by Chi Ibe
The annual Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the power of the creative arts to build social foundations and inspire the human spirit. This year, the award celebrates courage and creativity. All art forms are eligible for the Freedom to Create Prize in two prize categories, the Main Prize and the Imprisoned Artist Prize, for a total prize fund of US$ 100, 000.
In 2010, nearly 2,000 artists entered from more than 100 countries. The Prize encompasses all forms of art in any creative field and is open to any individual or group of any gender, religion or nationality. The total prize fund will be divided between the winning artists and their nominated advocacy organisations to further the cause their artwork has highlighted.
Apart from the Prize, Freedom to Create works to share the work of its artists with the rest of the world. In addition to recent exhibitions in London and New York, the organization also has a global touring exhibition, most recently showing at Cairo Opera House, HIFA in Harare and the Queen’s Palace in Afghanistan.
Applications for this year’s Freedom to Create Prize closes on 30 July, 2011. All entrants will also be considered for attendance at the festival, which is being planned in South Africa for November, when the winner will be announced.