Young Artist Awards Competition

NEA Young Artist Awards Competition

The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) 12th Young Artist Awards Competition 2024: Call for Entries.

The National Eisteddfod Young Artist Award Competition, launched in 2013, provides an opportunity for top achievers in the Creative and Visual Arts. It provides a higher level of competition for the future Esther Mahlangu and Irma Sterns of our country.

The National Eisteddfod Academy, a leading non-profit organisation for youth development in the arts, is calling for entries for the 2024 edition of the 12th Young Artist Awards Competition.

The Young Artist Awards Competition focuses on acknowledging and promoting young visual artists by providing a next level of competition for young artists that have participated in other eisteddfod and festival events. In recent years, this competition has already attracted entries from all over the country. In the interest of all talented young artists in the country the NEA would also like to join hands with other eisteddfods and festivals that provides for visual arts. These organisations are invited to nominate and enter (under the name of their organisation) their top achievers for this competition. Alternatively, the parents of the individual participants that participated in these events may also enter them.

Many schools, institutions and private studios do not participate in any eisteddfods or festivals, or only do so bi-annually, or manage their own internal visual arts competitions. The NEA would like to open up a window of opportunity for the young artists of 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, after 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 2023, the art works of the grade winners will be on exhibition at the Alice Art Gallery in Ruimsig, Roodepoort prior to the announcement of the winners of the 3 categories on 15 June 2024.

The closing date for entries and the submission of art works to the NEA Office is 19 April 2024.

Entry forms, entry fees and additional information are available on the NEA website:

For further information please contact the NEA Office at: tel: 011 886 6005 / email:

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NEA Young Artist Awards Competition
NEA Young Artist Awards Competition
NEA Young Artist Awards Competition
NEA Young Artist Awards Competition
NEA Young Artist Awards Competition