Sabaa Art Awards Description

Sabaa Art Awards 2021 is an initiative from Sabaa. education in partnership with the Fashviart and Lagos-Paris-Art platform.

The 2021 edition is themed “Pandemic Voices from Sub-Saharan Africa.”

How it works:

The entries should be in the categories of photo, illustration, painting, short story, a chapter of a novel, and poem to artistically reflect upon the individual experiences and effects of the Covid-19-Pandemic in countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The aim of which is to showcase different perspectives on how the pandemic has affected the continent, and to evaluate and propose artistic positions in handling today’s reality.

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Awards categories & Prizes

Jury awards

# photo (artistic approach, not journalistic): 500€
# illustration (print, drawing, comic,): 500€

# painting: 500€
# literature1: short story, a chapter of a novel, a poem (10000 words max.) – in English: 500€
# literature2: short story, a chapter of a novel, a poem (10000 words max.) – in French: 500€


Audience Awards

# photo: 500€

# illustration, drawing: 500€

# painting: 500€

Audience awards voting

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.


  • Drop files here or
    Please upload your artwork and put the title of it and your name in your file´s title. Maximum of two artworks per contributor.
  • Please Upload a Photo of yourself - only if you want.
  • Please provide some information on your artistic and personal background. Please do not extend a maximum of 200-250 words.
  • Please provide a short description of your artwork - for each artwork you provide. In case of a photo, an illustration: shot or drawn where and when and what is it about? In case of a short story or a poem: written where and when and what you want to relate as background information? Please do not extend a maximum of 200 words per artwork! 0/500


# 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 (jury & public):  25. August 2021

# Exhibiting (online): September 2021

Exhibiting (offline): November 2021

# Documenting (online): December 2021


The Jury

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

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

Providing a voice and visibility for this specific situation and change on our planet. Focusing on a limited, less-priority area (Sub-Saharan Africa seen from the global North), its coverage often hampered by preconceived ideas and attitudes. Putting the individual in the center 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.

The topic

Creating or providing an original work of art dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa and 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 see fit.

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.


Best of luck!