Open call for submissions: Young African Artists

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

following question:

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.


Submission guidelines

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

of submission

  • 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

non-commercial use.

Submission deadline: 15 November 2017

To enter

Send all requested material to:

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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

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