The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA), a leading non-profit organisation for youth development in the arts, supported by the National Arts Council, is calling for entries for the 2021 edition of its Young Artist Awards Competition.

Launched in 2013, the NEA’s 9th Young Artist Awards Competition focuses on acknowledging and promoting young achievers in the Creative and Visual Arts. It provides the next level of competition for young artists that have participated in other eisteddfod and festival events…a higher level of competition for all those future Esther Mahlangu’s and Irma Stern’s of our country.

In the interest of all talented young artists in the country the NEA extends an invitation to other eisteddfods and festivals that provide for the visual arts to ‘join hands’ with the NEA and nominate and enter (under the name of the organisation) their top achievers for this competition. Alternatively, the parents of individual participants that have participated in these events, may enter them.

However as there are many schools, institutions and private studios that do not participate in any eisteddfods or festivals or manage their own internal visual arts competitions, or only do so bi-annually, the NEA would like to open a window of opportunity for the young artists at these institutions – schools, institutions and studios are invited to enter their top achievers for the Young Artist Award Competition. As the level of achievement needs to be high, entries from these institutions may only be submitted by the institution itself (and only after having conducted its own internal selection process), and not by the parents of the young artists.

A panel of adjudicators will adjudicate all entries during three rounds of adjudication and their decision will be final. During the first round the best art works per grade will be selected, followed by the semi-final round where only one artwork per grade will be selected. From this final selection a winner will be selected in each of the three categories (Entry Level (Gr. 0 – 3), Junior (Gr. 4 – 7) & Senior (Gr. 8 – Open Section).

As in 2020, the artworks of these participants will be on exhibition at the Alice Art Gallery in Ruimsig, Roodepoort prior to the announcement of the winners of the three categories.

The closing date for entries is 23 April. All art works must be submitted to the NEA office not later than 23 April 2021.

For entry fees, entry forms and additional information, please visit the website or contact the NEA Office on 011-886-6005 / e-mail:

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