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ARTICLE 19 AND ARTVENTURE LAUNCH $100,000 AWARD FOR REPRESSED ARTISTS

ARTICLE 19 and ArtVenture are seeking to "find light in darkness and courage in truth" with a newly established US$100,000 Freedom to Create Prize. The prize honours artists around the world who promote human rights and free expression and are denied their "freedom to create."

The inaugural prize has been divided into three categories. The main prize of US$50,000 is open to artists (individuals or artistic groups) in all creative fields, including the visual and performing arts, music, design and literature. The Youth Prize is for artists aged 18 or younger, and carries a US$25,000 award. The US$25,000 Imprisoned Artists Prize is for artists currently jailed because of their work.

"This is not an art prize," warn the organisers. "It will not simply judge the skill of the artist but recognise how the artist has used their work in speaking out in defence of human rights and freedom of expression."

Submissions are being accepted now. The deadline for entries is 31 October 2008.

For more information and to register, visit the ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize website at: http://www.freedomtocreateprize.com or contact: info (@) freedomtocreateprize.com

(17 June 2008)

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