Youth Reconciliation Arts Awards

Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 15 September, 2012
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The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in 2000 in the aftermath of South Africa´s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The aim was to ensure that lessons learnt from South Africa´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead. Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions.

IJR invites 1994-born youths currently living in South Africa (SA) to participate in the Youth Reconciliation Arts Award – 'Coming of age with South Africa – (Y)our story of Reconciliation.'

YOU – the ‘born-free’ generation of SA – are the hope for a better future, but what has your experience of reconciliation been? As this democratic SA turns 18 in the same year that you do, we invite you to share your story of ‘reconciliation’.

Submit your original photograph, short story or canvas artwork portraying your (hi)story of reconciliation in SA. Exciting prizes will be awarded to one applicant from each of the three categories, and will be handed over by the esteemed Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a prestigious awards ceremony held in December 2012.
Entry Requirements:

  • Participants must have been born in 1994 and have lived in SA for at least 10 years;
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a completed and signed application form and a copy of the applicant’s identity document (ID);
  • All entries submitted must be the participant’s original work and tell their unique (hi)story of reconciliation, within the South African context.

If you would like to enter a photograph, make sure that the unique image you have captured is 1024x768 pixels. Photographs may be submitted in print or electronic format.
Written works may be fiction and/or factual and may take the form of short stories, poems, song or rap lyrics. Written works may be submitted in a print or electronically typed format and must be between 500 and 1 200 words in length.
Ensure that canvas artwork submissions do not exceed an A1 page size. Any canvas type will be welcomed, but must not exceed a two kilogram (kg) weight. If the canvas is a sheet of paper, please take into account the borders which may need to be cropped for framing, when exhibited.
Selection Process

A diverse panel consisting of artists, photographers, writers, IJR staff and its board, as well as youth activists, will be involved in the selection of shortlisted candidates. The overall winner of each category will be determined based on relevance, overall artistic merit and quality of submissions.
How to Apply
Note that only fully completed and signed application forms, accompanied by your artwork and a copy of your ID will be considered. For more information or to complete an online form, refer to

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