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BIC Art Master Africa is back in its sixth edition

BIC, a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers, has announced the kick-off of its flagship art competition. In its sixth edition, Art Master Africa calls on creatives across the region to depict their interpretation of Ubuntu (or One Africa), this year’s competition’s theme, using the iconic BIC ballpoint pen. 

Since 19 of April 2024, submissions are being accepted through the BIC Art Master Africa website, with less than three months for participants to complete their artwork before judging takes place, followed by the winner announcements in the last quarter of the year. Entries will be judged based on creativity, originality and technical skills. 

First, second and third place winners will be rewarded with $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively by BIC. A total of nine winners from across the region will also be announced and awarded. Artwork of selected participants will be included in various art platforms owned by BIC, including the most recently launched Art Master Africa Metaverse Gallery. 

Commenting on the occasion, Gregory Alibaux, Art Master Africa custodian and Marketing Director for Middle East and Africa at BIC, said: ‘We are pleased to kick-off the highly anticipated Art Master Africa competition. We continue to provide a platform for artists and creatives in the region to help them express themselves – all in line with our commitment to encourage self-expression and creativity. This year is special for the competition as it also marks the year where we elevated the program by launching an Art Master Africa metaverse gallery, crossing borders and bringing African talent to the world.’

Art Master Africa was incepted in 2017 in South Africa. After becoming highly anticipated within the art community, the competition expanded into the wider Middle East and Africa regions. Every year, a theme is introduced by BIC that creatives are asked to depict using the BIC ballpoint pen. This year’s theme, Ubuntu, invites artists to express what unity and interconnectedness within Africa means to them. To-date, Art Master Africa has engaged with over 6 000 creatives from across the region. 

For more details about Art Master Africa and for submissions, click here.

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