Art is a key way we can build connections, engage people, tell our story, and demand change. Even if many of us cannot leave our homes, we can still create powerful art together.  That’s why we had launched an art competition to imagine what a just recovery from COVID-19 could and should look like.

All of the contestants who entered the competition presented creative ways of what a #justrecovery from covid19 could look like for South Africa. Each of the competitors deserves a huge applause!

Here are the winning artworks of the #JustRecoveryArt Challenge:

Crafts and Sculptures

First place: Rebicycled bird by Jon-Pat Myers. 

Second place: Sekhukhune Environmental Justice Network. 

Third place: Hubuki by Jon-Pat Myers. 


Music/Audio

First place: Just Recovery by Alicia Phiri. 

 

Second place: 350.org Radio Podcast by Marc Blaze.

Third place: Sekhukhune Environmental Justice Network. 


Video Art

First place: Sustainable Bo Kaap by Soraya Booley. 

 

Second place: Our vision for a better South Africa by the Spirit in Motion Entertainment.

Third place: Inbound by Yolisa Baduza. 


Paintings/Drawings

First place: Twilight Creative Collective. 

Second place: Just Recovery by Zimbali Mncube. 

→ Third place: Port Alfred by Dudley and Jane Foote. 


A lot of things are uncertain at the moment, but there’s one thing we know for sure: decisions made now in response to COVID-19 will shape our lives for years to come. The response to COVID-19 could ensure a just recovery for everyone in the wake of this crisis. The next step is working together to hold our leaders to account. 

It can be hard to look to the future. It’s a sad and frightening time – but there are reasons for hope, too.

 Find out more about the call for a #JustRecovery from covid19.

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