Promoting creativity

A competition aims to offer an interesting and fun activity suitable for children and adults during the festive season.

07 November 2021 | Art and Entertainment

Irina Ivanova; Public Relations Officer; “The museum hopes that the flora and fauna in the museum will inspire artists to let their imagination run wild.”

The Scientific Society Swakopmund in collaboration with the Swakopmund Arts Association presents a creative competition with “Fantastic Fauna and Flora” (animals and plants) as theme.
The theme was chosen to celebrate and reflect on Namibia’s rich nature and landscapes, which are displayed in the Swakopmund Museum.

The competition aims to offer an interesting and fun-filled activity suitable for children and adults during the festive season. The museum would like to promote creativity and allow people to explore the establishment differently. “We hope that the flora and fauna in the museum will inspire artists to let their imagination run wild,” said Irina Ivanova, who is the public relations officer of the Scientific Society Swakopmund.

Artists are invited to enter artistically or can do so in written form by submitting drawings, paintings, collages, mixed media, short stories or poems. The competition runs from 1 November to 26 December 2021 with the prizegiving scheduled for 29 December 2021 at 17:00 in the Swakopmund museum lecture hall. The age categories range from the age of five to 99 and groups of a maximum of five can be creative together as a family or a group of friends. Artistic creations can range from drawings, paintings and collages, to mixed media, 3D objects, short stories and poems. Only newly created material and no previously published or copyrighted material may be submitted. No plagiarism will be allowed in any form (no tracing of existing artwork).

Criteria for evaluation

A maximum of 30 points can be obtained and the artists will be judged on the aesthetic qualities, use of media or language, and personal interpretation and vision. The finished artworks, stories and poems must be handed in at the museum by 26 December 2021. The Swakopmund Museum and the Arts Association may ask to keep submitted artwork for a special exhibition. The artwork will however remain the property of the artist. The museum and the Art Association will not be liable for any loss or damage to the objects. For more details contact the curator Nadine Phiri at [email protected] or 081 294 7344.