Midan Art Competition: Illustrate our Theory of Change and win up to $750!
Midan Art Competition: Illustrate our Theory of Change and win up to $750!
What is this competition about?
‘Midan: A Knowledge Hub for Civil Society’ is a new not-for-profit online platform for local civil society organisations (LCSOs), charities and social enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It’s being developed by the Asfari Foundation, working closely with local CSO partners from MENA.
By facilitating learning, knowledge-sharing and network-building, Midan enables local organisations of MENA to grow their impact and influence—at home and across the world. It’s a brand new model that we think is exciting and full of potential. We want to communicate it to the world in a fun, fresh, accessible way.
So: we are looking for artists, graphic designers and visual storytellers from MENA to create an illustration that explains what Midan does, and how this leads to a network of stronger, more sustainable local organisations.
We’re offering 3 cash prizes (up to US$750)!
Why should I enter?
This is an opportunity for a creative to get their work onto a growing, exciting new platform and benefit from the exposure and audience that entails. Your designs may be used in Midan’s communications materials and platform, with full credit.
Midan enables local CSOs (LCSOs) to build their impact and sustainability, showcase their expertise, share their learning, and build collaborative networks with local, regional and global actors:
To win, you need to illustrate how Midan’s model can lead to stronger, more impactful and more visible local organisations in MENA. Here is how Midan works:
Midan gives local organisations access to relevant, quality, free online learning.
This helps local organisations (which often have small budgets and very little time) to build their skills and professionalise for free, and in their own time.
Greater skills leads to greater impact, greater sustainability and more funding from donors.
Local organisations are experts in what they do, but unlike international organisations, don’t have the time or resources to turn that expertise into knowledge they can share with others. So they don’t reap the benefits that knowledge-sharing offers.
This is where Midan comes in. Midan supports local organisations to turn their expertise into visual content and even into training courses—at no cost. They can choose to share that content with others in the Midan community. That means other local organisations, but also global actors like funders, think tanks and academic institutions.
Highlighting and sharing their expertise in this way leads to two important things:
Other local organisations benefit from the knowledge, which is good for the whole sector.
The knowledge-sharers become more visible and recognised as contributors to the sector by other local orgs, and also by international actors, like policy-makers and donors.
This makes others want to engage with the local orgs, which leads to greater, consultation, collaboration and funding.
And this leads to even more visibility, influence, sustainability and impact for the local organisations.
Which over time, helps local organisations to grow into recognised leaders of the MENA civil society sector.
And this is a goal we all want, because true, sustainable development in MENA can only happen if it is led by people of the region.
How do I enter?
Step 1: Go to the Midan Art Competition Webpage https://www.activearabvoices.org/art-competition.html Step 2: Read the Applicant Guidance & Terms and Conditions [see attached] Step 3: Join the Midan Art Competition Facebook Group Step 4: Visit Midan, and look around to see what it’s about (quick sign-up required) Step 5: (Optional!): come to the info session and ask your questions Step 6: Create your illustration and send it to us! Step 7: Sit back and wait a few weeks Step 8: (Hopefully!): win a cash prize!
When will the winner be announced?
Before creating and submitting your entry, please ensure you have read the Applicant Guidance & Terms and Conditions [see attached].
Note: All entries and prize allocations will be administered as per AUB rules, regulations and vetting processes.
Please ensure you include the following details with your submission:
Email Subject line: ‘Midan Art Competition’
Entrant’s Details: First name, Surname
Details of Submission: Title, Media (e.g. digital, watercolour, pencil, oil on canvas etc) & Dimensions/Resolution
Note: If your submission is a physical piece of art, as opposed to a purely digital creation, please email a scanned copy/photograph of the original work.
Competition opens: Friday 14 May 2021
Submission deadline: Friday 11 June 2021
Winners announced: Friday 25 June 2021
Interested? Got questions? Come and meet us!
We will be online on Day Number May 2021 at 18:00 (Beirut) / 16:00 (London), and we’d love to meet you and answer any questions you might have. We’ll post the Zoom link in the Midan Art Competition Facebook group.
Midan Art Competition: Guidance & Terms and Conditions
Eligibility Entrants must be:
Aged 18 years or over.
Submissions must be:
The work of the applicant alone.
A maximum of three pieces per applicant.
Original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate Lebanese and or international copyright laws.
Note: Any submission that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the entrant is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Artwork – examples of eligible media
Digital Arts/Graphic Design
Infographics: visual representations of information, data
As an example, here are some graphics produced by our partner CanDo:
Other media could include
Paintings: oil, acrylics, water-colour, etc
Drawings: coloured pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that
charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
Collages: must be two dimensional
Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, water-colour, etc
Entries will be assessed by a panel appointed by the Asfari Foundation and will include local CSO professionals who have been involved in co-creating Midan.
All artworks will be anonymised before the panel selects the winners to exclude the possibility of personal bias.
The panel’s decision on the winners will be final.
Intellectual Property All works submitted to the competition will become the property of the organizers (Asfari Institute (AI), American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Asfari Foundation (AF)), and can and may be used by the competition organizers, free of artists’ royalty, for any non-commercial, non-profit usage. Limitation of Liability Whilst the Asfari Institute (AI), American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Asfari Foundation (AF) shall use reasonable skill in all circumstances in handling artists’ works, occasional damage to works may occur. We shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage or destruction (including loss of profits or any other consequential loss, indirect or incidental losses) to, or relating to, a work of art submitted for competition unless such loss arises as a direct result of our negligence. It is highly recommended that the exhibiting artists insure their works of art for their market value with a reputable insurance company. Information and Release Forms Each entrant must submit a filled and signed Information and Release Form. To obtain the registration form, download it in PDF format (Acrobat) or in DOC format (Word). please see below links. For further clarifications and inquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck!