Dec 7, 2022

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Art Master Africa Kicks Off in its Fifth Edition Across Africa and the Middle East –

BIC, a world leader in stationery, lighters and razors, has announced the launch of its flagship art competition, Art Master Africa, in its fifth edition.

The competition invites talents from across Africa and the Middle East to express their creativity by creating artworks using the infamous BIC ballpoint pen. This year’s competition theme is ‘Celebrating Africa’ and invites artists to showcase their identities and different perceptions of the African continent and cultures.

Art Master Africa is an annual competition open to artists and creatives from across the Middle East and Africa region. The competition was launched in South Africa in 2017. Following its success, Art Master Africa expanded into the African region in 2019 and the Middle East in 2021.


Artists can enter the competition by submitting up to three original artworks about what Celebrating Africa means to them. Entries should be submitted to the BIC website here. Submissions will then be reviewed and shortlisted by a panel of artists, art professors, art collectors, as well as the 2019 and 2021 competition winners, Gayi Eric and Oscar Ukonu. The submission period runs from June 15, 2022 to August 31, 2022. After the judging period closes in September, the winners will be announced and celebrated by October 15, 2022.

< strong>Prizes to be won

Regional first, second and third place winners will be named Africa’s Art Masters and celebrated in their respective countries. You will also receive cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively. In addition to the cash prize, the regional first place winner will have their own personal online gallery and the opportunity to join the BIC Art Collection on display in Paris, France. The national winners will each receive a prize of $500.

To learn more about the Art Master Africa competition or to submit an entry, visit the website here.