The Mastercard Foundation is an independent, private foundation
headquartered in Canada. Our work, which focuses on Africa, aims to
spur prosperity by promoting education and the inclusion of people in
financial systems. We are hosting an open call for submissions of artwork,
to be licensed for reproduction in print and digital publications, that will
communicate the dynamism and diversity of African youth.
We invite young visual artists (ages 18–35) who live or do most of
their work in Africa to submit examples of their art in response to the
What do you hope for African youth?
Africa is a young and vibrant continent experiencing a major demo-
graphic shift. By 2050 it will be home to more than a billion young
people, with a workforce larger than that of China and India combined.
There is enormous potential in this multi-decade demographic boom,
and tremendous challenge. Young artists have a unique perspective
on Africa’s future. We are seeking artwork that reveals your perspective
and captures your vision of living and working on a continent
experiencing massive change.
We encourage submissions from both emerging and established young artists from
diverse backgrounds. Artists wishing to participate should send their submissions
no later than 15 November 2017.
The submissions should include:
- The artist’s name, age, gender, country of origin, current home, language
- A biography of not more than 500 words
- Clear, accurate photographs of each work, submitted as presentation-quality jpeg
files (minimum 1000 pixels x 1000 pixels)
- The creation date of each work submitted, along with dimensions and materials
- One artist’s statement of not more than 500 words explaining the relation between
the work(s) submitted and the submission question
- Submission text supplied in any language in which the artist feels comfortable
We encourage the submission of a wide range of visual art of different types
suitable for reproduction. Our intention is to license selected works for reproduction
as photographs in print and digital media. To be selected, the artwork must render
well when photographed. The Foundation will arrange for chosen artwork to be
professionally photographed if needed.
Compensation for chosen work
Selected artists will receive a licensing fee of US$1,000 for the non-exclusive
right to reproduce the chosen artworks in the Foundation’s publications, for
Submission deadline: 15 November 2017
Send all requested material to: email@example.com
The Mastercard Foundation operates independently of Mastercard International. The Foundation’s
policies, operations and program decisions are determined solely by its Board of Directors and
its President and CEO. The Foundation was established in 2006 through a gift of shares from
Mastercard International at the time of its initial public offering. For more information about the
Foundation, visit www.mastercardfdn.org