JEDDAH: A nationwide art competition targeting school children was launched on Sunday by the Saudi Commission for Visual Arts and the Ministry of Education.

“Artists of Tomorrow” is an opportunity for public and private education students from five regions of the Kingdom to express their talent and raise their skills.

It is also a chance for junior artists to receive direction and further explore how far they can go in the arts. It revolves around three areas: drawing and painting, sculpture and photography.

The competition aims to help young Saudi artists excel, grow and be seen. It also aims to raise awareness of the visual arts, motivate students to discover their artistic skills, and encourage students to engage in the creative mediums of the visual arts.

Commission CEO Dina Amin tweeted about the competition: “The #Artists of Tomorrow competition is a platform that will take us into an aesthetic world created by the imagination of our students, boys and girls. The competition aims to motivate students to enter various fields of visual arts.

Participation is restricted to individuals and each student may participate with more than one entry. Young artists are advised to include the contest title hashtag on their works #artists_of_tomorrow to ensure ownership.

Applicants must be elementary, middle or high school students between the ages of 6 and 18.

Each age group is invited to deliver a work of art related to a specific element, using their imagination, to create and design imaginary or real animals, superheroes or imagine Saudi cities in 2060.

Entries should be made in accordance with the general rules of public taste and the rules of Islamic law. They must not show prejudice or racism of any kind, nor be political in nature.

Contest organizers said entrants would be judged on certain criteria, including the idea for the artwork, innovation, process, applied artistic skills and aesthetic value.

Student artwork will be judged by a judging committee comprised of six visual arts experts experienced in evaluating student artwork and talented students.

Prizes include art kits, medals and the opportunity to display the work in a virtual exhibition. There will also be prizes for schools, jury and teachers.

The schools participating in the competition come from the following regions: Riyadh, Makkah, Eastern Province, Jazan and Baha.

The registration form is available on the official competition page: https://engage.moc.gov.sa/artists_of_tomorrow#section-hero.

“Artists of Tomorrow” is divided into three stages: registration, evaluation and announcement of the winners.