SABAA ART AWARD 2021: Call For Submission Is Open!

OPEN CALL for the SABAA ART AWARD 2021 # e n s e m b l e


Award for the best image(s) and text(s) by artists of Sub-Saharan African origin about the Covid-19-Pandemic.

Every two years SABAA announces an art award. This time in the categories of photo, illustration, painting, short story, chapter of a novel, poem to artistically reflect upon the special and individual experiences. Also, effects of the Covid-19-Pandemic in countries of Sub-Saharan Africa in order to frame and reframe, to showcase, inform, evaluate, sustain, facilitate, inspire. And to propose artistic positions in handling our todays reality.

The idea

What do we know about the effect and image of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa?

What do we see and hear beyond some reports and some statistics? What does matter? What is the story of the place, the group, the individual?

What is a better representation of reality than the individual artistic utterance of an experience and impression? What artistic positions are being formulated now?

The purpose

Creating or providing an original work of art dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its effects on the individual, the group, the region, the country, the dreams, hopes, fears, anger, visions, illusions, and aspirations. And what else a creative mind and heart sees fit.

Providing a voice and visibility for this specific situation and change on our planet. Putting the individual in the centre with its hopes and fears, with its daily-life reality. Acknowledging that art and artworks foster insights of a special, extraordinary nature. Showcasing humanity. Exchange, share. Creating a discourse.

Some practical information

Award categories and prizes are:

Jury awards

# photo (artistic approach, not journalistic): 500€.
# illustration (print, drawing, comic,): 500€.
# painting: 500€.
# literature1: short story, chapter of a novel, poem (10000 words max.) – in English: 500€.
# literature2: short story, chapter of a novel, poem (10000 words max.) – in French: 500€.
Audience Awards

# photo: 500€.
# illustration, drawing: 500€.
# painting: 500€.

Timing of the award

# Start submitting applications: 20. February 2021.
# Finish submitting applications: 15. May 2021.
# Jury sessions and informing the winners: 10. July 2021.
# Audience award voting: 10. July 2021 until 30. July 2021.
# Awarding ceremony (jury & public): 25. August 2021.
# Exhibiting (online): September 2021.
# Exhibiting (offline): November 2021.
# Documenting (online): December 2021.


Photography: Imme Dattenberg-Doyle + Kim Dotty Hachmann
Illustration, drawing: Babalwa Tom + Ricarda Wallhäuser
Painting: Lars Roth + Jarrett Erasmus
Literature1 (English): Gloria Kiconco + Wolf Kampmann
Literature2 (French): Acèle Nadale + Nadine Berenguier.


Everyone who wants to vote in July 2021 – online voting will be initiated then with the online- presentation of the five best artworks in each category.

In brief: How, who, what, and when?

# Uploading a maximum of two artworks per contributor.
# Artist of Sub-Saharan African origin.
# Start: February 20th, 2021.
# Deadline for uploading a contribution: May 15th, 2021.


Proud to have committed & professional partners, supporters & promoters

Your Art Beat e.V., Berlin, GER
Fiercepop, Cape Town SA, Amsterdam NL
Lagos-Paris-Art, London, UK
Fashviart, London, UK
Afrikan Gallery, Accra, GHA
Afrika-Haus Berlin, GER
Right for Education, Accra, GHA
Life All Stars, GER

Image credit: Tommie Ominde

Marwin Ramos


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