: Open to high school learners 15 to 19 years old. Prize money: 1st: R1 700; 2nd: R1 000, 3rd: R750.

The Museum will this year join the international community in celebrating World Environment Day 2021 by placing emphasis on restoring our eco systems.

According to the statement, this competition also aims 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 recognise the choices an artist will make when deciding how to portray a subject and why,” reads the statement.

The competition rules are as follows: 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 30 kg. All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form which can be found on the National Museum’s website.

Sazly Hartzenberg