Dubai: The art submission deadline for The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award 2012 (YAA) has been extended through Thursday, 15th November, 2012. “The response to The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award has been tremendous and the number of submissions thus far has exceeded our expectations,” said Muna Bin Kalli, Executive Director of Dubai Ladies Club. “At the same time, we have also received a large number of enquiries and requests for clarifications from several artists; and in order for these contestants to complete their artworks the art submission deadline has been extended until 15th November, 2012.” She added, “I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all aspiring artists in the UAE to take advantage of the extended deadline to enter the competition; which not only rewards the emerging artists but also encourages them with recognition and support.” The contest is open to all UAE residents, male and female, between the ages of 18 to 30 years. One major criterion for the award is that the artist should not have had an independent solo exhibition previously.
Now in its seventh year, the competition has continuously grown with each edition. Last year saw the highest ever number of submissions with more than 200 entries from 11 different nationalities, reflecting the continued interest in art within the community and the role of the Award as the UAE’s most important award for young emerging artists.
The competition is divided into three categories, Fine Art Category, Photography Category and Multimedia Category.
Furthermore, after the nominations have been announced online, the public will have a chance to vote for their favourite art work for the People’s Choice Award’ through the website’s online voting feature.
Each category winner, runner up and second runner up will receive a cash prize worth AED30,000, AED20,000 and AED10,000 respectively. Moreover, this year’s award will also introduce a cash prize worth AED5,000 for the winner of the “People’s Choice Award”.
Interested participants can follow the instructions on the website to make their online submission. The new deadline to apply and upload entries is Thursday, 15th November, 2012.
The winning artists will be announced during the Gala Award Ceremony to be held in mid-December 2012.