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The Arts & Culture Trust announces the Nyoloha Scholarship Programme T-shirt design competition

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites young creatives to participate in a competition to design the 2024 limited edition ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme (NSP) T-shirt, capturing the spirit of this programme. To find out more about the ACT NSP, visit act.org.za/nyoloha.

If you have a flair for design or you enjoy being creative, then it’s time to get your artistic juices flowing. Think fresh, think funky – it’s time to make a visual statement! We’re looking for a youthful T-shirt design that reflects the 2024 programme theme: #NyolohaAfrica: Our canvas, our voice, our future.

Have you always dreamt of what a future South Africa could look like? Perhaps a never-never land – think Wakanda in Black Panther. Now is the opportunity to reimagine South Africa through your voice and creativity. Think African modes of storytelling, performance, and visual art connected with immersive technologies. Whether it’s striking visuals, inspiring typography, African prints and patterns, or thought-provoking artwork, let your creativity run wild while making a powerful statement!

What’s in it for you? Not only will you contribute to a meaningful cause, but you’ll also receive fantastic prizes. Imagine your design being featured on the official 2024 ACT NSP merchandise, gaining recognition on our social media platforms, receiving an MTN merchandise hamper and earning R2 500 in cash!

‘We encourage budding artists, creatives and young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years with a flair for innovative expression to let their imagination for a future Africa bourgeon,’ says ACT CEO Jessica Denyschen. ‘We encourage them from concept to the visible expression of their art and vision,’ she continues.

It’s so easy to enter. Begin by creating a captivating and original design for the ACT NSP inspired by the theme #NyolohaAfrica: Our canvas, our voice, our future. Submit your original design digitally, in high-resolution PDF, at act.org.za/nyolohacompetition before midnight 30 June 2024. Multiple entries are not allowed. If you have any questions, email marketing@act.org.za.  Only South African citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 years are eligible. Neither participants of the 2024 ACT NSP nor last year’s competition winners are allowed to enter

Note that entering the competition means that you agree to our making your submission public for marketing purposes. Entering also allows for the public to vote for your design as part of the competition.

The ACT NCP is an undergraduate scholarship programme aimed at providing opportunities for school-leavers to pursue a tertiary qualification in the visual and performing arts. In partnership with Nedbank, Sun International, the Market Theatre, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation, ACT has offered scholarships since 2009. Following a 2-year interruption due to Covid-19, the 2022 relaunch of the programme took place in partnership with ACT’s long-term sponsors – Sun International, Nedbank, and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) – under a new organisational strategy.

Through the programme, talented and ambitious young people from across the country are introduced to the world of professional arts through an intensive week of training, talks, and performances, culminating in a showcase and exhibition. Working with industry professionals and experts, participants gain valuable experience and the opportunity to work with other artists from different backgrounds.

Poovi Pillay, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank, says: ‘Our artists are essential in helping us to reflect on society and who we are as human beings. South Africa has an abundance of young artists with wonderful intellectual capacity and talent.’ He continues: ‘We encourage you to share these qualities with us through this competition. You are our future and we believe in you. That is why we annually offer professional training and mentorship as part of the ACT NSP for up to 85 selected artists in the build-up to the finals.’

Heidi Edson, Group Socioeconomic Development Specialist at Sun International, says: ‘The ACT NSP provides an opportunity for qualifying talented and ambitious young people from across the country to study for an arts degree. In addition, the NSP also provides a platform for young creatives to launch their artwork by entering the Nyoloha T-shirt design competition.’

Let’s keep #ImpACTingFutures for tomorrow! To keep in touch with ACT, visit their website, follow them on X or like their Facebook page.   ENDS

#ACTnyoloha #NyolohaAfrica #ACTSAtalent #Nedbank #NedbankArts #SunInternational #BizArt #actstrat

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