Urban Arts and Design Youth Competition

As part of its policy to engage young people in promoting socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities, UN-HABITAT is inviting youth worldwide to submit original artworks, digital designs and imagery envisioning their future cities. The artistic artworks will be under the theme “My Vision of an Ideal City”.

The International Urban Arts and Design Competition acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of visual arts and designs in sustainable urban development. The competition will showcase the diversity of future cities as envisioned by young people.

The Competition is open to youth from around the world under two categories:
  • Category 1 is open to individuals aged 15-24
  • Category 2 is open to individuals aged 25-34

Four winners, two from the global north and two from the global south, will be awarded a cash prize of USD 500 each

Eight runners-up will be presented with a USD250 cash prize each

The winners and runners-up will also receive UN-HABITAT gift items and their works will be featured online on the UN-HABITAT website, the Global Youth Helpdesk and the Urban Gateway.  The winning entries will also be displayed at exhibitions during UN-HABITAT’s events.

1. Go to the UN-HABITAT website at www.unhabitat.org/urbanarts and complete the online form with your personal details provide a brief description of the art or design work you will be sending.

2. Once you have completed the form, send us soft copies of your art or design work to urbanarts@unhabitat.org.  These may be digital designs, scans or photographs of your work. Your work should depict your vision of an ideal city and may be a computer design or an artistic impression of your future city.

3. Acceptable formats include JPEG, PDF.

4. If you are shortlisted, you will be subsequently asked to send your original works with instructions on where and how to submit these. 

In selecting the winners the jury will be looking for originality, creativity and visual appeal. The jury will also be looking for relevance to the theme of an ideal city including features of socially, environmentally and economically sustainable cities.

Your work must be original and not previously published.
Your submission must be the work of an individual – not a joint effort.

11 May 2011 International Urban Arts and Design Competition Opens

11 August 2011 Closing date for submissions

September 2011 Winners and runners-up shortlisted and requested to submit originals of their works

3 October 2011 Winners announced on World Habitat Day

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